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City of Ryde to Welcome Refugees with Open Arms

Ryde Council last night voted unanimously to make the city a Refugee Welcome Zone.   Continue reading

Ryde Pensioners Hit in Social Housing Rent Hike

The O'Farrell Government recently announced measures which would hit the most vulnerable pensions and war widows with an unprecedented increase in their public housing rent.   Continue reading

Dominello and O'Farrell Dump Commitment to "Return Planning Powers to Local Communities"

The O’Farrell Government has rewarded developers and dumped its election commitment to return planning powers to local communities, following today’s long overdue release of the NSW Planning White Paper. Continue reading

Dominello urged to stop destruction of "former Ivanhoe Estate"

Ryde Council has once again united in an attempt to stop the State Government from destroying the Ivanhoe Place housing estate. In a passionate debate, Labor Councillors urged local member Victor Dominello to stand up for his community and publicly declare his opposition to plans to destroy the estate. Continue reading

More Consultation on Planning White Paper required

At the reconvened council meeting held on Tuesday 19/03/13, Clr Jerome Laxale moved to hold public workshops on the issue of planning reform. Continue reading

Liberal Says no to Helping Ryde's New Arrivals

PRESS RELEASE: In a heated debate on Tuesday 12/03/13, Ryde Council defeated an attempt by Liberal Councillor Pickering to politicize a Red Cross Refugee Assistance programme which provides temporary accommodation for refugee families and their children. Continue reading

Ryde Council and Social Media

MEDIA RELEASE: Council last night unanimously endorsed a motion supporting the creation of official City of Ryde social media accounts. Ryde Labor Councillor Jerome Laxale, mover of the motion, was thrilled to have received such overwhelming support for his initiative. "The creation of dedicated City of Ryde Twitter and Facebook accounts will encourage greater community engagement and is a positive step forward for our city." Continue reading

Win for Residents of Raymond Street

PRESS RELEASE: Ryde Council last night approved a motion to fast track the construction of the missing footpath network along both sides of Raymond street Eastwood. Mover of the motion, Labor Clr Jerome Laxale, was pleased that council approved the construction.   Continue reading

Livvi's Place Opens at Yamble Reserve

I, along with hundreds of families, had the pleasure of attending Sunday's grand opening of Livvi's place, and felt compelled to write to this post to highlight all the great work that has been done to get such a magnificent facility here in Ryde. Continue reading

NSW Shadow Housing Minister to visit Ivanhoe Estate

PRESS RELEASE: Shadow Minister for Housing, The Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, will be visiting Ivanhoe Estate on Monday, 10 December 2012 to listen to residents' concerns about the future of their homes and community. Continue reading