Ryde is critical to metropolitan Sydney. It has three major public transport arteries coursing through it; Buses to Epping, Lane Cove and Victoria Road, ferries on the Parramatta River and trains on the Northern Line connecting Ryde with the Sydney CBD and greater Sydney.
Ryde is also home to Macquarie Park – Sydney’s second largest business precinct that is host to a range of global corporations. Ryde is also a large shopping district, home to Macquarie Centre, Top Ryde City and Eastwood Plaza.
Rich in cultural diversity, many of Ryde’s residents were born overseas. We have a world-class tertiary institution in Macquarie University, as well as 2 TAFE colleges, 19 primary schools and 4 secondary schools.
Victor’s Description of Ryde
(Excerpts from Inaugural Speech to Parliament, Wednesday 26th November 2008)
“My longstanding connection with Ryde goes back to the 1930s when my paternal grandparents, Vittorio and Immaculatta Dominello, settled and raised their family in North Ryde. They established a market garden in the area and then went on to establish a local fruit shop in Eastwood. The connection with the area also exists on my mother’s side, when in the 1940s, my maternal grandparents, Cosimo and Theresa Iemma, settled and spent a lot of time working and raising their family in the Top Ryde area. Most of my family and I went to schools and churches within the electorate.
While doorknocking in the recent campaign, I was comforted by the sea of friendly faces that reminded me of this deep-seated bond that I have with Ryde and its people…”
“Ryde is a very vibrant place. Almost 40 per cent of the people of Ryde were born overseas. Among others, we are fortunate to have a rich tapestry of cultures: Armenians, Chinese, English, Italians, Indians, Koreans and Lebanese, all living within our beautiful electorate. Last Thursday at the Australian citizenship ceremony for Ryde residents there were 83 new citizens from 25 different countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe.
As the new member for Ryde I will lead by example and do everything I can to embrace and celebrate all our cultures within Ryde, as well as promote the beauty that our diversity brings. Ryde is a real microcosm of metropolitan Sydney. This is why she is regarded as the pulse of metropolitan New South Wales.”