City of Ryde Council meeting summary - 31 January 2022

Published on 07 February 2022

Council held its latest Ordinary meeting on 31 January 2022. The following is a summary of the outcomes from the meeting:

Morning tea for Australia Day honour recipients

Council congratulated Karen Waud OAM and Mervyn Whiting OAM on their 2022 Australia Day honours. Ms Waud was awarded with an Order of Australia Medal for service to sport, while Mr Whiting was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to veterans and their families as well as to the community. 

Council will stage a morning tea for Ms Waud and Mr Whiting to celebrate their achievements.

Greener Neighbourhoods Program

Council will apply for a grant under the NSW Government’s Greener Neighbourhoods Program. The grants of up to $50,000 are designed to fund important environmental initiatives, such as strategic urban forest planning.

Applications close on 22 February 2022.

2021 City of Ryde Community Grants – Round two

More than $143,000 was allocated to 31 community organisations as part of round two of the 2021 City of Ryde Community Grants Program.

External committee – NSW Public Libraries Association

Clr Shweta Deshpande and Clr Daniel Han were appointed as Councillor delegates to the NSW Public Libraries Association which is the peak body for libraries in NSW.

30 years of Ryde being proclaimed a city

A morning tea will be held at Banjo Patterson Park in Gladesville to celebrate 30 years of Ryde being proclaimed a city (1992 – 2022).

Meadowbank Skate Park

Council will consult with neighbouring residents, Meadowbank Park users and the local skateboarding community about a proposal to extend the lighting at Meadowbank Skate Park to 8pm between May and August. 

Face-to-face meetings at the skate park will take place as part of the consultation process, with a report on the proposal to be presented to Council within three months.

Audit of existing sports ground amenities 

An audit of all existing sports ground amenities will be undertaken by Council and a report prepared in respect of each facility. The report will detail the condition of each facility, whether it is adequate for future needs and whether provision needs to be made for female changing rooms.

New street tree planting 

A report will be prepared by Council identifying suitable locations for the planting of at least 1,300 additional street trees in the City of Ryde. The report will also identify native species and suitable heights, with Council to consult proactively with local residents prior to planting.

Establishing Koreatown on Rowe Street East

Council will partner with the Eastwood business community, local residents and other appropriate stakeholders to establish a new ‘Koreatown’ precinct on Rowe Street East in Eastwood. The precinct will help boost the local economy and foster greater harmony and cultural exchange.

Meadowbank community garden

A report will be undertaken by Council staff into the location, dimensions and costings of a community garden in and around Memorial Park in Meadowbank. 

Safety and access in Putney Park and the Ryde River Walk 

Council will investigate the feasibility of installing infrastructure to make the Ryde River Walk more accessible for wheelchair users, walkers and prams.

In addition, Council will also investigate the feasibility of installing a hand railing  at Ross Street steps in Gladesville to make access to the Ryde River Walk safer, and providing additional ramp access to the sand at Putney Park to assist people living with disabilities. 

Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct

In affirming its support for new schools and education investment in the City of Ryde, Council will arrange meetings with the Mayor, Council staff, relevant stakeholders, residents and school representatives to identify priorities for the Meadowbank Education and Employment Precinct. 

In addition, a workshop will be held for new Councillors to identify opportunities for the City of Ryde to work constructively with School Infrastructure NSW on the delivery of new education facilities and surrounding local amenity, including to limit any construction-related inconveniences.

Next meeting 

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

Click here for the minutes of the 31 January 2022 Ordinary Council meeting.  

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