Lane Cove News Week in Review 16th February to 22nd February 2020

    Another week, another violent storm which resulted in numerous trees coming down on roads and houses and causing traffic chaos.

    Severe Storm Damage

    A tree came down on powerlines on River Road West between Fox Street and Tambourine Bay Road.  This resulted in River Road West being closed during peak morning traffic and this caused gridlock throughout Lane Cove.  To find out more about the storm damage see our article and pictures here.

    Lane Cove Council Monthly Meeting

    The Lane Cove Council held its monthly meeting on Monday 17th February 2020.  The gallery was packed with numerous speakers voicing their disappointment at the changes to Kingsford Smith Oval without public consultation.

    The matters discussed at Lane Cove Council were as follows:

    Mayoral Minute – Proposed Changes to Ferry Services

    Notice of Motion – Waste to Energy Project Recommendation

    Lane Cove North Traffic Study

    New Park at 552 Mowbray Road Park – Results of Community Consultation

    Amended Code of Meeting Practice

    Community Gift Card – Love Where You Shop – 12 Month Update

    Financial Assistance to Regional NSW Impacted By Drought Conditions

    Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, Parramatta, Ryde, Bushfire Risk Management Committee – Bush Fire Risk Management Plan – 5 Year Plan – Adoption

    January 2020 Traffic Committee Meeting

    2nd Quarter Review for 2019 – 2020 Budget

    Living Labs 

    The 2nd Quarter Review of the 2019 – 2020 Delivery Program and Operational Plan

    Council Snapshot January 2020

    Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement – Initial Feedback from Greater Sydney Commission

    Petition Launched by Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association

    The Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association has launched a petition to stop changes at Kingsford Smith Oval which will result in the gates being removed.

    They are asking the Lane Cove Council to:

    • Halt the March 2, 2020 changes scheduled for Kingsford Smith Oval that will impact on the safety of small children and dogs until a proper process of Community Consultation has taken place and
    • Undertake development of a Strategic Plan for Dogs in the Community that incorporates Public Consultation and draws on clear facts and the experiences of experts, residents and other councils.

    You can sign the petition here.

    The Canopy

    The Canopy is on track for opening in mid-2020.  The Basement Car park is complete and open to the public. The Park level retail tenancies are nearly 80% complete with the restaurants due to start their fit-outs in March 2020. Coles and ALDI have started their fit outs with completion scheduled for June 2020.

    There will be five restaurants located on the park level of The Canopy.  Heads of Agreement have been signed for all tenancies.

    Nature is Wonderful

    A Greenwich resident reported seeing big blobs under trees after the recent heavy rain. She found out the following from the Australian Museum.

    “Your image has been examined and the jelly blobs have been identified as excess water ejected from trees after heavy rain.

    The trees need to do this so as not to “drown” as their roots and pores used for transpiration can become waterlogged if the rain event is faster than they can absorb/use the water.

    It’s a very cool occurrence that I always look out for after rain events like Sydney experienced this last week…”

    Just how incredible is Nature!?”

    Changes to Austin Street Near Lane Cove Public School

    The following will be implemented in Austin Street
    “Austin Street, Lane Cove
    Installation of ‘No Stopping’ zone

    Lane Cove Council has received representation from local residents regarding vehicles parking on the western side of Austin Street. Currently, there is a ‘No Stopping’ zone on the western side of the street however, there is a small section that is unrestricted directly outside Goodstart Early Learning on Austin Street.

    Motorists often park in the unrestricted section creating a safety issue for vehicles travelling eastbound along Austin Street as vehicles need to cross the double centreline to manoeuvre around the parked vehicle. This movement is highly dangerous due to the bend and close proximity to Lane Cove Public School/Shopping Precinct.

    To improve safety and compliance under the Road Rules 2014, Council is proposing to extend the ‘No Stopping’ zone on the western side of Austin Street directly outside Goodstart Early Learning, as shown in Figure 4. Council is also proposing to continue the double centreline around the bend.”

    Fire Wallace Street Greenwich

    This week, a garage went up in flames on Wallace Street Greenwich.  The fire crews managed to contain the fire to the garage.


    Upcoming Events

    Wed Feb 26 Teaching Your Learner Driver Workshop
    Thu Feb 27 Seriously UnSerious Tennis at Lane Cove Club
    Thu Feb 27 Pregnancy Yoga
    Thu Feb 27 Author Talk – Cathy Wilcox & Sarah MacDonald – So…You’re Having A Teenager
    Fri Feb 28 The Piano Man at The Alcott
    Sat Feb 29 Hunters Hill High School Open Day
    Sat Feb 29 Sound Healing Workshop
    Sun Mar 1 Repair Cafe Sydney North
    Fri Mar 6 Swing! Dance, Wine and Dine at the Lane Cove Golf Club
    Sat Mar 7 Grow Plants for Breast Cancer Research


    This week in review is sponsored by Rebecca Mitchell Raine & Horne Lane Cove.  Rebecca is one of ITC’s greatest supporters.  She helped fund our website and sponsored the Lane Cove Christmas Lights comp.

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    Thank you so much for your continued support, Rebecca.

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