It is with great pleasure that I present the City of Ryde’s 2018/19 Annual Report.
This report provides an extensive overview of the big agenda that Council is embarking on to deliver vital programs, services and initiatives for the benefit of the entire City of Ryde community.
As you will read, the Council has achieved a great deal. Some of the highlights include:
- Improving our open spaces. We completed construction of Meadowbank Skate Park as well as long awaited upgrades to Wilga Park, ELS Hall Park and Morrison Bay Park. Eight playgrounds were also upgraded, taking the total number of playgrounds upgraded since 2012 to 40.
- Protecting our environment. We became one of the first councils to declare a Climate Emergency and introduce a policy to phase out single-use plastics, while also joining with the Parramatta River Catchment Group to make Parramatta River swimmable again by 2025.
- Maintaining our City’s character. We continued to advocate against planning policies putting undue pressure on our existing infrastructure and local amenity. This includes obtaining a deferral on the implementation of the State Government’s Medium Density Housing Code. We also joined thousands of local residents to successfully advocate for a review of plans to demolish the Macquarie Centre ice rink.
- Supporting our economic development. We worked with local business leaders to build on the success of Macquarie Park as one of Australia’s economic powerhouses. This includes staging a range of business-focused programs, joining the NSW Government’s Easy To Do Business program and launching Venture Café Sydney.
- Connecting our City. We secured funding for new cycleways and shared user paths across our City while also enhancing pedestrian access in Macquarie Park and other town centres. Progress was also made on improving parking and congestion in Eastwood with a traffic and parking study completed and a new shopper car park slated for construction in 2020 in Rowe Street East.
- Bringing our community together.
We were lucky to stage some incredible events in 2018/19. This included the biggest Lunar New Year celebration yet, which paid homage to our multiculturalism as well as the Granny Smith Festival, which celebrated our unique history.
Despite all that Council has achieved, we still have so much to do as part of our commitment to work for all residents.
Clr Jerome Laxale
City of Ryde Mayor