Lane Cove Week in Review – 23 to 29 Jan 2017

australia day
Welcome to our Lane Cove Weekly Review for 23 to 29 January.

Australia Day

Lane Cove welcomed 95 new Australian Citizens during the Australian Day Citizenship Ceremony in Lane Cove Plaza.

Lane Cove’s official Australian Day Ambassador was AFL legend and Lane Cove local Jude Bolton. In Jude’s key-note address he spoke about his family life in Lane Cove including the Plaza green and the flying fox down at Blackman Park.

When speaking about the community Jude said:

“I see the local community come together for special events and celebrations and even the occasional screening of Frozen. It is inclusive, it is non-judgemental, it’s instantaneous. It’s community. And it represents to me exactly what Australia Day should be – and is – about. It is this inclusiveness and the acceptance of our way of life and finding common ground with people from diverse backgrounds that makes Australia – and this suburb in particular – so special. That’s what I love so much about Lane Cove”.

After the Citizenship Ceremony members of the Lane Cove 1st Scouts and the Rotary Club of Lane Cove put on a BBQ. Members of the Lane Cove AFL Cats were also on-hand as well as Aussie Home Loans Lane Cove. Musician Dennis Val entertained those who stayed on to listen to his renditions of Aussie classic hits from Cold Chisel to Vance Joy.

Lane Cove Council Area Australia Day Honours were awarded to:

CATE TURNER of Lane Cove for service to aged welfare, particularly to women.

Prof LYN MARCH of Longueville for significant service to medicine in the areas of rheumatology and clinical epidemiology, as an academic, researcher and clinician.

PETER CROSSING of Greenwich for significant service to the community through philanthropic support for, and leadership positions with, major cultural institutions, and to business.

DR SALLY BONAR of Northwood for service to medicine, particularly to orthopaedic pathology.

Lane Cove Labelled Boring

This week Lane Cove was labelled Sydney’s most boring suburb by comedian Tom Gleeson. He told the North Shore Times:

For Gleeson, it wasn’t all bad living in Lane Cove though, the place he said he had “no distractions”. He recalled his favourite pastime was going to the library, because it was always empty. “Everyone’s so wealthy in Lane Cove so that the idea of borrowing a book would be ridiculous,” he said. The now-Melbourne resident said some locals had posted on his page that they would not attend his show because of his comments. It was probably a good thing as, he warned, they might “really be offended”. “I’ll be able to do some very detailed local material because I do know the area well,” he said.  You can read the full article here

Tom’s recollections of Lane Cove are a little bit out of date. The Lane Cove Library has the highest borrowing rate per capita of any NSW Library – we love our books and even have the Lane Cove Literary Awards. The average age of people in Lane Cove is 38 years of age (2011 census).

We are home to some comedians including Simon Kennedy – who wrote 9/11 and the Art of Happiness

New Musical Theatre School

A new Musical Theatre School has been established at Lane Cove West Business Park – you can find out more about it here.


New Cabinet

Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts will be appointed NSW State Planning Minister this week.

Got a Pen

Thank you to all the people who donated, sorted, volunteered with the Got a Pen working bee. Big huge thanks to the fabulous team at Storage King Lane Cove. They donated their time (a driver and a truck), boxes, tape and premises for our working bee – if you ever need storage the guys there are truly delightful to deal with and NOTHING is ever a problem. Got a Pen is looking for the following donations:


You can donate at MBE Lane Cove in the Rosenthal Arcade.

Show off your Artistic Talents


Lane Cove Council is calling for expressions of interest from Sydney artists interested in participating in a Traffic Signal Box Art Project. The project’s objective is to use traffic signal boxes as canvases to enliven the local streetscape, provide new opportunities for creative expression and deter graffiti taggers.

Council is seeking original, colourful and appropriate works for public display. Successful proposals will foster community pride and convey a sense of the local area as specific to each site.

Applications must be received by Monday 30 January 2017.

Street Art Lane Cove

Crime Report

An off-duty police officer has foiled a would-be drink driver in Lane Cove. The officer observed the man stumbling before entering a Volkswagen Passat about 10pm Monday in Little St, Lane Cove. Approaching the vehicle, which the man had allegedly started, the officer removed the keys and contacted police. Upon arrival, the 53-year-old submitted to a breath test, returning a positive reading. He was taken back to Chatswood Police Station, where he allegedly blew 0.153. The man’s licence was suspended and he was charged with high-range drink driving. He will face Hornsby Local Court next month.

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