With our local MP missing in action, it's no wonder planners and the Baird Government continue to target Ryde and take us for granted.



Figures taken directly from the Great Sydney Commission's draft plan shows how Ryde will continue to bear the brunt for our region.
Ryde will bear the burden of 7600 new dwellings in the next 5 years, yet Ms Turnbull's mates in Hunters Hill will only have an extra 150.
(To save you some time on the calculator; Ryde will get nearly 51 times more new dwellings than Hunters Hill at a rate of 1520 per year)
To make matters worse, this extra density will be lumped on Ryde at a time when our schools are already over-crowded and our roads are already congested.
Ms Turnbull's plan is on exhibition until March 2017 - you can read it in full here (19MB download). Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and in March I'll collate them and send a submission on your behalf.

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  • Kay Harris
    commented 2016-12-15 22:26:14 +1100
    Ryde area, like the rest of Sydney is suffering badly from too much investment by wealthy developers and no sensible plan to fix the problems that come with over development – in short it is a debacle. Our once beautiful city is a hotch potch of ugly high rise, shrinking parklands, overcrowded schools and health facilities, traffic chaos, lack of parking and a public transport system that has well passed the capacity to be viable answer to the traffic congestion. I look at the towering apartment blocks with units that resemble little boxes and wonder how it can be good for anybody to live under such conditions, detached from the world below. The public schools that service Ryde/Putney have diminished playground space due to the need for demountables to house the growing school population and there does not seem to be a plan to deal with this. Perhaps the “greater” Sydney Commission will tell us how they will provide jobs and education and services for the thousands of new residents in our area and the millions proposed Sydney-wide. Where will people work at a time when automation and robotics are predicated to see a dramatic decline in jobs with private hospitals now being built on public land where is the guarantee that everybody will be able to access health care. Where will the children go to school. How will the problem of traffic gridlock be addressed. There is an ever diminishing quality of life for many in Sydney and people want answers ..
  • Brian Dewberry
    commented 2016-12-14 22:18:59 +1100
    The Benelong Electorate is the biggest growth area in the Southern Hemisphere.
    Industrial, Commercial, Shopping and High-Rise density. The Macquarie Centre owners engaged a highly qualified Traffic Engineering company with regards to the lack of infrastructure. It was found that the area was lacking Infrastructure improvements and when there is further High-Rise of the Home Units to be incorporated in the space above the Macquarie Shopping Complex and the intense High-Rise on the eastern and western side of Herring Road and tenants in the Housing Commission area are to be displaced for High -Rise on Housing Commission Land by private enterprise will cause further Traffic congestion. What is the use of coming off the M2 into a traffic jam. Or a traffic jam trying to get on the M2 and when on the M2you pay for a slow journey on a toll road.
    What makes it worse is that our Local Federal Member Mr John Alexander has been aware of this for about six years
  • Amy Lim
    commented 2016-12-14 17:44:50 +1100
    The infrastructure to cope with these extra dwellings needs serious investment. The capacity of the schools is already exceeded in the public schools and demountables are a growing sight in playgrounds. Medical services also require further investment. Why is Ryde losing its green space?
  • Graham English
    commented 2016-12-13 14:16:16 +1100
    We have lots of traffic already and lots of street parking on work days and an insane suggestion that the Lakeview oval become a parking lot. There is lots of room at Hunters Hill. Remember we voted John Howard out. We might look peaceful and conservative but don’t stir us up unnecessarily. Leave
    us space!
  • Victoria Newstead
    commented 2016-12-13 07:15:56 +1100
    Dear Mr Turnbull

    I live in the Ryde area but hang on there is no need for concern as we will have extra parking area as that is the spread of the traffic, Children can travel miles to school as they are all full here, I pray no one gets sick as the hospital is quite full too. Green space oh yes the leaves in the trees that will be about all people get to see, the srubs.
  • Frank Mao
    commented 2016-12-12 22:35:07 +1100
    Ms Turnball clearly cares more about expansion profits rather than the benefit of its citizens. Have you really even bothered to consider what this would mean for the residents? Honestly, I’m quite speechless, can hardly believe this is even happening to an area, where the schools and roads are already so densely congested.
  • Brian Dewberry
    commented 2016-12-12 17:05:00 +1100
    Out of the ten most high density road in Sydney. Five are in the Electorate of Benelong. This can be verified by John Alexander as this is what he placed on “Youtube” by Mr Alexander. I asked him before the last Federal Election what he was doing about it since he has known about the necessary infrastructure that may help alleviate the heavy traffic and pollution problems and the future high density problem for over six years
    He said he was on a Transport Committee and would be looking into it( “A Mr Mirrors answer”) It was the time he had his Table Tennis tournament coming up.
  • Russ Delange
    commented 2016-12-12 16:37:03 +1100
    Dear Ms Turnbull
    If you are looking for expansion please do it in your own area.
    We are losing green areas and parkland at a rapid rate with all new building especially of high apartment blocks.

    Traffic is already at a standstill in mornings and evenings….how will we go with all this extra …?

    Russ Delange
  • Debbie Scholem
    commented 2016-12-12 16:18:58 +1100
    Reading the (page turning) Master Plan made me think that slick government marketing exercises use a lot of paper. Is slicing up our city into districts really going to help our congested roads with uncoordinated traffic lights? 7600 new dwellings sounds like a population bomb and we’ll be living with the debris.
  • Debbie Scholem
    followed this page 2016-12-12 16:07:57 +1100
  • Valerie Bird
    commented 2016-12-12 15:53:12 +1100
    Ryde’s streets and schools are full at the moment. Where will extra residents park their cars and how will already bursting-at-the-seams schools accommodate extra children? A once peaceful life is becoming more stressful with increased density of living.
  • Jason Wraxall
    commented 2016-12-12 14:05:08 +1100
    If legislators used modelling and statistics to evenly share the burden of population increases, and levied developers to contribute to increased health education and transport costs caused by their business activities, there would be no discussion. As it is, they appear to rely on polling, electoral boundaries and brown paper bags to determine who goes where. It’s a simple problem to fix. All it takes is willpower and integrity.