City of Ryde Council meeting summary - 22 March 2022

Published on 29 March 2022

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

Attack on Ukraine by Russia

In condemning the military aggression launched by Russian forces against the people of Ukraine, Council will donate $5,000 to support the residents of Ukraine via a suitable charity.

Australian Red Cross QLD and NSW Floods Appeal

Council will donate $20,000 to the Australian Red Cross QLD and NSW Floods Appeal to assist impacted communities. 

Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct

With the new Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct set to open on 26 April 2022, Council will produce an education campaign to inform residents and the school community about parking and traffic rules around schools, as well as pedestrian safety tips. 

Council on the Ageing NSW

The City of Ryde will become a Friend of the Council on the Ageing NSW, which is the peak organisation for people aged over 50 in the State. The organisation works with stakeholders to ensure the views of older people are heard and acted on.

Determination of working groups

The following working groups will be convened for the 2021 – 2024 term of Council:

  • Heritage Working Group
  • Multicultural Working Group
  • Ryde Youth Council
  • Inclusion and Access Working Group
  • Status of Women Working Group
  • Festival and the Arts Working Group
  • Sport, Recreation and Leisure Working Group
  • Sustainability Working Group
  • Small and Family Business Working Group

All councillors will be eligible to attend and participate in each working group. Council will commence an Expression of Interest process to identify interested members of the community to become members of each working group.

Council meeting structure and schedule of proposed Council meeting dates to go on public exhibition

The draft meeting structure and schedule of meeting dates was endorsed by Council. 

Ordinary Council meetings will commence at 6pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. As part of Council’s review of the Code of Meeting Practice, it will now be placed on exhibition at until 3 May 2022 for public comment.

Planning Proposal: Housekeeping Review 2022

Council will forward a Planning Proposal for Gateway Determination that seeks to amend the Ryde Local Environmental Plan 2014 (LEP). The Planning Proposal seeks to introduce community facilities and recreation areas in more locations to ensure the City of Ryde can continue to support the needs to the community.

It also expands community education and capacity of Council’s waste management practices, while addressing a range of miscellaneous administrative issues in the LEP. 

Development of dedicated pickleball courts

Six pickleball courts will be established at Brush Farm Park in Eastwood.

Ryde Community Sports Centre expansion

Council will write to Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres, Member for Ryde Victor Dominello and Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM to raise awareness about the project to expand the Ryde Community Sports Centre at ELS Hall Park in North Ryde and seek funding assistance to accelerate its delivery.

The expansion project includes three new indoor courts, an entrance lobby, multipurpose room, change rooms, ancillary rooms and improvements to the layout of the existing centre. 

Process for nominating and managing significant trees in the City of Ryde

Council endorsed the process for adding trees to the Significant Tree Register as well as their ongoing management. A workshop will be held for councillors to discuss potential amendments to the Significant Tree Procedures Manual.

Reconciliation Action Working Group

The membership of Council’s Reconciliation Action Working Group will be increased to up to 10 community members. The six current community members have been reappointed for the remainder of the Council term. 

Expanding markets in the City of Ryde

A report will be prepared by Council on options to expand markets in the City of Ryde. 

Synthetic Surface Action Plan

The Synthetic Surface Action Plan will be reviewed and a report presented to Council by the end of June with recommendations on how it will be implemented.

201 years of Greek independence 

The Greek flag was raised at Kissing Point Park in Putney on 25 March 2022 to celebrate 201 years of Greek independence.

Inclusive and accessible indoor facilities for disabled sport 

Council will investigate inclusive and accessible options for any future expansion works at the Ryde Community Sports Centre and Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre.

Disabled street access for residents of Sky Gardens apartments

Council will investigate ways to improve public domain access at the Sky Gardens apartments in Ryde for people living with a disability.  

Tree canopy

Council reaffirmed its commitment to reaching the NSW Government’s 40 percent tree canopy cover target by no later than 2030. 

Additional flagpole at Kissing Point Park

A third flagpole will be installed at Kissing Point Park in Putney.

Increased maintenance at Lachlan’s Line

Council will prepare a report outlining the current maintenance schedule for public areas at Lachlan’s Line in North Ryde.

Safety. Respect. Equity campaign 

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jordan Lane, will write to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Minister for Women Marise Payne, Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston and the Minister for Women’s Economic Security Jane Hume to endorse the message of the Safety. Respect. Equity campaign and to encourage the adoption of its recommendations.  

The Safety. Respect. Equity campaign seeks to end injustice and inequity for women in Australia.

Emergency response plan to extreme weather events 

Council will promote its Report an Issue feature during extreme weather events. Council will also work with all levels of government to improve information sharing as part of its Emergency Response Plan.

Improving the process for community gardens

Council will investigate a streamlined process to help improve the experience of all parties interested in starting community gardens. 

Expanding chemical clean out day

Council will submit a request to the NSW Environment Protection Agency for a second Chemical Clean Up day to take place in the City of Ryde this year, as well as two every subsequent year. 

Supporting and Linking Trades Women

Council will invite Supporting and Linking Trades Women to run a workshop in the City of Ryde for women interested in trades and engineering. 

Next meeting 

The next Ordinary Council meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26 April 2022. 

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

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