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The New Heart of Ryde to benefit local students

Published on 07 August 2019

A local high school has expressed its support for the additional community space that would be delivered under The New Heart of Ryde proposal.

Ryde Secondary College principal Cassy Norris said the continued growth of education in the Ryde community meant there was a greater need for a space where schools “could come together to interact, collaborate, create and celebrate”.

“The New Heart of Ryde would be great for our current and future students as it will provide them with a facility where we can celebrate their achievements in a local setting,” Ms Norris said.

“Recently we were honoured to receive gold trophies for our concert band and choir, in the Ryde Eisteddfod, a performing arts event with more than 5,000 entries each year held at various locations in the city. It would be great to be able to bring everyone together in the one location for large cultural events such as this.”

“Performance space is something the city is currently lacking. For instance, there is a Ryde Schools Spectacular where primary and high schools come from far and wide to participate, however, there is currently no space in Ryde to facilitate this. The talent in the area of performance, dance and creative arts at these types of events is amazing for all to see and experience.”

Ms Norris said The New Heart of Ryde had the potential to become a creative arts hub that could benefit primary and secondary students in the region.

“It would be great to have a continuum for creative arts and performance from primary into secondary schools and beyond. In primary schools in this district, the standard of performance is really high,” Ms Norris said.

“Primaries have the time and the opportunity to really develop capacity through student practice in extended blocks of time. In secondary school with up to eight subjects in some years, complex timetables and pressure on limited performance space, performance is more limited, and mostly an extracurricular activity, often before or after school or outside of school. 

“By providing a local opportunity for larger scale performance and creative arts, there could be further collaboration between schools, and stages of learning for all students including ours, within and outside school hours.

“By having this facility it will build on Ryde’s cultural profile and enable Ryde to develop further as a centre of arts and performance.”

Ms Norris is also a member of the Economic Development Advisory Committee and believes The New Heart of Ryde could deliver economic benefits to the local community as well.

“The City of Ryde has a GDP of $15 billion and it is totally appropriate for a cultural space that will acknowledge the creative and performance talents in the area and add to the local economy. This facility will enhance the economic diversity of Ryde, building on its reputation as a ‘silicon valley’, and wholesaling centre with a creative hub.”

The New Heart of Ryde is the new vision for the Ryde Civic Centre, delivering a four-fold increase in community facilities without the introduction of any residential development on the site.

The City of Ryde is currently undertaking formal consultation on the new vision until Sunday 25 August. Submissions can be made:

• Through an online survey at  

• By email at 

• By post to General Manager, City of Ryde, Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde NSW 1670.

In addition to receiving submissions, the City of Ryde will also undertake a wide range of communication activities during the formal consultation period including a community roadshow and displays at local shopping centres.  

The New Heart of Ryde will be financially sustainable that will not result in increased rates or cuts to any services. Council will also retain complete ownership of the site.

Last updated on 6 August 2019