Councillor, City of Ryde, West Ward


“Thank you West Ward for your very strong support at the recent by-election which saw us win almost 50 per cent of first preference votes and a 15% swing.

It’s a fantastic result. I thank God, my family, the Liberal team and the amazing voters of West Ward who have always had time for me since my first election 14 years ago. It’s also a strong endorsement of Mayor Jordan Lane and his team which I look forward to joining.

I’m touched by all the voters who remember my previous 9 year record on Council as well as the newer younger voters who have voted for good memes and good policy!

The last voter I spoke to on election day told me she appreciated how our team was the only one to make specific election commitments – to keep rates low, save TG Millner Oval and install traffic lights in Eastwood. Local government is all about practical matters, not ideology and that’s what voters of West Ward have embraced.

But whether you voted for me or not, I will work for you over the next 2 years of the remaining Council term. I previously had a reputation for working with all sides and across the political aisle and that inherent quality of mine won’t change.”

Justin Li

Ryde Councillor for West Ward

15 October 2022

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JUSTIN LI (aka the Human of Eastwood) is a familiar face to many in the local community having served as a City of Ryde councillor from 2008 to 2017 representing West Ward, and as founder of the popular online community Humans of Eastwood.

From 2012 to 2014, Justin served as Ryde’s Deputy Mayor, the first person of Asian descent to hold that post in Ryde’s history.  

Originally an immigrant from Hong Kong, he has lived in Eastwood for over 20 years now. Justin attended Eastwood Heights Public School and Normanhurst Boys High School where he was dux of Year 12.

Justin is Christian and works as a corporate lawyer today.

Justin answered the call of his local community to return to represent his former West Ward seat at the 15 October 2022 Ryde Council by-election in order to provide an experienced pair of hands to serve residents.


Among his achievements during his previous 9 years on Ryde Council include making Council services more accessible to non English speaking residents, giving voice to residents who received unfair parking fines, removing the unpopular Marsfield parking meters, establishing the annual Eastwood Lunar New Year festival, bringing outdoor cinemas and free Wi-Fi to Eastwood Plaza, and in 2015 making the Plaza smoke-free.

Community work

After leaving Ryde Council in 2017, Justin continued serving the local community in other capacities . 

Justin founded Humans of Eastwood which connects the community with local news and humourous memes.  During the course of the pandemic in 2020-2021, Humans of Eastwood became the trusted source of information on local covid alerts and latest public health orders for many in the community. In addition, Humans of Eastwood also helped promote many struggling local businesses during that time for free.

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