Lane Cove Week in Review – 2nd to 8th of May 2016

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Early Saturday Morning Smoke Haze over Lane Cove Photo Credit: B Humphries

It’s been a big week of functions in Lane Cove, so let’s get started with our week in review.

Lane Cove Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Lane Cove Mums and Grandmothers.  We hope you had a relaxing day.  Today the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Save the Children State Of Australia’s Mother’s report listed Lane Cove as one of the best places to be a mother.

As a mum living in Lane Cove, ITC does feel very lucky.  However, the stats for people living in rural and remote locations is not so rosy (particularly if you live in the Torres Strait Islands or an Aboriginal Community). You can read the Save the Children report here.  If you would like to donate to Save the Children to help them with their work in disadvantaged communities you can donate here.

Development Application

The Lane Cove Squash Club premises at 29 Birdwood Avenue are the subject of a DA. A Development application has been lodged for a six storey 17 units residential development.

The squash courts are a Lane Cove Institution. They have been there for 60 years and they are the busiest Squash Courts on the North Shore. Next weekend they will be hosting the Lane Cove Open. One Hundred and Ten players from around Australia and New Zealand will compete. The Lane Cove Squash Courts would like you to know they’re still open for business and they want to stay in Lane Cove.   You can view the DA here.

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Lane Cove (and most of Sydney and the Blue Mountains) woke up to a very smoky morning on Saturday.  In the Cove’s Facebook page went off with posts and private messages asking about the smoke.  The NSW Rural Fire Service was undertaking hazardous reduction burns. The lower temperatures on early Saturday Morning caused the smoke to settle. The smoke slowly dissipated throughout Saturday.
Lane Cove was alive with the sound of fire alarms as the smoke set off numerous residential and commercial smoke alarms (which led to many calls to NSW Fire).
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Speaking of fire and back burning, the Lane Cove Council will be commencing Flame Weeding soon.

Flame weeding uses fire-producing devices (with either kerosene or LPG as a combustible) to remove weeds. Flame weeding reduces the overall use of chemicals in the community. By using this method rather than herbicide application Council staff and the public have less exposure to chemicals and there is less accumulation of toxins in the environment. See our blog on chemical spraying in Lane Cove here.

The flame weeding process kills annual plants, destroys weed seed and exposes soil to promote the regeneration of native species. Flame weeding has been used successfully and safely in neighbouring councils for over a decade.  Lane Cove Council has advised that they will  only commence flame-weeding when weather conditions are favourable as determined by local forecasts and conditions on the ground. Before any flame weeding takes place Lane Cove Fire Brigade and NSW Fire Communications Centre will be notified as well as local residents who might experience some smoke.

Areas being flamed will have clear ‘Flame Weeding in Progress’ signs displayed nearby. Flame weeding will only be conducted by trained and experienced Council staff.  On average the process takes about two hours. All areas will be fully extinguished upon completion. For further information, you can contact Council’s Assistant Manager Open Space on 9911 3565.

Entertaining Speakers

Vision Personal Training Lane Cove members were treated to a seminar about quitting sugar by I Quit Sugar author Sarah Wilson. Sarah spoke to a packed audience.   One of the scariest statistics she quoted is that Teenage Boys are eating up to 38 teaspoons of sugar a day (mainly due to consuming soft drinks). We will give you some of her tips on our blog soon.

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Sarah Wilson best selling author and James from Vision Lane Cove Personal Training

Lane Cove’s Connection to The Voice

Last year  Chantelle Morell from Lane Cove was on The Voice. We now have another Lane Cove connection. Jeremy Lockhart from Rebalance Your Centre of Health niece, Tash Lockhart, made it through blind auditions. She’s on Team Delta. Some Lane Cove locals may remember Tash from when she worked at Lodge Tapas or have seen her perform at Unwined Bar.


New Business Alert

Massage Envy is opening soon in the Anytime Fitness Lane Cove building.  This week the plaza was alive with purple balloons as the Massage Envy team promoted their new Lane Cove business.  Massage Envy chose Lane Cove to build its flagship store.  It’s a different concept in Massage and Beauty.  You become a Massage Envy member.  This entitles you to a monthly massage or beauty treatment.   They are looking to expand Australia wide and you can buy a franchise if you want to get into the massage/beauty field.


Fundraising Week

This week was a big fundraising week in Lane Cove.  Baker’s Delight donated all proceeds from the sale of their pink finger buns to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Joyce (who owns Bakers Delight Lane Cove) is a big supporter of this cause and regularly holds fundraising nights.


On Saturday Sloans  were raising funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia (Sloans does amazing work with them – including pop up hairdressing salons at hospitals to put a smile on a sick kid’s face). Sloans matched dollar for dollar all donations made by the public.


In the Cove and Hayworth Restaurant held Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at the Lane Cove Country Club. Thank you to everyone who attended (about 70 people).  Nikki from Think PR and Events  decorated the Lane Cove Country Club for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. She is so talented and a Lane Cove Local.  We were lucky enough to have some beautiful furniture from Walkers Party Hire North Shore.

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We will let you know the final amount we raised very soon (we are still receiving donations!!).  Thank you to the Lane Cove businesses that donated prizes for our raffle.

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Raffle Prizes
5 class Yoga Pass Yogabowl
$50 Gift Voucher Springbok Delights
Kumon book pack, times table CD and stationary Kumon
One Hundred Dollar Gift Voucher Eyes on Lane Cove
2 x Coochie Weed + Feed Vouchers (if you want a green lawn these are the people for you!!) Coohie Hydrogreen
Bakers Delight Bread Voucher $25.00 Bakers Delight
2 x Gift Wrapping Workshop for 2 people Vouchers for course on 11 May 2016 Stylie
Infinity Hair Blow Dry Vouchers Infinity Hair


$50 Food/Drink Voucher Unwined Bar


Crime Reports

Around 12.51am on 2nd May a resident of a Burns Bay Road, heard noises coming from an adjoining business. The resident contacted police immediately. Police arrived a few minutes later and looked inside the window of the restaurant and observed a 39 year old male from Glebe inside the premises.

The male attempted to abscond from the location via a rear window before being apprehended by police. The male attempted to break free, however was unsuccessful in all attempts.

The male was arrested and conveyed back to Chatswood Police Station where he was later bail refused to Hornsby Local Court and subsequently charged with Break and Enter and Resist Police in the execution of duty.

Around 11.50pm on Saturday the 30th April, police were patrolling along River Road West, Greenwich. At the time they observed a white Mazda travelling southbound. Police observed the vehicle make a right turn on a red arrow narrowly missing an oncoming vehicle.

Police engage their warning lights to pull the vehicle over. Shortly after police have observed the vehicle swerve left, colliding with a blue Subaru parked on Greenwich Road.

The Mazda has eventually stopped and began reversing before narrowly avoiding a collision with the police vehicle. The driver then placed his vehicle in drive and turned the wheel, indicating that he was going to drive away. Fearing that he would attempt to drive from the scene, police exited their vehicle, approached the driver of the vehicle and removed him from the driver’s seat.
Police formed the opinion that the 43 year old male from Drummoyne was under the influence of a substance and therefore highly intoxicated.

Traffic Accidents

Commuters on Tuesday night were held up by a major accident on the Pacific Highway near Kennards Self Storage.  Buses travelling along the Pacific Highway were impacted the most.


Today there was another accident at the corner of River Road and Longueville Road (near the Longueville Sporting Club aka the Diddy). An eyewitness reported they saw a driver mistake the red right turn arrow with the green arrow. The driver hit a car going through the green light.  When will this intersection be upgraded?


Changed Traffic Conditions


Just another reminder that Cox’s Lane now has right of way.  This is what one roving reporter told us:

Please be careful! Standing at the intersection of Cox’s Lane and Finlayson waiting to cross I witnessed 3 very near misses in less than a minute! Cox’s Lane now has right of way!


Lane Cove West Public School held their major fundraiser on Saturday Night.  It was a 70’s and 80’s disco theme and everyone dressed to impress.


Things to Put In Your Diary For the Week Comming

If you love shopping come along to the Markets for Melanoma run by Donna Armstrong. They are on Friday 13th May at North Ryde RSL.  You can book via this link.  You can read about Donna and her quest to raise awareness for Melanoma here.

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Things to Put in Your Diary for the Long Weekend in June

Do you want to relax this coming long weekend?  Then book in for Yogabowl’s June long weekend retreat. Booking details here.

Yoga Retreat

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