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City of Ryde

Drivers of population change

Development history

The City of Ryde is located in northern Sydney between 8 and 15 kilometres north-west of the Sydney GPO. The City features a major employment area at Macquarie Park, which is home to the Australian headquarters of a number of international companies. Macquarie University and Macquarie Private Hospital are also located here. Other commercial activity tends to be concentrated around transport nodes and older shopping strips such as Top Ryde, Eastwood and West Ryde. In more recent decades there has been significant retail growth at Macquarie Centre, and more recently, the Top Ryde Shopping Centre has undergone large-scale redevelopment.

Early residential development in Ryde dates from the late nineteenth century, spurred by the opening of the railway line to Hornsby. However, the most significant periods of development in the City have been in the interwar and post-war period. The initial development which was focussed around railway stations, tram routes and along the Parramatta River, spread as car ownership increased and infrastructure (especially roads and bridges) improved. By the 1960s, much of the City had been developed, although northern areas (North Ryde, Marsfield and Macquarie Park) remained as predominantly horticultural areas. By the 1980s, opportunities for greenfield development were largely exhausted and population growth stabilised. More recently, rates of infill and redevelopment have increased. This is exemplified by the redevelopment of old industrial areas along the Parramatta River at Meadowbank. These trends have resulted in the population of the City of Ryde growing in the last five years after two decades of relative stagnation or minimal population growth.

Migration patterns

The primary housing market role that the City has played in the post war era has been to provide housing for families. This role continues to some extent, particularly in the Ryde and Denistone areas. Growth of student numbers at Macquarie University, particularly those from overseas, has resulted in many more young people (18-29 years) migrating to the City than previously. This trend is more noticeable in suburbs surrounding the University, such as Macquarie Park, Marsfield and Eastwood. The availability of more affordable family housing in neighbouring areas to the west and north of the City has led to a minor net loss of families. By and large, these trends will continue into the future.

Historical migration flows, City of Ryde, 2006-2011
Historical migration flows, City of Ryde, 2006-2011
'Overseas' refers to arrivals only.

Population and household forecasts, 2011 to 2036, prepared by .id the population experts, May 2016.

Note: The migration flows depicted above are historical and do not represent future or forecast migration flows or subsequent council boundary changes. The arrows represent migration flows to the area as a whole and do not indicate an origin or destination for any specific localities within the area. Overseas flow shows overseas arrivals only, based on answers to the census question “where did the person usually live 5-years ago.

Housing role and function

The City's population will be shaped largely by the supply of sites for residential redevelopment. Larger sites include the redevelopment of former industrial and commercial lands at Meadowbank, Ryde (Top Ryde) and North Ryde. The type and scale of housing in these areas is likely to attract larger numbers of young couples and professionals taking advantage of rental housing and proximity to employment opportunities at Macquarie Park and the CBD.

Housing supply

The other main sources of future housing supply in the City are infill and in-centre development. The propensity for infill varies considerably across the City due to differences in block size, age and quality of housing stock, and zoning. Infill is expected to be higher in North Ryde-East Ryde-Chatswood West and the Ryde area as these suburbs typically contain larger blocks and older housing stock which makes them suitable for townhouse style developments. In-centre development is related to specific planning policies implement by the City but further redevelopment around West Ryde, Ryde (Top Ryde) and Eastwood can be expected.

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