Lane Cove News Week in Review 5th to 11th July 2020

This week it was all about Coles Lane Cove relocating to The Canopy.  The big shiny new store opened on Wednesday 8th July 2020.  It was the end of an era for the old Coles building located on Burns Bay Road.  Many people have been asking what will be going into the old Coles building.  A development application has been approved to replace the building with streets shops and apartments on top (read more here).  However, when this is going to happen is a matter of speculation.  The existing tenants, Maruya,Cellarbrations, the Asian Grocery Shop and the Flower Lady have not been advised of any plans.

All staff at the old store have relocated to The Canopy and a further 80 staff have been employed.

Teething Issues at The Canopy

Signage has not been completed at The Canopy.  In particular, the signs prohibiting people from cycling or riding scooters have not been installed.  There has already been one accident resulting in a young girl needing surgery Royal North Shore Hospital.  Her mother posted the following on ITC Lane Cove Chat:

“First canopy disaster from questionable mixed-use criteria. My 9-year-old daughter on foot collided with a young child going fast on a bike yesterday afternoon and spent the night in emergency awaiting plastic surgery on the serious tear in her shin narrowly avoiding a skin graft. Never one to complain and as a mum of 5 I know accidents happen but there are so very many catastrophes waiting to happen I fear.”

Be careful when using the exit ramps.  Several people have been spotted going up the exit ramps instead of down them.

If you think you may have stayed longer than three hours at The Canopy (or any Lane Cove Council Car Park)  but you are not sure you can check at You have three days to pay.

Just a reminder the P1 Purple Level at  The Canopy car park is express parking for one hour only.

The Canopy Sustainability Features

The Canopy has several sustainability features including new lightweight printed solar panelling.  The panels are flexible and recyclable.  They were developed by the University of Newcastle and The Canopy is the first public area in Australia to install them.  Read more here.

Our cover photo is another sustainability feature at The Canopy. This dense collection of plants forms a living, breathing ‘Green Wall’. This 20 square metre wall houses a mixture of plant species scientifically developed to improve air quality including Philodendron Xanadu, Alternanthera Dentata, Philodendron Imperial Green, Philodendron Hope and Westringia Fruticosa to name a few. 

In addition to accelerating the removal of air pollutants, the wall also acts as a sound barrier, improves acoustics and cools the immediate surrounding air temperature. The wall’s location also helps to create the green reflection you can see as part of the overhead canopy structure.

Business Alert

We have heard on the grapevine that Garçon (currently at the Tramsheds) might be opening at The Canopy.

The men of Lane Cove are really getting their groom on. Another barbershop in Lane Cove will be opening at the old chic scissors salon in the Lane Cove plaza.


Centro is opening a new convenience/coffee shop at Waterview Drive/Hughes Park.

Lane Cove Aquatic Indoor Swimming Pool to Reopen

Get ready to swim again. From 20th July Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre, indoor pools will reopen. The spa, sauna and steam rooms will remain closed.

Carlile Swimming is also reopening their swim school on 20th July at their state of the art swimming facility at Lane Cove West Business Park.

If you want a hydro pool and one on one physio help Lane Cove Physio‘s hydro pool is already open.

Lane Cove to CBD Bike Ride

Another Lane Cove to CBD bike ride is scheduled. After the success of the last ride, local Marc Tan has joined with Bike North for a guided ride into the city. If you want to know how to cycle from Lane Cove to the city this ride is for you. The ride is suitable for all ages.

The next ride is Sunday 19th July at 2:30 pm starting at Cammeraygal Park. Bike North will help lead and run it. Event is limited to 20 for safety reasons. Interested parties should register on this link for the Lane Cove Community Ride. Many thanks to Bike North for supporting the ride!

Find out more about how this great idea came about here.

Lane Cove Occasional Care’s Big Donation

Well done to the staff and parents at Lane Cove Occasional Care. They raised nearly $2500 for Delvena Women’s Shelter planned backyard upgrade. The current backyard is a concrete jungle with little shade. The kids at the shelter can’t just pop out to the local park, they need a nice backyard and their mums need a place to unwind. If you would like to donate to this cause (no amount is too big or too small) you can donate here.

Make Sure You Have Your Say on the Lane Cove Golf Club Redevelopment

Lane Cove Council is seeking comments on a new Sports and Recreation facility at the Lane Cove Golf Course to replace the existing clubhouse and tennis courts.

They are also planning to shorten the golf course and install a putt putt area and 150m driving range. The Lane Cove Council has produced a video explaining the concept. The Lane Cove Golf Course is not only used by golfers, but it is also also a popular walking spot for many people. A reduction of green space will also impact people who walk around the golf course.

They are seeking your comments on:

  • a new multi-sports centre; and
  • should the golf course remain as is or shorten the golf course and include a driving range and putt-putt course?

Read more here.

Crime Report

The North Shore Police Area Command has wrapped up a week-long proactive strategy targeting the supply of heroin and ice on the North Shore with a high-visibility policing operation. Strike Force Punnet North Shore Police Area Command initiated Strike Force Punnet in April this year due to concerns about the supply of illegal drugs.  Several arrests were made last week in Artarmon after police targetted public transport.  Read more here.

Get Ready for Rain

The SES has posted the following warning:

“Prepare for a wet and windy week ahead.

Wet and windy conditions are expected for parts of eastern New South Wales from Monday, particularly coastal areas in the south, as a deep low-pressure system develops off the NSW coast.

The NSW SES is encouraging people to prepare this weekend for possible thunderstorms and periods of heavy rain that are predicted to develop early Monday and into next week.″

FIT Lane Cove

This week in review is sponsored by FIT Lane Cove.

Check out their brand new PURSUIT SPIN STUDIO.

  •  30 new IC7 Life Fitness Bikes
  • New format for classes
  • New look studio
  • Connect to your bike via the ICG app, log your workouts and track your progress.

Joining Details here.

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