Lane Cove News Week in Review 30th May to 6th June 2020

Lane Cove was buzzing this wee in more ways than one.  There were more people around Lane Cove taking the opportunity to sit down and eat at our local Cafes and Restaurants.  It was also buzzing with the sound of helicopters as the Australian Defence Forces conducted exercises over Lane Cove.


On Wednesday 3rd June 2020, the Australian Defence Force personnel conducted counter-terrorism helicopter training over Lane Cove.  It started at about 2.00 pm and kept going until around 8.00 pm.  They were extremely low flying and it did make the house rattle.

It’s not the first time we have had helicopter training over Lane Cove – have a look here at some of the other times and a morning training run at 2.00 am in 2017.

COVID19 More Restrictions Lifted

As at 8 pm Saturday 6 June 2020, there were no new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed since 8 pm 5 June 2020.

There were 9,207 tests carried out in the reporting period, compared with 12,751 in the previous 24 hours. More than 565,000 COVID‑19 tests have been carried out in NSW.

There are currently 70 COVID-19 cases being treated by NSW Health. There are no people being treated in an intensive care unit.

In NSW, 2,723 people have recovered from COVID-19.

While there have no new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the virus may be circulating among people in the community with mild symptoms. People with mild symptoms or those who show no obvious symptoms can unknowingly pass it to others.

NSW Health is again urging anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – to isolate from others and get tested.

COVID-19 testing clinics are open throughout NSW across the June long weekend, though there is reduced availability at some sites.  Local testing clinics here.

From Saturday 13 June 2020, the following will be allowed in NSW: 

  • fitness, gymnasiums, pilates, yoga and dance studios can reopen with up to 10 people per class and 100 people in an indoor venue
  • community centres, including their recreational facilities, can reopen
  • some indoor recreational facilities including pools and saunas can reopen with restricted numbers
  • tattoo and massage parlours can reopen with up to 10 clients.

The four square metre rule must be applied at all times.

Kids’ sport and community sports competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from Wednesday 1 July 2020.

The return date for adult community sports activities will be made at a later stage.

The Canopy

ALDI Lane Cove will open on 17th June 2020 – a week later than planned.

An ALDI Australian Spokesperson advised:

“Due to lift access issues, unfortunately, ALDI Lane Cove will not be opening on Wednesday, June 10 as planned. We look forward to bringing the ALDI shopping experience, including planned Special Buys, to Lane Cove residents at 8:30am on Wednesday, June 17. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. ”

The lift is an internal lift and is part of ALDI’s fitout, it is not a Lane Cove Council lift.

More details about their store opening here.

ITC has received quite a few queries about The Canopy and how to access the supermarket level.   Our video below should answer a few questions.


The Canopy Car Park

Until now car parking at The Canopy has been free. Parking fees will apply from 10th June 2020. There is express free parking on Level 1 (for an hour) and the other levels are free parking for 3 hours.  The same ticketless parking system used in other Lane Cove Council car parks has been installed.  You will be fined if you stay over 1 or 3 hours respectively and do not pay before you leave.

Ther is free parking after 6.00 pm but like other council car parks if you enter at 5.59 pm and stay over three hours you will pay for parking. It is only free if you enter after 6.00 pm.

Leather Jacket Man Arrested

For at least two years ITC Roving Reporters have been telling us about a man who stops them in the street and asks for directions as he can’t find his way to the airport… but guess what he does have some “Armani” Leather Jackets he can sell you.

Looks like the police may have charged this man. The following statement was released by police:

“A man has been charged following an investigation into a leather-jacket scam across western Sydney.

In May 2020, officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command commenced an investigation after receiving information about a man allegedly purporting to be the marketing director of a major Italian fashion designer, selling fake leather jackets.

About 11.30 am yesterday (Wednesday 3 June 2020), police arrested a 54-year-old man in Revesby and a search warrant was executed at his unit in East Street at Five Dock.

Police seized 22 jackets, along with fake business cards and cash.

The man was taken to Liverpool Police Station and charged with seven counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception and deal with proceeds of crime.”

Celebrity Chef in Lane Cove

​Chargrill Charlie’s and the Punk Princess of Pastry ​Anna Polyviou joined forces to launch  edible cookie dough.   ITC was super excited that superstar, rockstar, celebrity chef Anna Polyviou was in Lane Cove.

They now have fairy bread cookie dough and brownie cookie dough as well as the original chocolate chip cookie dough (that sold out a few weeks ago)


An ITC roving reporter has mentioned numerous Lane Cove students ride to Hunters Hill High School. Hunter’s Hill Council is currently seeking suggestions and feedback on Hunters Hill’s Bike riding and active transport strategy review.  Just click on this link and add your ideas to the map. The plan is open for comment until 8th June 2020.

An ITC follower has let us know the following:

“Did you know that you can ride on mostly bike path and quiet back streets from Lane Cove to North Sydney or to the CBD? If you are looking to avoid public transport or crowded routes, build up fitness as part of commute or make a positive impact to our environment but don’t know where to start…it will be a guided Sunday afternoon ride to North Sydney to the CBD and back again on 14th June 2020. The start time will be June 3 pm from the new Cammeraygal Park (opposite council chambers) and will be approximately 40 mins each way. Beginners and riders of all levels welcome

This event is not an ITC event. It’s being organized by an avid Lane Cove cyclist.

Our Cover Photo

Our stunning cover photo was taken by roving reporter Andrew at the Longueville Wharf (where you can catch a ferry to the city for work) at 6.30 am on the first day of winter. Andrew proudly told us the photo was taken on an iPhone 7 with “no gizmos”.

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