Sarkis Yedelian OAM
City of Ryde Mayor
Clr Sarkis Yedelian OAM, was first elected as an Independent Councillor for the City of Ryde in 2004 and was re-elected for a second term in 2008. He joined the Liberal Party team in May 2010. Clr. Yedelian was re-elected for a third term in 2012, a fourth term in September 2017 and re-elected for the fifth term on 4th of December 2021, he is the longest serving councillor.
He Served as Chair of the following committees; Ryde Planning and Environment, Ryde Community Harmony Reference Group and Ryde Economic and Development Advisory committee.
Clr Yedelian has a background in journalism and electronic engineering. He is self-employed and has run an IT, camera, telecommunication and precision instrument consulting service business since 1985. He retired in 2019 and he dedicates his full time to community needs. He is married with two adult children.
Clr Yedelian has lived and worked I n Ryde since 1984 after migrating to Sydney in 1979 from Beirut, Lebanon. He co-founded the ‘Armenia Weekly’ magazine and served on its Editorial Board, before starting the Armenian Community Radio Hour at 2NSB-FM. He later in 1994 -2007 established Community TV Sydney CH31 and helped lead the way for young film-makers to air their productions while also voluntarily training young journalists, video producers and camera operators.
Clr Yedelian is the first elected Councillor in Australia of Armenian heritage and played a key leadership role in Ryde’s Multicultural Advisary Group, which advises Council on all multicultural issues. His fluency in five languages (Armenian, Arabic, French, English and Turkish) has helped him communicate with many different communities.
Clr Yedelian is also (since 2005) a member of the State Emergency Service of Ryde. Currently he is President of the Ryde Multicultural Centre which he formed in 2005.
Clr Sarkis Yedelian was awarded the OAM in 2009 for his service to the Local government and Multicultural communities.
On 18 February 2017 on the occasion of Ryde SES 40th anniversary, he was awarded SES, Long service award For 10 years as member of NSW State Emergency Service.
On 23 May 2017 Clr Yedelian OAM received a Certificate of Appreciation from Local Government NSW for his 13 years of service to the City of Ryde.
Councillor Yedelian OAM has been a Councillor at the City of Ryde from March 2004 to present and he was elected three terms as Deputy Mayor for the period September 2007 to August 2009, and 2021-2022.
On 13 December 2022 at Council’s extraordinary meeting Councillor Yedelian was elected as Mayor of City of Ryde and on 26 September 2023 re elected As Mayor for another term.
Granny smith Festival
Saturday 21/10/2023 at Eastwood, I had the pleasure to participate in the much anticipated event the Granny Smith Festival parade with local VIPs and residents who had brought out their heritage vehicles and participated in the parade.
As Mayor of City of Ryde, I officially acknowledged and welcomed everyone to 2023 Granny Smith Festival.
Present were our members of parliament, my fellow councillors, sponsors, and descendants of Granny Smith. Plus our dedicated Granny Smith Committee, chaired by the wonderful De’ann Hespe.
And it also wouldn’t be possible without the support of our valued sponsors.
These include our Apple Sponsor – Woolworths and our Gold Sponsors – Vision China Times, Northshore Mitsubishi, and Nova.
A big thanks also to the NSW Police, the SES, St John’s Ambulance and all of our volunteers who ensure that we all get to enjoy this fantastic day safely.
And, of course, a very special welcome and thanks to all of – our vibrant, diverse, multicultural community that makes this such a special place to live and it gives me great joy to see all happy.
It was great to see the Granny Smith Festival roar back into life last year after a two-year pandemic break?
An estimated 100,000 helped to turn Eastwood into Sydney’s biggest carnival ground, proving our enduring love for this brilliant and unique community event.
This year, we’ve added even more fun into the mix, with an amazing range of free activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
There were over 700 participants in the Grand Street Parade that is always such a spectacular way to start the festival. And throughout the day, during the day we explored 230 stalls and appreciated the talents of 880 performing artists.
There were a lot of great people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the Granny Smith Festival runs smoothly and successfully.
As such I would like to thank to all the community members, volunteers and performers involved in this year’s festival.
A special thanks must also go to the City of Ryde events team who have worked many hours over the past three months in bringing this event together and once again ensuring it is an unforgettable day out.
I hope all had a great day, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoyed all the fun of the one and only Granny Smith Festival.
More photos click at my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/1533914285/posts/pfbid02FUrFfYCizx2jaVW8JX6mBHm3JZs9uuiWj2rcdZd8U8V4XG9eZFxUUdt9n8HA6d8dl/