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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

Synthetic Field dream destroyed

  After 3 years of planning and decades of talk, it is with great sadness and anger that I report to you today that Council's plans to build a new synthetic sports field at ELS Hall have been delayed for the foreseeable future. Continue reading

Ryde misses out in NSW Budget

  The NSW Budget was bad news for the people of Ryde. Despite a tagline of “Building our Future”, the budget does not have a single dollar allocated towards delivering the new high school Ryde desperately needs. Mr Laxale said “Victor Dominello has been a local MP since 2008 and he has yet to secure a single cent for new schools in our area. Continue reading


On Tuesday Night, Ryde Council rejected my plan to restore funding to the much used Top Ryder Community Bus. The 6 Liberals and 3 Independents joined forces, instead opting to spend the $100,000 on a new assistant for the Mayor and the General Manager. Continue reading

Council approves $30,000 for Pedestrian Safety

Ryde council recently unanimously secured $30,000 worth of funding for the installation of a pedestrian safety fence outside St Therese's Primary School in Denistone.  As mover of the motion, I was ecstatic with the outcome.   Continue reading

Social, Public and Affordable Housing Review

Affordable housing is an issue that is frequently brought up at Ryde Council, so it was great interest that I read that the NSW Legislative Council resolved to establish a Select Committee to inquire into Social, Public and Affordable Housing. Continue reading

Ryde Riverwalk Funding Confirmed

Labor Clrs George Simon and Jerome Laxale led a community campaign to demand the local member for Bennelong, John Alexander, and Infrastructure Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss, honour the previous Federal Government’s commitment to provide the funds Continue reading

Register of Lobbyists

On 27/08/13, I moved a motion that Ryde Council unanimously endorsed to establish a register of lobbyists in relation to Development Applications in the City of Ryde.   Continue reading