Welcome to our Lane Cove News week in review. A week of power outages, water outages and malicious damage.
Federal Election – North Sydney Electorate
Kylea Tink provided the following statement to ITC:
“I’m incredibly humbled to have been elected the new Member for North Sydney. This is truly a “we” result, not a “me” result.
This movement to get an Independent to Canberra was the result of the North Sydney community wanting their voice heard in Canberra and ensuring their vote would count towards realising key values and ambitions that are important to us.
This includes faster action on climate, integrity in federal politics, a forward-focused economy and to address the systemic issues of inequality be that gender, First Nations or the way we treat those seeking asylum in our nation.
I’m looking forward to getting started and to make real change on behalf of our community because they have made it very clear we want politics done differently and I intend to do just that.”
Voices for Reconciliation
Last Friday, the Lane Cove Plaza came alive with children from numerous schools and preschools singing in the Voices for Reconciliation (see our cover photo). This is the 25th year the Voices for Reconciliation has taken place and was instigated by Alice Beauchamp, who recently passed away. Read our tribute to Alice here.
Lane Cove North Microsoft Data Centre
Two Drop-In Sessions have been arranged for locals to hear more about the Microsoft data centre on Mowbray Road.
The following email was received from the Community Engagement Team advising of two community drop-in sessions detailing the updated plans for the proposed data centre at 706 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North.
I am writing to update you on the proposed data centre at 706 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North.
We are grateful for the valuable community feedback that has been shared with us so far and has now overhauled our plans to make the data centre fit better with the surrounding streetscape.
The new design is almost half the original height and about a 40% reduction in gross floor area. This significantly improves the appearance and puts the roofline on par with many nearby trees.
The smaller building size and capacity mean a quicker construction timeframe and fewer construction vehicle movements.
We invite you to a community drop-in session to learn more about the updated plans, meet the project team and ask questions.
Two sessions will be held, there is no need to register, and you can turn up at any time.
Both sessions will present the same content:
- Saturday 4 June, between 11 am and 1 pm.
- Thursday 9 June, between 6 pm and 8 pm.
Location: Ground floor, Unit 3, 706 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North (former StageOne Sound premises).
We will also provide information on the next formal phase of community consultation and how you can participate.
We hope you can join us.
An invitation will be letterbox dropped to the local community today.
Information shared at the sessions will be published online at www.mowbrayroaddatacentre.com.au.
We look forward to updating you on our new plans soon.
Community Engagement Team
Proposed Mowbray Road Data Centre – Lane Cove North
You can read the background about the data centre here.
Lane Cove in the News
The Sydney Morning Herald has published an article on the Lane Cove Council’s decision to assign the 266 Longueville Road Lease to Pathways. The article was published under the heading “North Shore Council Slammed for Selling Off Green Space for Seniors Living”.
Read the full article here (it is paywalled).
The North Shore Times reported that the developers behind the multimillion-dollar aged project in Northwood have been hit with tens of thousands of dollars in fines over an extensive rap sheet of construction compliance breaches. Read the full article here. (it is paywalled).
The Sydney Morning Herald published an article about Universities offering early entry.
The article states the system is non-transparent. Extract from the article below:
“Critics argue there is little public information on how the spots are allocated and to whom, and say the system lacks the transparency of the ATAR, which is based on a public examination of a statewide curriculum.”
“It also provided postcode data that showed the top NSW suburbs for early offers in 2020 were Mosman (78 offers), Lane Cove (48), Wahroonga (47), Bellevue Hill (46), Vaucluse (42) Manly (41), Willoughby (39), Randwick (37), and Killara (34).”
You can read the full article here (it is paywalled).
Free Flu Shots in June
A free flu jab will be available to all NSW residents in a month-long blitz from June 1 in an effort to combat this year’s expected severe influenza season.
With a sharp increase in flu cases already, the NSW Government will fund flu vaccinations at GPs and pharmacies until June 30.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said there were 1,140 cases of respiratory illness notified this week, compared with 766 in the previous week and 150 presentations and admissions to hospitals.
“We strongly urge everyone over six months of age to get a flu shot as soon as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones, as the virus is easily spread and potentially deadly,” Dr Chant said.
“This is particularly important for those in high-risk groups, such as the elderly and children aged six months to five years. If you live in an aged or disability care facility, are aged over 65 or are immunocompromised, now is the time to book in.
“We also recommend a COVID-19 winter booster if you are eligible, as both flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.”
The Commonwealth Government provides vaccines for vulnerable populations and funds GPs through the MBS to administer vaccines. However, as COVID-19 has taught us, the role of pharmacies is crucial, and the NSW Government is funding community pharmacies to deliver influenza vaccinations this June.
NSW Health has also permitted pharmacies to administer flu vaccines to children aged five years old, reduced from 10 years, making it easier for families to be vaccinated together. GPs will be reimbursed for any flu stock they have already purchased that is used in the month of June for this vaccination program.
Other protective measures individuals can take include staying at home if sick and washing your hands. Find out more about how to protect yourself from the flu at nsw.gov.au/flu
Read why flu shots are important here – written by ITC supporter Lane Cove Doctors Medical Centre
Donate Your Old Bike
Do you have an old bike that’s taking up room in the backyard or garage?
Lane Cove Council has a Bike Drop Off Day on Saturday, 4 June.
You can drop your old bike off to the team from Revolve ReCYCLING
They will give it new life or recycle it for parts and materials.
Revolve ReCYCLING’s certified mechanics repair and redeploy the good quality bikes, and kids’ bikes are donated to kids who have no access to bikes. They have recently donated bikes to refugees from Ukraine.
To register to drop off your bike from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm next Saturday at the Living and Learning Centre – book here.
Zjoosh Celebrates 10 Years
Zjoosh is a Lane Cove success story. They opened ten years ago in Lane Cove and now have stores all over Sydney and one in Brisbane. Well done, Kellie Rigney and team.
Respect Bag Share Scheme
The Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group has implemented the Bag Share boxes that you see around Lane Cove and in Greenwich. They have asked us to publish the following and ask that you only put the reusable non-plastic bags in the bin. Plastic can be recycled at Woolies and Coles in the redcycle bin. The picture below shows how people are using them as a dumping ground for soft plastics. There is so much soft plastic people can’t see the reusable bags.
“Dear Residents, Most of you will have noticed the Bag Share bins located at The Canopy and Market Square. The Bag Share scheme was initiated by The LCSAG about 10 years ago and has been operating successfully for the majority of that time. It has contributed significantly to reducing plastic waste by enabling customers, who forgot their reusable bag or who needed an extra bag, to borrow one from the bin instead of opting for a plastic bag.
Over the past couple of months, we have sadly observed disrespect for the scheme’s intent. On multiple occasions, the bins have been used as litter bins with large deposits of plastic bags and litter, despite the display of clear signage.
Lightweight plastic bags, those that are 35 microns or less, will be banned in NSW from the 1st of June. The LCSAG played a significant role in advocating for the banning of plastic bags and was the first community group to successfully submit a 13000+ written petition to NSW Parliament.
Please assist us in reducing single-use plastics and by using the Bag Share Bins responsibly. Your plastic bags and other soft plastics can be recycled at Coles and other stores.
Many Thanks – LCSAG team.”
Truck Stuck on Canopy Roundabout
Another truck was stuck on The Canopy roundabout. We asked the Lane Cove Council if warning signs could be installed in January 2022 and were advised as follows:
“We are not aware of the recurrence of this issue in recent months and, as it is non-standard to install signage at a roundabout restricting truck access, we are not proposing any signage at this point.”
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