Lane Cove News Week in Review 11th to 18th May 2022

Welcome to our Lane Cove News week in review. Only a few days to go, and then you will no longer be bombarded with phone polls, corflutes and messages from former Prime Ministers.

Federal Election – North Sydney Electorate

The North Sydney Electorate is all over the mainstream media. This week’s Australian Story featured three of the candidates (Trent Zimmerman, Kylea Tink and Catherine Renshaw). You can watch the show here.

Where to Vote Before Saturday

Please note that the Lane Cove Civic Centre is NOT a pre-polling booth if you want to vote before Saturday. The closest booths are listed in our article here. We have heard that the Willoughby Uniting Church polling booth is quiet after lunchtime.

Where to Get A Democracy Snag

Not every polling booth will have a democracy Snag. Read our article here listing the polling booths and the venues where you can grab a snag or cupcake.

Campaigners Approaching Children

An ITC reader told us the following:

“My daughter, who is 11 years old was approached by a campaigner and asked “who do your parents vote for”. She replied, “I don’t know”.
She was then told “tell your parents to vote for xxx”

This is highly inappropriate on a number of grounds. I mentioned this to a friend and she said the same thing happened to her son.

I’d like these campaigners to stop approaching underage children about their political ideas.

It’s inappropriate, and she was actually feeling quite shaken by being told, “tell your parents…”.

I realise that this is a contentious election, but there are boundaries that should not be crossed, and this is one of them.”

Meet The Candidates

In the Cove held an online North Sydney Candidate Information Night on Monday, 9 May 2022. All candidates were invited. The following attended the forum.

Trent Zimmerman (Liberal)

Heather Armstrong (Greens)

Kylea Tink (Independent)

Catherine Renshaw (ALP)

Victor Kline (TNL)

Lesley Kinney (Informed Medical Options Party)

Each candidate gave a four-minute presentation on why you should vote for them, and the rest of the forum was a Q and A session. You can watch the forum on our youtube channel.

Where Do I Find Out More About the Candidates?

You can read more about the candidates here


You may have noticed extensive work on Central Avenue Lane Cove. Lane Cove Council is installing concrete road barriers to stop the number of illegal U-Turns and has also done some slight “tweaking” to the road to make cars slow down for the pedestrian crossing.


Speaking of illegal turns, have you noticed the number of people turning right out of Rosenthal Lane into Rosenthal Avenue since the traffic lights were installed at Burns Bay Road and Tambourine Bay Road?

As part of the works involving the traffic lights at Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road/Sutherland St, Lane Cove Council has now started work to close access to the eastern end of Sutherland Street as part of the finalisation of the intersection upgrade.

Pathways Site Continues to Incur Fines

Pathways Property Group (“Pathways”) is building a residential aged care facility at 274 and 274a Longueville Road and 4-18 Northwood Road, Lane Cove

The proposed development will include:

  • 130-bed residential aged care facility
  • Allied Health and community well-being services and neighbourhood shops
  • A Senior Day Care Centre for Local Residents.

You can learn more about the development on the Pathways Longueville website.

Before demolition, there were six buildings (including the Metro Service Station, aka Speedway Petrol Station and the Riverview Vet) located on the site. The site is located at the notorious Longueville Road/Kenneth Street and River Road West intersection.

Read more about the development here.

Demolition started on the site in November 2022. Since then, ITC has been copied in on complaints to Lane Cove Council from neighbours and residents about the site. Complaints have ranged from no traffic control, trucks doing illegal U-turns, trucks parking on River Road waiting to access the site, weak hoardings, gates left wide open, trucks leaving dirt and sediment on the road, and fuel odours and noise complaints.

The Lane Cove Council Monthly Snapshot shows the fines that have been issued.

Illegal E-Cigarettes or E- Liquids

Lane Cove has a cigarette store that sells e-cigarettes and e-liquids. Parents should be aware that some vapes sold as not containing nicotine may contain nicotine (there is no evidence that the Lane Cove store is one of those retailers).

NSW Health has seized more than $1 million worth of illegal e-cigarettes and liquids containing nicotine since January 2022.

The seizures so far this year bring the total amount of illegal product seized since 1 July 2020 to more than $3 million.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said retailers were being put on notice, if they are acting illegally, they will face the consequences.

“We are cracking down on the illegal sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and liquids and taking a zero-tolerance approach to those who sell them,” Dr Chant said.

“NSW Health regularly conducts raids on retailers across the state to protect young people from these harmful devices. You will be caught, illegal items will be seized, and you could face prosecution, resulting in being fined or even jailed.”

“The harmful impacts of vaping on young people cannot be underestimated. People think they are simply flavoured water, but in reality, in many cases, they are ingesting poisonous chemicals that can cause life threatening injuries.”

Since 1 October 2021, products containing nicotine are only available for people over the age of 18 when prescribed by a medical practitioner for smoking cessation purposes. These products are only available from an Australian pharmacy or via importation into Australia with a valid prescription.

For all other retailers in NSW, the sale of e-cigarettes or e-liquids containing nicotine is illegal. This also includes online sales. The maximum penalty for illegally selling them is $1,650 per offence, six months in prison or both, under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act.

Retailers and individuals can also be prosecuted for selling e-cigarette products to minors, with maximum penalties:

  • For individuals, up to $11,000 for a first offence and up to $55,000 for a second or subsequent offence;
  • For corporations, up to $55,000 for a first offence and up to $110,000 for a second or subsequent offence.

NSW Health is committed to reducing the prevalence of e-cigarette and tobacco use, and in 2021-22 has invested $18.3 million towards tobacco and e-cigarette control.

Raids are being stepped up on the back of the ‘Do you know what you’re vaping?’ information campaign which was launched in March 2022 by the NSW Government. The campaign raises awareness of the harmful chemicals found in vapes, including those found in cleaning products, nail polish remover, weed killers and insecticides.

To accompany the information campaign that appeared on buses and online social channels, a vaping toolkit was launched. The toolkit comprises factsheets and other resources for young people aged 14 to 17 years, parents and carers, teachers and schools, to educate about the harms of vaping.

Lane Cove Council has advised the Lane Cove Winter Festival (which includes an ice skating rink in The Canopy) will be held on Saturday 9th – Sunday 17 July 2022.

Lane Cove Talent

Lane Cove’s Saxon Weaver has been cast in Mary Poppins as one of the Michael Banks. He made his debut at the Sydney Lyric Theatre on Tuesday Night and will be in the show this  Saturday night! Tickets are limited. This is an amazing show not to be missed!! You can buy tickets here.




The Western Australian government has shown interest in a venture with the North Sydney Bears in a bid to be the NRL’s 18th team.

The North Sydney Bears have been out of the NRL since 1998.

North Sydney Bears Chairman Daniel Dickson told Mark Levy and Billy Slater on 2GB, they have been in the position to return for a long time.

“We think we have a real good offering for the community of Rugby League.”

North Sydney Bears ITC Competition

ITC loves a comp, and we have teamed up with the mighty North Sydney Bears to provide a great prize.
𝗙𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗧𝗬 comes to Bear Park on the 20 May 2022, and the Bears are pumped to be partnering with the masters of slow-cooked BBQ meats Black Bear BBQ and local craft beer brewers Six String Brewing Company for one big night of 𝗕𝗕𝗤, 𝗕𝗘𝗘𝗥 & 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗦!
In The Cove is giving away a Game Day Pack to a lucky winner and their three mates.
The pack includes 4 x Event Tickets with Meat Box, Bear Park Brew and game-day entry.
Head on over to this and tell us who your favourite all-time North Sydney Bears Player is in the comment section and why.

Winners will be announced on Thursday.

Special offer event tickets are now available:

Gates open at 6 pm, Bears v Panthers at 7 pm

Pack 1 $30: Slow Cooked Meat box with Brisket & Jalapeno Sausage, Bear Park Brew (Pale Ale or Lager) and game-day entry

Pack 2 $30: Birria Tacos, Bear Park Brew (Pale Ale or Lager) and game-day entry.

Make sure you get your order in early so the Black Bear BBQ guys can fire up the smoker and ensure your box of deliciousness is ready on arrival.

Get your tickets now:


Recycle Your Bike

Got an old bike that could be reused or recycled? Register to drop it off at the Lane Cove Council Chambers between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday 4 June 2022, and Revolve Recycle will give it a new life or recycle it for parts and materials.

Book online for the workshop and/or the bike drop off.

Have Your Say

Lane Cove Crime and Incident Report

Intoxicated Male – Crows Nest

Police have charged a 53 year old Longueville man with a number of offences following an incident in Crows Nest last week.

About 4:00pm Tuesday 10th May the Longueville man entered a business on Willoughby Road, Crows Nest where he approached staff and demanded to be served alcohol. When staff advised the man that they sold ice-cream not alcohol the man allegedly began swearing and demanded a milkshake. At this point the man was directed to leave the store, it is alleged the man took a roll of cling wrap before departing.

Police who were patrolling nearby were flagged down and alerted to the actions of the Longueville man. The man was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged in relation to the matter. He will face court next month.


Robbery in Company – Chatswood


Police have charged a 14 year old male and a 14 year old female with robbing another teenager at Chatswood last week.


It will be alleged that around 3:10pm Monday 9th May the pair attended Chatswood Railway Station where they approached a teenage boy known to the female. The pair demanded the boy hand over clothing he was wearing. When the boy refused the pair allegedly began punching and kicking the young victim.


Police attended the location where they located the 14 year old female, she was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station. Around 8:30pm that evening police attended an address on Albert Avenue, Chatswood where they arrested the 14 year old male who was also taken to Chatswood Police Station. Both were charge with Robbery in Company. They were each granted conditional bail and will face Surry Hills Childrens Court in June.

Shoplifting – Lane Cove

A 31 year old Lane Cove woman has been charged with 5 counts of shoplifting and one count of intimidation after she allegedly repeatedly stole items from a business on Burns Bay Road.

On Monday 9th May police were contacted by the manager of a business on Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove who informed police that the Lane Cove woman had been attending the business on an almost daily basis for the past few months and stealing items. Police were informed the woman would attend the store and secrete items such as energy drinks, lip balm and baked beans in her underwear and leave the store without attempting to make payment.

Later that day police attended a home on Lihon Street, Lane Cove and placed the woman under arrest. She will face Hornsby Local Court in June in relation to the matter.

Tyres Slashed

A car had two tyres slashed in Gentle Street Lane Cove on 17 May 2022.

Cover Photo

Our Cover Photo is from talented Photographer John Van Daal.

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