City of Ryde Council meeting summary - 22 February 2022

Published on 28 February 2022

Council held its latest Ordinary meeting on 22 February 2022. The following is a summary of the outcomes from the meeting:

Vale Olsen Filipaina – Honouring a rugby league legend and staff member of the City of Ryde

Council marked the passing of rugby league player and City of Ryde staff member, Olsen Filipania, with a minute’s silence. Mr Filipania’s service to the City of Ryde will be recognised with the installation of a plaque in consultation with his family.

Establish a Community Heroes Program 

A Community Heroes Program will be established to recognise the contributions of members of the local community. The program will become a dedicated category of the City of Ryde Volunteer Recognition Awards. 

Members of the public will be able to nominate local residents for the category, with at least half of the nominees required to be women.

Ryde Secondary College – Accessible parking 

Council will work with Ryde Secondary College to investigate the need for accessible parking spaces to be installed adjacent to the school in Forrest Road.

Smart Places Acceleration Program

Council will investigate applying for a grant under the NSW Government’s Smart Places Acceleration Program, which is designed to support economic and community recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

December Quarterly Review Report – Four Year Delivery Plan 2021 – 2025 and 2021/2022 Operational Plan

The report of the December 2021 Quarterly Review Statement - Four Year Delivery Plan 2021-2025 and One Year 2021/2022 Operational Plan, Quarter Two, October – December 2021 was endorsed by Council. 

Adoption of the Updated Land Recategorisation for part of Yamble Reserve – Generic Plan of Management 2020

Part of Yamble Reserve in Ryde was recategorised from Park to General Community Use to support a proposed extension of the North Ryde Community Preschool.

Draft Bicycle Strategy and Associated Action Plan 2022 – 2030

The draft Bicycle Strategy 2022 – 2030 and associated Bicycle Action Plan was endorsed by Council.

The purpose of the strategy and action plan is to provide a more modern framework and set of principles for the planning, design, improvement and management of the City of Ryde’s network pathways and trails. The strategy and action plan will be placed on public exhibition for four weeks.

Exhibition of Draft Amendment to Ryde DCP 2014 – 127 – 133 Ryedale Road and 4 – 14 Terry Road, Denistone 

Council amended the Ryde Development Control Plan 2014 to ensure development controls are appropriate for the proposed land use at 127 – 133 Ryedale Road and 4 – 14 Terry Road in Denistone.

The Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club has been seeking to rezone the site to allow for a proposed seniors housing and aged care development. The amendment is designed to guide the future development of the site and minimise its impact on the adjoining residential neighbourhood. 

Meadowbank Park dog off-leash proposed new area – outcomes of consultation

Following community consultation, Council retained the existing area identified for dog off-leash use at Meadowbank Park when the sportsfield is not booked for organised sporting activities. In addition, a fenced area on the park’s eastern side of Archer Creek will also become a dog off-leash area

Traffic and parking matters approved by the Ryde Traffic Committee – November 2021

Based on the Ryde Traffic Committee recommendations, Council endorsed the creation of a ‘Motorbikes Only’ parking zone on Miriam Road in West Ryde. In addition, Council endorsed alterations to ticket parking times on Eden Park Drive, Giffnock Avenue and Byfield Street in Macquarie Park from 12P to 2P following feedback from businesses in the area requesting shorter turnover of parking spots.

Infrastructure Contributions System Reform submission 

Council’s submission to the Department of Planning and Environment’s proposed reforms to infrastructure contributions in NSW was endorsed. 

The submission is mostly supportive of the reforms but raised concerns such as ensuring infrastructure contributions generated from Macquarie Park are reinvested in the area and whether future funding for community facilities from section 7.11 contributions will be maintained.

Expanding problem recycling opportunities in the City of Ryde

A report will be prepared by Council on opportunities to expand problem waste recycling within the City of Ryde.

Parking in Cressy Road, East Ryde, between Pidding Park and Field of Mars Cemetery 

A report will be prepared by Council identifying ways to expand parking at Cressy Road in East Ryde to address the need for more parking during sporting events and peak visitor times at Field of Mars Cemetery.

Reducing organic waste and non-organic matter in our waterways

Following a recent incident in which almost 4,000 fish died in Parramatta River at nearby Rydalmere and Haslams Creek, Olympic Park, Council will investigate the current management of organic matter in City of Ryde drains, gross pollutant traps and street gutters. Council will also look at opportunities and costs involved to increase the number, type and efficiency of its gross pollutant traps. 

Korean Memorial Garden

Council will investigate constructing a memorial garden dedicated to veterans of the Korean War in the City of Ryde.

Racism Not Welcome commitment 

Council reaffirmed its commitment for the ‘Racism Not Welcome’ campaign, which is an initiative intended to help communities fight racism. More than 40 new ‘Racism Not Welcome’ signs are in the process of being installed across the City of Ryde. 

Flinders Road neighbourhood shops 

Council will investigate footpath improvements to the Flinders Road neighbourhood shops at North Ryde for inclusion in a future program of works.

Ryde River Walk

Council will investigate opportunities to extend public usage of the Ryde River Walk between Putney and Meadowbank by installing environmentally sensitive lighting along the footway.

Late night trading – Post COVID Activation Plan 

Council will develop a post COVID-recovery plan for small business. The plan will look at streamlining processes, modifying outdoor dining fees designating more areas suitable for alfresco dining, and be supported by cultural and social events.

In parallel with the COVID-recovery plan, Council will also identify how to invigorate the night-time economy by consulting with business owners and other stakeholders about this will be achieved and determining what areas would benefit.

Light installations

Council will explore more opportunities to create night light installations around the City of Ryde.

Off-leash dog area at neighbourhood Charity Creek Cascades

Council will investigate the feasibility of building an off-leash dog area at Charity Creek Cascades in Ryde. 

Next meeting 

The next Ordinary Council meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 22 March 2022. 

Click here for the minutes of the 22 February 2022 Ordinary Council meeting. 

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