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  • Mirtha Concha
    commented 2016-12-16 19:13:58 +1100
    Hi Jerome, I will appreciate if you can let me know where do I have to go to present my case regarding the fence in my property that is share with the council,the fence has collapsed and need to be replaced.

    Thank you
  • Linda Ratzer
    commented 2016-11-30 10:47:58 +1100
    Hi Jerome,

    I was hoping I could talk with you about Out of School Hours Care. I have been in the industry for many years and I live just around the corner from you in Ryde. I am very aware of the desperate need for more care places and the long waiting lists. My problem is that I would love to open and run my own OOSH venue in the Ryde area but I am restricted by the lack of appropriate premises and the cost involved in applying to council etc. I was hoping that perhaps you could point me in the right direction to get some assistance in finding a space to operate from and who to talk to re DA application etc etc.

    Thank you,

    Kind regards,

    Linda Ratzer
  • stephen smith
    commented 2016-11-19 22:34:06 +1100
    It is truly aweosme article thanks.
  • Peter Mulligan
    commented 2016-09-22 11:22:48 +1000
    A carpark on Estwood oval is a bad idea. It is hard enough driving past the Station /Library area already but this would be increasing traffic pressure to an intolerable level with all the access to and from the carpark. This is all about favouring commuters over local residents otherwise they wouldn’t need to locate it so close to the station and could have kept with the original proposal further up Rowe Street.

    There is no way that an artificial surface football field perched on top of a carpark is going to have any aesthetic appeal. If they want to include grandstand and storage/kiosk areas it will have to be much bigger than just the dimensions of the playing area, so probably all the embankment area would have to go as well.

    Is the Croquet Club to go as well?
  • Chris Barnard
    commented 2016-09-09 18:36:53 +1000
    Hi Jerome

    My wife and I would like to have come tomorrow but unfortunately we have already made arrangements in the city.

    Best of Luck for tomorrow.

  • Chris Barnard
    commented 2016-09-07 19:37:35 +1000
    School of Health and Social Development Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences Deakin University
    City living involves an extraordinary disengagement of humans from the natural environment that is likely to be detrimental to health and wellbeing. Parks may be one of the only means of accessing nature for the majority of people in urban areas, yet most people are unaware of their full range of potential health benefits. Humans have forgotten how much the natural world means to them. Yet, signals abound that the loss of life’s diversity endangers not just the body but also the spirit. It has been reported that modern people are experiencing a spiritual famine and that alcohol, food, and drug addictions are futile attempts to fill the spiritual emptiness that has arisen from loss of contact with nature. In terms of health, parks and other natural environments have been viewed almost exclusively as venues for leisure and sport. Yet recent research shows that ‘green nature’, such as parks, can reduce crime, foster psychological wellbeing, reduce stress, boost immunity, enhance productivity, and promote healing. In fact, the positive effects on human health, particularly in urban environments, cannot be over-stated. As a result, urban planning should ensure that the communities have adequate access to nature. Evidence in the literature shows that among other benefits viewing nature is positive for health in terms of recovering from stress, improving concentration and productivity, and improving psychological state, particularly of people in confined circumstances such as prisons and hospitals. Furthermore, wilderness and related studies clearly demonstrate that being in a natural environment affects people positively, particularly in terms of mental health. There are also multiple benefits from brief encounters with nature, or experiencing nature on a smaller scale, such as in urban parks. Surveys have shown that nature is important to people, and the numbers of people seeking nature-based recreation are increasing.

    There are many parks and open spaces in London, England. Green space in London consists of around 23 Parks covering thousands of acres of land, supplemented by many small garden squares scattered throughout the city centre such as Berkeley Square in Mayfair in the West End of London.
    Past British governments realised that green open spaces were essential for the mental and physical health of people living in urban areas. I am a former resident of Watford England (25 kilometres from Central London) and when I returned recently after 40 years I discovered not one square inch of our local Cassiobury Park 190 acres had been touched and is still beautifully maintained.
  • Russ Delange
    commented 2016-08-30 10:03:00 +1000
    Hi Jerome

    You havd a good relationship with Ray Hadley. …

    Why not get him inbiard with this Blenheim Dog park Issue. …

    Yet another Baird bowl over. ..

    Regards Russ
  • Tim Keighley
    commented 2016-08-29 15:44:30 +1000
    Dear Mayor Laxale,

    In your comments about putting a car park on Eastwood Oval, you do not mention the plan to put a synthetic pitch on the roof. This seems to be ignoring a major part of the project. Eastwood Oval is regularly in very poor condition and is not suitable to be replace with a synthetic surface, as it is subject to flooding. If the car park was built and the synthetic surface put on top, this facility would be a much more usable playing field all year round, in all weather.

    The existing sporting facilities in Ryde are already near peak capacity and with the increase in population over the next few years we will need more sports grounds. The sport I represent, Ultimate Frisbee, is already struggling with getting access to sports grounds. We have to use fields in Hunters Hill and Lane Cove as we cannot get enough fields in Ryde. I have spoken with you about this in person.

    So please consider the entire plan to put a car park and synthetic field where Eastwood Oval currently is, rather than just focusing on the car park, and keep Mr Dominello to his word if this project goes ahead.


    Tim Keighley
  • Chris Barnard
    commented 2016-08-21 20:01:50 +1000
    Dear Jerome,

    Thanks for your good work in trying to save our playing fields opposite Eastwood station and our parks which are essential requirements for people who live in cities. Below is a link to a song written and sung by famous folk singer Joni Mitchell where she basically says that people pave paradise building parking lots and then do not know what they have lost until it is gone.

    Good Luck in your endeavour.

    Best wishes

  • Christine Russo
    commented 2016-07-22 18:10:18 +1000
    Hi Jerome

    Thank you for letting us know about Ryde State MP Victor Dominello’s investigations into alternative locations for new commuter car parking near Eastwood station.

    My preference would be to leave Eastwood ovals as is and investigate another alternative like extending the car parking station that already exists. The ovals and surrounds are important open green areas that are used for lots of community activities not just sport. While a high rise car park with an all weather sports field a top, is functional, the location and it’s construction would not respect the cultural tradition of our neighbourhood’s natural space.

    I would be interested in knowing what “engineering investigations” would entail, as far as disruption to the lower oval and what other site options in Eastwood the State government is looking at.

    kind regards

    Chris Russo
  • Anthony Massillamany
    commented 2016-07-13 13:53:35 +1000
    Converting Eastwood oval into a car park is a bad idea and I totally oppose it. We need the open space please
  • Marilyn Phillips
    commented 2016-07-12 14:28:33 +1000
    I didn’t get a copy of the newspaper with the article about building a car park on the Eastwood oval. I was appalled. I am not surprised that Dominello has suggested it. For someone who was championing being the local Ryde boy, his silence on the amalgamations has been deafening, and this is another ill thought out idea. Definitely need to leave the oval alone. With so many units and soon, high rise unit buildings in Eastwood, it is essential to keep as much open space as possible. And, I add, while I am not a huge sports fan, this space is needed.
  • John Haniotis
    commented 2016-07-11 19:09:27 +1000
    Hi Jerome,

    How about fighting to secure funding for the Eastwood County Road? With Macquarie Park becoming a major business hub, not to mention Macquarie University and Macquarie Hospital, the roads through West Ward linking western Sydney to Macquarie Park are not coping with the massive increase in traffic. The land was set aside for this much needed missing infrustructure to be built!
  • Steve Gronau
    commented 2016-07-11 12:03:13 +1000
    I voted ‘Yes’ to the Car Park Option as an Oval can be built on the top with better water drainage, Seating, facilities and lighting than the current oval can manage on an old Swamp ground it was built on. I support change for the better. Please make change work for the community, not at the expense of our local heritage. Add commercial Space on the outer rim of the car park that will pay for the facility.
  • Shannon Boyd
    commented 2016-07-11 09:27:28 +1000
    Morning Jerome,

    Will you support us greyhound trainers?!

    How much can one sport take .

    We keep getting kicked , kicked and kicked .

    Yesterday when the news to ban greyhound racing in NSW was reported I felt that down I have done nothing else except train greyhounds. Mike Baird employed Paul Newson to reform the industry. In the last 16 month greyhounds trainers have had to make their kennels bigger and other codes of practices we have had to abide by.

    We have invested over $25k building a new kennels block to abide by these new codes and at this time was told everything will be ok.

    Now 16months after Mike Baird put Paul Newson in to do the reforms he has now banned greyhound racing in NSW.

    We have 13 races dogs for owners plus 17 pups under the age of 6 weeks old.

    To breed these two litters again we had to go through vets to make sure the brood bitch was ok to breed from then paid for the service ect. This cost us in the vicinity of $8000 to breed this litter.

    Mike Baird is talking about reimbursement no money is going to give me back what we will loose.

    Now let’s talk about the animals the greyhounds that are now band .

    Their is over 10,000 greyhounds in NSW how is the RSPCA going to rehome all these dogs.

    Let’s face it the RSPCA put down 1 in 5 dogs already. They can not rehome all these greyhounds . Greyhounds will get put down that would probably have a long racing career .

    I’m pleading to everyone who don’t know greyhounds but are going of what mike Baird is reading it is false.

    Let me put this to you .

    If you brought a greyhound pup for $3000

    Then paid a rearer $2000 to get it reared till 12 months of age.

    Then paid a person to school your greyhound to race $450.

    Now you are paying a public trainer $50 a week do you really think if the dog was to slow to race you would go put it down!?

    NO you have spent to much money you would find a trainer who is prepared to give your greyhound a go.

    So don’t believe all this stuff that greyhounds to slow get put down at a young age!

    Also tell me this!

    What back yard dog visits the vet weekly?

    Do you worm and flea your dog monthly?

    Do you spend $3.60kg on meat pure beef to feed your dog?

    Do you spend over $50 for a bag of kibble?

    Do you give your dog break fast ?

    Does your dog get let out into a 50m x 30m paddock morning and night?

    Does your dog get bathed weekly?

    Do you put a coat on your dog every night?

    Does your dog have a clean dry bed with blankets every night?

    Does your dog get to go out and socialise with their own breed weekly and do what they love (running )?

    So can you answer all these question YES!?

    Well my dogs get all what I have asked above .

    So do I treat my dogs bad like Mr Baird would like you to believe .


    Shannon Boyd


    Sent from my iPhone
  • Graham English
    commented 2016-04-18 15:06:34 +1000
    Dear Mr Laxale

    This morning a large semi-trailer carrying a container struggled up Young Parade, a narrow lane really with cars parked right along one side. As it came it broke off several branches from the trees beside the lane then went very close to touching the electric and other wires at the corner of Young Parade and Third Avenue. It found it very difficult to turn right into Third Avenue and needed several attempts to get around.

    Later when we were taking our dogs for a walk I realised that the driver had been looking for a house on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Denistone Road. The problem was that he had entered the end of Fourth Avenue down near East Parade but Fourth Avenue is in effect two streets, quite different from each other with a park in between them. It is not possible to drive from lower Fourth Avenue to upper Fourth Avenue. And it is very difficult for a large vehicle to get through Young Parade at any time.

    As you are aware the medical centre and Graythwaite rehabilitation centre are in upper Fourth Avenue. People seeking these and Ryde hospital often come along East Parade into lower Fourth Avenue looking for them. If they are lucky one of the locals can point out to them that this is lower Fourth Avenue, a different street from upper Fourth Avenue, and that they have come to the wrong place.

    I have written to the council on a number of occasions suggesting a name change for one or other of the Fourth Avenues. I suggested the upper one be named Graythwaite Street but the council replied that it is too hard to change the name of a street just for the convenience of people looking for the medical centre, the Graythwaite rehabilitation centre or Ryde hospital. If you cannot change the name of one of the streets you might just by changing the road signs name one Upper Fourth Avenue and the other Lower Fourth Avenue.

    I am not into thin edge of the wedge scenarios or fear of disaster anxieties but it is possible that one day a vehicle like an ambulance or a fire brigade might come to the wrong Fourth Avenue and the several minutes it takes to work out where they are, the semitrailer this morning took more than fifteen minutes, might be the difference between a life and a death.

    Yours sincerely

    Graham English

    9 Third Ave mobile 0424070640

    East wood 2122 Ph 98743078
  • Rebecca Fernandez
    commented 2016-03-24 17:20:10 +1100
    Hi Jerome, would love to have join and provide input on the fb group Ryde parents concerned about public school crowding. Regards, Rebecca Fernandez
  • Geoff Yallop
    commented 2015-10-27 22:09:34 +1100
    Check out the NWS koalas Facebook page
  • Paul Le Miere
    commented 2015-10-27 21:04:34 +1100
    Hi Jerome,

    Wish everything is going your way as the Honourable Mayor for Ryde.

    I will be in the Ryde area this coming thursday and would appreciate to meet with you in order to discuss the welcoming of the New Designated High Commissioner of Mauritius Namely Patrick Cavallo to Sydney scheduled on Saturday the 27/ November/2015 for a Kreol Day afternoon, meeting and discussing with a maximun of the Sydney Mauritian Community.

    Thanking you for your precious time and help.

    Fraternal Regards,

    Paul Le Miere

    Mobile: 0478399302.
  • Steve Griffin
    commented 2015-10-16 10:30:02 +1100
    I see ipart has left ryde and hunters hill and lane cove as stand alone councils .

    Lets see if we can set a standard worth the fight please .

    Please fight against the developers and state government and stop the over population of this area the amenities are stretched to breaking now
  • neda jovasevic
    commented 2015-09-29 18:14:03 +1000
    one more vote for High School opening in the area!!! thank you
  • Maria Comito
    commented 2015-09-25 13:05:03 +1000
    Just would like to know if you know why Ryde high is going primary instead of high school ? which is what we have be asking for for 5 years when I approach victor in 2011 when my son started kindy he told me Ryde high would never reopen and told me to send my son to holy cross or Marist now it’s going to be primary school? So many of us are confused and he taking credit and not giving what we need urgently in the first place what’s the story? Sincerely Maria Comito
  • Llieda Wild
    commented 2015-09-16 18:59:06 +1000
    I just want to congratulate you on winning the ballot. So pleased that we have a young smart family man as our new Mayor, instead of that bunch of old fogies . So pleased! Well Done.
  • Maria Comito
    commented 2015-09-15 20:51:42 +1000
    Sincere Congratulations well deserved 🏆
  • Pam Palmer
    commented 2015-09-09 09:21:26 +1000

    Congratulations on your election as Mayor of Ryde. I look forward to catching up with you in the future, perhaps at the LGNSW Conference next month.

    Pam Palmer, Lane Cove Councillor
  • Jenny Willis
    commented 2015-07-19 11:42:40 +1000
    What’s The go with put put golf I notice A Register of Interest sign out Front I Guess The Petition Didn’t work as I just came Across It And link Said no Longer Available?
  • Lindsay Donald
    commented 2015-05-28 11:15:52 +1000

    As Vice President and Club Secretary of West Ryde Rovers more than happy to discuss issues with grounds at any time, as I also do with Councillor Maggio.


    Lindsay Donald