Lane Cove Week in Review 2nd December to 8th December 2018

It really was a big week in Lane Cove.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

On Friday night the Lane Cove Plaza was packed with excited children waiting for the official lighting of the Lane Cove Christmas Tree.

Photo: Rachel Adams

Greenwich Christmas Carols

On Monday night, the annual Greenwich Christmas Carols were held.  As usual it was a well-attended community event with carols and snags. Well done to Harbourline Real Estate for co-ordaining the carols and all the Greenwich Shop business owners who sponsor the night.  This is an annual charity event with funds going to Chris Riley’s Youth Off the Streets.


Lane Cove Public School

The Lane Cove Public School held their Year Six 30th Anniversary Production of Mister Toad. There were some outstanding performances and the crew were kept busy with numerous props and scene changes. A Special shout out to Em Patterson and Ross Mildwater and family, Rose Edwards Doug Carew from Insight Events, Georgina Schmidt, Simone Di Maria and the fab Year Six parents who worked so hard on the set and costumes and the Canteen Committee. A big thank you to the  Lane Cove Theatre Company for providing props and costumes.

Mowbray Public School Celebrates

On Saturday night ITC and the ITC Facebook Chat page lit up with people asking where the Fireworks were in Lane Cove.  The fireworks were part of the Celebrate Mowbray fete.  Well done to the Mowbray Celebrates organisers.  People who attended the event said the fireworks were spectacular.  (see our cover photo).

Christmas Lights

The annual Light Up Lane Cove Competition has started, and you can now access an online map to find the houses entered into the competition. You can also vote for your favourite decorated house.  One of Lane Cove’s most popular houses located, in Myee Crescent, is taking a bit of a break this year. Read More Here.

Lane Cove Council Meeting

On Monday night, Lane Cove Council held its final 2018 Meeting. The following are the main items of interest discussed at the meeting:

Save Our Recycling Campaign –   The Lane Cove Council is joining with other local councils to call on all political parties to commit to the reinvestment of100% of the Waste Levy collected each year by the NSW Government into waste management, recycling and resource recovery. It was noted that at local government level, just 18% of the $300 million collected from the local government sector each year is reinvested in recycling and waste management. Very little of the waste levy is currently used to support waste minimisation, recycling and resource recovery. The remainder is returned to NSW Government’s consolidated revenue.

Open Space Rezoning In Mowbray Precinct – This rezoning was part of a deal with the NSW Government to obtain land/funding for the new Mindarie Park Project – Read More here.

Crows Nest Metro Rezoning Proposal – The Lane Cove Council supports the Crows Nest Metro, in-principle, subject to developers providing a pedestrian crossing at the Pacific Highway to access the Metro Station site, from the Lane Cove side.  The Lane Cove Council also recommended that an additional underpass (or overpass) be provided at the Oxley Street/Pacific Highway intersection.  The Lane Cove Council would also like more emphasis on community facilities like a Library and additional commercial floor space.

Lane Cove Gift Card – The Lane Cove Council is looking to implement a Lane Cove Gift Card to enable residents to purchase Gift Cards which may only be used in the Lane Cove Council area.

Replacement of the 50m Lane Cove Pool and Grandstand – The 50m Pool is at the end of its life and must be replaced.  Read More here.

Members of the public emphatically made representations to the councillors in relation to the overdevelopment of the St Leonards and Crows Nest Precinct and the impact this development has on Greenwich residents.  The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released the draft plans and supporting documents for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Planned Precinct. The plans can be viewed here.

Lane Cove Council is hosting a facilitated community meeting with an external consultant. To discuss the the draft plans on Wednesday 12 December from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Places are filling fast – RSVPs close COB Monday 10 December. As this is a facilitated activity, only those who have pre-registered are able to attend.

Centennial Avenue Clearways

The Daily Telegraph has reported the NSW State Government’s Pinch Point Project is saving drivers time on their daily commute. The article mentions changes will be made to Centennial Avenue and Epping Road intersection next year.

You might be aware that all day clearways 7 days a week (on both sides) of Centennial
Avenue and Burns Bay Road were implemented this year. This has resulted in Lane Cove West side streets becoming choked with parked cars. Local residents accepted peak hour weekday clearways were necessary but queried if they needed to be 7 days a week.  Local Residents are of the view the biggest bottleneck are the lights at Penrose Street/Burns Bay Road. The RMS has refused to change the lights sequencing or introduce measures to help with traffic flow.  Read more here.

Should Lane Cove Honour Lane Cove Local Nicole Kidman?

An article in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald  suggested Lane Cove should have a monument or theatre named after Nicole Kidman.  This is a timely suggestion given the continuing campaign by the Lane Cove performing arts community  for Lane Cove Council to establish a community performing arts space. Nicole was a student at Lane Cove Public School and her father had an office on Longueville Road for years. If you would like to vote on ITC Poll on this issue just click here.

Incidents and Accidents

More Tree Branches Down

After last week’s torrential rain and continuing windy conditions, numerous tree branches are falling down around Lane Cove.  On Friday night, a large tree branch fell down on River Road West near Barina Road.  This blocked both lanes heading towards Greenwich.

The good news is that  the  NSW Fire and Rescue were on the spot incredibly quickly and removed the tree branch to allow traffic to flow.


Sera Street Accident

On Friday around 3pm in Sera Street the car below smashed through a house fence.

Sera Street is the street behind the Coles Car Park. Many ITC followers have complained about how dangerous Sera Street is and that action should be taken to make the street safer. You may be aware there are plans to redevelop the “Coles Car Park Site” in 2020, when Coles relocates to the Rosenthal Avenue Car park development, (link for further information below). At the same time the Lane Cove Council has given a commitment to ensure Sera Street is made safer.  Read more here

Accident at Longueville Road and River Road West (aka “the Diddy” corner)

On Saturday night, there was another accident at this intersection.


We received another report of a man cruising around Lane Cove asking for directions to the airport. Once he has your attention, he then tries to sell you fake Armani leather jackets.

Break Ins

This week our roving reporters have advised ITC of attempted breaks ins in Riverview and breaks ins in Lane Cove North and Riverview.  Read our December Break and Enters Update here.

Burns Bay IGA Robbed

Around 3:40am on  Wednesday 5th December an unknown male offender has forced entry to a supermarket on Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove. The offender was seen on CCTV to arrive at the location in a silver sedan, he has then approached the main entrance of the supermarket and used a large crow bar or similar to force open the front sliding doors. The offender has then raided the cigarette kiosk placing a large amount of tobacco products in a bag before leaving the location. The male was last seen heading west along Burns Bay Road.

At the time of the offence the male was wearing a grey hooded jumper, blue/green pants, white joggers and a face covering.

Police have commenced an investigation and would like to speak with anyone who believes they may have information that could assist police with their enquiries. Anyone with information should contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or

Shop Local

It’s been a hard year for our local businesses with many of our retailers sales are between 30 to 50% less than last year since the closure of the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park.

Our Lane Cove Christmas Gift Guides are out now!! They are packed with heaps of local ideas and Christmas gift suggestions. There are gift vouchers for massages, lingerie, pilates and yoga, beauty treatments, hairdresser pampering and much more. There are also some unique ideas developed by Lane Cove locals such as eco bags, beautiful crystal water bottles, the slingstrap, and much more. Of course there is our food and drink guide with Gourmet Hams delivered to your door and some boozy stocking stuffers for the guy who has everything.

Shop Local or Local Goes. Many of our ideas are as simple as a phone call to our local retailers.

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This week’s review is sponsored by The Beautician (a Foundation/Platinum Sponsor) who helped fund the In the Cove website.  Please support the people who support ITC.

The Beautician would like to welcome our newest team member, and lash extension extraordinaire – Emilee! She’s in the salon for appointments on Wednesdays in the lead up to Christmas, and both Wednesday and Saturdays in the new year when we re-open (from 22 January).

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The CLASSIC SET is a 1: 1 lash application to add length and volume. A natural eyelash enhancement personalised to suit your face and natural eye shape, perfect for first time lash wearers and everyday wear.

– CLASSIC FULL SET $120 (90 mins approx 70-80 lashes per eye)
– CLASSIC FULL SET INFILLS $80 (60 mins, must be booked in 3 weeks or less with a min of 30% lash retention)

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– GLAMOUR SET $150 (120 mins approx 90-110 lashes per eye)
– GLAMOUR SET INFILLS $110 (90 mins -must be booked in 3 weeks or less with a min of 30% lash retention)