Ryde Local

  • Image of Halmeg plant, by courtesy of Ryde Library Service
    01/11/2014 - 17:07

    I wonder about the past, I wonder about the different society, the different people, and the different economy - it prompts a brief look at some of the industrial history around Ryde, and the prominent sight of the "Halmeg" plant.

  • 06/27/2016 - 11:03

    The their June 15th issue, the Northern District Times were kind enough to cover my candidacy, and the image with this article is an extract.

    Writing a letter to the editor in the June 22nd issue, Jason Bolster writes :

  • 08/21/2017 - 10:52

    This is my latest adventure - standing for election as councillor, trying to do some good, and learn more about how the world works.

  • 09/21/2017 - 15:50

    I recently put myself forward as a candidate for these elections. You can see my statement here. I received around 100 votes, around 0.5%. Not so many, but it was better than the 0.3% that the Democratic Labor Party made in Central Ward last election, and I think compares reasonably well to the 1.3% I received at the Federal election, when I was an endorsed Pirate Party candidate.

  • 12/01/2017 - 17:14

    While I'm not standing for the By-Election in Bennelong, I still feel the inclination to stick my oar in. Perhaps you'll find what I have to say of interest.


    Both others in the pirate party and myself wanted me to contest this by-election, but we could not get our resources together in time. We wanted to be sure that we would do a better job this time. And we were unable to get enough people to commit. Still, I'm hopeful that - with a bit of notice - I'll be contesting the next election as a pirate party candidate.

  • 03/09/2019 - 15:22

    Trying to make sense of the controversy over development in Ryde - and the upcoming election.


  • 03/16/2019 - 21:21

    A look at votes in NSW on secular issues, and the influence of the religious lobby, and a gesture ...

    We have had recent votes on two secular issues, which I thought I'd review for my web page. These were the vote on the 11th May 2017 on the "Abortion Law Reform (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment) Bill 2016" and on the 16th November 2017 on the "Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017".

  • 05/18/2022 - 06:09

    This is the text of a speech I gave to the Ryde-Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society on the 7th of May. I was asked to comment on environmental issues, and hope I did a decent job of that.