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Wednesday 8 August 2012 Vol 6 No 3

Entries for this year’s Spring Garden Competition close on 31 August

This issue

• Rainbow Water Arches • Hungry for Art • Civic Precinct Update

Stories from our Gardens Do you enjoy local history? The personal stories told by some of our older residents are a microcosm of the history of our City from the early decades of the twentieth century to the present day. Local volunteer organisation, Easy Care Gardening Inc, in partnership with the City of Ryde, has compiled a book of the stories of 12 of their clients who have been long-term residents of the area, as well as the stories of three of their enthusiastic volunteers. They tell the history of our City through memories of local gardens and the roles they have played in their lives. The book includes stories, historic photos of the district, photos of the gardens and the gardeners as well as some delicious ‘old time’ recipes. These memoirs illustrate how the district and our way of life have changed over the years, whilst the pleasures of gardens and gardening have remained constant. For further information or to purchase a copy of the book ($10.00 plus $3.00 postage), contact Easy Care Gardening Inc on 9983 1644. For information about the many opportunities for volunteering in our City go to volunteers or call 9952 8222.

Mavis has been tending her Melrose Park garden since 1936

How Does Your Garden Grow? Entries are now open for the City of Ryde Spring Garden Competition 2012! This popular competition is open to residents, ratepayers, community groups, schools and businesses in the City of Ryde and there’s a category available for every size and type of garden. This year the full list of categories is as follows: • Most Beautiful Garden • Most Beautiful Courtyard or Balcony Garden • Best Edible Garden • Best Bushcare Site • Best Children’s Garden • Best School Garden • Most Beautiful Commercial Garden. Judging will take place during September, when spring gardens are looking their best. All entrants will be invited to attend the Gala Presentation Evening in October. Entries close on Friday 31 August, so don’t miss out! Enter online now at / Entries for the Spring Garden springgardencompetition or for Competition are now open further information call 9952 8222.

No Library Fines – No Questions Asked! Feeling guilty about that overdue library book? Want to return that DVD or magazine, but don’t want to face up to the fine? September is your chance to bring back all your overdue items and wipe the slate clean, without incurring a fine! As part of our celebrations for the National Year of Reading, the City of Ryde is offering an amnesty on all overdue items throughout the month of September. It’s a ‘no questions asked’ amnesty, so just return your overdue books, DVDs or magazines in the returns chutes at any of our five libraries and the overdue fines will be waived. It’s a win-win situation: you will be reinstated as a borrower and the items will be back in circulation again, so everyone will have access to the full range of library resources that we have to offer. If you haven’t borrowed anything for a long time you may need to ask staff to renew your card. Later this year we will be changing our billing process and will be chasing up those outstanding items at that point, so we want to give everyone the best opportunity to bring the items back without penalty first. So take a trip to one of our libraries at Ryde, West Ryde, North Ryde, Eastwood or Gladesville during September and bring back your overdue items. All is forgiven! For further information call 9952 8222 or go to Bring your overdue items back to the library during our September amnesty

Civic Precinct Update Protecting Ryde’s suburbs

The Ryde Civic Precinct makes good sense for our community by delivering new and much-needed community facilities at no extra cost to ratepayers.

New accommodation in the Civic Precinct will help keep higher density development out of our suburbs

Maintaining Your Trees

But more than this, it protects the existing character of our suburbs whilst allowing for future growth. We know that many of you are passionate about where you live because you told us so when we were developing our Community Strategic Plan. You told us it is critical to preserve the character of our suburbs. Concentrating Ryde’s growth around our town centres and transport hubs, including the Top Ryde town centre, will help keep large developments out of the residential streets and backyards of our local community. It will also allow the City of Ryde to absorb much of the population increases expected of our community by the NSW Government planning authorities. Ryde’s popularity is likely to attract even stronger population growth in the future and so we need to make sure there is diversity and choice of housing types to accommodate these extra residents.

Trees are an asset to your property. They provide aesthetic value, shade in summer and can increase property values. However like any other asset, such as your swimming pool or garden shed, trees require regular maintenance. Working with trees can be dangerous and often requires the skills of an expert, so it’s important to hire appropriately qualified people to carry out tree works. To find a qualified arborist, contact one of the following organisations: • Tree Contractors Association Australia: or 1300 660 379 • Arboriculture Australia: or 1300 664 374 Before employing an arborist, check they are insured and qualified to carry out the work you want done. If your tree needs to be pruned or assessed, the contractor must carry an Australian Qualification Framework level 3 or equivalent in Horticulture (Arboriculture). And don’t forget that you will usually need to get permission from Council to prune your trees or remove them from your property. For further information about tree maintenance and getting Council approval for tree works, go to

The Civic Precinct Development will help us fulfil this obligation at the same time as it creates a vibrant and lively place for people to work, live and play. You wanted Ryde to be a destination, not just a place that you drove through. The further development of the Civic Precinct at Top Ryde goes a long way to achieving this goal. Our Ryde 2021 Community Strategic Plan ‘Lifestyle and opportunity @ your doorstep’ outlines the need to plan and design a growing and liveable city through well-considered urban renewal and land use. We are also charged with planning sustainable infrastructure and development, as well as stimulating economic growth and local jobs. The Ryde Civic Precinct ticks many of these boxes and will allow us to renew our community assets without incurring a substantial debt burden on our ratepayers.

Rainbow Water Arches The temperature might have plummeted outside but it’s just like summer at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre (RALC) where the water temperature is always a tropical 29°C. And now there’s The new rainbow arches at the RALC are a hit another good with the young and the young-at-heart reason to get out your cossie and head down to the pool: the ‘rainbow water arches’ are a great new attraction that appeal to the young and young-at-heart. This series of three brightly-coloured arches, with water spraying from under each arch, drench those brave enough to run the gauntlet! There are also three tipping buckets that periodically dump water on anyone standing below. These new features bring back memories of summer days when kids used to cool off in the backyard, running under the spray of the garden hose or tossing buckets of water over one another. The new Rainbow Water Arches feature is located at the ‘beach’ entry end of the leisure pool (wave pool). The Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre provides an extensive range of water rides, activities and swim programs for children and adults. For further information go to or call 8878 5111.

Hungry for Art During August, the City of Ryde will come to life with an exciting arts and cultural festival transforming the region into a vibrant hub of creative activity. Offering sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, installation and digital media exhibitions as well as music, performance and food, Hungry for Art will showcase some of the best creative talent living and working in the region. The central event of the festival calendar is the Hungry for Art weekend:

DrawFest and Open Day

The Sydney Gallery School presents a full day of art exhibitions, talks, workshops, drawing and sculpture activities, an art market, performances, music, food and more. Try your hand at drawing with plasticine, construct horse sculptures from twigs and latex using life-size horse statues, take part in large community painting and drawing activity in the painting studio or join a still-life and life drawing class. For full details of the day’s program go to When: Saturday 18 August Where: The Sydney Gallery School, TAFE Meadowbank

Art Trail

The suburbs come alive with our first ever Art Trail. Local artists open their doors, providing a rare opportunity to see inside their studios. Galleries and visual art businesses will participate revealing a region rich in creative activity. When: Sunday 19 August Where: See Art Trail map at Other highlights include: Commodified: An exhibition at the See Street Gallery, Meadowbank, bringing together a group of contemporary artists working with diverse materials and exploring a range of concepts. Pop-up Art: A series of events that will ‘pop-up’ at Top Ryde City shopping centre on Thursday 16 August, including a new media projection, beat box and street theatre performances, painting and sculpture. You can also create soundtracks and video remixes with The iStreet dLux Lab.

Satellite Exhibitions

• Rollin Schlicht (1937 – 2011) Retrospective: 18 July – 8 September, Macquarie University Art Gallery • The Winter Exhibition: City of Ryde Art Society exhibition, until 19 August, Willandra House • Birdsong 2050: paper sculptures by Cathy Lane, until 5 September, Eden Art Gallery, Eden Gardens • Epiphanies II: An exhibition of paintings, sculptures, jewellery and homewares at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Ryde, weekend of 18 – 19 August These exhibitions and events are all free of charge, so bring the whole family along to see some great artworks and to try some new experiences! For full details of the festival program, including dates, times and venues, go to or call 9952 8222.

What’s on eBook Demonstration

Learn how to borrow and download titles from our new online library. When: Tuesday 14 August, 10.30 – 11.30am Where: West Ryde Library

Technology Skills for Women

Morning tea and workshop about cloud computing. When: Tuesday 14 August, 10.30am – 12.00 noon Where: Ryde Library

Women’s Mental Health Talk

Conversations, questions and answers about women’s mental health. Free of charge but bookings essential. When: Wednesday 22 August, 10.30am – 12.00 noon Where: Ryde Library

Author Platform: Lisa Heidke

Join Lisa Heidke as she talks about her book Stella Makes Good, a funny and insightful novel about love, friendship and the quest for happiness. Bookings essential. When: Wednesday 22 August, 6.30 – 7.30pm Where: Ryde Library

eBook Demonstration

Learn how to borrow and download titles from our new online library. When: Friday 24 August, 10.30 – 11.30am Where: North Ryde Library

Domestic Violence Forum

Forum for all interested in the prevention of domestic and family violence. Free of charge but bookings essential. When: Monday 27 August, 12.30 – 4.00pm Where: Next Generation Conference Centre, 504a Victoria Road, Ryde (next to Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre)

Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers This course assists parents and supervisors of learner drivers with the important role of advising and teaching novice drivers. Bookings essential. When: Tuesday 28 August, 6.00 – 8.00pm Where: Ryde Library

Child Restraint Checking Day

An RTA authorised restraint fitter will check that your child restraints are fitted correctly and are suitable for the age and size of the children using them. Bookings essential. When: Thursday 30 August, 9.00am – 3.00pm Where: Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre car park For further information go to or for bookings call 9952 8222.

Development Applications Received Property: 115 Rowe Street, Eastwood Local Development Application No: 2012/0248 Applicant: NLG Hotel Group Alterations and additions to the existing Eastwood Hotel including demolition of the external bottle shop and reconstruction of the car parking area. Property: 283 – 289 Blaxland Road, Ryde Local Development Application No: 2012/0249 Applicant: Wattle Aged Living Pty Ltd Construction of a part 2 and part 3 storey residential flat building containing 14 apartments and car parking for 26 vehicles. Submissions regarding the above applications must be lodged no later than 22 August 2012. Property: 305 – 307 Blaxland Road and 5 – 7 North Road, Ryde Local Development Application No: 2012/0247 Applicant: Restifa & Partners Pty Ltd Alterations and additions to the existing nursing home to increase capacity from 50 beds to 112 beds by expansion into 5 – 7 North Road, the provision of 29 off-street parking spaces and access from Aeolus Avenue. Submissions regarding the above application must be lodged no later than 29 August 2012. The above applications are not ‘designated development’ under the terms of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, and the City of Ryde is the authority responsible for the determination of the applications. Anyone may make submissions concerning these applications. Submissions are required to be in writing. They should be addressed to the General Manager and sent by post, email or fax or delivered in person to the Civic Centre or the Ryde Planning and Business Centre (all details on the back page). Should the submission be by way of objection to the proposal, the submission should specify the grounds of objection. The City of Ryde has resolved that all submissions received in relation to rezoning and development applications will be publicly accessible on request. The supply of personal information is voluntary. However if you choose to make an anonymous submission it may be given less weight (or no weight) in the overall consideration of the application. All of the above applications and accompanying information may be inspected at the Ryde Planning and Business Centre, 1 Pope Street, Ryde (within Top Ryde City shopping centre) between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday during the period in which submissions may be made. (Please note: on the second Thursday of each month the hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm.) To make an appointment go to or call 9952 8222.

My Place Ryde The City of Ryde is excited to announce the launch of the My Place website. As part of our commitment to providing opportunities for members of our community to help shape our City, council has created this interactive and social website.

What is ‘My Place’?

‘My Place’ is a website, just for the City of Ryde, that will provide a public space where Council, local business, community groups and individuals can meet and interact.

Why does Council think something like ‘My Place’ is important to the community?

In order to make good decisions Council needs good information. Community feedback is an important part of our decision-making process. Through My Place we will be able to ask your opinion on a broad range of activities that Council undertakes. With this feedback we are able to shape our approach to many of our services in order to ensure we are meeting the needs of the broader community. In addition My Place will provide an opportunity for members of our local community to discuss important issues and meet other like-minded locals.

What types of things can you get involved in on ‘My Place’?

You can interact with other community members, local businesses, community groups and Council through discussions. You will also be able to provide feedback through ongoing surveys on a range of issues. Our first survey online is a Waste Survey in which we are looking for ways to improve our waste services to the community. We would love to hear your views!

How can you access ‘My Place’?

All you need to do is log on to and register yourself. Create your online profile and start participating in surveys and discussions and meet your neighbours or even a new friend! Not only will your participation help shape the future of your community, but there are ongoing incentives available to all community members who join ‘My Place’!

Integrated Open Space Plan An Integrated Open Space Plan has been prepared to provide a long-term strategic approach to the provision and management of open space in our City. It will also provide a comprehensive framework that will assist us in planning for the future. Following extensive consultation with residents and other stakeholders, the Council recently adopted the Integrated Open Space Plan. Implementation of the plan will now begin, and the community will have ongoing opportunities to participate in the delivery of the Plan.

The Integrated Open Space Plan will help us achieve many of the goals outlined in our Community Strategic Plan, including making our City: • a City of Environmental Sensitivity • a City of Wellbeing • a City of Liveable Neighbourhoods • a City of Connections. To see a copy of the Integrated Open Space Plan go to

Local Government Elections Saturday 8 September is polling day for the next local government elections. Voting is compulsory if you are an Australian citizen over 18 years of age and live in our local government area. The penalty for not voting is $55.00. Go to or call 1300 135 736 to: • find your nearest polling station • apply for a postal vote • find out about pre-poll voting. You can also find information in 20 languages at this site, or call 13 14 50 for a free telephone interpreter service.

Upcoming Council and Committee meetings 14 August Council Meeting

7.30pm, Council Chamber

21 August Works and Community Committee 4.30pm, Committee Room 1

All meetings are held at the Ryde Civic Centre, 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 9952 8222.

Contact your councillors East Ward Clr Roy Maggio Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0418 299 347

Clr Gabrielle O’Donnell Deputy Mayor 3/3-5 Amiens Street Gladesville NSW 2111 Tel: 9817 2019

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

Clr Vic Tagg Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0412 369 510

Clr Nicole Campbell Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0402 132 669

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 2111 Tel: 8004 5053 or 0412 048 330

Clr Michael Butterworth Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 0413 944 475

Clr Artin Etmekdjian, Mayor Locked Bag 2069 North Ryde NSW 1670 Tel: 9952 8332

Clr Justin Li 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

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