Sarkis Yedelian

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 a member of the State Emergency Service of Ryde. Currently he is President of the Ryde Multicultural Centre. 


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 Deputy Mayor for the period September 2007 to August 2009. 

On 13 December at Council’s extraordinary meeting Councillor Yedelian was elected as Mayor of City of Ryde. 

2023 Volunteer Recognition Award Winners

The City of Ryde enthusiastically applauds the triumphant recipients of the 2023 Volunteer Recognition Awards, revealed during an extravagant event at the picturesque Curzon Hall in Marsfield.

These exceptional individuals were chosen amidst the anticipation of National Volunteers Week, standing out from a considerable pool of 67 nominees spanning four categories – an unprecedented amount of participation we’ve ever witnessed.

Our mayor of the City of Ryde, Clr Sarkis Yedelian OAM, along with Deputy Mayor Clr Shweta Deshpande, City of Ryde CEO Wayne Rylands, 2022 Volunteer of the Year Sheena Smith, and 2022 Young Volunteer of the Year Abby Hill, constituted the discerning panel of judges. The Mayor extolled the community spirit of Ryde, emphasizing its composition of considerate, altruistic, and magnanimous citizens.

He lauded the shared spirit of benevolence among the nominees, embodied in their commitment to assist others and their willingness to donate their time, capabilities, and effort without any expectation of reciprocation. “Each nominee has filled us with awe. They’ve brought immense pride to their families, their dear ones, and most critically, their community,” he asserted.

City of Ryde CEO Wayne Rylands acknowledged the integral role of volunteers in crafting Ryde into a thriving and inviting locale for dwelling, working, and leisure. “Our team at the City of Ryde is dedicated and skilled, driven by a mandate to enrich this community,” he professed. “However, the realization of our mission necessitates additional support. This is where our numerous compassionate and munificent volunteers become vital threads in the tapestry of our community.”