Lane Cove News Week in Review 8th to 14th September 2019

Lane Cove is a hive of activity at the moment.  The Lane Cove Festival is in full swing and we just had Super September Saturday.

Super September Saturday

One of the biggest Lane Cove events of the year, the Indian Bazaar was held at St Ignatius College Riverview. The event is the Jesuit Mission’s largest fundraising event of the year.  The College donates the use of the grounds and the whole school gets involved. The event is also supported by other schools, local parishes and communities in and beyond NSW.

Birrahlee Pre School held its annual open day.  This year the pre-school also celebrated its 60th birthday.  Read more about Birrahlee Pre School here.

Mowbray Public School held their annual fundraiser on Saturday night.  A roving reporter told us

“Lots of fun at Mowbray Public School’s “Rock’n Bingo” night. LJ Hooker (Stewart Kirkby is an ex-student) once again got involved with our event, enabling parents/carers to let their hair down. Thanks guys. Many wore flannos but we also had an eclectic mix of costumed musos including Axl Rose, Slash, Paul Stanley, George Michael and even Elvis entered our building. They helped entertain the large crowd with their air guitar skills in between Bingo rounds and other fun games. Another great night!”

Magpie Swooping Season Has Started

Be aware, the 2019 Lane Cove Magpie Swooping Season has started. At the moment Johnston Crescent seems to be the hot spot. Find out what you can do to report a magpie attack and what to do if you are swooped here. Have you been swooped and where?

Huge Lane Cove Council Meeting Monday Night 16th September 2019

The Lane Cove Council has released its September 2019 meeting agenda. It’s a packed agenda.

Members of the public can address Council on any matter for a maximum of three minutes during the Public Forum portion of Council meetings.

To speak at a public forum you must register your details with Council by 5:00pm on 16th September 2019.

The Public Forum usually commence at 7pm.  Come along and get involved.

St Leonards South Master Plan (“SLS Plan”)

For the first time since the last local government election, there is a recission notice on the agenda.  Councillors Vissel, Morris and Zbik are requesting a rescission of Lane Cove Council’s August Meeting Resolution on the SLS Plan.  They are urging Council to accept the Department’s offer to work with them and the community on reviewing the SLS Plan.  The Independent Planning Commission has stated that the plan goes ahead as is, it will result in overdevelopment. You can read the full report to Planning Minister Rob Stokes here.

Climate Emergency Declaration

A motion has been put forward by Councillor Brent for Lane Cove Council to declare its support and join over 900 jurisdictions worldwide, including 45 Australian councils, to recognise that we are in a state of climate emergency.  The resolution includes action points by Council to identify how they can take steps to become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint and water usage.

Lane Cove at Night

Councillor Strassberg has put forward a motion requesting Council investigate how it can assist in the re-activation of Lane Cove’s night time economy. Councillor Strassberg has suggested Council should look at what other councils are doing, the launch of evening events and increasing evening lighting along our major pedestrian streets.

Lane Cove Council Customer Experience Strategy

Lane Cove Council had prepared a draft customer experience strategy and is asking the councillors to adopt the strategy.

While it’s pleasing to see Lane Cove Council is looking to enhance the customer experience journey, the draft strategy has major gaps.

In the Cove submitted an extensive document (using examples provided by ITC readers) on how Council could improve their customer experience.  Many of these comments have been ignored by Council.

ITC submitted the strategy is missing a vital step.  One of the key drivers of customer experience is communication and information.  The draft customer experience strategy only focuses on customer interaction where a person contacts the Council.  The customer experience journey starts as soon as a resident requires information or is impacted by a council service. The strategy needs to address better communication by Council. ITC hopes councillors acknowledge this gap and take steps to amend the customer experience strategy accordingly.

Other Agenda Items

In addition to the above the Lane Cove Council will also be discussing:

Mayoral Minute – Boarding Houses
Mayoral Minute – St Leonards South Update

Notice of Motion – Moratorium on Planning Proposals for St Leonards South
Notice of Motion – Trailers Parked on Streets

Officer Reports for Determination Election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor Representation on Council & External Committees for 2019 20

Library to Your Door

Container Deposit Scheme Return and Earn Depot  Location
Annual Financial Statements for 2018/2019 – Referral for Audit
Proposed Review of Ward Boundaries Recommendation
Draft Community Participation Plan – Public Exhibition Recommendation
Conduct of the September 2020 Local Government Election

Council Snapshot August 2019

Out of Hours School Help

The demand for Out of Hours School Help (OOSH) is huge in Lane Cove.  Many parents are stressed at the start of each school year as OOSH services are full.  The State Government want to better understand the demand for before and after school care in NSW. It’s part of the NSW Government’s policy to deliver Before and After School Care to all public school students by 2021. This is an opportunity for Lane Cove to let the State Government know we need more OOSH places. Complete this form to help them improve access to services for school students:

Locals in the News

The Good Food Guide has listed the 2019 Food Trends. A Lane Cove restaurant made the list!! Little Red Robin Restaurant and their Kangaroo tartare are featured. This just reinforces that Lane Cove is becoming a dining destination.  ITC has heard a rumour The Canopy will have a big Italian Restaurant and a Chinese Restaurant as tenants. We have also heard a butcher will be another a tenant.

Business Alert

An application has been lodged to convert the Lane Cove Squash Courts into 4 Townhouses. If this DA is approved, this will be the end of an era as the Squash Courts have been part of Lane Cove for many years  DA 110/2019.

Celebrity Spotting in Lane Cove

Leo Sayer was spotted in Lane Cove at Apple Dental.

Batman was not seen in Lane Cove but his car was spotted on Longueville Road!!!


The Lane Cove Council is cracking down on drivers parking within 3 m (width) from Double Lines.  These lines  indicate no stopping or parking.  Do you know this rule? Read more here.

Each week In the Cove is sent a crime report compiled by the North Shore Area Command’s crime prevention officer. This week we saw an interesting trend in the report. Other than one incident, all the other incidents reported were committed by juveniles/young adults. In one incident a person was robbed for their $1000 shoes!!  Read more here.

Sometime between 12:30am and 6:00am Friday 6th September unknown offenders have forced their way into a home on Cross Street, Longueville. At the time the residents of the home were asleep in an upstairs bedroom of the property.

The offenders entered through a door at the rear of the home stealing a wallet and cash. At this time the offenders also stole the home owners 2014 grey Porsche Macan.

Police are asking for anyone that may have noticed any suspicious activity at the stated location during the given times and date to please contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or

Upcoming Events

Eat Move Think Well Workshop – 17th September 2019

Join Dr Sarah Macneil and Wendy Middleton to discover how to take your energy to the next level!! Eat, move, think well is a joint venture between three industry professionals with the aim to inspire you and your team to work healthier, happier and hyper-efficiently.

Arrive at 6pm for a 6:15 pm start. The night will begin with a one hour workshop focusing on how to:

Eat Well to Energise by Wendy Middleton from A Cut Above Nutrition
Move Well to Vitalise by Dr Sarah Macneil from Chiropractic Central
Think Well to Realise by Annlone from Joy Hearts.

By decreasing stress both physically and mentally and increasing fuel through nutrition, you can kick-start a change in culture and environment! Following this workshop, you will  have the opportunity to go deeper in to one of the areas in the breakout sessions. For the break out sessions, you have a choice of: a nutrition demo; individual spinal & posture checks; or a mindset revelation session!

The Alcott’s Comedy Night – 19th September 2019

Grab some friends and have a good belly laugh at The Alcott with  Daniel Townes, Jackie Loeb, Mitch Garling.

Big Family Fun Ride – 22nd September 2019

Celebrate cycling in Lane Cove by joining one of three local rides:

  • 2.3 km Beginners Route for younger and less accomplished cyclists
  • 4.9 km Intermediate Route to suit cyclists who are comfortable with a few hills
  • An 11.6km Accomplished Riders’ Route which is more challenging.

All routes will be largely Shared User Paths, off-road and away from busy streets.

We will conclude at Blackman Park for a free sausage sizzle, face painting and activities.

Convene at 11 am at the car par at the corner of Epping and Longueville Roads.

Traditional Polish Embroidery Workshop with Kasia Jacquot – 24th September 2019

If the words Eastern European Folk Crafts conjure up rich colours, textures and a bit of magic you’re spot on. This is exactly what you can create in this very special workshop. Kasia has created a beautiful design which you will learn from start to finish in this all day class. This design comes from a traditional women’s bodice and is gloriously colourful and vibrant. The workshop focusses on:

  • use of colour including blending threads to create your own unique colours
  • easy ways with the satin stitch (and I mean E..A..S..Y..)
  • French knots (don’t worry I’ve become a master at teaching this fussy little thing)
  • fly stitch like you’ve probably never used before even if you know fly stitch
  • creating outlines and textures quickly and easily without additional stitching to define edges
  • seed stitch, stem stitch, single stitch
  • my favourite tips and tricks that will save your sanity and time

It’s also important to note here that this workshop absolutely welcomes beginners. Participants all start off at the same place and after a while everyone is going at their own pace.

This week in review is sponsored by Lillah Kitchen.  Lillah Kitchen has a lunch deal.  Grab a wrap an pay half price for your drink.  ITC highly recommends the Falafel wrap (we had it on Friday for lunch and it was yummy).

Lillah Kitchen is an ITC Gold Sponsor.  Please support those who support ITC.  Without their support we could not undertake our community and advocacy work.

Our cover photo is part of the Jungle Chalet experience.  The Jungle Chalet is part of the Lane Cove Festival and you can view the Jungle Chalet one more time on September 21st 2019.  More details here.

FOMO No more………


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