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  • 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.

  • Helena Y
    commented 2017-10-12 08:08:46 +1100
    Dear Ryde Council

    Dear Jerome, please please kindly assist.

    This is the second report I made relating to Ryde Council relating the Public Health Issues of sewage overflow from 7 Balaclava Road Eastwood.

    The initial report was made on Tuesday. 10/10/17. In that report, I highlighted the sewage overflow been there for days. It is a Boarding House premises.

    This morning the actual sewage had reached to the corner of Blaxland. My basic ph could not take a clearer pic to illustrate.

    My past experience with Public Health issues reported to Ryde Council, it was dealt with within hours and no more than 24 hours.

    Let me be clear – should this issues not being addressed when I walk past it tomorrow, I will send the complaint to the Public Health Dept of DOH.


    Helena Y
  • Janine Kitson
    commented 2017-09-26 18:17:16 +1000
    The Ryde-Macquarie Teachers Association wishes to formally invite you to attend our Annual Fundraising Dinner for Stewart House on Friday 27 October, 2017 at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club starting at 6 pm.

    The Ryde-Macquarie Teachers Association represent teachers working in public schools and TAFE Colleges in Ryde, Epping and Hunters Hill district.

    Mr Mark Morey, Unions NSW Secretary has agreed to be our 2017 guest speaker and will share his insights how the union movement continues to work for a more equal Australian society.

    If you are unable to attend it would be very much appreciated if you could consider sending a donation to support Stewart House.
  • Mei Lao
    commented 2017-09-08 18:27:13 +1000
    HI Jerome,

    You knocked on my door before. Would you please call me urgently on 0404044887 as I have a big problem that need your help before tomorrow?
  • ken evers
    commented 2017-08-24 17:15:58 +1000

    See green rivers of Europe, how green spaces are being designed to lower flood risk to properties

    Should a laneway be constructed between ovals it will may lead to increased flooding in shopping centre.

    I am writing this from Vienna
  • Kay Brooks
    commented 2017-07-13 09:10:12 +1000
    Good morning Jerome

    I have an issue I would like to discuss with you regarding a council matter.

    Are you in the area today?
  • ben cheung
    commented 2017-06-19 14:36:57 +1000
    Dear Mr. Jerome Lexale,

    We, residents of Ryde district are shock to learn that Electricity price is going up over 20% as from 01st July 2017, that is going to have extreme negative impact on the vulnerable residents like us who are already struggling with the sky-high costs of living at the moment!

    We were told that the parliament approved this rise! Was the Liberal MP Victor Dominello the one who make our lives more miserable?

    Queensland MP did a good job by blocking the hugh rise and only allow a rise of approx.7%, why NSW have to rise by over 20%???

    We rely on politicians to look after us but it turns out to be a disaster!!

    We can now only turn to you for HELP!

    Could you please do something to have this reversed or STOPPED otherwise many people will be badly suffering especially in the cold winter when we dare not turn on heaters and end up being illed and some even have to consider taking their own lives as it is getting more and more unbearable with the already high living costs!

    No other developed countries in the world have this type of increases which is outrageous, this need to be STOPPED once and for all!

    Inflation in Australia is well below 2%, how can it be justified to have the electricity cost jump by 20% which is more than ten times the inflation! The worst part is this is not the end yet, was told more of this rise to come in the next few years!!

    How are we going to live when electricity price is going to rise 20% every year when the pay rise is under 2%!!!

    And for the self funded retiree who rely heavily on the Bank Interest for living are also only earning approx. 2% interest rate which is hardly enough to meet ends meet!

    We do sincerely hope that you can intervene and have this outrageous electricity price increase STOPPED once and for all for the sake of all Australians.

    Thank you for your attention.

    On behalf of Ryde Local residents.
  • David Michell
    commented 2017-06-05 07:30:17 +1000
    Jerome, in the local paper this week, you were quoted as saying that it is the Insurers who will benefit from the changes in the Emergency Services Levy. I work in the Industry, and I am surprised, and somewhat confused by your comment/opinion. Can you pls give me a quick call so we can discuss this, because you are either getting incorrect information given to you, or you do not understand the changes at all. Will probably only need 5 minutes of your time. Thanks David.

    Also, I do agree with the criticism being shown to the NSW Govt over their handling and now backflip on this entire matter.
  • John Davey
    commented 2017-04-28 14:10:05 +1000

    Please refrain from using the term “the Oval” in all future references to the Car Park proposal.

    The proposed location is Eastwood Park which is a multi use space available for general use by all comers and not a space reserved for sporting clubs as is inferred by calling it the Oval.
  • Michele De Silva
    commented 2017-03-24 19:04:40 +1100
    Hi Jerome,

    I would like to discuss an urgent Department of housing matter with you. Can you help?

    Thanks Michele De Silva
  • Debbie Scholem
    commented 2017-03-16 09:38:30 +1100
    Hi Jerome

    Can I get a hard copy of your Save Blenheim Park petition. I would like to put it in our Blenheim Road Medical Practice waiting room for our concerned patients to sign. Is there anything else we can do to fight this lunacy of building more highrise.



    Practice Manager
  • Peter Scully
    commented 2017-02-24 10:48:40 +1100
    Hi I am interested in the important debate on TAFE next Wednesday March 1st. My name is PJScully-Pete. I intend to attend as it is an important equity issue being debated. Taking Dad to Central Coast for medical appointment so hope I am back in time. Sincerely Pete
  • 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