Lane Cove News Week in Review 20th to 27th October 2021

Welcome to our Lane Cove Local News week in review, where we tell you what has happened over the last seven days in Lane Cove.  This week, it was all about traffic and the gridlock at two major intersections.

The other big news was school going back for all years, and St Michaels had a lovely message for students (see our cover photo).


Did you hear the helicopters flying over Lane Cove today?

Don’t panic – it is the army training.  They released the following statement:

Australian Defence Force personnel will conduct counter-terrorism training in Sydney, Nowra, Singleton and Beecroft in October and November 2021.
The training will be conducted during the day and night and involves responses to simulated terrorist scenarios.
The public should not be alarmed if they see or hear military helicopters, vehicles and military personnel carrying weapons.
No ammunition will be used during the training.
People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of an actual threat.
The training is not a part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 response and is essential to ensure Australia maintains its world-class counter-terrorism response capabilities.
Defence is unable to provide media access or further information, including specific timings, regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.”
If you want to find out more about the recent helicopter manoeuvres over Lane Cove – read more here.

Traffic Gridlock around Lane Cove Village

Finlayson Street and Birdwood Avenue were packed with traffic on Monday Morning.  With traffic not allowed to turn right into Burns Bay Road from Tambourine Bay Road, this has created increased traffic along those streets.  The Lane Cove Council advised:

“We are aware of the peak hour queues surrounding the village this morning with pre-COVID traffic volumes for school drop-offs and more commuters generally. The new traffic signals at Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road are now operational, providing increased pedestrian safety at the intersection and in the village near the old Coles and post office pedestrian crossings by reducing through traffic.
After the last lockdown ended in 2020, we found that there was an initial surge in traffic until people readjusted their normal commutes. We appreciate your patience while we monitor how traffic patterns and, in particular, the interrelationship with the Birdwood Avenue traffic signals evolve under the new arrangements.”

River Road West Near The Diddy – Gridlock on Monday, October 25 2021

With the extra traffic on Monday, River Road was a mess.  Due to roadworks, there was only one lane near the Diddy, which saw traffic back up to Tambourine Bay Road.
On Monday night, roadworks were undertaken, and the road was back to two lanes – what a difference in traffic flow on Tuesday (see picture below).

Services Now Open

The Lane Cove Council Chambers has now reopened.
Customers are requested to enter via the Little Street entrance to assist with a COVID-safe check-in process – a reminder that wearing a mask and showing proof of double-dose vaccination is required as a condition of entry under the current NSW Health guidelines.
Lane Cove Council’s Justice of the Peace services remain unavailable at this time.
Lane Cove Youth Centre will reopen from Thursday, October 28 and will resume regular operating hours from Tuesday, November 2. Capacity limits apply, and therefore parents are requested to check that the drop-in service isn’t full before young people attend.

Lane Cove still has Active COVID19 Cases

This week the Lane Cove Council Local Government Area recorded three cases.  Nine out of the last 10 cases have been in Greenwich.



COVID-19 cases and tests by local government area as at 8 pm 27/10/2021 Last 4 Weeks Data

Set out below are details of the COVID19 cases recorded in our LGA, which includes all suburbs with a 2066 postcode and Greenwich. These stats do not include that part of Lane Cove North located in Willoughby City Council (for those who live on the Mowbray school side of Mowbray Road). This data is all COVID19 cases recorded for people living in the Lane Cove LGA of locally acquired cases in the last four weeks.  We have also included the nearby Local Government Areas stats.
  Cases* Cases with unknown source Total tests Test rate (per 1000)
Hornsby 22 7 24,151 159
Hunters Hill 14 3 5,695 380
Lane Cove 19 1 12,638 315
Mosman 5 1 5,291 171
North Sydney 10 5 9,838 131
Ryde 51 13 29,177 222
Willoughby 6 1 10,161 125


The tables show the location of residence by Local Government Area (LGA) or local health district (LHD) of locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the last four weeks. It is based on the date the person first developed symptoms. When no date of symptom onset is available (it is either under investigation by public health staff or the person tested positive without showing symptoms), the date of the positive test is used. Infections are not always acquired in the place of residence as people often travel outside their area for many reasons (e.g. work, school and shopping). Cases without an NSW residential address and people who were exposed interstate or overseas are not shown. Case counts may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case reviews.*Includes all locally acquired cases (known and unknown source)


Active Cases

The data below the number of active cases  (active cases are cases where a person is in isolation and is being managed by NSW Health)


Vaccination Stats

Lane Cove has 88.5% of its eligible vaccination double jabbed – let’s go for 90%.

For everyone in NSW 12 years and older, these vaccines are now available:
  • Moderna (Spikevax) – for 12 years+ from pharmacies
  • Pfizer (Comirnaty) – for 12 years+ from pharmacies, GPs, and NSW Health vaccination clinics
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) – for 18 years+ from pharmacies, GPs, and NSW Health vaccination clinics.
If you have any questions about which vaccine you should receive, speak to your GP.
There are appointments available this week in Lane Cove for AZ, Pfizer and Moderna.

NSW Health has now published Vaccination rates by LGA.  Link to stats here.


The official vaccine booking link is here.

There are also various other tools available such as Covid Queue and Covid-19 Near me – which show you vaccinations and testing locations and availability.

Local vaccination info here:

Local Testing info here:

How to Wear a Mask Properly here:

Business Alert

Lamin8 Patisserie

Lamin8 Patisserie reopened on Tuesday, October 26 2021.

North Shore Excercise to You

North Shore Exercise To You is a mobile fitness business specialising in SWIMMING LESSONS in your own pool!

Missed swimming lessons in lockdown, gained a few extra covid kilos, lost fitness, missed playing sport??

Skye can help your child to learn to swim & improve Stroke Correction in the comfort of your backyard pool.

And for fitness training, Skye can help you to get fit, develop/redevelop hand/eye coordination and confidence to get back to a summer sport.

Also can teach hockey or improve kids’ hockey skills.

All in a fun & COVID safe plan environment. 0412110766

Swimming Lessons – Government funding

Good news for parents who are looking to teach their children to swim.

The NSW Government’s new learn to swim voucher program will be expanded from preschool-aged children to include kindergarten kids who missed out on lessons due to COVID restrictions.

Under the ‘First Lap’ program, eligible children can access a $100 voucher for swimming lessons with an approved provider, with businesses able to register for it from next month.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the program, which starts on December 1, would be extended to cover children in kindergarten this year or who are starting kindergarten in 2022.

“Because of COVID restrictions, our kindy kids have missed a crucial window of being able to develop the skills they need to stay safe in the water,” Mr Perrottet said.…/first-lap-swim-program…

HSC Support

Do you know a student studying for the HSC?

Library staff are opening the Library on Wednesday, October 27, and Wednesday, November 3, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for HSC students to enjoy some quiet study time and exclusive use of the Library. Numbers are limited, and bookings are essential. To book, please visit:

Blue Plaque

Only a few days left to nominate a person or place for a Blue Plaque in Lane Cove. Who or Where should be nominated in Lane Cove?  Read more here.

Lane Cove Art Society

The Lane Cove Art Society has a charity auction coming up, which will be raising funds for Delvena Women’s Refuge. Your chance to buy local art!!

Lane Cove Council Election Survey – Closing Soon

The Lane Cove Council elections will be held this year. We would like your feedback on what issues candidates should be talking about and also if you want us to hold a zoom candidates meeting. We held a forum last time, and it was packed, and residents got to ask some excellent questions.
Help us by filling out this survey, and you could go into the draw to win a $50 Lane Cove Gift Card.

Incidents and Accidents

Another accident at Barwon Road/Figtree/Centennial Avenue on Wednesday, October 27 2021.


To add to the traffic congestion this week, a truck got stuck in Sera Street.

On the weekend, a boat came off its trailer and landed on the other side of River Road.

Rebecca Mitchell – Raine & Horne

Thank you to Rebecca Mitchell from Raine & Horne, who has sponsored In The Cove for nine years.  We could not continue without the support of our long time sponsors like Rebecca Mitchell.

Support Local News

Many of you have asked how you can support In the Cove.

In The Cove is all about Lane Cove. We take great pride in delivering you Lane Cove local news, events, and business updates. We also take great pride in our community advocacy. In the Cove is funded by our fabulous local businesses. However, we made the decision to keep advertising affordable for our local businesses. For us to grow and take on more staff and provide you with more, we need more revenue, and that is where you can help. We now have a mechanism for you to support us with a monthly payment or an off one payment. It is up to you. If you have ever been helped by In the Cove or found out some information that has made your life easier, then we would love your support.  Support Us Here.

Get Your Local News on Different Platforms

Are you an ITC SUPERFAN? We know many of you are! For those who are not, we have so many platforms to follow. Don’t miss out!

Instagram –

Newsletter –

Lane Cove Chat by ITC–

Kids in the Cove –

In the Cove Podcast –

Weekly Lane Cove Property Update –

As always, thanks to everyone for the support!!!!

Check out our Instagram Site click on the picture below.