Lane Cove News Week in Review 8th to 15th December 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 we are backing talking about COVID19 again.

COVID19 Rule Changes


Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where you cannot socially distance.

If you are over the age of 12, you must still wear a face mask:

  • at a public transport waiting area
  • while on public transport
  • at airports and on aircraft when the aircraft is flying above NSW
  • for indoors front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated.

Masks are no longer required in outdoor settings.\

COVID-19 Safe Check-in

COVID-19 Safe QR check-ins are only required at

  • pubs, small bars and registered clubs
  • hairdressers, spas, nail, beauty, waxing, and tanning salons, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
  • gyms (except dance, yoga, pilates, gymnastics, and martial arts studios)
  • hospitals (except patients of hospitals or hospitals with an electronic entry recording system that records sufficient information that can be used for contact tracing)
  • residential care facilities or hostels (except in relation to the residents)
  • places of public worship
  • funeral, memorials and gatherings afterwards
  • nightclubs
  • strip clubs, sex on premises venues, sex services premises
  • indoor music festivals with more than 1000 people.

If you are entering a premises where check-in is required, you must

  • check in with the Service.NSW app
  • provide your details to the occupier of the premises.

Learn more about mandatory electronic check-in.

Booster Shots

You can now have your Booster Shot five months after your second jab – details on where to get your Booster shot in Lane Cove here.

COVID19 Testing Turnaround

We asked our readers to give us up to date information on the fastest turnaround COVID19 testing clinics closest to Lane Cove.

The testing turnaround times for most clinics is still around the 10 to 12-hour mark (but each day, as we edge towards Christmas, the turnaround time is getting longer).

However, the issue is that due to the number of people who need to be tested to travel interstate (except Victoria) or OS, the queuing time (particularly in the mornings) is averaging about 2 hours at some testing sites. Willoughby Testing Centre has been averaging a 2-hour wait in the last two days.

Details on what we have found out in our article are here.

Lane Cove Council Elections

The Lane Cove Council election results are not yet finalsied as voters have until Friday 17th December to lodge their postal votes.

The results as it stands so far are:

 Independent 2Liberal 3Labor 2 Undecided 2

Further info here.

Emergency at The Diddy

This week there was a medical emergency at The Diddy.

A patron who was there at the time told us the following:

“Hi, we were at the Diddy tonight when a man had a heart attack. The staff and members were brilliant in many, many respects. There were many heroes, including a young male duty manager, young female bar staff, the manager of Lusso, Malek, the chef at Lusso and some patrons. As well the two young children of the man were beautifully cared for by Lusso staff and then nurses Caroline and Sally. I’m an ex-social worker/ child protection worker, and I was so impressed by all that I saw. I hope the man recovers; he is certainly in my thoughts.”

We are pleased to say that the patron is in the hospital recovering due to the Diddy staff using a defibrillator.

COVID-19 cases and tests by local government area as at 8 pm 14/12/2021 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). 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.

Last 4 Weeks Data

  Cases* Total tests Test rate (per 1000)
Hornsby 36 27,570 181
Hunters Hill 32 7,047 470
Inner West 234 58,523 291
Ku-ring-gai 85 35,017 275
Lane Cove 50 17,573 438
Mosman 29 6,944 224
North Sydney 48 13,799 184
Ryde 69 31,974 244
Willoughby 40 14,884 183


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 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).   Note NSW has changed the way it is reporting cases – see notes below.  Note the stats are as 13 December 2021 (NSW Health has not updated the map).


Vaccination Stats

Lane Cove has 92.6% of its eligible vaccination double jabbed.  It looks like we will not make the 95% as vaccination rates have slowed significantly.

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.
This week, there are appointments available 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:

Booster Shots

It’s now more than ever important to get your booster jab. If you had your 2nd jab over FIVE months ago (different rules apply to the immunised compromised), you are now eligible for your Booster shot – so please make a booking.  Details here.

Lane Cove Public School OOSH

Lane Cove OOSH asked ITC to publish the following:

“The government announced that parent managed and other not for profit Out of School Hours Care services on public schools will be put out to competitive tender once their licence agreement ends. LCOOS is a parent management run service at LCPS.

By putting parent-managed and other NFP OOSHs to tender, the Department of Education is opening the door and rolling out the red carpet for a small group of large corporate providers that can afford to win tenders. This is not about not-for-profit versus private providers – this is a fight for quality and organisations that care about children.

We need every person in NSW who is passionate about quality care and education for primary-school-age children to sign this petition: it is the only way we will be successful in reversing this policy change.

HOW YOU CAN HELP? Please Sign this petition below:…/save-parent-managed-out-of…


Yes, please copy this letter and forward to:


[email protected]

Dear The Hon. Sarah Mitchell,

I note the communication from Claire Beattie, Executive Director, Asset Activations, dated 13 December 2021, regarding the change of OOSH tendering policy. I strongly oppose the change of policy, that you have approved, that will result in parent-managed and other Not-For-Profit OOSH Services on public schools being put to tender.

This will lead to:

  • Reduced quality outcomes for children
  • Loss of diversity in management structures
  • Less parent participation in OOSH

Stripping the protection from tender is not just a matter of levelling the playing field. The impacted Services do not have the deep pockets to pay for professional tender writers that the large corporate providers do – they invest every dollar from fees back into quality care for children.

I implore you to reverse this policy change in the interests of children and families in NSW.


We thank you for your support, this is not the best news announced by the government, especially at this time of the year.

We hope you can spare a couple of minutes to email and sign the petition.

Many thanks

Yvette and LCOOS Team”

Christmas Post

Australia Post has advised the cut off date for pre-Christmas delivery for standard post has passed.

If you would like to send your article by Express Post service you must post no later than Monday 20 December. The deadline for WA and the NT has passed.

Australia Post Executive General Manager Deliveries Rod Barnes said he expected to exceed last December’s delivery record of more than 52 million parcels, with more than 3 million a day to reach customers on the busiest days.

Summer School Holiday Activities

School holidays are fast approaching. As you know, activities book up VERY fast! We have a list of local activities to make your kids break fun and exciting!  Find out more here.
Did you know you can use The Active & Creative Kids vouchers to pay for so many of the below activities? The Active program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year.
The Creative kids voucher can give one $100 voucher per year to put towards the cost of lessons and fees with registered providers.
Vouchers are valid from January to December, and Voucher 2 is valid from July to December.

Support Local

ITC has launched our Christmas Gift Guides.  This year, we ask you to pledge to shop local and help support our businesses that did it tough during the lockdown.


Police Report

Chatswood Police have stepped up their random drink and drug testing.

North Shore Police were out in force last week conducting random drug and alcohol testing on drivers over the weekend.  Despite most drivers abiding by the law there were still a few drivers who did not.  A 34-year-old Greenwich man tested positive to amphetamines in Crows Nest and may face charges depending on further lab results.  A 24 year old Woolarah man was arrested in Artarmon at 2am on Saturday and will face court charged with Mid range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA).   A 27 year old Burwood woman was arrested in Chatswood at 3 am on Sunday morning, and a 48-year-old Wahroonga woman was arrested at Linley Point at 10 am on Sunday.   Both were charged with mid-range PCA and will face Hornsby Court on 20 January and 13 January respectively.

North Shore Police would like some information about the person below.


Charges laid after an investigation into stabbing – Willoughby

A man has been charged following an investigation into a stabbing at Willoughby earlier this week.

About 1.20 am on Wednesday 8 December 2021, emergency services were called to Willoughby Road, Willoughby, and found a 27-year-old man with stab wounds to his chest and shoulder.

He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from North Shore Police Area Command established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following inquiries, detectives attached to North Shore Police Area Command attended a home on Camera Street, Manly, about 10 am today (Thursday 9 December 2021), where they arrested a 20-year-old man.

He was taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The man appeared at Manly Local Court today where he was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court on Thursday, 3 February 2022.

Inquiries are continuing.


Police were patrolling on Badham Avenue on 13 December when they observed a vehicle travelling south.  Checks on the vehicle’s registration indicated that the vehicle was owned by a suspended driver so Police activated their warning lights to stop the vehicle and speak with the driver.  The driver, an 18 year old Mosman woman, was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for Drive while Suspended and is due to attend Manly Court on 20 January.


Police were called to the intersection of Warwick Street and Avon Street on Sunday regarding a car colliding with a pedestrian.     When Police arrived at the scene the pedestrian, a 7 year old child, had already been taken to hospital with lacerations and grazes.  The child was later transferred to Sydney Children’s Hospital for surgery but is expected to recover.  The driver stopped at the scene and supplied a negative breath test to Police.  The driver is not believed to be at fault.

North Sydney

A 37 year old woman was arrested for shoplifting and stealing from cars on Sunday.

Police allege that the woman was observed by an off duty Police Officer trying to open car doors as she walked along Miller Street.  The woman then allegedly stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle and walked to a nearby grocery store where she was apprehended by Police.  The woman allegedly then resisted arrest and attempted to run from Police before being detained and searched.  A number of grocery items suspected of being stolen were located in the woman’s bag.  The woman is due to appear at Manly Court on 20/1/22.


A construction site was broken into Bayswater Road overnight on 08 December.  Thieves forced open a lock and stolen over $3000 worth of tools. Police urge tradies to secure or remove tools from unattended construction sites especially over the Christmas break.

Crows Nest

Police were called to a car park in Alexander Street on 8 December regarding an intoxicated male behaving erratically.  Police approached the male and gave him a move on direction after which he began to behave aggressively and argumentatively towards Police.  Police arrested and handcuffed the 51 year old man, and he was taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged with Assault Officer, Intimidate Police Officer and Continue Intoxicated etc behaviour after move on. He was convicted at Manly Court on 9 December and given a 12 month Community Correction Order.

Gelato Time

Our week in review is sponsored by Gelato Time. Make your own Gelato and Sorbet at home.  A Lane Cove company now sells Gelato and Sorbet Kits which the kids will love.

Considered Italy’s all-time favourite frozen dessert, gelato has been winning over the hearts and taste buds of Aussies for over 50 years.

Now thanks to one innovative Lane Cove based company, Gelato Time, you can make 100% fresh Italian gelato in the comfort of your own home in under 30 minutes!

With a variety of packages available, including equipment, gelato mix, toppings and everything you need to make delicious, affordable gelato at home, Gelato Time offers the ultimate Christmas gift and the perfect activity.

For everyone to enjoy these school holidays.

Contact Details:

Address: Lane Cove West Business Park
Facebook: @gelatotimeAU
Instagram: @gelatotimeAU

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