Bernard Purcell, City of Ryde- Central Ward

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Bernard Purcell, City of Ryde- Central Ward
Bernard Purcell (left)


Supporting Candidates

Margaret Mayger, Geoffrey Lee, Geoff Pullen


Are you part or have you been part of a political party? If so, which one? 

Labor, since the 90’s


Tell us a bit about you and your team?  What’s your day job?        

In Central Ward, we are a diverse team of myself, Bernard Purcell, retired high school teacher, Margaret Mayger, Chinese community advocate, Geoffrey Lee and accountant Geoff Pullen.  I am a media producer who has lived and worked in Sydney and overseas. I was a registered nurse in another life at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. I certainly saw some things in the Emergency Department.  I am 23 years married, having 2 teenage boys with my wife Eliza. I have been in Denistone for just on ten years enjoying constant community activism at the boys’ schools, the local soccer team (Eastwood St Andrews) and general committees.  I would be delighted to represent the people of the council area.


What are some things you love about living in the area?    

I really love the bush that you encounter as you enter our council area over the Parramatta river. It is a safe suburb with community-minded people. I particularly love the cultural diversity and embrace inclusion


What do you believe to be the 3 main issues affecting our community?   

  1. Overdevelopment 
  2. Insufficient social infrastructure as a result of overdevelopment
  3. Lack of Open and green recreational spaces.


What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve?       

  1. Stop the sale of Meadowbank Operations Centre to developers
  2. Improve Ryde’s footpath, cycle and road networks
  3. Work with state government to solve the problem of overcrowding in Ryde’s schools


What about your long term vision for the area?      

While it takes time and consultation, I wish to find real parking solutions for local commuters and allow traffic to flow more freely.


How do you plan to influence state policy that impacts on our community?          

I think this is one of the real benefits of being in Labor- we have the ears of those at state level. This increases the effectiveness of our representation of the people of Ryde.


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