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Thinking Big: 2018/19 Annual Report

This year’s Annual Report centres on the theme Thinking big.

It reflects a year spent planning how, so we can make our City even greater in the future. We are reviewing our Local Environment Plan and have developed our 10 year draft Local Strategic Planning Statement. This plan will be guiding our City’s development for the next 20 years. We completed reviews of our Integrated Open Space and Children’s Play Plans and finalised master plans for ELS Hall ParkGannan ParkMeadowbank Park and Blenheim Park. Our first Resilience Plan is also under development. Our Social Plan and Creativity Strategy were developed through extensive research and consultation with community members and stakeholders and we started our biggest infrastructure project for our community, 'Ryde Central', and our plans are progressing from concept to design stages.

The report focuses on the financial and operational performance of the City of Ryde in 2018/19, documenting our performance against the 2018/19 budget(PDF, 4MB), and our progress against our Four-Year Delivery Plan 2018–2022. It is intended to provide important information to a broad range of stakeholders including City of Ryde residents and ratepayers, local businesses, non-government organisations, our partners and other government departments and agencies.  It also provides our staff with information on how well we have performed over the year, how their efforts have contributed to achieving our vision and what to expect in the coming year.

This report also includes a snapshot of our performance and an overview of our outlook for the future, including our plans to ensure the sustainability of our organisation, our City and the community we serve. Our Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA) Annual Report and report on progress against our Disability Inclusion Action Plan are also included in the Statutory Information section of this report.

When writing this report, we took a quadruple bottom line approach to social, economic, environmental and governance outcomes impacting our community. It contains Standard Disclosures from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, with the GRI index on page 241 listing the location of relevant indicators within the Annual Report. We have also discussed the sustainability initiatives we have undertaken both in our community and in our organisation in our Natural and Sustainable City and Vibrant and Liveable City outcomes

Acknowledgement

The City of Ryde acknowledges the Wallumedegal clan of the Dharug people as the traditional custodians of this land.