Ryde backs a ban on councillors serving government ministers

RYDE CITY Council has voted unanimously to back a proposed state wide ban on ministerial staff serving as councillors.

The successful motion by Clr Roy Maggio would disqualify current ministerial staffers and was supported by Clr Jordan Lane, who resigned an electorate officer with Finance Minister and Ryde MP Victor Dominello prior to his recent election to council.

“To the best of my knowledge it doesn’t impact on anyone at this council and it is a good position to take so I’m more than happy to second this, ” Clr Lane said

The proposed ban is expected to be discussed at next month’s Local Government Conference in Sydney.

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AN EXTRA three synthetic turf playing fields will be rolled out across Ryde under a multi million dollar upgrade, Ryde Council staff confirmed at last Tuesday night meeting.

Ryde has a synthetic playing field at the ELS Hall ground in North Ryde and two others planned for Christie Park to be finished in time for the winter football season next year.

Acting General Manager George Dedes says 22 or more sports fields in Ryde are built on the site of old tips, which makes site selection difficult.

“We will assess all sites before we commit to locations,” he said.

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The Eastwood Ryde Netball Association building in Meadowbank Park will be named after stalwart President and Life Member Anne Doring.

Councillors and dignitaries will also present Ms Doring with a plaque to commemorate her 53 years service to local netball and the plaque will be laid at the building.

The motion was proposed by Clr Roy Maggio and supported by Clr Dr Peter Kim who said Anne had proved herself worthy to have a building in Ryde named after her.