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Mayor's Community Message

City of Ryde COVID-19 update

The City of Ryde has announced a raft of financial assistance measures to assist members of the community to cope with the challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

These include:

  • The establishment of a $500,000 Eastwood Small Business Hardship Fund Program which will provide support grants of up to $2,000 for eligible businesses in Eastwood that are experiencing economic hardship
  • The waiving of fees for outdoor dining establishments
  • Considering all applications for rent deferrals from café and restaurant owners operating from a Council premises
  • Fast-tracking a process for financial hardship applications to be received in regard to payments and rates
  • The waiving of cancellation fees for swim schools and swimming carnivals that were due to be held at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre between January and March this year.

As this crisis continues, Council will try and identify ways in which we can provide additional assistance over the coming weeks and months. 

This is likely to be the biggest economic challenge we will ever face, and it is clear that our community want Council to support those who need it wherever possible. 

Changes to parking enforcement

The City of Ryde has announced temporary changes to its parking enforcement guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the changes, no parking enforcement will be undertaken by Council in time-limited parking zones.

Council rangers will continue to take appropriate action where vehicles are parked over driveways or where they pose a public safety risk.

All parking areas signposted as red regulatory zones – such as No Stopping, No Standing, Disabled Parking and Loading Zones – will continue to be enforced. 

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and Meadowbank Skate Park closed

Following an announcement by the Federal Government, all City of Ryde playgrounds, outdoor gyms and the Meadowbank Skate Park have been closed until further notice.

Park visitors are also reminded that a new rule has been put in place restricting the number of people permitted to gather indoors and outdoors to two. This does not apply to people who live together. 

COVID-19 updates

As the COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation, I would strongly encourage everyone to regularly check the dedicated COVID-19 section on the City of Ryde website.

This has the most up-to-date information including news, frequently asked questions and status updates on Council services.

You can also follow the City of Ryde on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest announcements. 


Yours Sincerely,

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

Last updated on 1 April 2020