Lane Cove News Week in Review 8th to 14th November 2020

This week was very different from the same week last year.  Last year a moving Remembrance Day service was held in the Lane Cove Plaza and in the days before Remembrance Day students from Hunters Hill High School were selling Remembrance Day poppies and other pins for the RSL.

This year due to COVID19 restrictions, only a small wreath-laying ceremony was conducted at the Lane Cove Cenotaph (located near the Lane Cove Library).  Wreaths were laid by school children from many of the schools in the Lane Cove Council Area and Hunters Hills High.

St Michael’s Primary School looked amazing.  The kids had decorated their front fence with paper poppies.


Lane Cove’s Senior Ranger Released on Bail

Vladimir Kotlyar, Lane Cove’s Senior Ranger, 56, was arrested in Wollstonecraft on Wednesday 21st October 2020 after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers allegedly discovered firearm parts in parcels. He has been in jail since this time.
On 11 November 2020, Mr Kotlyar was released on bail. NSW Local Courts Media spokesperson advised ITC several bail conditions were applied.  Read More here.

IPC Gives the Green Light to Greenwich Hospital Redevelopment

The Independent Planning Commission (the Commission) has granted consent to plans for a multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Greenwich Hospital.

HammondCare sought concept approval for a new 150-bed hospital building, respite care facility, two seniors living buildings and 329 car parking spaces on the 3.4-hectare River Road site.

Under the $141.5-million proposal, all existing buildings would be demolished – except for the heritage-listed Pallister House.

There will need to be excellent traffic management plans in place during construction as River Road traffic heading towards North Sydney was down to one lane near the Greenwich School during the construction of new buildings at the school.  Read More Here.

VALE Greg Growden

Greg Growden was one of only two journalists to cover every Rugby World Cup. He was also a brilliant bowler who captained Lane Cove Bowling and Recreation Club to wins in fours pennant matches all over the state.

He also wrote a book called The Wallabies At War: Rugby heroes who fought for Australia on the Battlefield, Greg Growden (ABC Books, 2018).

Read Peter Fitzsimmons tribute here

Winners Zone Reserve Fours
L-R Simon Creedy,Phil Wade, Mal Knight & Greg Growden
Tony Tinworth, Saturday, 11 February 2012

Celebrations at The Canopy

This week, the Lane Cove Council announced The Canopy stage would have its debut on 29 November 2020. There will be three performances during the day. It starts with Splash Dance, then later in the afternoon The John Morrison Band with special guests James Morrison & Jacki Cooper, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm will perform and then lastly DEISEL (was that on the tip of your tongue boom boom). Ticketing is by ballot due to COVID19 requirements.  Read More Here.

Lane Cove Council November Monthly Meeting

If you want to be involved in local decision making and local democracy, check out the big issues being discussed at the Lane Cove Council’s November Meeting on Monday 16th November.

They are discussing several issues that have the subject of community debate such as the installation of synthetic turf on Bob Campbell Oval Greenwich, a new Sports and Recreation Precinct at the Lane Cove Golf Course and a Development Control Plan for Northwood Shops and more….

You can be involved in this process by having your say before the Lane Cove Council meeting but you must register by midnight 15th November 2020.  Read More Here.

Skywriting Mystery

Just one word sums up this sign see over Lane Cove (and Sydney) on 15th November 2020


Congratulations to Councillor David Brooks-Horn

On Saturday 14th 2020, Councillor David Brooks-Horn tied the knot.


Watch Out Thieves About in The Canopy

This following was posted on Lane Cove Chat by ITC

“My daughter left her school bag at the canopy and had her laptop stolen yesterday. Her fault for leaving it there but a reminder to our kids that there are always opportunists so don’t leave their school bags unattended. If anyone saw someone rummaging through school bags next to the sandpit around 4-5 pm yesterday, please let me know.”

Since this message was posted, ITC has been made aware of a few other incidents of purses being stolen from prams or from bags in The Canopy.

There is CCTV at The Canopy, and the security team is looking at the tapes.

Lane Cove Theatre Company Celebrates 25 Years of Community Theatre

Thank you to the Lane Cove Theatre Company for inviting ITC to their 25th Anniversary Caberet, featuring performers from previous productions.  It was a great night, and here are some stats on what LCTC has achieved:

76 productions

6 world premiere productions

22 original scripts staged

1200+performers engaged

50,000+ patrons entertained

32 venues utilised

3700+ social media followers

2000+ monthly website visits

Blackman Park Dog Enclosure Returfed and Ready for Action

The Blackman Park Dog Enclosure was very muddy after it rained.  The park has been returned, and it is ready to go.  The dogs were enjoying it this week.


Business Alert

Iris & Lin

Iris & Lin has now relocated to the store between Two Brothers and Fourth Fish in the Lane Cove Plaza (it has been vacant for ages after the Quartet Display Home office moved out). Iris & Lin used to be on Longueville Road near the Flight Centre. They sell giftware, homewares, clothes, jewellery and accessories.

These cute duckies are hanging out at Iris & Lin’s new store.


Spaceworks will be vacating their Northwood premises and moving to Crows Nest.  They are one of the last tenants to move out of the shops acquired by Pathways Longueville.  An aged care facility will be built on the site.  Read More Here.

Adam Larissa

Adam Larissa has been in Lane Cove for a long time.  This week they announced they would be closing down.  Read More About Adam Larissa here.

Lane Cove History Prize Winner Announced

Congratulations to Dr Susan Ingham who is the winner of the Lane Cove Historical Society Lane Cove History Prize.   Dr Ingham winning essay is titled “Hold Your course. The Participation of Women in the Lane Cove Sailing Clubs”.  You can read more here.

Congratulations to Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar

On Monday night Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar was awarded the Northern Districts Local Business Awards for Most Outstanding Restaurant.

Michelle Warren (who owns the restaurant with her husband Alessandro) posted the following on In The Cove:

“We are so honoured and absolutely thrilled to win this award! Thank you to our Lane Cove community for your support! We also want to say congratulations to Lilah and Via Napoli who were also finalists. So please come on in, enjoy a drink, an a la carte dinner or a full degustation experience. We are a modern contemporary restaurant and full-service bar, our produce is top quality, our service is excellent and our ambience just lovely! You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram Little Red Robin Restaurant or visit our website Open Wed to Sat from 4 pm to late and Sunday lunch.

Lane Cove Locals In the News

Graeme Davis

Congratulations to those members of the NSW SES – Hunters Hill Unit who this week received a “NSW Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation”.

The citation was in recognition of their contribution and service to the NSW Bushfires 2019-2020.

Among those who received the citation was Lane Cove’s Graeme Davis. Graeme is a busy man and is he also President of the Lane Cove RSL NSW Sub Branch. He works very hard to put together the moving ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Services in Lane Cove with the Lane Cove Council. In particular, he researches members of the armed services who have a Lane Cove Connection and it is fascinating history. Other members to receive a citation were Mark Alberton and Russ Evans and Gary Ackhurst and Tony Downs both from Gladesville.



Aura Parker

Congratulations to local author Aura Parker whose book Meerkat Splash has been announced as the Speech Pathology Book of the Year best book for language and literacy development (0 – 3 years). Aura told us that the award ceremony was a video, instead of in-person and she was excited to prepare a little speech from home. She is thrilled and humbled to find out her little story about a bunch of colourful meerkats at bathtime has captured the imagination of very young readers. Read more about Aura here – she has released four great books and they are available at The Burns Bay Bookery


Fizzy Light

Lane Cove Local Felicity or aka Fizzy Light has released her first single and she would love it if you would check it out. Details here

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Local Charity Strong Mothers Thanks ITC Followers

We received the following update and thank you from Strong Mothers.

“Several weeks ago, local charity Strong Mothers posted a request for donations for the community of Mungindi. Their local stores had burnt to the ground and they had minimal access to food, baby items and cleaning products.

We at Strong Mothers were overwhelmed by the response – we were inundated with drop offs of groceries, toys and cleaning products in addition to raising $1,800 from a gofundme campaign. We are so proud to be part of such a generous and caring community.

All items were delivered and gratefully received by the people of Mungindi, and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who assisted us. We are very grateful and appreciative.”

Thank you Lane Cove you never let ITC down when we ask for donations.

Santa Pet Photos for Christmas – All Profits Go to Guide Dogs Australia

This week  Furry Munchkins Pet Photography announced they are excited to team up with North Shore Veterinary Hospital Pty Ltd to help families capture beautiful memories of their furkids 🐶 🐱 this Christmas 🎁 .

This year they adjusted their Santa 🎅 Pawtraits to be totally COVID safe! So….
make sure you BOOK NOW! as there are limited spots available! 🎄
Booking Link here.

What do you get from attending this event?
– A 5-minute Christmas 🎄 Mini Photo Session with your family and Santa.
– One digital file and a small print with watermark of your Christmas Santa Photo

Cost: $30

Where and When?

This will take place at North Shore Veterinary Hospital on Sunday, the 29th of November 2020. Book your slots from 8.30 am up until 1 pm.

furry muchkins pet santa


Special Offer for ITC Followers

@ulightmeupcandles now has beautiful Gift Boxes – perfect for Christmas! FREE Shipping and FREE Gift Wrapping for ITC followers if you use the code ITC at check out.  Shop Here – special offer already applied if you click here.

Christmas Personalised Box It’s the perfect Christmas gift for 2020!

6 x personalised beautiful handmade coconut and soy candles. Use all 6 for individual names, or if you don’t need them all, we will put a beautiful Christmas icon on any without names.

3 x gorgeous wooden Christmas tree ornaments.

Stunning scents for this pack include our most popular Champagne & Strawberries, Lemongrass & Persian Lime or English Pear & Freesia. Select one scent for all candles or you can select a mixed pack.


Christmas Cheer Box

This gorgeous Christmas gift box includes; Personalised white gift box with gold text

1 x beautiful handmade coconut and soy candle with a gold Christmas icon. Three gorgeous scents to choose from.

1 x piccolo (375ml) of Santa Margherita Prosecco di Valdobbiandene. A lovely sparkling white with flavours of ripe fruit, melon and orange.

Stunning scents for this pack include our most popular Champagne & Strawberries, Lemongrass & Persian Lime or English Pear & Freesia. Select one scent for all candles or you can select a mixed pack.

Pretty In Pink Box
A fabulous pink gift box is the perfect gift for anyone to feel special especially when it’s personalised.

This gorgeous gift box includes;

1 x Pink gift box with personalised gold text
1 x Beautiful handmade coconut and soy candle with a gold personalised name.
1 x Sassy sparkling bottle of Grant Burge Pinot Chardonnay Brut Piccolo 200ml.
1 x Loofah Peppermint Foot Soap.
1 x Beautiful Natural Hawaiian Plumeria Perfume in a gorgeous Crystal Roller Bottle – choose from Rose Quartz or Clear Quartz.
1 x Soothe Face Mask – Pink Clay & Mashmallow
1 x Natural Tea Soak – Sea Salt & Botanicals Bath Salt

Our week in review is sponsored by Lane Cove Physio.

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