Lane Cove Week in Review 16th to 22nd July 2018

At the start of this week the big freeze hit Lane Cove.  Streets, gardens and parks were covered in frost.  Scrapers had to be used on car windscreens to remove ice and drivers were warned about icy roads.  Winter is not coming, it is here.  By the end of the week the weather was quite pleasant (except for a wind chill factor lowering temperatures on Friday).  The mornings continue to be frosty.  Our cover photo was sent to us by the hard working Auskick co-ordinators at the Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club. They told ITC that it was a chilly 2 degrees at Blackman Park this morning (with frost covering the synthetic grass).

The Alcott Officially Opens

The weather may have been cold, but Lane Cove continues to hot up with the opening of yet another new venue.  The old Lane Cove Club in Birdwood Avenue has been completely transformed.

The Alcott held its opening party on Thursday night. A wide cross section of Lane Cove was there to celebrate (local community group members, sporting groups, Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman and past/present local councillors. ITC can tell you the fit out is spectacular. The Terrace Area is stunning and the SPRITZ bar was a huge hit. The first day of trading was Friday 20th July 2018.  The management team behind The Alcott are very experienced (ex Est and Sake).   Well done to the Alcott team, the club looks AMAZING. ITC spoke to so many people who said they had never been inside the club before and they can’t wait to come back and have a meal and/or a drink.  Local food blogger Josephine Napoli from the Napoli Alert snapped a few photos showing off the different areas in the club.  The Alcott website is now live and you can submit an application to join The Alcott here. Memberships are now available! They have an unbelievable opening offer.  Sign up to become a member before 30th September, and receive FIVE complimentary drink vouchers. Memberships from $10.

Dirty Dumping

The North Shore Police Area Command Facebook page posted a request for information about soil dumped at a property located in the Lane Cove West business park.


Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses after it was discovered that around 100 tonnes of soil has recently been dumped at a location in Lane Cove West.

The unknown offenders forced open a locked gate to the fully fenced site and it is believed that between Monday 25th June and Friday 13th July around 100 truck loads of soil have been dumped at the vacant lot on Sirius Road, Lane Cove West. Clean up costs for removal and disposal of the soil from the site is estimated to be around $500,000.

Police are following a number of lines of enquiry and are asking for anyone that may have noticed any suspicious activity at the location during the given times and dates to please contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or

Lane Cove Power Outage

On Wednesday night (19th July 2018) 2300 homes in the Lane Cove Council area were without power. The reason for the power outage – a possum!!  Read more here.


Parking Issues Top the List of Council Complaints

According to an article in The New Daily – the most reported issue to local councils is parking (someone blocking your drive etc). This information was sourced from Snap Send Solve.

Internet and Foxtel Outage

ITC continues to receive reports of Internet and Foxtel issues in the Lane Cove Council area.  Outages seem to have increased in 2018.

Lane Cove Market Square Fire Alarm Issues

On Thursday, there were two false fire alarms at Lane Cove Market Square.  This created issues for shoppers and staff in the centre.  Shoppers in Woolworths had to leave their grocery shop and evacuate.  ITC hopes they did not try and shop one hour later when the alarms went off again.  There was another false alarm this afternoon.

Changes to NSW Cycling Laws

The Lane Cove Council Bicycle Advisory Committee is very active.  They promote cycling awareness in Lane Cove and each year hold the Big Family Fun Ride.  Shared Cycling paths have been implemented in many areas of Lane Cove.  This week the NSW government announced laws will be changed to allow children 16 years and under to ride on footpaths.  Read more here.  When ITC published this article on our facebook page, it prompted a very “lively discussion” about the pros and cons of this change.

Kingsford Smith Basketball/Netball Court to be Completed in August 2018

Lane Cove Council has provided an update on the progress of the basketball/netball court at Kingsford Smith Oval.

​”A brand new, full-sized basketball court is currently under construction at Kingsford Smith Oval in Longueville.

The 28 metre x 15 metre concrete slab has recently been poured and will need to set for 28 days before the next treatment of the surface can be completed.

The line markings for basketball and netball will then be added along with a hoop for both sports.

The court is due for completion in late August.”

Lane Cove Rotary Launches Village Fair Website and Busk Off Comp – 14 October 2018

The Lane Cove Rotary launched its Village Fair website this week.  Many new and exciting activities and events are planned for this year.  Lane Cove Rotary is looking for interesting stallholders for the Longueville Road Market Stall area.  Do you or do you know someone who sells bespoke or unusual products for homewares, fashion or packaged food?  They would love to showcase local suppliers who may not have a bricks and mortar store.  Apply to be a stallholder here.

If you are a community group and would like to promote your group or sporting club please fill out the contact form here.

The big news is the Busk Off.  Lane Cove Rotary wants to feature local musicians of all ages.  If you would like to be part of the Busk Off apply here.

Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club Sports Legend Lunch

The Lane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club Sports Legend Lunch was held this week.  The event was compared by local funnyman (and brilliant Donald Trump impersonator) Simon Kennedy.

Head lining the lunch was AFL Legend Mick Malthouse. He is the record holder for the most games coached (718 games in total across four clubs), including 8 grand final appearances for 3 premierships (with West Coast and Collingwood).

The Cats also have the privilege of having Giants AFLW Captain Amanda Farrugia. Born and raised in the western suburbs of Sydney, she began playing football in 2011 when she joined Macquarie University in the Sydney Women’s AFL. After a strong period with them, she was drafted by the Giants in the 2016 AFL Women’s draft and subsequently named the club’s inaugural AFL Women’s captain in January 2017.

Their final guest needed little introduction. Swans star and local resident Jude Bolton shared his insights into the modern game.  Well done to everyone involved.

Local comedian Simon Kennedy and AFL Legend Mick Malthouse

Lane Cove Public School Fun Run Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Early bird registration for the Lane Cove Fun Run closes on Tuesday 31 July 2018.  Register now by just clicking here

Back to School – School Zones

It’s back to school this week.  For some schools, students will not start until Tuesday/Wednesday.  As the official school term starts on Monday 23rd July school zone and school parking traffic laws apply.  Be careful not to park in school zones as you run the risk of being fined. It’s easy to forget that school zones apply when your children are still on holidays.

Baby and Child Activities – Term 3

GymbaROO Greenwich has launched Saturday classes for parents and carers who are not able to enrol in weekday classes.  Read more here.

Save the Date – Upcoming Events

The Annual St Michael’s Parish Monster Garage Sale is back on Saturday 28 July. More info HERE.  Why not declutter the house and donate some items for the St Michael’s Parish Garage Sale (the biggest Garage Sale of the Year in Lane Cove).

ITC launches the ITC Lane Cove 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 clicking HERE. 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). So click HERE and get chatting Lane Cove!

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