Lane Cove News Week in Review 18th to 24th October 2020

This week has possibly been one of Lane Cove’s biggest local news weeks since we started In the Cove nearly eight years ago.  So here we go…

Lane Cove Mayor Pam Palmer’s  Family Home Targeted

At Lane Cove Council’s October Meeting, Councillor Karola Brent moved a notice of motion calling on Lane Cove Council to declare a no-tolerance policy after recent incidents where Mayor Pam Palmer has been subjected to harassment, bullying and intimidation.

All Lane Cove Councillors unanimously supported the motion.  The motion called for no tolerance of behaviour that is intimidating, threatening, abusive or entices hatred and damage to private or public property or personally targets elected representatives and Lane Cove Council, officers.   Read more here.

Lane Cove’s Senior Ranger Arrested for Alleged Importation of Firearms

Lane Cove Senior Ranger has been arrested for the alleged importation of firearms. Mr Kotylar is the senior staff ranger responsible for compliance with Lane Cove local government laws.  Read more here.

Two Police Raids in Lane Cove

Wednesday morning was a very active morning for the North Shore Police Command.    Search Warrants were executed in Lane Cove for a scam involving family daycare operations, and another was executed by the police and Australian Border Force for the illegal importation of firearms see above.  Read more here.

COVID19 Update

The NSW government continues to ease COVID19 restrictions.  The following restrictions were eased this week:

Outdoor gatherings

From Friday 23 October 2020,  up to 30 people can gather in an outdoor public place.

Hospitality venues

From Friday 23 October 2020, hospitality venues such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs can take group bookings of up to 30 customers per booking and up to 30 customers per table. This excludes weddings, funerals and corporate events which have specific rules for the number of people who can attend.

Hospitality venues that use electronic entry recording (such as QR codes) may calculate the maximum number of people on their premises as the lesser of:

This means that local venues can now host Melbourne Cup Events – read more here.



COVID19 Testing Alert – Did You Go To Bathurst?

If you’re like Mr ITC (i.e. you love a good car race) you might have recently been in Bathurst. Did you leave Lane Cove and go to the Mountain?

If so, NSW Health is advising that remnants of the COVID-19 virus were detected in raw sewage from Bathurst sampled on Monday. NSW Health is calling on anyone who visited Bathurst including the Bathurst 1000 motor race on the weekend, as well as residents of Bathurst with any symptoms that could signal COVID-19 to get tested as soon as possible. After testing, you must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

The sample comprises wastewater from over the past weekend. It could indicate current or a previous infection in someone who attended or worked at the Bathurst 1000 motor race, a visitor to Bathurst, or even a local resident. There is no evidence COVID-19 is transmitted via wastewater systems.

NSW Health is urgently undertaking investigations, which include reviewing lists of all those known to have had the virus who attended or worked at the race.

Local Testing Facilities Information here.

Kingsford Smith Oval – New Arrangments

Off-Leash dogs are permitted on Kingsford Smith Oval (KSO) if organised sport or training is not in process or the oval is booked.  It’s a fully fenced enclosure with gates for access.

This week, Lane Cove Council implemented a 4-week trial where three gates are locked open (see our cover photo). The gates are locked open on the perimeter of KSO from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM  Monday through Friday.

The Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association posted the following:

“Why? It is the view of certain (not all) Council members that dog owners who use KSO will be more attentive to their dog if they know the oval is not secure. Is Council trying to make KSO a less desirable place to let your dog run off-leash so owners will go elsewhere to exercise their pets?!

Who is impacted? Anyone who used to take comfort in knowing their dog or child could play without running onto the road will be impacted. This means:

  • Kids who may chase a ball out of the park
  • Anyone with a puppy or who has a nervous dog, a dog without street sense, or a dog that is easily distracted
  • A senior and / or disabled member of our community who may not be able to chase their dog if they start to wander

What does the Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association think? We think this idea is staggeringly ill-conceived. We’ve argued unsuccessfully that if the groundskeeper needs to close the oval for grass cutting etc., then he could simply close the oval for those few hours—no danger to kids or dogs.

What can you do? Send a short email to Council – [email protected] expressing your views…. Please copy Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association at: [email protected]

HSC Exams

Tuesday, 20th October 2020 was a big day for many local HSC students.

We posted the following:

“We know you will ace this as you’ve all been studying hard. Stay calm, remain focussed and as ITC’s dear old mum always said before exams – read the question carefully.

We know you’ve got this. Much love to all our ITC followers who are sitting their first HSC exam today.

Remember, there is more than one way to take the next step in your life’s journey, and your ATAR does not define you.”

VALE Paul Murphy

Long time Riverview resident and well known and loved Australian Journalist Paul Murphy passed away this week.

Several people contacted ITC and told us how much they used to enjoy seeing Paul Murphy walk to and from the Riverview shops – he was always up for a chat.

Another Lane Cove resident – Alan Sunderland (a Walkley Award-winning journalist) left the following tribute for Paul Murphy on Lane Cove Chat by ITC

“Sad day today. Lane Cove lost one of its great local characters, and one of the finest journalists and interviewers this country has seen.
Paul Murphy – a veteran of This Day Tonight on the ABC, long-standing presenter of PM on ABC Radio and Dateline on SBS.
It was a privilege working with him at SBS years ago, and enormous fun catching up with him in recent years as he held court down at York’s Corner Store. He didn’t mind the odd anecdote.
He’ll be missed…”

Read more here.

Lane Cove Post Office Update

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.

Warning:  the cut-off date for posting Christmas parcels both internationally and domestically are much earlier this year due to COVID19 – more details here.

New Business Alert

Sunset Diner

Lane Cove Council has announced the final cafe/restaurant going into The Canopy Dining Precinct – it’s Sunset Diner.

Sunset Diner and will be located in the building opposite The Cake Man – Lane Cove

It will have cool Miami vibes, and you will love the pastel theme and packaging.

Sunset Diner will be serving up burgers, shakes, fries, (Chicken Katsu burgers are one of their popular burgers) and more. There will also be fresh salads with add-ons like seared tuna and crispy chicken. On a summer night, this will be a place to enjoy with the family. Kids will love the icy cold shakes and mum and day will love wine, beer and cocktails.

You have probably heard of Sunset Diner before as they are located in Avalon and have a big local following. As you know, we #lovelocal on ITC.

Fit-out will start soon (which most likely means a mid to late November opening) – we will let you know the opening date as soon as we know it. Follow them on Facebook at Sunset Diner to find out more.

Acre Artarmon

Urban farm food experience with gardens, cafe bakery, restaurant, events & kids areas Acre Artarmon located in HomeHQ Artarmon will be opening in stages. The cafe opens Friday, October 30th 2020 and the restaurant on November 6th 2020.
Book here.  

acre Artarmon is a farm-food inspired bakery, cafe, bar, restaurant and function space run by the team behind acre Eatery in Camperdown and acre farm and eatery in Melbourne. The kids and family will love an Urban Farm Food experience.

Follow them on Facebook Acre Artarmon to find out all about the new concept and what they will be bringing to our neighbouring suburb – it is located right near Bunnings, so when you have to take the whole family to Bunnings, there will be a good excuse to check it out.

Below is an artist impression of the site (we will get you more photos soon) and one of the dishes you can sample

Da Mak Fusion Restauant – Now Open

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 is now open.

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).

Woolies Metro Centennial Avenue 2020

Woolies Metro will replace Caltex Star Mart, and the rebranding to Ampol will take place soon.

Lane Cove Local in the News

Greenwich local Tom Silk has been profiled in Behind The Ruck.

We might be looking at a future Wallaby!!

“He’s an amazing competitor, he’s genuinely tough, and he’s got a bit of s**t about him. He’s the complete package.”
Gordon head coach Darren Coleman on his talented young enforcer Tom Silk – Photo: Andrew Quinn

Thank you to Roving Reporter Adam for letting us know about this profile.  Read the article here.

Lane Cove Traffic

Over the years ITC has had many people write to us and see if we could advocate for the right turn arrow at the Corner of Longueville Road and Epping Road (when you are travelling from Lane Cove West/North Ryde/Macquarie Park to Lane Cove) to have a longer cycle.  It was also suggested that the lights at Rosenthal Avenue and Longueville Road be synchronised with these lights.

This week a Roving Reporter advised the following:

“Hi ITC, I have spoken with the RMS regarding the right turn from Epping rd into Longueville rd. RMS has now coordinated the right turn from Epping rd and the right turn at Rosenthal Ave at the same time. This hopefully will help and stop people from doing the illegal U-Turn over double lines at the start of Parklands Ave..”

We will keep you informed about this issue.

Lane Cove Events

The popular Greenwich Village Arts Trail is on again. It is now in its 9th year, and this year has attracted 22 artists. 2020 has been a tough year, and despite all the challenges, the organisers have been able to put together an interesting trail for art lovers to enjoy. What is the Greenwich Village Arts Trail? Greenwich artists will open their studio doors to the public on 7th and 8th November 2020.  More details here

Lane Cove Crime and Accident Report

Spitting, assault, obscene exposure charges – St Leonards Station

A man is due in court charged after allegedly committing a lewd act, shoplifting, then assaulting police on the North Shore. Officers from North Shore Police Area Command (PAC) were called to St Leonard’s Station about 1.50 pm (Saturday 24 October 2020), after a member of the public reported a man committing a sex act in public.

Officers were unable to locate the man; however, about 2.45 pm, they were called to a supermarket in Walker Street, North Sydney after a man had allegedly stolen items. Police were told when the man was challenged by staff; he spat towards them.

Police arrested a 32-year-old man a short time later in Clarke Road, Neutral Bay, after a brief struggle. The man was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he’s been charged with four offences,
• Assault police
• Larceny
• Not comply with noticed direction spitting/coughing – COVID19, and
• Wilful and obscene exposure.

Burns Bay Physiotherapy

This week in review is sponsored by Burns Bay Physiotherapy.

Sisters Ann Ross and Jill Ross established @burnsbayphysiotherapy in Lane Cove in 1996. Burns Bay Physiotherapy is located at Burns Bay Road Shops, just near IGA Agora.
They are Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists. They provide a friendly, caring and professional environment where each patient is respected and treated as an individual.
Burns Bay Physiotherapy is conveniently located with level access to the clinic and street parking.
For an appointment call 9427 8333 or book online

Thank you to Burns Bay Physiotherapy for your support.  Read more about Burns Bay Physiotherapy here.

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