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Another Baird backflip seals Blenheim Park Victory

The Baird Government has again back-flipped on a decision in response to a community campaign to expand Blenheim Park. Earlier this month, the Department of Planning finally submitted a community backed plan to expand parkland at Blenheim Park by 2000 sqm for gateway determination. Originally, the Government had decided to back a developers plan to rezone the same land to high density residential. The Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Planning, Michael Daley, was thankful for the community's passion on this matter "This decision is a win for common sense and again shows that Mike Baird and his Government are out of touch. The Government has always had a choice on this matter: to either side with the community or with developers.  Continue reading

Ryde Council Joins Macquarie Park Innovation District

Press Release: At it's meeting on 27 September 2016, the City of Ryde Council unanimously endorsed Councillor Laxale's motion to join the Macquarie Park Innovation District Group (MPID) effective immediately. The MPID is a collection of key employers in the Park, now joined by the City of Ryde, with a vision to make Macquarie Park Australia's premier hub of innovation and collaboration. Continue reading

Blenheim Park

SIGN THE PETITION - CLICK HERE A decision by Council to expand open space at Blenheim Park has been thwarted by the Baird Government says Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale. Continue reading

A Carpark on Eastwood oval?

Recently, State Liberal MP, Mr Dominello said that he wanted to build a 230 space commuter carpark on community owned Eastwood Oval (see newspaper article below). As Mayor, and a user of Eastwood Oval, I have concerns about this proposal. However, before Council considers Mr Dominello’s request, I’d like to gauge your thoughts on the matter. Do you agree that there should be a multi-storey carpark built on Eastwood oval? Please let me know by emailing me or filling out my quick survey on my website: www.jeromelaxale.com/eastwood

Opportunity for NSW Government to Purchase a School Site in Macquarie Park

Local schools in the City of Ryde are at or near capacity, with some reports suggesting that lower North Shore schools have seen up to a 40 percent increase in enrollments over recent years. Mayor Laxale said that “Council remains concerned that current education infrastructure will not meet the demand arising from significant population growth across the City of Ryde.”   Continue reading

Synthetic fields & a home for the Koalas - Just in time for Christmas!

In a massive win for families in Ryde, Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to find a home for the North West Sydney Koalas & finally embark on our long overdue Synthetic fields programme - just in time for Christmas! Continue reading

Light Rail Decision has let Ryde Down, again

  The City of Ryde’s campaign to link Macquarie Park with Parramatta via Carlingford by light rail has been delivered a knock-out blow following today’s Western Sydney Light Rail announcement by the NSW Premier. Continue reading

City of Ryde Steps Up to Challenge of Affordable Housing

City of Ryde Council is answering the challenge of providing affordable housing for key workers on very low to moderate incomes with the release on public exhibition of a draft Affordable Housing Policy that will help to deliver 600 new affordable dwellings by 2031. Continue reading

Making Parramatta River Swimmable Again By 2025 – One Year In

One year into the Our Living River initiative to bring swimming back to the Parramatta River (the river) by 2025, the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) has released its first 12 month progress report.  Continue reading

Ryde's Night Time Economy - Activating Macquarie Park

Ryde Council will undertake a wide-ranging consultation and research program to develop a Night-Time Economy strategy for the City of Ryde in response to the future needs of our community.  Continue reading