Jananie Janarthana, City of Ryde – West Ward

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Name: Jananie Janarthana, Labor

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

Yes, I’m a member of the Labor Party. When I think about what I have been a beneficiary of: Good public school education, tertiary education & health facilities – I know that the Labor party has been at the forefront of ensuring great public services for all community members.


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

I am a jack of all trades – an organiser, policy wonk & researcher. In the past month I just started a new job working for the NSW Labor Leader! But most recently I was the recipient of the annual Julia Gillard Next Generation Internship, where I researched how we as a society share the responsibility of care in the home, workplaces and in parliament. I looked deeply at Early Childhood Education and Care and what can fix the lack of affordability and availability of childcare facilities.


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

The beautiful natural, leafy surroundings. I live very close to the Terrys creek walk and during lockdowns it was the perfect little walk to keep you present in a world of uncertainty.

The FOOD. I love to cook and I am constantly inspired by the variety of amazing food places in Eastwood, from Korean BBQ to great baked goods.


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

  1. Cost of living –> food, childcare, petrol, energy bills. These are such basic things but they are becoming expensive for everyday residents.
  2. Overdevelopment –> we need to ensure we have great green spaces that people can enjoy in their down time.
  3. Housing affordability –> People being priced out and not being able to make Ryde their permanent home


5. What are the 3 key things you plan to achieve?       

  1. A community voice on council & hold the council to account on commitments we make
  2. Recreational spaces & vibrant businesses for everyone and that there is accessible parking and transport to access these spaces
  3. A great local arts and cultural activities

6. What about your long term vision for the area?      

Ryde was the best place to grow up. Saturday growing up was mornings picking up warm bread at Lim’s hot bread, racing down to the netball courts in Meadowbank and afternoons with bubble teas down at Eastwood Plaza.

I want everyone to feel they can afford to live here, enjoy their weekends with the great green spaces & feel they can be proud of where they live & the people that represent them. I want to see local businesses flourish and a great local arts and cultural scene & local representatives that enable this.


Other Comments

RDM is such a great initiative and I hope to one day join you if I ever get the opportunity to be a mum! Mums are truly the best <3