It was a week of horrendous weather and then stunning weather and big local events.
The Big Downpour
On Tuesday the rain bucketed down in Lane Cove. Parts of Lane Cove West experienced hail and power outages. A tree came down on Centennial Avenue and another tree came down on Roslyn Crescent Lane Cove North. Emergency services were quick to respond as the tree came down on powerlines.
Telstra Mobile Phone Outages
This week parts of Lane Cove experienced mobile phone outages.
Lane Cove Council Meeting
The Lane Cove Council held its monthly meeting on Monday. The most contentious item on the agenda was the Aged Care Facility planned for Northwood (where the Speedway Service Station is now located). Lane Cove Council unanimously rejected the proposal based on the following grounds
- The 3 metre rear buffer to the adjoining SEPP19 bushland (zoned E2) is opposed by NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OE&H), and it has not been demonstrated that the adjacent bushland can be adequately protected by the proposed 3m wide buffer;
- Offset planting is required by OE&H on-site if two turpentine trees are removed;
- NSW OEH have confirmed that the impacts on the adjoining SEPP19 bushland are not adequately addressed;
- Based on independent analysis of the proponent’s original urban design documents, the building envelope envisaged by the proposed floor space ratio and height control cannot be achieved;
- Council’s independent urban design analysis concludes that both the proponent’s height and floor space ratio are not suitably justified on urban design or planning grounds;
- Council’s independent urban design analysis has confirmed that a more modest scale would achieve a better built form and design outcome and further likely reduce overshadowing impacts on adjoining residential properties;
- The proponent’s amended urban design responses does not adequately address issues raised by Council’s independent urban design analysis, nor do they provide any justification for their proposed height and floor space ratio;
- The proposed scale is considered excessive and conflicts with the scale of the nearby Lane Cove Village;
- The proposed scale is inconsistent with other B1 Neighbourhood Centre zones;
- The fourth leg at the Kenneth/Northwood signalised intersection is opposed by the RMS;
- A single site entry/egress is requested at the southern end of the site by the RMS; and
- No public benefits are proposed to be delivered despite a development that seeks substantial uplift.
Councillor Andrew Zbik moved a motion aimed at reducing the amount of plastic used at Lane Cove Council events and events sponsored by LCC. It was resolved that LCC conduct a review of the consumption of single-use plastics such as plastic drinking straws, plastic bottles, plastic cups, plastic crockery and cutlery, plastic bags and any other single-use plastic items.
Lane Cove Council also discussed the impact of China’s decision to ban the importation of contaminated recycled material. This ban may result in a small rise in rates. The Lane Cove Council resolved to contact the Local Government Minister to ascertain if further funds can be released from the NSW Waste Levy.
Official Opening of Four Frogs Creperie
On Wednesday night Four Frogs Creperie had their official opening. Lane Cove is loving Four Frogs. Florian told ITC he is so impressed with how lovely and warm the response has been from Lane Cove residents. To ensure they were giving the best service they removed some tables, so the kitchen could concentrate on serving the best food. They have now put them back and the kitchen is working like a well-oiled machine.
Official Opening of Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios Art of Friendship Exhibition
The Art of Friendship is a landmark exhibition for the gallery suggested by the distinguished Australian artist and Lane Cove resident Guy Warren AM, to mark the opening of the refurbished Gallery Lane Cove.
The new Gallery Director describes the exhibition as acknowledging:
The important role Guy Warren has played as an artist and educator within the Australian cultural sector for so many years, paying tribute to Guy through a small selection of works by his eminent Sydney artist colleagues, friends and professional associates over the years. The exhibition is a statement in itself of the importance of nurturing relationships to creative development, art making and the broader cultural network.
Official Opening Creative Studios
Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios has been extensively refurbished. They now have some amazing new workshop spaces where you can undertake pottery, screen printing, drawing, photography, life drawing, textile works and so much more. This is so exciting as there will be classes for kids and adults. The action packed Open Day was filled with experts demonstrating arts and crafts.
ITC launches the ITC Chat Room
You asked for it and we have done it. We now have a Closed Facebook Group where you can ask other Lane Cove residents questions. After hitting 1 million page views on our website, we decided it was time to expand and give our followers additional ways to connect with neighbours. You can join the group by hitting the link below – once you have joined just hit the “add” button and invite your friends who live and work in Lane Cove (we want it as local as possible).
Rosenthal Avenue was down to one lane on Saturday for the entire day. Traffic was backed up on Burns Bay Road. A huge crane was being constructed at the Rosenthal Avenue Carpark.
Crime and Police Reports
Public Nuisance – Lane Cove
Police have charged a 29 year old Lane Cove North woman following an investigation into a number of Triple Zero calls made last month.
Around 9:15am Wednesday 30th May a call was made to triple zero, the female caller stated she could see a male pouring petrol throughout a service station located on Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove. The caller went on to say that the male was attempting to light the petrol. Moments later the female caller phoned triple zero again stating that she had been stabbed.
Due to the serious risk to public safety a large emergency service response was initiated, with more than 20 officers from NSW Police, NSW Fire and Rescue and NSW Ambulance attending the location.
Upon arrival at the location it was quickly established that the calls were a complete fabrication. The female caller was located nearby. She has subsequently been charged in relation to the matter and will face Hornsby Local Court in August.
Last weekend further vandalism incidents were reported to ITC. The vandals are targeting cars parked in the street. If your car has been vandalised, please report it to the police online here and please send information to ITC. One ITC follower needs this information for his insurance company.
A break in was reported at Lane Cove West and two attempted break-ins at Riverview (one during the long weekend).
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