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Mayor's Community Message

22 January
Celebrate Australia Day at North Ryde Common

Join us this Sunday for the City of Ryde Australia Day concert, featuring a fantastic line-up of live entertainment as well as the chance to contribute to fundraising efforts to help those affected by the recent bushfires.

The family concert is headlined by ARIA-nominated band Thirsty Merc and will also feature X-Factor finalist Audio Vixen.

The Battle of the Bands competition returns along with a variety of food trucks, kids rides and of course the iconic thong-throwing competition.

There will also be the chance to contribute to Council’s Wall of Hope, where Eftpos gift cards can be purchased and donated to people affected by bushfires and help them buy supplies and support local businesses in the process. There will also be collection buckets to raise money for the Rural Fire Service. 

The concert takes place at North Ryde Common, from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. 

I hope to see you all there.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Also taking place on Australia Day is a special Citizenship Ceremony in which we will welcome 50 new citizens and announce the recipients of the Ryde Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards.

Local firefighters and emergency services personnel will also be recognised during the ceremony. 

The ceremony will start at 11.00am at the North Ryde School of Arts and everyone is welcome.

Supporting communities devastated by bushfires

After speaking to many people impacted by the bushfires over recent weeks, 

I would encourage City of Ryde residents to consider spending their next holiday in one of the regions devastated by this disaster. 

While the bushfires have destroyed homes and valued possessions, they have also devastated the local economies of the NSW South Coast and North Coast who rely on tourism for most of their income. 

So instead of Honolulu, why not visit Huskisson. Berrara instead of Bali. Wallaga Lake instead of Waikiki. You will not just have a great holiday, you will be helping the people who need it most. 

The New Heart of Ryde

The development application for The New Heart of Ryde – the new vision for the Ryde Civic Centre – has been lodged and is now on public exhibition until 12 February.

Costings are under budget and include a four-fold increase in community space without any residential development on the site.

The Sydney North Planning Panel will be the determining authority for the development application. 

To view the development application and find out how to make a submission during the public exhibition period click here.

Yours Sincerely,

Clr Jerome Laxale
Mayor - City of Ryde
Phone: Office of the Mayor 9952 8222.

Last updated on 22 January 2020