Ryde’s new Acting General Manager to splash the cash

George Dedes is the new Acting General Manager at Ryde City Council and he has money to spend!

Mr Dedes replaces former Acting General Manager Roy Newsome and he has managed Ryde’s Works and Infrastructure department since 2013.

Ryde City Council said his focus will be on delivering quality projects, which Ryde’s 2017/2018 capital works budget estimates to be worth around $39.43 million dollars.

“While the future of the State Government’s proposed Council amalgamation between City of Ryde, Lane Cove and Hunters Hill remains unresolved, George Dedes will focus on delivering quality projects for the community and maintaining services at the highest level,” the City of Ryde team said.

“George Dedes has spent over 25 years delivering and maintaining public works assets and services for local and state government.

“As Director Works and Infrastructure, he managed a multi-million dollar portfolio that includes the delivery and maintenance of civil infrastructure assets, buildings, project delivery, traffic and transport, parks, asset-related intellectual property, waste, properties and the construction materials recycling operation.

“Most recently his initiatives include streamlining project management procedures to meet the challenges of an increasing capital works program while addressing the needs of the community, and strengthening the Directorate’s commercial and customer focus in an environment of continual improvement for the residents of Ryde.”

They include the $2.5 million Shrimptons Creek Precinct Activation Project.

“The project will be delivered in stages and will enhance and activate the Open Space area along Shrimpton’s Creek Corridor between Waterloo and Epping Roads,” the team said.

” Along the shared path from Waterloo Road, works will include creek bed improvements, realignment of the pathway and additional lighting.

“Within Wilga Park terraced seating, an outdoor stage and supporting amenities will be added.”

An upgrade to the playground and landscaped areas in Elouera Reserve will also be undertaken under Mr Dedes supervision.

“Landscaping works in Quandong Reserve will be undertaken to upgrade and renew the space and a provision for smart technology will also be included throughout the area.”

The City of Ryde’s $2.65 million Synthetic Playing Surfaces is another one of Mr Dedes aims.

“Stage Two of the Christie Park completion project will increase carrying capacity for Soccer/football, AFL, cricket, Oztag/touch and social sports.”

Ryde’s Special Rate Variation will also fund Mr Dedes infrastructure goals and 37 Special Rates Variation road jobs have been planned by Mr Dedes for 2017/18.

Under his direction, George Dedes’ team won the Australian Institute of Project Management award for Small Project of the Year NSW 2016 for the Ryde River Walk attraction.