Lane Cove News Week in Review 10th November to 17th November 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.

The big news this week is that Kate Ceberano will be performing at The Canopy.  The bad news is that the event sold out within an hour.

Lane Cove Election – 4th December 2021 – Meet the Candidates Forum

In the Cove will be holding a candidate forum via Zoom for Central Ward and West Ward.  The Number one candidate for each group will be invited to speak for 5 minutes and then there will be a Q and A session moderated by Jacky Barker from In the Cove.

Central Ward Zoom Night – 23 November at 7.00 pm  – get tickets here.

West Ward Zoom Night – 24  November at 7.00 pm  – get tickets here.

The GCA, in conjunction with the Osborne Park Progress Association and the Northwood Action Group, is holding a “meet the candidates” forum:

Date:                      Wednesday 24th November
Location:                Greenwich Sailing Club, off O’Connell St, Greenwich
Time:                     Registration from 6.15 pm for a 7.00 pm start

If you would like to attend please email Candy Anstee on:[email protected]

Registration via the above email is critical, as unless you are registered to attend you may not be admitted because numbers are limited at the sailing club.

Police Appealing for Assistance

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from Sydney’s north.

On Thursday afternoon (28 October 2021), the belongings of Kathleen Riethmuller, aged 28, were located inside a backpack by a member of the public on Centennial Avenue, Lane Cove.

The backpack contained various items including Kathleen’s identification documents, bank cards, money and other personal effects.

Officers from North Shore Police Area Command were notified and commenced an investigation into her whereabouts.

Police and family hold serious concerns for her welfare as she is not able to be contacted and has not been seen since.

Kathleen is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 165cm – 175cm tall, of thin build, with long dark hair.

Inquiries have revealed Kathleen attended a retail store on Reserve Road, Artarmon, about 11.40 am on Thursday 28 October 2021.

In a CCTV image taken from the store, she is seen wearing a long-sleeve denim dress and black flat shoes.

Kathleen is known to have frequented a unit on King Street in Sydney and backpacker’s accommodation on Sir John Young Crescent, Woolloomooloo.

Anyone who may have information about her whereabouts or has seen Kathleen are urged to contact Chatswood Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Sydney Trains Fined for Excessive Noise

Some of our readers live in the Wollstonecraft/Greenwich area near the train station.

Sydney Trains has been fined by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) after alleged poor track maintenance between Waverton and Wollstonecraft railway stations caused excessive noise for nearby residents.

EPA Director Regulatory Operations David Gathercole said rail noise had been a prolonged issue affecting residents in the Waverton-Wollstonecraft area.

“The ineffective maintenance of this part of the rail line has been a constant failing that has led to excessive noise for this community,” Mr Gathercole said.

“Lack of maintenance has resulted in rail corrugations and roughness, which are the primary cause of the noise.”

Mr Gathercole said Sydney Trains had undertaken numerous studies and trials to try to address this noise issue, however, no clear resolution had emerged.

“The EPA has now received a plan from Sydney Trains to perform further maintenance and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that the issue is resolved as quickly as possible.”

The EPA issued Sydney Trains with a $15,000 Penalty Notice for not managing the noise issues, as required by its Environment Protection Licence under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

The fine amount is the largest that the EPA can issue under its legislation.

People can report concerns regarding noise pollution to the EPA on 131 555. All complaints made to the Environment Line are being directed to the EPA officers in the field so they can target those areas of most concern to the community.

For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy at

Recent Positive Cases in Lane Cove Council Area

There have been 8 positive COVID19 cases since 1 November 2021.  Six of the Eight cases have been in the Greenwich area.



COVID-19 cases and tests by local government area as at 8 pm 16/11/2021 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 2065 postcode (which includes Greenwich and other suburbs not in the LGA). 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).


  Cases* Total tests Test rate (per 1000)
Hornsby 13 23,789 156
Hunters Hill 6 5,760 385
Inner West 86 48,549 242
Ku-ring-gai 16 25,158 198
Lane Cove 12 11,904 296
Mosman 11 4,674 151
North Sydney 19 9,795 131
Ryde 26 26,869 205
Willoughby 6 10,147 125


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)


4 Active Cases in Lane Cove Council Area

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 91.6% of its eligible vaccination double jabbed – let’s go for 95%.

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.
Now is the time to look into getting your booster shot – details here.

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

Dan Murphys are going ahead with its plan to rename and refurbish Figtree Cellars on Burns Bay Road. It will be different to the normal Dan Murphys and will have the fancy name The Dan Murphys Cellar.

Come and Try Swimming with the Lane Cove Swim Club

Swimming is an essential life skill and a sport for life. If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your child to swimming and racing, look no further than Take Your Marks. Ideal for 5-12 years, these fun games-based activities will help get your child ready for swimming carnival season!

Where: Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, outdoor 50m pool

When: Saturday, 20th November 2021, 8:15 – 9:00am

What to bring: Swimmers, googles and towel

Cost: Free


To register your child, please contact [email protected]

Please note: This is not a swimming lesson. It is expected that children are able to swim unassisted. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask

Media Ownership Forum

North Sydney Conversations is holding a forum on Media Ownership. The MC is Lane Cove’s very own Alan Sunderland.  Details here.

The Fancy Flea Market is Back

The Fancy Flea Market is back. An excellent chance to give your quality unwanted goods a second chance. All proceeds from the Fancy Flea Market go to Sydney Community Services.

Details on how to be a stallholder here.



There are plenty of jobs in hospitality at the moment.  The Longueville Hotel is looking for bar staff.

Police Report

Lane Cove

A vigilant vet has helped solved the mystery of a North Shore cat that went missing from its home 6 years ago. While the cat was being treated at the Lane Cove surgery, staff noticed a discrepancy with the owner details recorded on the micro chip.  Police were asked to intervene when neither the registered owner or current owner would relinquish ownership of the cat.   Police spoke with both parties and eventually the registered owner agreed for the cat to remain with its current owner to avoid any possible anguish to the cat.


Police have received reports of offenders attempting to gain entry into two Mosman homes over the weekend.  The occupant of one home in Calypso Avenue has reported finding two glass panels removed from a ground floor window.  Another resident in Burrawong Avenue noticed a packet of cigarettes missing from the back patio.  A review of their CCTV showed 6 males trespassing around their home just after midnight while they slept.


A man has been scammed out of $1490 on 12 November after advertising something for sale on Gumtree.  The offender posed as a buyer and stated he would send an Australia Post courier to collect the item.  The victim then received a Whats App message from the buyer with a link which appeared to be from Australia Post.  He was asked to open the link and add his debit card details which has enabled offenders to withdraw money from his account.

Crows Nest

A 31 year old man from Burwood was arrested and charged on Friday for alleged traffic offences.  The man was first stopped by Police while driving a vehicle on Shirley Road around 4pm and issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for Drive while licence application refused 2nd offence.    Around 1 hour later the man was allegedly observed by Police to conduct an illegal U turn on River Road Northwood to avoid driving through an RBT site. The man was followed by Police  and stopped nearby where he was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station.  He was charged with Drive while licence application refused 2nd offence and Drive across dividing lines to do U-turn and is due to appear at Manly Court on 23 December.


A house in Burra Road was broken into on Thursday afternoon or evening.  Several items were stolen including a handbag, wallet and credit cards.  Entry was gained through a rear door.   Police have viewed CCTV footage of a person using the stolen credit card in Cammeray and they are described as Caucasian, 40-50 years of age, Blue over-shirt no identifiable logo, grey under-shirt no logo, blonde-white hair with short back and sides and long on top.


Police were called to a location in Victoria Avenue around 5pm on Thursday regarding reports that two males were armed with a hammer and threatening another male.  Police arrived on the scene and confronted a man armed with a hammer and knife inside the property before arresting him. Another man was arrested outside the property.   A 36 year old Campsie man has been charged with Enter inclosed land not prescribed premises without a lawful excuse, Armed with intent to commit indictable offence, Assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Destroy or Damage property and a 56 year old Lidcombe man was charged with Armed with intent to commit indictable offence and Common Assault. Both are due to face Hornsby Court on 8 December.   The altercation is alleged to have started over a dispute over renovations being done at the property.


Residents are urged to be vigilant following reports of a group of people behaving suspiciously in Aminya Place and Sofala Avenue. At least seven people were observed on CCTV trying car doors and trespassing on private property around 11.00pm on Thursday night.  The group, all wearing gloves, hoodies and caps, are suspected to have been driving a stolen Range Rover that has since been recovered.   Police will review video footage and conduct a forensic examination of the stolen vehicle to attempt to identify suspects. Residents are urged to report any suspicious behaviour to Police immediately.

Crows Nest

A 25 year old Crows Nest man has been charged with Attempt stalk/intimidate intend fear of harm, for allegedly threatening his neighbour.   The man is alleged to have yelled at a tradesperson who starting drilling inside his neighbours apartment into a common shared wall,  before later threatening to “chop” his neighbour.  The man, who is well known to Police, was refused bail and is due to face Manly Court on 23 November.


Police were patrolling on 10 November and stopped a Toyota Hilux on the Pacific Highway around 9.25pm.   Checks on the driver revealed he held a Learner Licence and had no one in the car instructing him.  The driver, a 31 year old Longueville man, was arrested when he failed a road side breath test and a breath analysis at Chatswood Police Station produced a result of 0.018.  The man was charged with Learner Not accompanied, Novice Driver with Novice Range prescribed concentration of alcohol 2nd Offence and Learner not display L plates.  He is due to appear at Hornsby Court on 9 December.

Cover Photo

It is Jacaranda season and one of our readers took this beautiful photo of Jacarandas in Lane Cove on Instagram.  Photo Source: veraveki_1


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