Meadowbank-West Ryde Progress Association

Caring for our community


Next Meeting:

MWRPA Christmas Function

Monday November  19, 2018 -  from 6:00pm.
West Ryde Hotel Function room. All are welcome.


At our Annual General Meeting.

Under the MWRPA constitution all the executive positions become vacant in March each year.

At the annual General meeting this year and under the scrutiny of returning officer Councilor  Trenton Brown the following Executive members were elected.

  • President: Toni Courtelis
  • V. President: John Bathgate
  • Exec Member:  Sarah McFayden
  • Treasurer:  Nora Etmekdjian
  • Publicity Officier: Phil Peake
  • Minutes Sec: Joan Carson
  • Distrib’n Off:  Milton Bartlett
  • Exec Member:  Lorraine Lee
  • Exec Member:  John Hanley
Congratulations to our newly elected members and thanks in advance for your much appreciated hard work and contributions.


At our annual Christmas End of year function.

Monday December 11, 2017

Attended by over 40 residents, business owners and local Councillors the end of year function this year was a combined event with the West Ryde Chamber of Commerce.  Thanks to Joan we had four raffle prizes this year.


At our “Meet the local Council Candidates”

Tuesday August 29,

Attended by over 20 candidates and 60 local residents, this meeting was a great success and a great opportunity to come and meet the people who are representing the community at local government.  John Bathgate, the MWRPA Vice president chaired the meeting. Toni, our president was on Sarkis Yedelian’s Liberal team.


At our AGM meeting March 13,  2017

MWRPA Committee elected March 2017

President:     Toni Courtelis
V. President: John Bathgate
Secretary:  Sarah McFayden
Treasurer:  Nora Etmekdjian
Publicity Officier: Phil Peake
Minutes Sec: Joan Carson
Distrib’n Off:  Milton Bartlett
Exec Member:  Lorraine Lee
Exec Member:  John Hanley

A very warm welcome to our new executive team and we would like to extend our appreciation to Rob Renew (former President) for his considerable contribution to the association over the last few years.


At our meeting December 12,  2016

Our annual End of Year function was a huge success.
Thanks  to the help of Joan, Nora and Phil the night was a great opportunity for us all to catch up with old friends and re-cap on some of the events and issues going on in Meadowbank and West Ryde.  Just recently, Holdmark were back negotiating with the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) about building a high rise apartment block in their Meadowbank development.  Rob Renew (MWRPA president) addressed the recent PAC meeting highlighting the lack of infrastructure, especially schools, in the Meadowbank area. In West Ryde the battle to remove the horses in the commons area continues. It looks like the horses pose a significant risk to public health and have been corralled.


At our meeting September 11 2016

Guest speaker: Hon Victor Dominello, Local State member for Ryde
Topics discussed included:

  1. Weekend bus service to Meadowbank wharf.
  2. The approval of the JRPP to allow the park facilities in Shepherds Bay to be postponed.
  3. Eastwood car parking
  4. The continued requests by Hallmark to increase the heights at Shepherds Bay developments.
  5. School projects in the developments.


Meeting August 8 

Guest speaker: Local Studies Librarian Angela Phippen outlined a number of local historical projects which are being conducted in Ryde. These included:

  • Plaques project – Documenting building and memorial plaques in Ryde.
  • Anzac honour roles.
  • Documenting the Ryde Council Housing scheme.
  • Heritage walks.
  • Mapping Ryde – Saving local council photos.
  • Digital transfer projects of photos and film archives.
For more information please visit



At our meet the candidates night on Monday June 6, 2016.

Meet the candidates for the Federal election.


At the MWRPA Annual General Meeting in March 2016

Our new elected members are:

Elected Exec members are:

1. President: Rob Renew
2. Treasurer: Nora Etmekdjian
3. Office member: Jan Cameron Smith

The Meadowbank West Ryde Progress Association maintains its vision to promote the interests of residents of the Meadowbank and West Ryde communities within the City of Ryde.


Shepherds bay redevelopment submission.

Further development has been applied for at Shepherds bay. The MWRPA submission was lodged with the Department of Planning & Environment in February 2016.


At our  December 2015 End of year function Meeting.

The Mayor – Councilor Jerome Laxale updated the group on Council Amalgamations.  A public meeting was also held in Hunters Hill in February 2016 and amalgamations are proceeding but the final details are still to be presented.

Rob Renew (MWRPA President) and Jerome Laxale (Ryde Mayor)



At our October 2015 Meeting

Well, what a great turnout at the new meeting location, about 20 people filled the function room and the Chairman (Rob Renew) kept us all on track with voting in the new officials, which are:

Vice President: Connie
Acting Secretary: Phil Peake
Acting Publicity officer: Phil Peake
Distributions officer: Milton Bartlet


At our July Meeting
West Ryde Hotel Function Room

John Brown, Manager Urban Planning, presented development directions for West Ryde and Meadowbank.

Will Ryde Council be amalgamated? – Decision in October by I-PART
State government are proposing to amalgamate some local councils.  The number of councils across Sydney could be halved. Ryde Council  proposes a Joint Regional Agreement with Willougby and Hunters Hill.


Have you say about the Meadowbank Wharf interchange:

RMS are running an information session about the up coming wharf changes.
An information session is being held at Meadowbank Wharf, Monday May 4,  5pm to 7pm


At our May 2015 Meeting: The Sons and Daughters of Ryde who served in World War 1.  

Special thanks to Ryde District Historical Society.

March 2015: Annual General Meeting

The new MWRPA team

President: Rob Renew.
Treasurer: Nora Etmekdjian
Secretary: Phil Peake
Minute Secretary: Joan Carson
Publicity officer: Phil Peake
Distributions Officer: Milton Bartlett

Meet the Candidates February 2015

A State election is fast approaching and your vote counts.

Our Meet the candidates night was on Thursday Feb 19

MWRPA Meet the Candidates Night



Hosted by Ryde Presbyterian Church

MC: Rob Renew – President MWRPA


Jerome Laxale –
 Labor Candidate

Victor Dominello –  
Liberal Candidate

Justin Alick –
Greens Candidate


Ryde Eisteddfod

Ryde Esteddfod Winner


Again one of the City of Ryde’s major cultural nurturing events has arrived -the Eisteddfod. This year the MWRPA sponsored the Humorous Verse 12years and Under. There were 8 entries in this category, and the adjudicator Mr Paul Marsh, said that the standard was high and very entertaining.

Our winner was Alexander Marsh. Alex has been learning speech and drama for 7 years with Mrs Jan Creer, and enjoys public performance very much. He is in year 7 at William Clarke College Kellyville. His younger brother prefers dance for his self-expression. Congratulations to Alex and we hope he continues to shine.


AusGrid Workshops

AusGrid Possible Routes

AusGrid Possible Routes

AusGrid are planning a major renewal of high voltage cables between Homebush Bay and East Ryde. This maintenance work is to replace the existing cables. Work is expected to start sometime 2015 and effect West Ryde and Meadowbank areas till 2016.

For more information call AusGrid on 1800 006 549


Shepherds Bay

The Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) have indicated that there will be a public meeting on the 22nd of September at 4pm. The meeting will be at the Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club. 1156 Victoria Rd, West Ryde. Speakers can register on 9383 2112 or email before 1pm, September 15 .
Click here to view the modification project. – In summary: The modifications agreed to includes the addition of many extra apartments at ground levels in the proposed buildings.

Work has well and truly commenced at multiple sites on the Meadowbank foreshore.

One of the first buildings under development is the 8 storey residential apartment block near Ryde bridge.  Ryde residents recently submitted over 130 submissions to oppose a recent application for “Developer Creep”.

NSW Planning and Assessment commission are waiting for a response back from the developer regarding the submissions. A public hearing may be on the agenda. MWRPA representatives are seeking to meet with local state MP Victor Dominello to discuss suitable infrastructure. Meriton are also building 278 apartments on the corner of Well and Porter St.

 Model of Meriton “Evoke” apartments at Cnr Well and Porter Streets