Lane Cove News Week in Review 25th to 31st August 2019

It was a wet and windy week in Lane Cove, with roadwork traffic chaos, car break ins, tyres slashed and the Lane Cove community raising over $41 000 for injured local schoolboy Alex Noble.

The wet and windy weather led to several power outages in the Lane Cove Area.  There were blackouts in Lane Cove North, Osbourne Park and Greenwich.  Ausgrid confirmed the outage in Lane Cove North was due to a tree hitting a power line.  The Lane Cove Pool construction site became one giant mud pit (see our picture below).

Traffic Chaos in Lane Cove Village

As we reported last week roadworks to install The Canopy roundabout entrance, an electricity substation and footings for the Rosenthal avenue pedestrian overpass will take place for 8 weeks.

Rosenthal Avenue near Finlayson street is down to one lane.  A bypass is in place and during the week there are traffic managers to assist with traffic flow.  The bypass started on Monday 26 August 2019.

The first day was a nightmare with traffic backed up to the Pacific Highway.

Drivers were being instructed to take a bypass along Coxs Lane and avoid Burns Bay Road.  On the roadworks’s first day, cars were still permitted to park on Coxs Lane. When cars are parked on Coxs Lane, the street is so narrow it’s like a one lane road.  No parking signs have now been installed on Coxs Lane and rangers are booking people who park there.  The bypass will be in place for 8 weeks.  Further information on the bypass is here.

Lane Cove Arrests Leads to an Aladdin Cave of Stolen Goods

In late July 2019 three men were arrested in Lane Cove after a raid on a house in Centennial Avenue. This arrest has now led to the discovery of an amazing Aladdin’s Cave of stolen property. Police are investigating if the Aladdin’s cave includes property stolen from Lane Cove. Read more here.

Tyres Slashed During a Lane Cove Theatre Company Performance of Managing Carmen

Nearly two years ago Lane Cove Theatre Company’s cast, crew and audience members had their car tyres slashed during a performance of Holding The Man (read our story here). It has happened again. Eleven cars had their tyres slashed during a performance of  LCTC’s Managing Carmen.  This included cars owned by people who were not attending the performance but just happened to be parked in Longueville.

The first-time tyres were vandalised, it was considered to be a hate crime as Holding the Man is about two gay men living with HIV/AIDS. Managing Carmen is a completely different play written by one of Australia’s greatest playwrights, David Williamson, about a footy star who loves women and cross dressing. Police attended the theatre after reports of tyres being slashed.

The Lane Cove Theatre Company posted the following on their Facebook page.

“Out of the darkness comes the light.

Last night a total of 11 cars had their tyres slashed. Our cast, crew and patrons came to their cars after the show, some came for the first time to one of our shows. They left the hall all buoyed up and happy to find that someone(s) malicious actions dampened all that.

On the upside a big shout out to the wonderful team who changed everybody’s tyres and got them back on the road home. They are the ones we would like to get the attention- Ross Mildwater, Jeremy Cardew, Jeremy Segal, Alexander Morgan, Lochie Paul Gardiner-Beh and all the other cast and crew who helped in the rain. Some of these men had their own cars vandalised. And also to those at St Aidan’s Church who helped us too. This is the type of community that we treasure.”

Lane Cove Raised $35k in 35 Days for Alex Noble

Jack & Co. asked for Lane Cove’s help to raise $35K in 35 days for injured local schoolboy Alex Noble.  The money was being raised to purchase a specific piece of equipment from overseas.

Lane Cove you did it! You have been so generous.  Over $41 000 was raised.

Wade Death the owner of Jack &Co worked tirelessly all month to hold different promotions with his suppliers. His staff have been amazing. A big shout out to his neighbour Porter’s Liquor Northwood who also held on a promotion. They topped up the donations they received and donated $1000. This is a brilliant example of how when we all do a little bit we can make a difference. Thank you to everyone who donated. Please let you friends know we have made the target. We know that Alex and his family are so grateful. As Alex says #ifightyoufigtht If you would still like to donate (as Alex’s family still have many hurdles and expenses) the gofundmepage is here.  Due to the current exchange rate, it is lucky that more than $35 000 was raised as the machine is now more expensive to purchase.


Lane Cove Pumping on Friday Night 30th August 2019

On Friday afternoon, the Lane Cove Plaza was set to be a hive of activity and entertainment on for the launch of the Lane Cove Festival.  Due to the wet weather, the Lane Cove Festival Launch was modified and moved to Lane Cove Library.  Find out more about the Lane Cove Festival events here (a month of local events, workshop and entertainment).  Lane Cove Festival details are here.

The Lane Cove Arcade was overflowing with guests attending the official opening of Lane Cove’s newest retail store Be.U Natural. The owner is Lane Cove local Nicola Conti and she has gone out of her way to stock local suppliers. The shop is located across from Found Gifts and Homewares (they have some really good clothes and gifts) and not far from Four Frogs Crêperie. Please go in and see her range and support a local. It’s nice to see a new retail store opening in Lane Cove.

Meanwhile, at the Paris end of Lane Cove (aka the Cultural Precinct), Lane Cove Art Society hosted the opening night of the 56th Lane Cove Art Award Exhibition 2019 with total prize money of $11,250.

It’s worth having a look at the paintings.  The exhibition is on display at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios. Admission is free and the exhibition is open daily (including Saturday and Sunday) from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm (closing Sat 14th  September at 2:30pm).

Father’s Day

Father’s Day events were held around Lane Cove local schools this week.  Thank you to Mowbray School for telling us about their event. Father’s Day Breakfast at Mowbray Public School involved an exquisite breakfast of pastries, fruit, barista coffee, fresh muffins, croissants and mini breakfast burgers! Mowbray’s OOSH providers Cubbyhouse and primaryOSHCare all joined in with fun Dad activities for the kids. One clever parent had the great idea of constructing box sculptures. We ended up with towers, robots, rockets, tunnels, funnels, loungerooms and more wildly-imaginative things!

Business Alert

Lane Cove Council have asked for expressions of interest from operators to operate a food/drink concession kiosk at Blackman Park. The concession stand will probably be located near the new fenced doggie park.

If you’re interested in operating the concession kiosk, click here for the expression of interest document.

Stuart Leal Gallery has moved to The Village Shopping Centre. They are now located next door to NiBu Cafe and not far from Soulful Fitness The Village Shopping Centre is across from Coles. The Gallery stocks Contemporary Indigenous Art.

Lane Cove Council’s Comments on Aged Care Facility at 40A Cope Street

Last week we mentioned RetireAustralia has taken the first step towards redeveloping the old Caroline Chisholm retirement village at 40A Cope Street Lane Cove. Many of you asked for further information. ITC contacted the Department of Planning and they have now uploaded Lane Cove Council’s comments on the redevelopment site on their planning portal (the letter was dated 5th July 2019 and only uploaded after ITC contacted the Department of Planning). We have updated our article to include a link to the Lane Cove Council’s comments.

Another ATM Removed from Lane Cove

The Commonwealth Bank’s ATM has been removed from Lane Cove Market Square. There used to be two ATMs located in Lane Cove Market Square. Now there are none.  ITC followers mentioned that money can be withdrawn from the Express Checkouts at Woolworths Lane Cove without the need to purchase items.

Lane Cove is Good Value for Property Buyers Looking for Apartments

According to an article in, Lane Cove is in the top five Sydney Suburbs for the most affordable apartments.  Read more here.

Well Known Fashion Designer/Artist is Selling Her House in Riverview

Fashion/designer artist Katie Pye has listed her Riverview house for sale with The Ferguson’s – McGrath Estate Agents. Katie Pye has been featured in galleries all over Australia and a retrospective of her clothing designs was held at the National Gallery of Victoria (the Lane Cove Council area is packed with creatives!!).  Read more here.


Break and Enter Lane Cove

Sometime between 10:30pm Tuesday 20th and 5:00am Wednesday 21st August unknown offender/s have gained entry to a home on Rothwell Crescent, Lane Cove.

The offenders entered the property while the residents were asleep inside the home. Entering via an unlocked door at the rear of the home the offenders stole a wallet, phone and other personal items. Police are investigating several lines of enquiry and would like to speak with any person who believes they have information that may assist police to please contact North Shore Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or

The following was reported on ITC Lane Cove Chat. The cars were broken into around Romani Avenue and St Ignatius College Riverview.

“We’ve just had the police here in Riverview. 15 cars broken into last night including cars up at the school and our neighbour who had his wallet stolen. Dog woke me up at 1.30am and I was sure I saw shadows moving but blamed the wind. BE WARNED folks – they are about and the police requesting any camera footage you might have from last night if your cameras caught anything.”

A reminder to make sure you don’t leave valuables in your car.

On Friday night, numerous cars were broken into on Arabella Street Longueville.

Upcoming Events

Lane Cove Fun Run Registrations Close 4th September 2019

Time is running out (pardon the pun) to register for the Lane Cove Fun Run. This event is for everyone. There is the 5km for the serious runners and then the 2km for the family with fun prizes for best dressed etc. After the race there is a picnic atmosphere and heaps of food to eat. Come along and say hi to ITC (we will be at the picnic).  More details here.

The Huge Plant Sale

The Propagating Gardeners are back with the Huge Plant Sale on 13th October 2019. This plant sale is legendary in Lane Cove. Keith and Maureene Smith raise money for breast cancer research by selling plants propagated by Keith at amazing prices. If you have been before you know it is worth going to!!.  More details here.

Indian Bazaar

A big event every year is the Indian Bazaar at St Ignatius College Riverview. It is a FETE on steroids. Rides, entertainment, food, cakes, scones and more. It is not a fundraiser for the school. It raises money for work undertake by Jesuit Missions overseas. It has been held for 68 years – find out about the Bazaar and the history behind it here.

Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Club Fundraiser

You may recall that the Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Club suffered a loss this year when one of their storage sheds went up in flames.  They are holding a fundraiser on 7th September and would love Lane Cove locals to come along.  Details here.

Drag Bingo is back BABY!!!

It’s such a fun night. So grabs some bff’s and pals and head down to Lane Cove Golf Club on 12 September 2019. Bookings are essential. Book early as this event has sold out before.   Further details here.

Food and Wine of Spain

Little Red Robin Restaurant has just released information about their next wine and food evening.  They will be showcasing the food and wine of Spain.  Further details here.  Book soon as these evenings do sell out.

Happy Father’s Day

To all the Dads in Lane Cove we hope you have had a lovely Father’s Day.

This week in review is sponsored by Kylie Dunlop Photography. This week local photographer Kylie Dunlop Photography has been showcasing local dads on her instagram page and we thought we would share some of those pictures to show the wonderful bond between a grandfathers, fathers and kids.


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