Lane Cove News Week in Review 9th to 15th May 2021

Lane Cove was buzzing this week with the news that one lucky Lane Cove family won the $30 Million Powerball Jackpot.  A big congratulations to the family.  Read more here.

COVID19 Update

As there has been no further transmission detected concerning the two locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the temporary COVID-safe measures in place for the Greater Sydney area will not be extended beyond 12.01 am on Monday 17 May 2021.

This means limits will be removed on the number of guests allowed to visit private households. Drinking while standing at indoor venues, group singing indoors, and dancing at nightclubs will again be allowed.

Masks will no longer be compulsory on public transport or for customer-facing staff in hospitality venues; however, NSW Health continues to strongly encourage their use on public transport and in other settings where physical distancing is not possible.

Despite extensive, ongoing investigations into the source of the two eastern suburbs cases, NSW Health has not yet identified how the initial case was exposed to the virus.

As these two cases have shown, COVID-19 may re-emerge at any time, so we all must continue to take practical measures to stay COVID-safe.

This includes always using QR codes to check in to and out of venues, staying home and getting tested for COVID 19 if unwell, and practising good hand hygiene.

Burns Bay Road/Penrose St/Centennial Avenue Intersection

This intersection is noted for being a traffic log jam, and it seems to be getting worse.  In the Cove has been lobbying our state member to speak to the NSW Transport Minister to see what improvements can be made.  We also asked the Lane Cove Council what steps they are taking to improve this intersection.  A spokesperson for the Lane Cove Council told us:

“The Burns Bay Road/Penrose Street intersection has been identified as a pinch point in TfNSW’s Road Network Plan (RNP) for Burns Bay Road. The Burns Bay Road RNP is a strategic study that addresses future transport needs with all road users in mind. Council initially met TfNSW in November 2019 with the most recent workshop being in March this year where a number of constraints and opportunities along the corridor were identified including the intersection of Burns Bay Road and Penrose Street. TfNSW is currently looking at options to address opportunities and constraints. TfNSW will be in contact with Council for feedback over the next few months.”


There is a flow-on impact as a result of the abovementioned traffic backup. There have been crashes at the corner of Ross Smith Parade and Penrose Street in the last two weeks.  To avoid the Burns Bay Road log jam at peak hour, drivers are rat-running through Ross Smith Parade (and cutting the corner as they turn right).

Congratulations to Dr Carroll

Four Lane Cove/Greenwich residents were recognised in this year’s Australia Day’s honours list, and this week the official service was held to recognise their achievements.

Our cover photo is longtime Lane Cove resident, Dr Peter Carroll, after being appointed as a Member in the General Division at Government House for his significant service to pharmaceutical education and community health.  Dr Carroll was accompanied by his daughter Lynette Carroll Bolton and his partner Prue Plowman.  You can read more about Dr Carroll (and the other honorees) here.

Lane Cove Council April Meeting – 30 Members of the Public May Attend

Ordinary Meeting of Council

The next Ordinary Council Meeting will be held on Monday, 17th May 2021.

Public Forum

Members of the public are invited to attend the public forum at the 17 May 2021 Lane Cove Council Meeting commencing at 7.00 pm.   However, to comply with the directives of the NSW Government and in the interests of public health, seating will be made available at the meeting for a maximum of 30 people.

Should you wish to be in attendance at the meeting, register using the online form.  When registering via the online form, please indicate whether you wish to speak at the Public Forum.

The deadline for all registrations is midnight 16 May 2021.

The first 30 registered attendees will be permitted entry into the Council Chambers. All attendees will be required to sign in using the CovidSafe QR Code, which will be displayed outside the Council Chambers.

The public forum will still be conducted online, using the online meeting platform, Zoom. Should you wish to speak at the public forum via Zoom, please register by using the online form no later than midnight, on the day before the meeting. A Zoom meeting link will be emailed to the provided email address.

A time limit of three (3) minutes per public forum address applies.

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.  

Lane Cove Council Meeting Agenda Items

Mayoral Minutes

Notices of Motion

Officer Reports for Determination

Traffic Committee Agenda

The Traffic Committee has recommended the following changes to traffic and parking in Lane Cove:

Northwood Road,  Approval of the Northwood Roundabout Design;

Karilla Avenue, Lane Cove North Installation of Speed Humps
The Committee discussed the Lane Cove North Traffic Management Scheme, which includes installing speed humps on Karilla Avenue between Centennial Avenue and Kurri Street.  The Committee also discussed the reduction in the speed limit in all street in Lane Cove North to 40km/h (traffic monitoring will be undertaken, and then this matter will go back to the Committee for discussion);
Greenwich Road, Greenwich Installation of ‘Works Zone’, relocation of ‘Bus Zone’, removal of a ‘Loading Zone’ and installation of a ‘No Parking.’
Mars Road, Lane Cove West Installation of ‘No Stopping’ zone
Central Ave Lane Cove – Council, presented three options to stop vehicles doing a U-turn in Central Avenue between Pottery Lane and Longueville Road;

  1. A continuation of the BB Centreline from Longueville Road to Pottery Lane– vehicles could still access the 90-degree parking on Central Avenue but cannot U-turn across the BB Centreline (Preferred Option – by Council, TfNSW and Police);
  2. A small roundabout at the intersection of Pottery Lane and Central Avenue – not feasible because it would require the removal of one ELP and associated overhead wires; or
  3. A small roundabout at the intersection of Little Street and Central Avenue – not supported by the Police because it may not stop the U-turns being undertaken halfway down Central Avenue.

Further details relating to the above can be found here.

Community Recycling Centre

Good news, the North Sydney Community Recycling Centre is accepting E-waste again.

The North Sydney Council operates the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre (CRC) at Artarmon on behalf of six councils: the City of Ryde; Hunter’s Hill; Lane Cove; Mosman; North Sydney and Willoughby, with support from the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

There are over 90 CRCs across NSW where residents can drop off domestic quantities of household problem wastes like paints, oils, batteries, gas cylinders, fluorescent tubes, and globes.

Some CRCs, like the Northern Sydney CRC, also accept e-waste. Most of the e-waste is collected and recycled under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS), funded by manufacturers, importers, and retailers of televisions and computers.

North Sydney Council had a contract with a company called MRI PSO Pty Ltd (MRI) to collect and recycle the e-waste dropped off at the CRC.  Unfortunately, MRI went into liquidation on 9 April 2021, and this left the CRC with 21 full cages of e-waste and unable to accept any more until a new contractor was found.

A new contractor has been appointed, and as of 15th May 2021, they are again accepting E-Waste.

The CRC  is such a good service and an easy way to eliminate problem waste (that stuff that is taking up space in your garage). Read more here.

Winter is Coming

Brrr, it was cold this weekend. ITC could smell wood fires. Some people love the smell; some hate it. We wrote an article last winter on how to reduce the smoke coming out of your chimney.  Read more here.

Happy Birthday to a Lane Cove Legend

Happy Birthday to a Lane Cove Legend. This week the wonderful Margaret Tanner turned 101.  Margaret is still an active golfer and a founding member of the Lane Cove Golf Club.

ITC had the pleasure of interviewing Margaret a few years ago, and we were blown away by Margaret and all she has achieved.  Read our story here.


Business Alerts

Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar

Exciting news from Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar, who released the following statement

“Exciting Announcement from Little Red Robin.

In mid-June, we will debut a brand-new look Little Red Robin with a new modern Italian dining experience offering a selection of delicious Italian inspired dishes PLUS a refreshed & more relaxed dining room & bar, ALL with the same quality service you have come to expect at Little Red Robin.

Think modern Italian dishes with lots of tasty starters, in-house-made fresh pasta, mains & delicious desserts with dishes you’ll be familiar with and some new and unique dishes you’ll discover, with regular menu updates based on seasonality.

Plus, with our ethos of excellent quality produce, we will continue to work with our same top-quality suppliers and continue supporting ethical & sustainable farming practices. Expect the same excellent service, same skilled team, same extensive wine list (with a little more focus on Italian wines!) plus the same quality produce, just a more relaxed dining experience with lots of Italian vibes and fun!

You’re going to LOVE it.

In order to celebrate and farewell our wonderful modern degustation dining experience, between Wednesday 12th of May and Saturday the 29th May we will be offering an exclusive degustation only dining option from Wed to Sat with bookings available at 6 pm and 8.15 pm.

Book Now! If you have been wanting to try our modern contemporary degustation dining (or you’re a regular and LOVE it), make sure you get in before the 29th May to experience this before it’s wrapped up to make way for our new direction. $95 per person with matching beverage pairing add on. It’s a true journey of culinary delights.

We will have more news on our Italian debut shortly so keep an eye out!”

Chatime Australia

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Chatime Australia was coming to Lane Cove. According to their Website:

“In 2005, Henry founded the very first Chatime in Taiwan, with a commitment to quality ingredients and mix-ins and a flair for innovative flavour combinations, he set out to brew nothing but the very best iced teas.

Today Chatime is the fastest growing iced tea franchise in Australia. There are over 120 Chatime T-Breweries – all in just 10 years. That means even more Australians get the chance to try our fabulous and flavoursome creations.”

They have taken over the Super Mix Juicery and will be opening on 5 June 2021. They are on the lookout for staff.

Warning Counterfeit Notes

The North Shore Police Area Command advised a counterfeit $50 note was given to them by a large Crows Nest retailer. The note is believed to have been received at the store on 5 May 2021. For information on how to identify a counterfeit note click here.

Crime, Incident and Accident Reports

The North Shore Police Command released the following information about Lane Cove incidents:

A 21-year-old Lane Cove man has been charged with mid-range drink driving after colliding with parked cars on Burns Bay Road.    The man observed damage to his vehicle while later stopped at a petrol station and returned to the scene to check what other damage had occurred.  Police also attended the scene where the man told Police that he had swerved to avoid an animal. The man failed a roadside breath test and later produced a breath analysis result at Chatswood Police Station of 0.084.  He is due to face Hornsby Court in June.

A driver was arrested on River Road West on Saturday morning after testing positive for methamphetamine.    Police stopped a light blue Camry around 1.00 am and submitted the driver to a mobile drug test.  The driver, a 32-year-old Artarmon man was suspended from driving for 24 hours and may face charges, pending results from further laboratory tests.

A roving reporter advised ITC that their car, on Tambourine Bay Road, was ransacked on Saturday night.

This week there was also significant vandalism at The Canopy and graffiti sprayed around the Lane Cove Plaza.  ITC is in the process of writing an article on this vandalism.  We are seeking information from the Lane Cove Council on what steps they are taking to prevent this vandalism.

Thank You

Our week in review is sponsored by Rebecca Mitchell Rain Horne Lane Cove.  Rebecca has supported In the Cove since we started and was a foundation sponsor.  Thank you, Bec!!

Check out this lovely apartment currently for sale by Rebecca Mitchell Raine & Horne.

Spacious modern apartment with stunning park and district vistas

Address: 11/268 Longueville Road, Lane Cove, NSW 2066
2 Bed, 1 Bath, 1 Car
Property Type: Unit
Agent: Rebecca Mitchell, Raine & Horne 
For Sale
Full Listing: here

Latest Lane Cove Weekly Property Guide Here


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