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  • Fiona Collins
    commented 2018-08-13 18:43:31 +1000
    To the Mayor,

    After visiting all schools in the Ryde Council area this year I am wanting to know if any changes have been implemented to increase safety and reduce congestion around schools.

    I was unable to attend the onsite meeting at West Ryde Primary but did submit an online view via your website, however this has, to date, not been acknowledged by the council.

    Today, yet again, I was unable to enter my driveway at 6 Bennett Street West Ryde, at 5.30pm, as a parent collecting their child from after care was parked across my driveway. His wife exited the car and he refused to move saying “he was doing nothing wrong and was allowed to park there” I am aware that double parking is not illegal however the engine was turned off which would imply he was not just ‘double parking’, at first he refused to move to let me onto my property. It wasn’t until we had debated that matter and traffic was blocked in both direction that he moved back a meter, into my neighbours drive, to allow me to enter my driveway.

    I have attached photos of this incident and would like my email and concerns acknowledged by the Council and this man advised he cannot park in driveways in our street.

    Kind regards,

    Fiona Collins
  • Eliana Saife
    commented 2018-07-18 08:26:25 +1000

    I am mom that lives in North Ryde and have some complaints about my child care rebate and paid maternity live due to my visa conditions.

    I would like my complaint to be escalated and delivered at a higher level.

    Centre link told me to contact my local mayor but not sure if this is the right contact to do so.

    Would you be able to confirm if this is the best way to do so otherwise, if possible, would you know how to raise my concern?


    Eliana Saife
  • Adrian Sarroff
    commented 2018-07-16 08:45:08 +1000
    Dear Jerome,

    Thank you for all your work.

    I have commenced a blog to prevent the closure of Marsden High School. The aim of the blog is outlined in its first entry, introduction.

    Any suggestions is welcome. I have already listed your petition.

    If there are no elections on the date of Moocoboola, I am happy to help out all day.

    Regards Adrian Sarroff, President Ryde Macquarie Teachers Associaiton

    Teacher at MHS
  • Raphael Georges Desplechin
    commented 2018-07-12 08:24:17 +1000
  • Warwick Taylor
    commented 2018-07-09 10:37:11 +1000
    The Libs propose to reduce NSW’s outrageous fees for caravan registration………around $400 for our 20 year old caravan. Victoria charges $58 for the same thing.

    What does your party promise to do on this matter ?
  • Francis Heng
    commented 2018-07-05 16:31:51 +1000
    Dear Lord Mayor,

    The attached mail was sent to you on 24/6/18, requesting for an appointment from you. I still have not received any reply from you whether I am able to get an appointment to meet you.

    I am looking forward for you reply.

    Kind regards,

    Francis Heng

    From: Francis Heng []

    Sent: Sunday, 24 June 2018 7:53 PM

    To: ‘’

    Subject: Your ref: D17/153638

    Dear Lord Mayor,

    I have been giving a running around to look for a very simply solution to solve my damaged gutter crossing. Your council staffs were directing me to different organisations and given me different reasons. Here are the unfulfilled, uneventful and wasting time dealing with your staffs:

    o November 2017 first reported to Mr. Sam Karakaidos (your ref D17/153638), where he advised to the damage to the drive way was due to normal wear a tear, however, since then, there has been significantly more damage to the gutter crossing.

    o April 2018 – Due to the increase in damage, I approached Ryde council again and was instructed to contact Mr. Stephen Toohey of c/- Local Certification. I had a number of telephone conversations with Kristy in hopes of getting in touch with Mr. Stephen without success. 1 May 2018, I was then advised to contact Chris Donavon, where he had advised I should contact the developer/owner regarding this matter.

    o 11 May 2018, I managed to get in contact with the owner of the property however he was not able to reach any remediation and he advised me to contact the council.

    o To avoid any neighbourhood conflict; on 22 May 2018, I wrote to you and Mr. Cormica wrote to me and saying the gutter crossing caused by ageing, wear and tear and poor workmanship. The gutter was constructed by the approved council contractor. I should not be responsible for the poor workmanship.

    o Today 22/6/18 – I visited council again. Your staff told me I should contact the state MP because the gutter regulation is under the state law.

    From the above occurrences, I realised that none of staffs know who is ultimately responsible for this issue.

    What should I do now? Should I contact Mr. Victor Dominello for this issue?

    Could I make an appointment to see you and settle this once and for all? I have wasted a lot my time and stress over this issue.

    As your flyer said SOSSAVE our Streets’, Lord Mayor please ‘ SAVE my Gutter Crossing’.

    Yours faithfully,

    Francis Heng
  • Dawn bonnici
    commented 2018-05-23 09:41:35 +1000
    i would like information on the proposed rebuilding of Kent Road Public School. this is a great concern to me.
  • Llieda Wild
    commented 2018-05-15 12:10:41 +1000
    Dear Jerome, as a resident of Eastwood. like many other older residents, I was appalled to find that Sydney bus transport has altered the 545 Parramatta to Chatswood bus route so that buses no longer stop at the Macquarie bus interchange outside the entrance to the centre. Now the bus stops further away in Waterloo Road which involves a struggle uphill for the elderly people and then a difficult walk back to Macquarie Centre. As most of us in the Eastwood area who rely on this bus route to reach our Doctors in the centre, to do our shopping or just meet friends and take in a movie, it is a huge blow as those with walking sticks and walkers are faced with a real difficulty to reach the centre entrance. Who in their right mind at Sydney buses would inflict such a penalty on the elderly of Eastwood? Is there any way this altered route can be reversed?

    Regards etc.,

    Llieda Wild
  • Sarah Hyde
    commented 2018-05-14 09:00:52 +1000
    Just reading the article about the posters in Ryde. I’m sure I’m not the only person to say how disgusting those posters were and how they do not reflect the majority of people in Australia.
  • Christine Kenny
    commented 2018-04-18 22:08:33 +1000

    I support you in blocking the Manor Home rezoning. Good luck on Thursday.

    John kenny
  • Patrick Goold
    followed this page 2018-04-18 19:37:13 +1000
  • Patrick Goold
    commented 2018-04-18 19:36:06 +1000
    Dear Mayor

    I have read your report to Council, and I understand your concern about the extent of housing in the Ryde area.

    There are lots of great things about Ryde and being about to have a house on a good block on land is one of them.

    But it seems you are not serious in fixing this mess.The hypocrisy in your report is unbelievable. Your Council zoned the land to allow villas, townhouses and dual occupancies all over Ryde.


    These two things will completely nullify the effect of the Medium Density Housing Code.

    But in your report it says you won’t do this because it will affect land values.


    If as you say, the LEP does not allow this – then CHANGING THE LEP WON”T AFFECT LAND VALUES.

    My reading of the new State Policy is that it only allows development where Council have zoned it. IF IT IS NOT ZONED THEN NO ONE CAN BUILD IT.

    How can people support you if your actions do you match your rhetoric.

    You do have power to change your LEP – you don’t have power to change a state policy – that only is a problem because of the mistakes of former Councillors

  • Brian Dewberry
    commented 2018-03-29 10:56:41 +1100
    Jerome, Is there any validity in the rumors that Optus and another large company at the Macquarie

    Park Industrial area are going to be afforded the opportunity to Park their motor vehicles on the 1950 designated and Gazetted County Road at the entrance off Adelphi Street, Marsfield and be conveyed to their work place by a private Bus company. So that they may be afforded privileged parking opportunity when the Railway closes down for several months for further renovations and local residents and employees in the effected areas will have to rely on Government Bus Transport . If residents and workers have to be inconvenienced by these alterations. Why are these Private companies afforded this opportunity.


    Brian Dewberry
  • Keith S
    commented 2018-03-21 16:16:36 +1100
    Just wanted to ask if you would be interested in getting external help with graphic design? We do all design work like banners, advertisements, photo edits, logos, flyers, etc. for a fixed monthly fee.

    We don’t charge for each task. What kind of work do you need on a regular basis? Let me know and I’ll share my portfolio with you.
  • Isha Sharma
    commented 2018-02-23 08:13:04 +1100
  • Michelle Battin
    commented 2018-02-01 19:19:50 +1100
    Hello Mayor Jerome Laxale

    In relation to the wildlife and non wildlife currently living in Ivanhoe Place, is there a plan for them as there are bush turkeys and possums living there as well. I understand that the humans are the ultimate priority but I hope there is something that can be done for all the animals that call Ivanhoe Place home.
  • Peter van Winden
    commented 2018-01-09 20:43:44 +1100
    I sent you an email prior to the Bennelong election I am still waiting for your reply to this matter.

    Like all matters before the matter of urgency but I strongly believe if have council issue before you could a reply to this matter in Belmore street Ryde.

    Labour council is only as good as it’s members of residence in the area a swing could always see the return of the opposition.

    I look forward to receiving a phone call re this matter.
  • Michael Venner
    commented 2018-01-09 16:50:19 +1100

    I would like to ascertain your perspective on the operation of the ferries on the Parramatta River. Clearly, they represent a significant public transport facility as well as one of the few ways that ordinary citizens can enjoy our river. At the same time, as you will well know from your time with the Parramatta River Catchment Authority, their wakes have done many millions of dollars of damage to the foreshore.

    At a “meet the candidates” session last state election, I asked you all to respond to the suggestion that ferries not operating peak hour services should operate at reduced speed to minimise wake damage. Victor Dominello described this suggestion as “eminently doable!” After the election, I approached his office and eventually received a reply from a public servant contradicting the government’s own reports and stating, without evidence, that the erosion damage was not caused by the ferry operations.

    Where do you stand?


    Ross Venner
  • Peter van Winden
    commented 2017-12-04 20:49:05 +1100
    Hi Jerome

    I like to meet with you re Belmore st Rd between Park sts and Allen st re roadworks completed some 12 months ago and still hasn’t been complete even after contact council about trip hazards and road surface. They promised it would get fixed but to date, nothing has happened my concern is someone is going and to injury, them selfs seriously.

    The other I raised with council re a disable parking sigh outside No 3 Belmore the owner of the property uses it as her own park spot because she has a disable parking permit since the work in street has been we have lost 3 parking spots in the street and staff from the shopping center use Belmore street for parking to avoid to park fees at the shopping reducing parking for locals the removal of a disable parking zone would help.

    I look forward to meeting with you to discuss these issues as council avoid to move on these issues .
  • paul treacy
    commented 2017-12-04 18:23:09 +1100
    Thanks for the coffee and the chat during the council elections. Are you seriously supporting the Medicare scare campaign? Isn’t there something about bearing false witness somewhere buried deep in what you call your integrity?
  • Barbara Ford
    commented 2017-11-23 03:37:24 +1100
    Jerome, I met you in Eastwood with Kristina Keneally last week, I also met your wife and Kristina last Thursday evening at Eden Gardens.

    I am a member of GADRC (Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children ). There are a number of members in Bennelong who have expressed an interest in meeting with Kristina. You would be most welcome to attend as well. We also also FROGS (Friends of Grandmas).

    I have volunteered my home in Eastwood anytime after Wednesday afternoon of 28 November.

    I did contact Kristina via her Facebook page as was recommended by the gentleman who rang me asking if if i had any issues I would like Kristina to address, but have not heard back.

    If you are able yo pass message i would be most grateful.


    Barbara Ford

    0411 864 375
  • Pino Russo
    commented 2017-11-13 13:44:28 +1100
    Dear Jerome Laxale,

    Christine and I are organising a Nine and Dine (Golf and Dinner), to raise money for the Cancer Council, at North Ryde Golf Course on Thursday, 30th November 2017.

    Golf will start at 3.00PM with dinner starting at 6.30PM, sit down 7.00PM.

    The cost of Nine Holes of Golf and Dinner (three course meal including wine) is $110.00 for a non, North Ryde Golf Member and $80.00 North Ryde Golf Member.

    Dinner only (three course meal including wine) will cost $80.00.

    A minimum of $41.00 per person, will be donated to Cancer Council.

    Please feel free to bring friends and/or organise a table! Christine and I really hope you can support this great cause.

    Please RSVP by Thursday, 16th November 2017.

    Kind Regards,

    Pino & Christine Russo
  • Mirjana Varga
    commented 2017-11-10 12:27:15 +1100
    Hi Jerome

    A friend contacted me asking for urgent support. She is dying and is trying to get the bill passed so that she and others can have a choice to die with dignity. Her name is Anne Gabrielides. This bill will be voted at the NSW Parliament will vote on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in 2 weeks on 16 November 2017.

    Please see link
    Here is the beginning paragraph taken from the website above

    Anne A FORMER speech pathologist who now struggles to speak herself is staging a poignant campaign for the right to end her life on her own terms.

    Anne Gabrielides, from NSW’s Blue Mountains, has Motor Neurone Disease and has been given just 12 months to live. The 53-year-old says she dreads the prospect of a long, agonising death.

    “I’m becoming trapped inside my own body, with the same intellect but unable to speak, eat, clean myself or move,” she said. “I’m asking for NSW politicians to open their hearts and spare those battling crippling terminal illnesses like mine from an undignified, painful and drawn out death. Help me deny this bastard of a disease its last victory.”

    Can you please help me support her by doing what you can to get the bill passed.

  • Chris Blyth
    commented 2017-10-30 14:55:02 +1100
    Jerome, great work to keep Eastwood Park free of cars. Some of my priorities for Eastwood (not in order of priority however):

    1, Educate people on littering, all through the centre and over to the park the discarded rubbish is a disgrace, every day and have ranger enforcing and fining people;

    2. Enforce the smoking ban in Eastwood plaza. People continually smoke there and no action is taken;

    3. Can we get an Indian Mynahr bird trapping program going near at least near the CWA and Progress Ave? I know Lane Cove Council has dun some work on this;

    4. Educate people on how to cross the road. Its a free for all. For example walking through the middle of a roundabout with little children is not a safe way to cross the road;

    5. Victor’s idea about traffic lights is problematic. Instead, remove the crossing at West Pde and provide a grade separated access from the railway line side to the head of the plaza and place barriers preventing pedestrian access all along that stretch. There is plenty of room on both sides to achieve this;

    6. Close off Rowe Street between Trelawney and The Avenue and close The Avenue itself to the roundabout at Hillview Lane and increase the size of the plaza. This removes the problem with the crossing near the NAB and stops cars shanking all the way through the centre. You only lose a few car spaces Make cars travel along Rutledge then Shaftsbury and Glen to get to the Glen St car park. This has been suggested for a long time now but no one listens;

    7. Reverse the traffic flow in Progress Ave and make it a left turn only to get out, this I recall was suggested in the 2014 study ;

    8. There has been too much piecemeal stuff going on in Eastwood and Victor’s proposal woudl have surely worsened this so i’m glad the car park proposals didn’t get a guernsey. There needs to be a broader approach before the current development sites get going and it becomes to late.
  • Luke Manderson
    commented 2017-10-26 09:05:22 +1100
    I write in respect of council’s continuing policy of support for the free bus service operating within the municipality. I have, on previous occasions requested from council, a complete breakdown on its usage, including the percentage of non Ryde residents using the service. Council reluctantly provided annual patronage, with no details of non Ryde resident usage. Additionally, the bus windows are non transparent from both the rear and sides that makes it difficult to see how many people are in the bus.

    Ryde ratepayers should seriously question the appropriateness of council using ratepayer contributed funds to support a bus service that was initially introduced as a commercial, promotional step by Top Ryde City Shopping Centre to increase patronage at its shopping centre, and at its cost of operation, which is now funded by RCC, which is both under utilised and to the benefit of non Ryde residents.

    Whilst council obviously has a policy of bigger government, at the expense of ever increasing rates, surely the business of bus transportation should be left to the state government or private operators, who charge a fee for carriage.
  • Robin Wolfson
    commented 2017-10-24 13:00:25 +1100
    Hi Jerome, Robin Wolfson is my name. I’m good friends with Joshua Groenestyn and he said this was a good way to get in touch with you. Unfortunately I’m one of the affected families of the imminent closure of Top Ryde Early Learning Centre. I’m not sure if you’ve heard much detail, but basically the landlord sold the site to developers who in turn gave the day care until 2019 to relocate. Unfortunately those developers have themselves sold to another who will not extend the lease past 2017. The daycare did have a backup plan of moving next door to the school, however plumbing issues in that building means that option won’t be viable until mid 2018. Is there any way council can look in to the issue and try to get the developer to hold off taking possession until the problem is solved, rather than displace so many local families at very short notice with little available else where. I’d be happy to discuss this further with you if you need more information.
  • Chris Barnard
    commented 2017-10-22 20:14:57 +1100
    Hello Jerome, Great news and thanks very much for all your care, effort and persistence in saving the only park Eastwood has within its boundaries. Keep up the good work and wishing you all the very best in your career.
  • monireh Barnard
    commented 2017-10-22 20:05:31 +1100
    Congratulations Jerome and thank you very much for all your care and work in saving our Communities Eastwood Park. Best wishes
  • Carmel Power
    commented 2017-10-21 11:43:57 +1100
    As a former Sydney resident I write to congratulate you on saving Eastwood Park. Friends who have lived in the area for years raising their families, I know would be so proud of your success.
  • Duncan Sutherland
    commented 2017-10-20 16:11:40 +1100
    G’day Jerome

    Can you please let me know what is being done to resolve commuter parking in Eastwood. I understand that Mr Dominello has put $25m on the table but Council has been struggling to find a solution.