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Mayor's Community Message

SWAP exhibition 

While this year has certainly had its challenges, it has also been a time for great creativity and innovation.

We have had so many impressive entries from the community in this year’s Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize (SWAP) competition, with works made from repurposed waste material, and, in particular, single-use plastics.

This is also the tenth year of the competition, so there is an extra reason to celebrate! 

I will be announcing the winners of this year’s SWAP competition on the City of Ryde Facebook page tonight (Wednesday 23 September) at 7.00pm. Tune in to find out who this year’s talented winners are at Council is also running a digital SWAP exhibition from Thursday 24 September to Thursday 8 October. You can view all the finalists online and vote for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award.

For more information, click here.

Kings Park now open

When I was first elected to Council, I gave our city a commitment to increase and upgrade open space across our city. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the new Kings Park in Denistone East has opened to the public.

Located at the site of the former Denistone East Bowling Club, this $2.2 million park and playground at Kings Park features a range of facilities and attractions for all ages. There are really too many features to list, so I’d encourage you to visit this amazing piece of open space which will serve our community over years to come. 

The design and facilities at Kings Park were based on the feedback Council received from the community during the consultation that started in late 2016 and into 2018. 

Check it out here.

School holiday program

The school holidays are almost upon us, and Council has plenty to keep kids of all ages engaged and entertained, from online mini-beast workshops to an author’s talk with acclaimed Australian children’s writer Jackie French and a guided walk at Darvall Park.

With our Granny Smith Festival celebrations running throughout the whole of October, there’ll be lots to do, including Granny’s Virtual Kitchen cooking workshops, drive-in cinema and our Big Apple Talent Quest. There is also a dedicated page on Council’s website with fun, free apple-themed activity ideas for kids.

Find out more here.

Yours Sincerely,

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

Last updated on 23 September 2020