Lane Cove News Week in Review 8th to 14th March 2020

    This week it is all about Covid 19 and what is happening in Lane Cove (please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and follow our Facebook page for the latest updates)

    Covid 19 List of Vulnerable People

    Sydney Community Services (9427 6425) is a central source for anyone in Lane Cove or Hunters Hill who either need to self-isolate or choose to not go outside as they worry they are at risk of the Corona Virus.

    If you are a neighbour of someone who may be at risk please check they are ok and let Sydney Community Services know if they need to be on the vulnerable list.

    They are putting together a database of people who are in isolation but they also need volunteers who are able to help others who need emergency supplies, or even just give social contact, through a phone link.

    From Monday at 8.30 am they will have a line to take any referrals by phone on 9427 6425. In the meantime email [email protected] with your details.

    Lane Cove Council Cancel Public Forum and some Lane Cove Plaza Events

    Lane Cove Council has cancelled some events in the Plaza and council chambers. The public forum before Lane Cove Council March Meeting has been cancelled. Find out more here.

    New Pedestrian Crossing at Central Avenue

    Please be careful if you are driving along Central Avenue Lane Cove or turning right or left into Central Avenue Lane Cove from Longueville Road. A new pedestrian crossing has been installed. Please watch out for pedestrians and cars who may have stopped for a pedestrian.

    Read more here as to why the new pedestrian crossing was installed.

    More Army Helicopter Training over Lane Cove

    You may have heard Army Helicopters over Lane Cove this week undertaking training exercises.

    The Australian Army website has a notice that this will continue until late March 2020. It’s important for our armed services to train under various conditions. ITC contacted the Army Media Centre and asked if they had a schedule of where they would be flying over in the next couple of weeks.

    ITC was advised that due to the nature of this sort of training, specific dates, times and locations are unavailable.

    Be prepared for helicopter noises until late March 2020. At least at this stage, they have not been flying really late (a few years ago they were flying over at 1 AM in the morning)

    So be alert not alarmed, it is just a training exercise.


    Electric Car Charging Parking Bays

    Thank you to a roving reporter who put the picture below on ITC Lane Cove Chat. The Lane Cove Council is now issuing warnings that they will start fining drivers that park in the spaces reserved for charging electric cars.

    This picture was taken at Lane Cove Market Square. There are also charging stations at The Canopy and Little Street Car Park.

    If you don’t have an electric car, don’t park in these spaces or you may be fined. You can tell it is an electric charging station by the sign on the wall. However, not everyone may know that it is an offence to park in a bay marked for electric cars only – so spread the word.

    Huge Tree Comes Crashing Down in Murray Street

    Big Trees continue to come down after the recent rain. If your tree has root issues, storms with lots of rain and high winds may cause your tree to topple over.

    ITC asked Lane Cove Council about their tree policy and how they monitor dangerous trees.  We were advised as follows:

    “Council’s two tree officers are trained in two forms of internationally recognised forms of Tree Risk Assessment; Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) and Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA). In addition to assessments undertaken by Council’s outdoor staff members, Council’s tree officers are in the process of reinspecting street trees in the LGA to create an online database. To date 5,250 of approximately 11,000 trees have been individually assessed within the last few months. All information pertaining to trees within LCC can be found on our website. You can find information on street trees and submit street tree enquiries here.”

    If you want to report a tree you can lodge a tree enquiry online here.

    Power Outage Lane Cove West and Riverview

    This week there was another power blackout in Lane Cove West and Riverview.   This area of Lane Cove has more blackouts than any other local area.  ITC has compiled a list of blackouts January 2017 and has sent this list to our local Member Anthony Roberts.  We have asked Mr Roberts to speak to Ausgrid and the relevant member as there appears to be a need for equipment upgrades in these areas.

    If you are concerned about the number of blackouts in these areas you can contact Mr Roberts here.

    Ibis in Lane Cove Plaza

    The Ibis below has made the Lane Cove Village Green their home. The problem is the bird is being fed by locals and that encourages the bird to stay. This bird is now becoming a problem to local food businesses as it is wandering into their premises.  It was even spotted browsing the card section in the Lane Cove Newsagency.

    Please don’t feed this bird.

    Given the public health concerns about birds and the fact that they can attack children (particularly if the child has food) ITC contacted Lane Cove Council to see what could be done about this rogue bird and if it could be resettled.

    Lane Cove Council responded as follows:

    We have received good advice from wildlife workers that relocation is not an option as the bird will fly back. As a native bird, it is protected and cannot be relocated or culled without special permission. Permission would only be given if the bird was deemed as dangerous. The reason the Ibis, and many other birds can be found at the Plaza is the presence of food on and around the outdoor tables.  This can be managed by ensuring food is not left behind by diners for opportunistic birds to take advantage of.  The public and restaurant staff can help by ensuring any leftover food is put straight into a bin which will force the birds to search for food elsewhere.


    Lane Cove Sky is the New Advertising Billboard

    This week aerial signwriters took to the sky twice to impart messages to Sydney (and Lane Cove).  Our cover photo shows a public health message and the photo below shows a campaign to stop the Formula 1 in Melbourne due to Covid 19 worries.

    Gunnedah Says Thanks

    Thank you to everyone who donated to the Gunnedah Drought Relief and Christmas Relief appeal.  They are very grateful.  Their local paper published an article thanking Lane Cove – read it here.


    Thieves gained entry into a house in Barwon Road Lane Cove West by forcing a door open sometime between 11.00 am and 6.30 pm on Monday 02 March. Once inside the offender/s rummaged through the property four bedrooms and the lounge and kitchen area before stealing a passport.

    Stealing passports have become very popular.  Make sure you keep your passport in a secure location.

    Upcoming Events

    Book Now or Save the Date
    Fri Mar 20 Trivia ****box Rally
    Sat Mar 21 Sydney Edible Garden Trail
    Sat Mar 21 Carisbrook Open Weekend 21st & 22nd March
    Sat Mar 21 Family Fun Day to Celebrate the Grand Opening of Lane Cove West Montessori Academy
    Sun Mar 22 Portrait Painting Workshop with Dominique Millar – 22 March 10am-4:30pm
    Sun Mar 22 Pregnancy Yoga
    Sun Mar 22 Eden Gardens Plant Party!
    Thu Mar 26 How To Have Conversations With Your Teen…
    Sun Mar 29 New Orleans Jazz Concert, Dinner & Wine


    Business Offering Help For Elderly or Vulnerable

    We will be putting together a list of businesses who are offering services for those who may not be able to leave their home.  WHAT hearing specialist has introduced a service for repair of hearing aids for the elderly in Lane Cove.

    NEW! Hearing aids pick up and repair service

    Collected from your home

    1. Fast easy pick up of hearing aids from your home (by a courier no packaging required)
    2. Repaired at WHAT hearing centre’s Lane Cove office
    3. Returned to your home

    Available to most hearing aid wearers not just our clients

    (Hearing Services Program clients on a maintenance contract with another provider will need to contact their own centre for repairs unless they relocate their services to us).

    Avoids human contact especially for the frail and elderly

    Gets your hearing aids working again especially when self-isolating or unable to travel.

    Call WHAT the Hearing Centre for more details and a quote:

    WHAT the hearing centre

    Address: 174 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
    Phone: 9420 2300

    Celebrating 20 years of outstanding Audiology service


    Bella Bacio

    Our week in review is sponsored by Bella Bacio Lane Cove.

    Bella Bacio is located on Centennial Avenue in Lane Cove North. They have a huge outdoor seating area. You can read ITC’s review of Bella Bacio here. Their servings are very generous. The pancakes melt in your mouth.

    Contact Details

    AddressShop 1, 7-13 Centennial Avenue, Lane Cove North NSW 2066
    Phone(02) 9420 8088
    InstagramBella Bacio Cafe
    Facebook:  Bella Bacio Cafe 
    ITC Business Community Supporter: Bella Bacio

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