Lane Cove News Week in Review 21st July to 27th July 2019

It was a big news week for Lane Cove.  Lane Cove hit the headlines due to a damning report by the Independent Planning Commission and a police raid on a home in Centennial Avenue Lane Cove.

Blow to St Leonards South Developers

Developers have acquired around 90 properties in St Leonards South ( aka Greenwich) with the hope that the area would be rezoned as higher density residential development.  Family homes were to be demolished, and over 2400 apartments in towers up to 19 storeys high were planned.

Developers could not proceed until Lane Cove Council rezoned the area and developed a St Leonards South Master Plan (“the Plan”). These plans are now in doubt after the Independent Planning Commission released a report on Wednesday stating the Lane Cove Council’s Plan will result in overdevelopment.

Does this mean no redevelopment? No, but Lane Cove Council will need to reconsider their plans for the area.  Read more here.

Police Raid

The tribal drums were beating on Friday after police were spotted carrying out a raid at a house in Centennial Avenue (near Sutherland Street).  This raid has resulted in three men being charged.

Officers from North Shore PAC established Strike Force Yugari to investigate the suspected supply of prohibited drugs by a 34-year-old man within the Sydney Metropolitan area.

During a search of the home, police allegedly located a small amount of a crystal substance and white powder, as well as ammunition, a crossbow, taser, flick knife, two slingshots, an extendable baton, and throwing knives.  Read more here.

 Each week we receive a police report from the Lower North Shore Area Command and we publish on our Facebook page or our website police incidents that relate to Lane Cove. This week we have decided to let you know about other incidents in neighbouring areas. In particular an incident where a child was approached in Roseville. With school going back it might be a good time to have another stranger danger talk with your kids. Read more here.

Our cover photo is a picture taken by Roving Reporter Mark Meuller of one of the vehicles involved in the raid.

Cunningham’s Reach Trashed

A week ago some dedicated volunteers cleaned up Cunningham’s Reach. This is what one Roving Reporter told us about the area this week:

“Over the past week, there have been several instances of illegal behaviour that are impacting the beauty and community importance of Cunningham’s Reach, the secluded parkland at Linley Point.

Drug paraphernalia (see photo belolw) is rife in the area; alcohol consumption results in bottles, cans and broken glass littering the site; extensive vandalism has damaged recently installed facilities; and, illegal fire sites are increasing on the grassed area.

Police presence seems to be non-existence.

I believe that instances of anti-social behaviour are increasing in the specific area and need addressing.”

Vertical Retirement Village Planned


A ‘vertical village’ retirement home has been proposed for 40A Cope Street Lane Cove. This is the area occupied by the Caroline Chisholm Retirement Village (not the Caroline Chisholm Nursing Home).

The high-rise proposal by RetireAustralia will be a 93 room village and have 29 independent living apartments and 64 assisted care units on a 4495 sqm block of land.

Business Alert

On the weekend, Xtend Barre held their official opening. It is a beautiful new space at 71 Longueville Road near Anytime Fitness Xtend Barre was created by Andrea Rogers who flew out from the USA to be at the opening.

Louisiane has a new owner and he is introducing a new menu. The name will be changed to “Cozy Cove”.

Cafe Zivelli has now reopened as the Old Quarter Cafe. New name, new owner and new menu and you would not recognise the place.  The chairs outside have a Parisienne feel about them.

Lane  Cove Helps Out

Share the Dignity

A group of local high school students are collecting for Share the Dignity and to raise awareness of homelessness in Sydney. If you can donate tampons or pads – drop them into Gavin Starr Pharmacy.

35K in 35 Days

Jack & Co. has launched a fundraising campaign to help local schoolboy Alex Nobel (who was severely injured) in a rugby incident. His family wants to buy a very expensive piece of equipment to help him stay at home. Find out how you can help with a gofund me campaign and big promotions at Jack and Co.  Further info here.

Upcoming Events

How exciting!! The Lane Cove Theatre Company has organised a Master Acting Class by a leading Australian actor Marcus Graham in Lane Cove. Book ASAP as numbers are limited. Book here.


Urban Retreat

Do you need to relax and revive?  Yogabowl has a one day urban retreat in Lane Cove – take a day to reset and rejuvenate.  Details here.

Fashion Parade with Local Cancer Survivors as Fashion  Models

Come and join in the fun at Liverity’s inaugural fashion show. Celebrate the journey of cancer patients as fashion models as they showcase the latest spring fashion from Lane Cove stores that have come onboard to support this great cause. 100% of funds raised will be donated to Can Assist to support rural families in need of support who are undergoing treatment for cancer.  Further details here.


This week’s news in review is sponsored by Rebecca Mitchell of Raine  & Horne Lane Cove.  Rebecca Mitchell has sponsored ITC for many years and in fact helped us start our website.  Thank you Rebecca your support is invaluable.  Check out this property on the market with Rebecca Mitchell

Job of the Week

Raine and Horne are looking for a receptionist.  Apply here  – if you have a local job let ITC know.  We advertise all local jobs for free as we are passionate about helping locals get local jobs.

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