Lane Cove News Week in Review 11th to 17th October 2020

Keith and Maureen Lane Cove

A big week in Lane Cove with the opening of another new restaurant and a new clothes store.

Lane Cove North Centennial Avenue/Mowbray Road Traffic Congestion

Earlier this year Lane Cove North Residents contacted ITC to express concerns about large earth-moving trucks parking in Centennial Avenue near Elizabeth Parade while waiting to be called up to construction sites.   The trucks were blocking views of the traffic along Centennial Avenue, making it difficult to turn into Centennial Avenue from side streets.  The Lane Cove Council was alerted and took action to book drivers who were parked illegally.

This week on Lane Cove Chat by ITC members have reported increased congestion and time delays driving north (towards Chatswood) on Centennial Avenue between Epping Road and Mowbray Road.  A roving reporter advised that during the school holidays it was not as congested but as soon as school went back the traffic volume increased.  She contacted the Lane Cove Council to ask if they could take some action to alleviate the congestion.

Lane Cove Council advised our roving reporter the following:

“Council has spoken to the contractors regarding these congestion issues. The contractor has agreed to limit the number of trucks during the morning peak hours of 8:00 am – 9:30 am and has agreed that priority should be given to traffic on Centennial Avenue. We hope that eases the congestion issues, but please feel free to let us know if we can be of any further assistance.”

Lane Cove Council also advised:

“Centennial Avenue traffic congestion is currently on the agenda for our next Traffic Committee meeting, which includes representatives from TfNSW. The issue of traffic management at peak times will be discussed. Any changes, such as clearways during peak times, would need to be part of community consultation. Members of the public are welcome to submit any items for consideration at a Traffic Committee meeting by email to [email protected]. Council staff have again been in touch with the construction company today to ensure intervals between trucks at peak times to help reduce contribution to the overall congestion.”

Trucks also park in front of Mowbray Road Public School waiting to be called up.

The Mowbray Road Public School is located on the Willougby Council side of the road.


Lane Cove Locals In the Spotlight

Two Lane Cove Legends, Keith and Maureene Smith (see our cover photo) were featured on Gardening Australia with Costa. They hold two Huge Plant Sales every year and have raised over $100 000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This year they cannot hold their one day sale due to social distancing so you can now book an appointment to buy plants and see their beautiful garden.   You can watch the Gardening Australia segment here.

Find out more about their sale here.

Well done to our Lane Cove’s very own Tim Pittorino – he’s been awarded the “Best Trainer on the North Shore” 🥇for 2020 by a reader’s vote in the North Shore Times.


New Business Alert

Peanut Butter Jelly

Peanut Butter Jelly opened at The Canopy on Thursday 15th October 2020. Peanut Butter Jelly is all about street food.   Locals were keen to try out their curry arancini balls, or pork belly bao while sipping away on peanut butter whisky sour or other exotic cocktails and of course DESSERTS (like a s’mores brownie bomb).

We are all loving the new Canopy restaurants but remember to share your love around and visit all our other eateries. A vibrant Lane Cove is a great Lane Cove.

Bec and Bel

Two local mums, Rebeca Carter and Belinda Young have opened Lane Cove’s first consignment store.

Consignment stores procure and curate luxury and high-end fashion including clothing, shoes, designer handbags and accessories from a wide variety of sources. Consignment is not necessarily “pre-loved” and contains many brand new, unworn items. At Bec and Bel a service is provided for women to sell their unwanted items and provides consumers with the opportunity to find unique, classic items in a huge variety of brands that a regular small boutique may envy.

Bec and Bel offer a full range of designer brands including international brands such as Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Prada to local outfitters such as Zimmerman, Camilla Franks and Sass and Bide. New deliveries arrive almost daily, and as such a regular supply of items appear on the racks.

They opened this week and are located in the Lane Cove Arcade (same arcade as Four Frogs)

Goodbye Le Resto Thai and hello to a New Nepalese Restaurant

Le Resto Thai has been in Lane Cove for years and years. It has closed, and a new Nepalese Restaurant called Da mak Fusion Restaurant will be opening.

The restaurant is located on the upper level of The Village Shopping Centre (where NiBu Cafe and Soulful FitnessAdam Larissa and Leanne Johnstone – Mortgage Choice , Scott Chartered Accountants) are located – i.e. the shopping centre across from the old coles on Burns Bay Road).

24/7 Parcel Lockers Have Arrived at Lane Cove Post Office

Last week shiny new parcel lockers were installed at the Lane Cove Post Office. This is good news as Lane Cove Post Office is closed on Saturday mornings, which makes it difficult to collect parcels if you work Mondays to Fridays. We contacted Australia Post to find out when it will re-open on a Saturday and an Australia Post spokesperson told us the following
“Lane Cove Post Office will re-open from Saturday 5 December 2020 with trading hours from 9.30 am to 1 pm.
“Australia Post 24/7 Parcel Lockers are also now available at the Lane Cove Post Office for customers to use for free to collect parcels at any time day or night.”
To receive parcels via the Parcel Locker service, customers can go to the website, sign up to MyPost and then nominate Lane Cove using their account number.


The Lane Cove Makers Market is back.

It’s been a while since the Makers Market have been held in the Lane Cove Plaza.  They were back this week.  Look out for them –  they are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.


Johnston Crescent Magpie Swoops Again

An ITC roving reporter advised us about the following:

“I got swooped from behind this morning about 8:30 am on the corner of Tantallon St and Johnston Crescent.

Hurt: right ear and pride (as I screamed out loud)

Lost: Right EarPod  I’m not sure if it got knocked out or if the Magpie took it, but wasn’t game enough to hang around!

Thank you to the kind (Canadian?) gentleman with the beautiful dog on Johnston Crescent who stopped to see if I was OK.”

Read more here about how you can record magpie swooping incidents.

Lane Cove Council October 2020 Meeting on Monday19th October 2020.

The Lane Cove Council will discuss the following agenda items:

Notices of Motion

Officer Reports for Determination

Have Your Say

If you would like to make a submission about any of the above agenda items or any council issue you can address the Lane Cove Councillors before the Meeting to held on Monday, 19 October 2020.

To comply with the directives of the NSW Government and in the interests of public health the meeting will be conducted online.   Members of the public will not be permitted to attend the Council Chambers. Councillors are also not permitted to attend in person and will be participating in the meeting via video conference.

Council is currently trialling the use of video conferencing for the Public Forum by using the online meeting platform, Zoom.    A link to the video conference, which will include all Councillors attending the online Council meeting, will be made available by email for community members to participate.

All speakers wishing to participate in the public forum must register by using the online form no later than midnight, 18 October 2020.   A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to the provided email address.

The time limit of three minutes per address still applies so please make sure your submission meets this criteria. Alternatively, members of the public can still submit their written address via email to [email protected].

Written addresses are to be received by Council no later than midnight, on the day before the meeting. (500 words maximum).  The meetings will continue to be live-streamed. Ordinary Council Meetings will be viewable via the webcasting page on this website.

Mercy College Chatswood Tribute to Year 12

It’s that time of the year when schools say goodbye to Year 12 as they prepare for the HSC exams. Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood (which has about 10% of its students from the Lane Cove Council Area) wanted to show the Mercy spirit throughout this pandemic and the effects on their Year 12 students.

The ‘Mercy Together’ project is inspired by the well-known artist, JR who uses black and white portrait photographs of everyday people or people in difficult situations to confront controversial issues, raise awareness and bring people together. Inspired by JR’s ‘Inside Out’ project, their Year 10 Art students decided to give our Year 12 students a graduation gift, in the form of art.



Lane Cove Rotary

This week ITC held a Facebook Live interview with Lane Cove Rotary to showcase their Mega Raffle.  There are over 30 prizes to win with the major prize being a Fisher & Paykel Fridge.

The Lane Cove Rotary Fair is usually Lane Cove’s Rotary’ biggest annual fundraising event but sadly due to COVID-19 there will not be a Lane Cove Rotary Fair 2020.

So instead they have organised a sensational Mega-Raffle, with many fabulous prizes on offer, and invite you to buy a ticket or 5.

Purchasing is simple. Look for Lane Cove Rotary out and about in Lane Cove Village each weekend OR buy online at Lane Cove Rotary Fair Website.

Lane  Cove Junior Golfers

Our Lane Cove Junior Golfers are on fire!! Kasey Dive is the head Pro at Lane Cove Golf Course and the coach of the team. Kasey has provided a match report for the Encourage Shield.

“The Encourage Shield is a metropolitan junior event. Lane Cove has its biggest Encourage Shield Squad we have had in the past 15 years, with 11 juniors making the squad. Each Sunday we field 6 juniors to play handicapped match play against other clubs around Sydney.

There are numerous divisions and each club play 5 rounds against all the clubs in their division, then the winner of that division makes it to the final playoffs.

The club’s in our division has Lane Cove playing at and against Liverpool GC, Camden Lakeside GC, Pennant Hills GC, Richmond GC and Cumberland GC – so quite a bit of travelling for the families.

Round 1 was hosted by Lane Cove Golf Club yesterday, and we had a win against Liverpool GC 5 out of the 6 matches Lane Cove won.

A big thanks to Jan and Ralph Sadler for helping with the organising, Greg Stephenson for volunteering, David Martin for cooking the sausages for halfway, the Lane Cove Golf Club for covering the expenses of the food and drinks at halfway, and Julian Leitl our team manager.

A huge Congrats to Leo Leitl, Kai Mandalidis, Angus Pearce, Jesse Connelly, Shawn Tang and Cecilia Ko who all played so well in the 1st round.

Get That Job

You’re invited to a free workshop for local residents who are looking to get back into the workforce.

Join Lane Cove Council and Mike Taylor, and you will receive:

  • Tools and tips from an experienced career management consultant
  • Opportunities to share experiences and form support networks
  • One-on-one follow up session Places are strictly limited. Bookings essential.

Date: Thursday 22 October  2020
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: The Terrace Function Room Lower Ground Floor
Lane Cove Community Hub
1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove
Bookings: [email protected]

Local Jobs

Great opportunity to work at Nicky’s Kids Town,  a boutique early learning centre and family-owned for over 25 years. The philosophy of their outdoor learning is supported by skilled educators, who aim for the highest quality care.  They are looking for the following child care worker –  Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and Care Trainee

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