The City of Ryde’s 2018/19 Annual Report details how Council continues to deliver the services and infrastructure required to support local residents, businesses and the wider community.
This period represented the first full year that the City of Ryde’s Community Strategic Plan – Our Vision for Ryde 2028 – has been put into effect. The Community Strategic Plan sets out a road map for the City of Ryde’s immediate and long-term future based on extensive community consultation.
During 2018/19, Council invested more than $123 million to provide services that directly align to the Community Strategic Plan over a program of 136 projects. These key projects included the upgrade of West Ryde Plaza and the new Meadowbank Skate Park.
Meanwhile, the demand for our parks, sportsgrounds, recreation and community facilities remain stronger than ever, with more than 2.2 million visits recorded throughout the year by people participating in active sports, and utilising our libraries, parks and recreation facilities. This ongoing demand underpins Council’s continuing emphasis on upgrades and maintenance of our community assets.
In the 12-month reporting period, Council invested $11 million on roads and $18.6 million on parks and sportsfields.
Crucially, Council has been able to undertake all of these achievements while maintaining a strong and responsible financial position, having exceeded key financial and infrastructure performance indicators. This puts Council in a favourable position to cope with the infrastructure and service requirements expected in the future as the population of the City of Ryde continues to grow.
Small steps to a big future
As part of this future planning, the City of Ryde developed the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) and placed it on public exhibition in June 2019 for community feedback. The LSPS is a blueprint for the future of the City of Ryde, detailing our 20-year vision for a liveable, prosperous and connected City supported by appropriate infrastructure.
In addition, Council continues to take steps to tackle climate change and reduce its emissions. Our Solar PV project at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre (RALC) includes a solar harvesting power station that is the largest of its kind in North West Sydney.
The solar harvesting power station includes 846 solar panels, generating more than 300 kilowatts or approximately 12 percent of RALC’s electricity usage. It is estimated to save more than 315 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and save more than 366 MWh of energy each year.
And to address the growing demand for community facilities, Council endorsed new plans to commence consultation on an exciting redevelopment of the Ryde Civic Centre site. The new Ryde Central will be recognised as ‘The New Heart of Ryde’ and will deliver a four-fold increase in community space while retaining 100 percent public ownership of the site.
I look forward to continuing our work in delivering a greater City of Ryde.