Mayor's community Message

29 May


In this part of my series documenting the history of Ryde Central, I’m going to be looking at the timeline of the project from 2011 until the development application approval in 2021.

It was a decade of flip-flopping, controversy and, ultimately, inactivity. 

In July 2011, an independent assessment estimated that $38.4 million worth of refurbishments were needed to make the ageing 1960s era Ryde Civic Centre and Civic Hall fully Building Code of Australia compliant.

On 12 June 2012, a detailed proposal to develop the Civic Centre site was endorsed by Council and was to return, at minimal cost, a new multi-purpose facility valued at $79 million. 

But following Local Government elections on 25 September 2012, the 12 June resolution was rescinded and during 2013 and 2014 Council further explored maintenance and refurbishment options which ranged in cost from $4.3 million to $11.91 million.

At an Extraordinary Council Meeting on 20 October 2015, Council resolved to relocate from the Civic Centre because of the ongoing health and safety issues and substantial refurbishment costs and secured alternative accommodation in North Ryde.

By July 2017, redevelopment was back on the table with the project officially named Ryde Central and in May 2019 Council resolved to commence consultation on the plan, which was to be financially sustainable.

In January 2020, the development application for ‘The New Heart of Ryde’ was referred to the Sydney North Planning Panel, with the capital investment estimated at $108 million. The DA was approved in February 2021, with the Panel stating the project, “will make a significant positive contribution to the Ryde Town Centre”.  

Council was to retain 100 percent ownership of the site and the project was to be completely funded without raising rates or reducing services.

Next week: the demolition of Ryde Civic Centre.


As patron of the Ryde Sports Foundation, it was my pleasure to attend the latest Sports Star of the Month Award night at North Ryde Golf Club where the impressive achievements of touch footballer Mikayla Kelleher, wheelchair tennis player Hayley Slocombe, and steeplechaser Adam Bruntsch were recognised. 

All our talented young athletes will come together at the Foundation’s Annual Presentation Dinner on Friday 16 August at North Ryde RSL Club where the eagerly anticipated announcement of the Sports Star of the Year will take place. For more details click here.

Yours Sincerely,

Clr Brown - Mayor

Clr Trenton Brown
Mayor - City of Ryde
Phone: Office of the Mayor 9952 8222.