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Wednesday 9 January 2013 Vol 6 No 13

Become a bushcare volunteer and help us take care of our beautiful natural areas

This issue

• Learn to Swim This Summer • Holiday Fun at the Library • IWD Art Exhibition

Learn to Swim this Summer Take Your Marks, Go!

According to Royal Life Saving, 330 Australian children under the age of five years have drowned over the past 10 years. Almost half of these drownings were in backyard swimming pools. Children need to be closely supervised around water at all times, but you can also improve their safety by teaching them to swim. The Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre runs learn to swim classes for children and adults throughout the year. During the summer holidays, you can also enrol your kids in our Holiday Intensive Swimming Programs.

Learn to Swim Classes

These fun and exciting classes are specially designed for children who ‘freeze’ on school carnival day. The classes run for one hour and focus on race techniques for starts, finishes, freestyle turns and diving.

Upcoming Programs

The Holiday Intensive Learn to Swim Program is an excellent introduction to swimming for children who have not previously had lessons, or a great way to increase skills and confidence in children who have already learned the basics. Half-hour classes are held over consecutive days between 8.00am and 12.00 noon.

All our holiday intensive programs are available during January on the following dates: Monday 14 – Friday 18 January, 8.00am – 12.00 noon Monday 21 – Friday 25 January, 8.00am – 12.00 noon For further details about programs at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre go to, or to make a booking call 8878 5111.

Specific Skills Programs Butterfly and Breaststroke Development

Can’t get those feet out? Timing not quite right? Or do you just want to improve your butterfly and breaststroke? Spend one hour a day concentrating exclusively on these three skills which will help accelerate your development. Consecutive days of ‘learn to swim’ classes help young swimmers develop skills and confidence

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Saturday 26 January 5.00-9.30pm

Lifestyle and opportunity @ your doorstep

:: Free Family Concert including AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds :: Kids rides, food stalls and refreshments :: Fireworks spectacular

North Ryde Common

Cnr Twin and Wicks Roads, North Ryde For more information call Customer Service on 9952 8222 or visit

Holiday Fun at the Library The pirates and the ninjas will be battling it out at the library this summer! Bookings are essential for all activities. Book with your borrowers card at your local library.

Ninjas vs Pirates

Activities for kids aged 8 years and over.

Treasure Hunt

Activities for kids aged 7 years and younger.

Gather the puzzle pieces to discover the treasure. Lots of prizes to be won! Ages: 8+ years Cost: Free Tuesday 15 January, 3.00pm Eastwood Library

Pirate Party – Arrrhh!

Foodie: Ninjas vs Pirates

Pirates vs Ninjas

Join us for pirate fun with pirate craft, stories and games! Ages: 5+ years Cost: Free Tuesday 15 January, 11.00am Gladesville Library Monday 21 January, 11.00am West Ryde Library

Ryde Rockers Rhyme Time

Rhymes, songs and finger plays for littlies. Ages: 0 – 2 years Cost: Free Tuesday 15 January, 10.30am North Ryde Library Tuesday 22 January, 10.30am North Ryde Library

Pirate Finger Puppet Craft

Make your own Captain Jack Sparrow or Barbossa! Ages: 5+ years Cost: Free Friday 11 January, 11.00am West Ryde Library Tuesday 22 January, 11.00am Gladesville Library

Make your own delicious pirate and ninja treats! Ages: 10+ years Cost: $2 each Wednesday 9 January, 3.00pm West Ryde Library Monday 14 January, 3.00pm Ryde Library

Ninja Origami

Learn the ancient art of paper folding. Ages: 10+ years Cost: $2 each Thursday 10 January, 11.00am Eastwood Library Thursday 24 January, 11.00am Ryde Library

Pirate and Ninja Fun for All Ages ‘A Fish Story’

Join us for a fun performance involving teaching an octopus the alphabet, disguising yourself as a crab and squabbling with a seagull! Ages: All ages Cost: $5 each (non-refundable) Wednesday 23 January, 11.00am North Ryde Community Hall

PJ Storytime: Pirates vs Ninjas

Pirate and ninja stories, games, songs and treasure! Come dressed up (if you dare)! Ages: All ages Cost: Free Wednesday 23 January, 6.00pm Ryde Library For further information go to or drop into your local library branch.

Martial Arts Workshop

Brazilian jiu-jitsu: build self-confidence, self-discipline and a positive attitude whilst learning self-defence. Ages: 8+ years Cost: $5 each Thursday 17 January, 3.00pm West Ryde Community Hall, 3 – 5 Anthony Road, West Ryde Ages: 10+ years Cost: $5 each Thursday 24 January, 3.00pm Ryde Library

Join us for ‘A Fish Story’ and other fun activities at the library this summer

Become a Bushcare Volunteer

What’s on Australia Day Family Concert and Fireworks

Get to know your local bushland as a bushcare volunteer

Thinking about a new activity for the New Year? Bushcare volunteering may be just what you are looking for. It’s a great way to have fun, get fit and contribute to a better environment. The City of Ryde bushcare program has been running for over 10 years. The program has grown from a handful of volunteers to a dynamic team of over 150 local residents who volunteer to spend a few hours each month working in bushland reserves throughout our City. As a bushcare volunteer you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, explore bushland areas and meet people from your community. You will undertake a variety of activities including primary clearing of woody weeds, hand weeding, plant identification, track

Monthly Bushcare Sites

construction and water quality testing – there is always something new to try! No previous experience is necessary. You will be provided with tools, gloves and training when you join a bushcare group, so you can get started straight away.

New group at Denistone Park

Six enthusiastic volunteers have made a start on a new site at Denistone Park, helping to protect the critically endangered Blue Gum High Forest. Come and join us to enjoy the bushland surrounds and help us take care of this beautiful natural asset. The new group in Denistone Park meets at the end of Elston Avenue, Denistone on the third Sunday of the month from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Day Group Time 1st Saturday Minga Reserve 8.00 – 10.00am 1st Saturday Waterloo Park 1.30 – 3.30pm 1st Sunday Portius Park 8.00 – 10.00am 1st Sunday Darvall Park 1.30 – 3.30pm nd 2 Saturday Greenwood Park 8.00 – 12.00 noon 2nd Saturday Pidding Park 1.30 – 3.30pm nd 2 Sunday Meadowbank Park 9.00 – 11.00am 2nd Sunday Robinson St 1.30 – 3.30pm rd 3 Saturday Stewart Park 9.30 – 11.30am rd 3 Saturday Roving Group 1.30 – 4.00pm 3rd Sunday Field of Mars – Finch Ave 9.00 – 11.00am 3rd Sunday Denistone Park 1.30 – 3.30pm 4th Saturday Field of Mars – Kennedy St 9.30 – 11.30am 4th Saturday Brush Farm Park 1.30 – 3.30pm 4th Sunday Glades Bay Reserve – Ross St 9.00 – 11.00am 5th Saturday Roving Group 1.30 – 4.30pm Every Tuesday Field of Mars – Monash Rd 9.00 – 11.00am 3rd Monday Field of Mars – Visitors Centre 9.00 – 11.00am Various Bundara Reserve Various Various Pryor Park Various For more information go to or call 9952 8222.

Celebrate our nation at the City of Ryde’s annual Australia Day Family Concert and Fireworks. There will be rides and refreshments, a great line-up of entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display. Special guest artists ‘Dirty Deeds’ will shake you all night long with their AC/DC tribute show! Saturday 26 January, 5.00 – 9.30pm North Ryde Common, cnr Twin and Wicks Roads, North Ryde

Diary Alert: Opening of Livvi’s Place Ryde

Save the date and bring your kids along to help us celebrate the opening of Livvi’s Place Ryde, our first ‘inclusive for all abilities’ playground. As well as the official opening there will be face-painting, food and children’s entertainment, with special guest Jay Laga’aia. When: Sunday 3 February, 10.00am – 2.00pm Where: Yamble Reserve, Quarry Road, Ryde

Diary Alert: Cooking Competition

Our popular Lunar New Year Cooking Competition returns. Creative local cooks compete for the kitchen crown! When: Sunday 10 February Where: Eastwood shopping precinct

Diary Alert: Lunar New Year Celebrate the Year of the Snake in 2013! Our program of Lunar New Year festivities at Eastwood will culminate in a grand celebration day featuring spectacular lion dances, martial arts, musical entertainment, food stalls, competitions and firecrackers. More details in the next issue of the Ryde City View. When: Saturday 23 February Where: Eastwood Plaza, Rowe Street, Eastwood

For further information go to or for bookings call 9952 8222.

Have Your Say Draft Urban Forest Plan and Draft Street Tree Masterplan

In August 2012 the Council adopted an Urban Forest Policy. This was the first step towards the proactive management of trees within the City of Ryde. The Urban Forest Policy informs the manner in which we manage our tree assets and sets the principles that define the City’s sustainable approach to urban forest management. The next step in achieving sustainable management of the urban forest is the preparation of a draft Urban Forest Plan and a draft Street Tree Masterplan. • The Urban Forest Plan will provide strategic direction for the preservation, management and enhancement of the urban tree canopy into the future. The Plan details how the City will achieve the goals and objectives of the Urban Forest Policy. • The Street Tree Masterplan will provide a strategic framework for the development and management of the City’s streetscapes and priorities for future street tree planting programs.

Draft Children’s Play Implementation Plan

The City of Ryde recognises the value of play for the health, wellbeing and development of children and young people. We also recognise the importance of appropriate play places for play and social interaction.

We are committed to ensuring that there are: • sufficient and suitable spaces and facilities for children to play freely • opportunities for the community to engage socially. The draft Children’s Play Implementation Plan provides specific actions and recommendations to direct us in the provision of safe, accessible, sustainable and high quality playgrounds for all our residents. In addition, the Plan provides recommendations on the funding required to improve the City’s playgrounds so that they: • meet Australian Standards • provide a range of play opportunities in locations that are accessible to all areas of the City.


The draft Urban Forest Plan, draft Street Tree Masterplan and draft Children’s Play Implementation Plan are on public exhibition until Friday 1 March 2013. You can view copies of the draft Plans at haveyoursay, at the Customer Service Centre at Ryde Civic Centre and at all City of Ryde libraries. Written submissions and feedback are welcome. They should be sent to the General Manager by post, email or fax, or delivered in person to the Ryde Civic Centre (all details on the back page). Submissions must be received by close of business on Friday 1 March 2013. For further information call 9952 8222.

International Women’s Day Art PRIZE AND Exhibition International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked each year on 8 March. It is a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. The City of Ryde is proud to support an annual International Women’s Day art prize and exhibition. Would you like to include a work in this exhibition? We are seeking artworks celebrating this year’s theme ‘Ending Violence Against Women'. The exhibition is open to female and male artists, with women and girls particularly encouraged to submit their artworks. All submitting artists should live, work or study within the Ryde Local Government Area. Entries close 5.00pm Monday 25 February. Entrants whose work is selected for exhibition will be notified by email. The exhibition, which is an initiative of the City of Ryde Status of Women Advisory Committee, will be held at See Street Gallery, See Street, Meadowbank from Thursday 7 March – Saturday 23 March. For further details and to download an entry form go to

What is My Place? My Place is an initiative of the City of Ryde to provide an online neighbourhood where all community members can come together.

Everyone’s invited to My Place

At My Place you will be able to provide feedback on Council initiatives, take part in online surveys, discuss local issues or just make new friends in your local area! Your feedback is important to us, so come along to My Place and join the conversation at

Make a Difference in 2013! Make a difference to your local community in 2013 and become a volunteer. Just a few hours a month can make a big difference to those around us who need your help.

Volunteering activities include Meals on Wheels, home visits, gardening, linen service, recreational activities, shopping assistance and many more. Through volunteering you not only give something back to your community, you can also gain work experience,

Upcoming meetings 5 February

Planning and Environment Committee

4.00pm, Committee Rooms 2 and 3


Works and Community Committee

4.30pm, Committee Room 1

Council Meeting

7.30pm, Council Chamber

learn new skills, make friends, help others and have lots of fun too! For further information about the opportunities available and how we can make best use of your skills and interests go to volunteers or call 9952Â 8222.

All meetings are held at the Ryde Civic Centre, 1 Devlin Street, Ryde. You are welcome to attend Committee and Council meetings. If you wish to speak at a meeting, you must arrange this prior to the meeting. You can review Business Papers at branch libraries or on the website from the Saturday prior to each Council meeting. For more information go to or call 9952Â 8222.

Contact your councillors East Ward Clr Craig Chung Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0412 605 597

Clr Roy Maggio Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0418 299 347

Clr Ivan Petch, Mayor 3 Jetty Road Putney NSW 2112 Tel: 9809 1847

Clr George Simon PO Box 1020 Meadowbank NSW 2114 Tel: 0468 478 086

Clr Denise Pendleton Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 9877 6658

Clr Bill Pickering PO Box 460 Gladesville NSW 1675 Tel: 0404 074 299

Clr Jeff Salvestro-Martin PO Box 4104 Denistone East NSW 2112 Tel: 0413 043 423

Clr Sarkis Yedelian OAM PO Box 631 Gladesville NSW 1675 Tel: 8004 5053 or 0412 048 330

Clr Artin Etmekdjian Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0418 248 821

Clr Jerome Laxale PO Box 4187 Denistone East NSW 2112 Tel: 0426 273 289

Clr Justin Li, Deputy Mayor Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0412 614 174

Clr Terry Perram 12 Clanwilliam Street Eastwood NSW 2122 Tel: 9874 7904

Central Ward

West Ward

You are welcome to contact your local councillors by phone or email. Councillors are also available for face-to-face meetings by appointment. Individual contact details are listed above, or call the City of Ryde on 9952 8222 to leave a message. To find out which ward you live in go to

Ryde Civic Centre 1 Devlin Street, Ryde NSW 2112 Ryde Planning and Business Centre 1 Pope Street, Ryde (within Top Ryde City shopping centre)

Customer Service 9952 8222 TTY 9952 8470 Fax 9952 8070

Post Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde NSW 1670 Email Subscribe online at

Ryde City View Issue 13 - 9 Jan 2013