Lane Cove News Week in Review 30th August to 5th September 2020

A warmer week in Lane Cove.  Usually, September is a big month in Lane Cove with the spring outdoor events starting – not this year.

COVID19 Update

There is a confirmed case of COVID19 in Lane Cove.  The case was acquired due to being a known contact of a positive case.  The NSW Health Department has not issued any warning for any Lane Cove premises however there have been warnings for the following places in Chatswood:

Chatswood Westfield on 27th August 2020 from 1 pm-1.50 pm;

Gram Café and Pancakes, Chatswood Station on Thursday, 27 August from 11.10 am-12.15 pm

Sushi Rio, 345 Victoria Ave Chatswood – Thursday 27 August, 5.45-7.30pm

There was also a warning for the Hunters Hill Club – more details here.


A news testing centre has been set up at Macquarie Hospital – corner of Cox’s Rd and Badajoz Rd.  You do not need a GP referral if you are being tested at a public hospital.  This week we received this tip from an NSW Health worker:

“Consider visiting a smaller clinic or a pop-up clinic. You can find all listed clinics on the NSW HEALTH website (see link). Places like Ryde Hospital have essentially no wait time – and pop-ups are opening in response to recent cases at Hunters Hill etc. The RNSH clinic is great, but the outing will definitely take longer if you go there.”

For the list of the closest testing centres and the different options – read more here.

Help Stop the Spread

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, stay in, get tested and isolate.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask in situations where you cannot physically distance.

Help the Contact Tracers

If you are eating out in Lane Cove, use the urhere app to register.  It is super easy to use and means you will be helping with tracking down potentially community transmission.  Read more here.

Woolworths Escalator

Escalatorgate is back.  For over six days the escalator at Woolworths has been broken.  This means that the lifts must be used to take trolleys down to the parking levels.  Crowding is happening around the lifts, and it is hard to social distance.  The Lane Cove Market square operators need to fix this asap.

Old Coles Site Burns Bay Road Lane Cove

The Developer of the old Coles Lane Cove site at Burns Bay Road has lodged new development plans. Instead of demolishing the building, they will now renovate it and refurbish it for a supermarket. The hot rumour has been Harris Farm as a possible tenant. We asked Harris Farm Markets for a comment, but they have not responded to our requests. Find out more here.

Want to know more about Lane Cove businesses?  Read our September business round-up here where we let you know about businesses that have opened, closed or relocated and businesses for sale or lease.

Sprucing up Lane Cove Village

The Lane Cove Council has installed colourful banners in the Lloyd Rees Bandstand.

In The Canopy have also placed some outdoor seating (spaced for social distancing).

Northwood Aged Care Development DA Lodged

The controversial aged care facility at Northwood shops is one step closer with a DA being lodged with Lane Cove Council. They are seeking 143 Aged Care beds (previously it was 130).

There are now six aged care/senior living developments proposed in the Lane Cove Council area. Why is senior living all the rage? Would it have anything to do with the fact that it can be constructed in areas where apartments are not usually allowed to be developed?

Many of the so-called senior living developments are aimed at homeowners who fall within the definition of seniors. The Independent Living units are just like any other apartment complexes. They are actively marketed at homeowners who are still in full-time employment have two or more cars at home and sometimes even have children with them at home. By creating senior living developments, developers can construct apartments in areas where apartments would not usually be permitted as they certainly would not fit with the character and feel of local neighbourhoods. This is because, in 1982, the NSW Government made a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP 5) to support the supply of housing for older people and people with a disability.

In March 2004, the Government replaced SEPP 5 with a new policy focused on balancing growing demand for this type of accommodation with maintaining the character and feel of local neighbourhoods – State Environmental Planning Policy (Seniors Living) 2004.

The Northwood development was fast-tracked by the NSW Government. It is a true aged care development. Will they fast track other developments in Lane Cove?  Read more here.

Police Report

Be careful when using ATM Machines. Chatswood Police are asking people to be vigilant using ATMs after an ATM was tampered with in Chatswood. A staff member at a bank in Victoria Avenue contacted Police on 26 August after noticing that a plastic attachment which was fixed around the keypad was out of position. Upon closer inspection, it was identified the attachment was not a correct part of the ATM. A review of CCTV footage showed a man allegedly tampering with the ATM around 8.00 pm on 24 August. Police attended the bank and seized a plastic ATM attachment which contained a camera and micro SD Card. Police are investigating the matter.


People of Lane Cove, help us care for the community of Mungindi – Donations needed

Norma Tracey, a social worker, has lived in Lane Cove for 48 years. She runs a Not for Profit called Strong Mothers that looks after young Aboriginal mums. On Tuesday Mungindi, the home place of one of our mothers and where Strong Mothers works, had its main Street burnt to the ground.

Their shops and entire food source are ashes; the only way to get food and essentials such as nappies is to travel 2 hours away to the nearest town.  Current travel restrictions and financial hardship makes this challenging.
Please can you help? We are organising a food drive – essential items are being accepted at 11 Banksia Close, Corner of Banksia Close and Avalon Ave. We need items such as flour, tinned food, baby formula, nappies, long life milk. Strong Mothers  will personally drive it to Mungindi.

If you donate money we will buy food such as meat bread etc and deliver it ourselves as a gift from Lane Cove to this very needy community.


Thank you – every donation is appreciated and will a difference

Birthday Present

This week in review is sponsored by The Alcott.

One of the benefits of being an The Alcott Lane Cove member, is that you get to enjoy a complimentary cheese platter during your Birthday month!

Simply visit The Alcott anytime during your Birthday Month, swipe your card at the Kiosk on the lower ground floor (next to the Emerald Lounge bar) to receive your voucher and enjoy!

We highly recommend booking a table in advance. Please call 02 9428 5155 or book online.

Our cover photo highlights the beautiful flowers around Lane Cove.  We spotted this beautiful pink camellia in Lane Cove North.

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