Lane Cove News Week in Review 6th April to 13th April 2022

    Welcome to our week in review.  School holiday time and parking is a breeze in Lane Cove (but it will still be hectic on Easter Saturday as people rush in to buy supplies for Easter Sunday).

    On Monday 11th, April 2022, the bus strike did not impact Lane Cove buses. Lane Cove buses are part of Region 7 and are operated by Busways, and they were not part of the strike action.  Read more about Busways here.

    Heavy Rain – Flash Flooding in Lane Cove Council Area

    On 6th April 2022, Lane Cove (and the whole of NSW) experienced heavy rain, which led to some flash flooding around the local government area.   A roving reporter sent us photos of the flooding on Epping Road near Centennial Avenue and told us this happens quite regularly.  The drains near the bike path are not regularly cleaned.

    A roving reporter was cycling along the bike track, which runs along near the M2 (just after Lane Cove), and it is waterlogged. The roving reporter raised the issue of cleaning and maintaining bike paths and was told it is the local council’s responsibility.

    Parts of Lane Cove were hit with a power outage on April 7th 2022; this resulted in traffic delays as the lights were out at Centennial Avenue and Epping Road.

    New Library in Lane Cove Council Area

    Lane Cove Council has successfully applied for a grant to be used for a new library in St Leonards.

    The Library is being called – a library for urban renewal.

    For those who don’t know, part of St Leonards falls within the Lane Cove Council area, including the controversial St Leonards South (aka East Greenwich) developments.

    Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said 26 local councils, including several in Sydney, will receive grants for projects this year to extend and improve public library buildings, spaces and information technology for local communities.

    The State Library of NSW administers the Public Library Infrastructure Grants program on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.

    All NSW councils were invited to apply for grants in August 2021. $24 million will be allocated under the program over four years.

    Drive Safely This Easter

    Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking will be the focus of this weekend’s Easter road safety operation as police across the state prepare for the long weekend.

    Seven people lost their lives during the Easter long weekend in 2021, and more than 300 people were caught under the influence of alcohol.

    NSW Police will today launch Easter Operation 2022 – a highly visible police traffic operation with a focus on reducing road fatalities and road trauma this holiday weekend.

    Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn said a significant number of police resources would have a dedicated focus on road safety throughout the five-day operation.

    “The number of people who blatantly disregarded the road rules last year and put the broader community at risk was unacceptable,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn said.

    “Make no mistake that our police will be out and about this weekend – including on major road networks and on local streets – to catch those doing the wrong thing.”

    In addition to targeting drink driving, Police will also have a focus on targeting drivers that are speeding, drug driving, not wearing seatbelts and distracted by mobile phones.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said everyone had a role to play to help keep the roads safe this Easter long weekend.

    “We need to remember we’ve had extremely wet weather over recent weeks, and as the large-scale recovery operation to repair flood-damaged roads is underway, it’s crucial that drivers plan ahead for potential road closures and how that may impact on journey times,” Mr Toole said.

    “It is more important than ever to pay attention, drive to the conditions and be aware of speed limits because we don’t want to see families torn apart by the impacts of road accidents.

    “Remember, every police car has the ability to conduct random breath tests, so don’t risk drinking and driving.”

    Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary of Safety Environment & Regulation, Tara McCarthy said speeding, fatigue and drink driving remain the biggest killers on NSW roads.

    “Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to travel, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions, make sure you’re well rested and never drink or drug drive,” Ms McCarthy said

    “It’s also a good idea to visit to plan your journey beforehand.”

    Easter Operation 2022 and double demerit points will begin at 12.01 am tomorrow (Thursday 14 April 2022) and run until 11:59 pm on Monday 18 April 2022.

    Lane Cove Events

    You’re invited to join the Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch and the Lane Cove Council for an ANZAC Day ceremony on Monday, 25 April 2022, at The Canopy.

    Please arrive at 7:15 am for a 7:25 am start.

    The Lane Cove RSL Sub-Branch and the Lane Cove Council put great effort into the ceremony, so please come along and remember Lane Cove locals who have served or are serving in the defence forces.

    The Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch asks that anyone who intends on marching at the Ceremony please form up on the South Side of the amenities block, ready to step off at 7:25 am (Sunset Diner end)

    If there are any current or ex-serving military personnel in the Lane Cove Council area – the Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch would like to invite you to join their sub-branch.

    Local members of the sub-branch say the benefits of joining RSL NSW. In particular, your local Sub-Branch is for comradeship, a sense of belonging and local military history presentations. You can also be involved in fundraising and supporting local commemorative events.

    If anyone is interested in joining the Lane Cove RSL Sub-Branch, click – or contact Danielle Brown, Assistant Secretary – [email protected], to find out more details.

    Lane Cove Community News

    Sydney Community Services

    Gardening volunteers are wanted to assist in the local community, through Sydney Community Services.

    For more information please contact SCS – email: [email protected] or phone: 9427 6425.

    Australian Red Cross Lifeblood


    Red Cross needs blood – they have put out the following request:

    “Our reserves of the emergency blood type – needed by accident and trauma patients – have dropped to their lowest point in 12 months, as consecutive long weekends threaten supplies. Nearly 40 donor centres will open across Australia on Good Friday to give all blood types a much-needed boost.
    We urgently need 4,500 people to book a donation before Easter Monday, and a further 7,500 through to ANZAC Day:
    Work for the AEC

    The Federal Election will be held on 21 May 2022.

    The Australian Electoral Commission needs 100 000 people nationwide to work on election day, and if you’re keen, it’s time to register now.

    There are hundreds of vacancies at polling places across the lower north shore.

    Some roles are available before election day, such as working in pre-polling voting centres, etc.

    “People are also needed after election day to help count votes, manage election materials, and complete administration tasks,” The AEC says.

    Pay ranges from $25.54 to $48.29 per hour.

    Register your interest here

    Crime and Incident Report

    Drink Driver Damages 5 Cars Parked in Landers Road

    Read our article here about a driver who allegedly had a blood alcohol reading of .125 who caused significant damage to cars parked on Landers Road Lane Cove North.

    Two charged following an unauthorised protest at Lane Cove North

    Two people have been charged following an unauthorised protest at Lane Cove North.

    Police attended Longueville Road, Lane Cove North, about 4.25pm Saturday 9 April 2022 after two women sat on the roadway, stopping traffic.

    Officers from North Shore Police Area Command removed and arrested the women a short time later.

    The women – aged 67 and 48 – were taken to Chatswood Police Station. They were charged with entering etc. Sydney Harbour Bridge, etc. disrupt, vehicles, etc, do not obey the direction of police/authorised person and pedestrian obstruct driver’s/other pedestrian’s path.

    On Saturday, 9 April 2022, at Parramatta Local Court, both women had bail refused at Parramatta Local Court but were released later on that day.

    Further background on the protesters can be found in Manly Observer’s article here.

    Accident on Mowbray Road

    Please slow down and drive carefully in the wet—another accident on the notorious Mowbray Road Bend. Modifications were discussed at the last Lane Cove Council Traffic Committee (link here).

    Thank you to one of our excellent Roving Reporters for the dashcam vision (ps ignore the time stamp. It is still on DST).

    Greenwich Break-In

    A Roving Reporter told us about the following incident that happened last week:

    “At around 2 am, a house in Albert Street Greenwich was broken into whilst the residents were asleep.

    Chatswood police visited us and other residents to tell us they suspect it is an organised group operating on the lower north shore. The group works with two reportedly new inconspicuous white sedans.

    They told us that a wallet and credit cards and door and car keys were stolen and some small devices were. The car keys were for a very new car. The police indicated that the pattern is for this gang to return in a couple of days and steal the vehicle to sell it.

    So you need to secure your wallets and keys. Plus, keep an eye out and call Chatswood police if you see anything suspicious.”

    Our week in review sponsor – Masala Kitchen

    Easter is a great time of the year to catch up with loved ones; Masala Kitchen’s spacious and beautifully decorated restaurants are ideal for the occasion.

    Whether it is a leisurely meal, high tea or just a drink or two, visit one of their branches to make the most of this Easter holiday.

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    Other local Easter Trading Information is here.


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