Lane Cove News Week in Review 25th April to 1 May 2021

Welcome to our week in review.

Hunters Hill Shooting

An investigation is underway following a public place shooting in Hunters Hill on Tuesday 27th April 2021.

At about 7.15 pm, officers from Ryde Police Area Command were called to a home on Gaza Avenue near Barons Crescent, Hunters Hill, after reports shots had been fired.

Police have been told the occupants in the home at the time – a man aged 50 and two women aged 49 and 22 – had just finished dinner when the shots were fired at the front of the home. No injuries were reported.

Upon arrival, police located bullet casings and a vehicle with holes in the driveway. Front windows and an internal wall of the house also sustained damage.

A crime scene was established, which was examined by specialist forensic police, and detectives commenced an investigation into the incident.

A search of the surrounding area was conducted, with assistance from PolAir and the Dog Unit.

Initial inquiries suggest a male ran from the scene on foot to the intersection of High Street and Gasa Street, where it is believed he may have entered a vehicle.

As inquiries continue, anyone who may have CCTV, dashcam or any information that could assist detectives is urged to contact Ryde Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

Coffee with a Cop

The North Shore Police Command and Police Band were in the Lane Cove Plaza this week.

Tantallon Oval

A roving reporter was concerned that work by the Lane Cove Council on an Epping Road bus stop has resulted in part of the boundary fence on Epping Road being permanently removed.  The gap in the fence would be dangerous for kids chasing a football and for off-leash dogs.

The gap is only temporary as a new accessible entrance gate is being fabricated.

Moore Street Left Turn into Bus Lane

Lane Cove Chat by ITC went off this week when a member posted about the rule which allows drivers turning left to pull into a bus lane.  About two years ago, a resident erected homemade signs letting people know about this rule – read our article here and the rules about bus lanes.

Lane Cove Golf Course – Future Plans

Did you get invited to be part of the Lane Cove Council Golf Course Community Panel?  Invitations were sent out during the week.

Over the past decade, Lane Cove Council has been exploring ways and means of meeting the sport, recreation, health and lifestyle needs of current and future residents.

Last year the community was asked to provide feedback on concept plans for a new Sport and Recreation Precinct on the curtilage of the current Lane Cove Golf Course.

The proposed facility includes indoor multi-sport courts, outdoor courts, a stage, program space, cafe and restaurant and car park. In response to positive feedback, Lane Cove Council agreed to continue with plans for this facility which sits on the land at the edge of the golf course.

As part of that consultation process​, Lane Cove Council proposed future options for the golf course, including a driving range, putt-putt golf and the retention of a nine-hole golf course. In response, the community asked Council to consider all options for using the open space at the golf course.

To help understand the community’s views on the best use of the outdoor areas on the site to meet the community needs now. In the future, Lane  Cove Council is pursuing a ‘deliberative democracy’ process whereby a Community Panel is formed to deliberate about any future options for the use of the golf course.

What is a Community Panel?

A Community Panel comprises an autonomous and independent group of everyday people who consider relevant facts from multiple points of view and think critically about options before them on a matter. The Panel’s perspectives, opinions and understandings are enlarged throughout the Panel process before they come to a set of shared group recommendations.​

Who is on a Community Panel?

Members are randomly selected through an independent process that makes sure they are broadly representative of the demographics of the general Lane Cove population. An independent organisation specialising in this area has been appointed by Council to undertake the process of inviting and selecting local residents to form the panel.

What does the Panel do?

A Community Panel is tasked with a clear remit. In this case, it is “What is the best use of the outdoor areas on the site to meet our community needs now and in the future?”. The Panel is given access to information and resources to help them with this activity as it evolves. At the end of their deliberations, the group will provide a report that includes an overarching vision for the site and a set of criteria that will be used to inform future decision making about uses. This is then reported to Lane Cove Council for its consideration.​ Note – they are under no obligation to pursue any of the recommendations or ideas.

How can I get involved?

If your household is randomly selected to receive an invitation, anyone in your household can register their interest to be involved by Sunday, 16 May 2021. From this pool, a smaller random selection of people will be drawn to match the broad demographics on Lane Cove.

Roadworks Riverview

Lane Cove Council will be undertaking night road works in Riverview from Wednesday 5 May – Monday 10 May (weather permitting). The works will take place on River Road West, from Tambourine Bay Road to Fox Street between 7:00 pm – 5:00 am. Nearby residents have been notified, and efforts will be made to minimise disruption and noise.

Hazard Reduction Burning

It was another week of hazard reduction burning, and air quality was low, promoting NSW Health to issue this notice:

“NSW Health is warning people to take precautions as smoke from planned hazard reduction burns causes poor air quality across Sydney and parts of NSW in the coming days.

NSW Health’s Executive Director of Health Protection, Dr Richard Broome, said smoke could have serious health effects, especially for people with existing heart and lung conditions.

“Smoke particles irritate the eyes and airways. For most people, this causes temporary symptoms like cough and sore throat. However, smoke particles can worsen heart and lung conditions like angina, asthma and emphysema, potentially causing serious illness,” Dr Broome said.

“Smoke from hazard reduction burns can be patchy, and conditions often change rapidly. Over the coming days, the smoke is expected to worsen in the mornings, so people are advised to limit outdoor activity until it clears in the afternoon.

“It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the NSW air quality website for real-time information about air pollution levels and for advice on what action you should take.”

General tips to decrease your risk from smoke:

Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and your asthma management plan if you have one. Keep your medication close at hand. Consult your doctor if symptoms worsen.

Monitor air quality: Air quality information and a health activity guide are available at…/air-quality-concentration….

Avoid vigorous outdoor activity when it’s smoky.

Spend more time indoors: Keep doors and windows closed in your home until the smoke clears. Air quality is also generally better in air-conditioned venues such as cinemas, libraries and shopping centres.

Avoid indoor sources of air pollution like cigarettes, candles and incense sticks.​​​​​

More information can be found at the NSW Health website:…/Pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx”

There could be more smoke hanging around this week with Hazard Reduction burning taking place in the Northern Beaches from 2 to 5th May 2021.

Women’s Sport

Women’s Sport is going strong in Lane Cove.

Last week the Lane Cove Football Club had a 3 – 1 over Northern Galaxy.  They are also impressed that one of their players Vanessa, has released a book published by the CSIRO called the Bee Detective – find out more here.

Well Done to the Lane Cove Cats AFL Club Under 14 Girls Team who had a huge victory last weekend. The Cats won 10-3-63 to Queenwood 3-3-21. You go for it, girls!!

Public Service Announcement

A Roving Reporter has asked us to remind people not to park in front of the emergency gates at Blackman Park (or any other oval). If there is an incident, it stops ambulances from being able to access the fields directly. Before this photo was taken, the gates were blocked completely by cars.

Longueville Playground

Locals are invited to the official opening of the Deborah Hutchens Playground, the recently upgraded playground at Longueville Park. The upgraded playground is named in memory of the late Councillor and former Mayor, Councillor Deborah Hutchens. Free coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

When: Saturday 8 May, 10:00am – 11:00am

Where: Longueville Park, Stuart Street Longueville

Penrose Street Accident

On Monday afternoon, part of Penrose Street was closed (during peak hour) due to an accident that involved NSW Fire and Rescue and a Tow Truck.  Our cover photo is three young roving reporters, on the scene for ITC (they were not involved in the accident).


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Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is fast approaching.  This year support local by either dining local or buying a gift locally.  Many restaurants have deals or freebies for mum on Mothers’s Day – find out more here.

Don’t leave gift buying to the last moment – local gift guide here.

Crime and Incident Report

Lane Cove Library Theft

A Roving Reporter advised us of the following incident in the Lane Cove Library.

“I just wanted to make you aware of something which unfortunately happened to me yesterday in Lane Cove Library so that maybe you can warn others.

I had my wallet stolen from inside my bag in Lane Cove library yesterday. I left my bag for 2 minutes to go to the bathroom, came back, and it was gone. They were pretty quick to use my bank card, too, as when I checked my account, they had already spent money at a shop nearby. Anyway, I’m sure my wallet is long gone by now, but perhaps you could make others aware of what happened and tell them to be vigilant and not to leave valuables unattended. Thank you”

Trespass/Assault/Stolen Goods – Crows Nest

 Police have charged a 34-year-old Crows Nest man following a string of incidents in the suburb last week.

On Thursday 22nd April, the Crows Nest man is accused of assaulting a male at a home on Hayberry Lane by punching him in the face after the victim questioned him about stealing items belonging to him.

On Friday 23rd April, it is alleged the male entered an abandoned commercial property on the Pacific Highway; when located by a caretaker, the male fled the location. Later that day, police were called to an alleyway at the rear of the same commercial property after the male was again located by a caretaker. Police will allege the male had in his possession implements used to break into properties and an electric bike believed to be stolen. The male was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station, where he was charged with assault, trespass, possess housebreaking implements and possess goods suspected of being stolen. He will face court later this month.

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