Lane Cove News Week in Review 6th October to 12 October 2022

Welcome to our Lane Cove News week in review.

Sydney Water Rebate and Credits Following Water Outage Sept 2022

Were you impacted by the #sydneywatergate outage from 10 to 14 September 2022?

Some Lane Cove Chat by ITC followers are reporting that they have just received their latest quarterly Sydney Water invoice with the credit and rebate promised by Sydney Water (see the link to our article below for more information).   Other followers are telling us that they have been told they will receive the credit next quarter, and others who are renting are not sure if their landlord will pass on the rebate/credit.

If you were impacted by the water outage – ie no water for a few days or low water pressure check your invoice to ensure your account has the following:

  • $40 unplanned rebate
  • $160.00 credit for fixed service charges

If your usual Sydney Water account is under $200 there should be a credit on your account.  If you are renting, please ask your landlord to apply the rebate/credit to your rent or outgoings.

If you have not had the rebate/credit applied, make sure you contact Sydney Water.

Background to Sydney Water Outage here.

Listen to our podcast on the Sydney Water Outage here (you can listen on a desktop, phone or another device).

Sample Sydney Water E – Bill Showing the Rebate and Credit Applied

Business Alert

We reported today that the RED FORT Indian restaurant was for sale and had been listed on Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace for sale.

This afternoon Red Fort’s owners, contacted ITC and told us they have now withdrawn the business sale listing and will continue to operate the business. The owner listed the business after struggling to hire staff, and another staff member was on holiday.

They have now been able to recruit staff, and it will NOT be sold and will trade as normal.  The restaurant is located in The Village Shopping Centre above Nibu Cafe.  The Village Shopping Centre is located just across the road from Harris Farm.


COVID-19 Isolation Rules Ending

NSW Health released the following press release about the end of the COVID19 mandatory isolation requirements:


NSW Health is urging the community to continue to look out for one another after mandatory isolation ends this Friday, 14 October by remembering lessons learned.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said at the top of the list is staying home if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, get tested and if you must head out, wear a mask.

“We all know from experience what works best to protect one another from COVID-19 so please, continue to take those simple but important steps,” Dr Chant said.

“In particular, we urge people to please stay at home if they have cold or flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever and go and get tested.

“If you have COVID-19 you may be infectious for up to 10 days but you are most infectious in the two days before your symptoms start and while you have symptoms.

“If you have to leave the house while unwell, wear a mask when indoors and on public transport, avoid large gatherings and indoor crowded places, and don’t visit high risk settings, such as hospitals, aged or disability care facilities for at least seven days.”

Dr Chant said people should talk to their employer about when they can safely return to the workplace, with the risk to be managed under occupational health and safety frameworks.

High-risk settings such as hospitals, disability and aged care facilities have been advised by Dr Chant that staff should only return to these settings after seven days, subject to their own work, health, and safety assessment, and if symptom-free.

“It is important we continue to think of others, especially those most vulnerable and the best thing people of all ages can do to protect themselves remains to make sure they are up to date with their COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations,” Dr Chant said.

While registration of a positive rapid antigen test (RAT) will also no longer be mandatory from Friday, NSW Health asks people to continue the practice voluntarily.

“Registering a positive RAT through Service NSW allows us to connect people to medical care, particularly older people and the immunocompromised, and it also helps inform our ongoing public health response,” Dr Chant said.

Close contacts of positive cases are most at risk of catching the virus so if you are a close contact, remember:

  • Monitor for symptoms. If you get sick, get tested and stay home.
  • Avoid visiting high-risk settings such as a hospital, aged or disability care facilities, or visiting anyone at high risk of severe illness for at least seven days, and then ensure you have a negative RAT before visiting.
  • Wear a mask when indoors and on public transport.
  • Frequent RATs may help identify infection early – this is particularly important if you are in contact with people at high risk of severe illness.

Recycle Smart in Lane Cove and Lane Cove North

RecycleSmart is now in Lane Cove. Recycling has just got a whole lot easier.

ITC recycles all our soft plastics and we have bags of them as we forget to take them to Coles or Woolies when we go to Lane Cove or sometimes the containers are packed at Lane Cove. RecycleSmart picks them up from our front door once a month. Here are some other things we have recycled:

  • Solar Fairy Light that no longer work.
  • Books (five per collection).
  • E-waste such as old cable modems and cords (so many cords).

We have a permanent booking and RecycleSmart sends plenty of reminders that you need to put your bags out. You get two free bags a month (shopping bag size).

After each collection, we put two bags aside, and each time we find something to recycle we fill the bags up as we go; ready to put out for the next pickup.

RecycleSmart has only been operating in Lane Cove for a few months (ITC asked several Lane Cove councillors to place Recyclesmart on their agenda a few years ago).

ITC signed up shortly after they started, and we have had two pickups. Below is the report we get after they pick up from our house. PS Misfits are batteries and lights etc

Read more about RecycleSmart here –

Stringybark Creek Residents Association – Living With Wildlife Talk

Earlier this week, the Stringybark Creek Residents Association and Lane Cove Council jointly held an event called “Living with Wildlife”

The guest speaker was Bev Young from Sydney Wildlife (Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services)

The event was a great success, with over 20 local residents attending, including four children (6-10 years), two young adults (18 and 19), and a full range of mature adult ages! The residents discussed living with possums, native birds and reptiles, the risks they face in urban environments, and what we can do to live more harmoniously with our ‘wild’ neighbours – of course, the ubiquitous brush turkey was a hot topic.

It was also a special night because, as SBCRA understands, it was the first (non sport) community event to be held in the new Tantallon Pavilion.

As the event was a success, they are looking to hold more information nights – keep an eye out on ITC’s event calendar and our news blast for info.

To find out more about a Resident Association near you – read more here (and if you are part of one please provide updated details to ITC).

Click here to learn more about the work Stringybark Creek Residents Association does to protect the local environment.

Central Park Gets an Amenities Upgrade

Over the last couple of years, Lane Cove Council has been upgrading the toilets in open spaces and in parks (who will ever forget those disgusting public toilets at the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park before it was turned into The Canopy).

The next public toilet upgrade is the Central Park Longueville toilets (yep named Central Park, just like the one in New York).

If you have not been to this park, it’s worth a visit; it has a lovely rose garden. One of the trees had to be removed and is now an art installation/play equipment. Read more about this amazing installation here.


Lane Cove Rotary Fair and Sustainability Lane – Cancelled

Lane Cove Rotary and Lane Cove Council agreed not to proceed with the Lane Cove Rotary Fair, and Sustainability Lane on Sunday, 9 October 2022.  It was a tough decision and was taken after consultation with local emergency services and by looking at the weather warnings (particularly the wind warnings).  Both organisations believed this was the responsible decision to ensure community safety during expected adverse weather conditions.

It was raining around the time that Stallholders would have had to set up, and it was cold and windy in the morning; conditions did improve in the afternoon.

Due to stallholders/rides etc, all booked up until end of the year the Lane Cove Rotary Fair will not be rescheduled – so we have to wait until 2023. However, Rotary was at The Canopy and at the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre selling raffle tickets for their mega raffle, and the money raised goes to local and international groups, and charities.

Please note Lane Cove Council is currently investigating if Sustainability Lane can be rescheduled.

It takes a huge amount of effort to organise these big events by both Lane Cove Council and Lane Cove Rotary – ITC wants to thank them for all their hard work on this much-loved community event.

If you know of anyone who was planning to attend the event, please pass on this information to them.

Lane Cove Sport

The Lane Cove Football Club are pleased to inform you that registration for the 2023 Lane Cove Development Football Leagues are now open!

For 2023 the Lane Cove Development Leagues are seeking boys & girls aged 7-16 to trial for the 2023 Winter Development Leagues.  These leagues are for players seeking to develop their skills in a more competitive environment and is equivalent to Youth Division 1. Included in this league are:

  • Mixed SAP League – U8, U9, U10 & U11
  • Diamond League – G12, G13, G14/15 & G16
  • Mixed Super League – U12, U13 & U14

Trial sessions are scheduled for October and November each year for all Development League levels. All players intending to trial as part of the Development Leagues need to register for the trials. Below are the relevant times and dates for each league trials:

Mixed SAP league – U8, U9, U10 & U11
Date: Monday 17th, 24th & 31st October 2022
Time: 5pm-7:15pm
Where: Blackman Park, Lane Cove West

Diamond League – G12, G13, G14/15, G16 & G18*
Date: Wednesday 2nd & 9th November 2022
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: Blackman Park, Lane Cove West
*LCFC are taking expressions of interest for G18DL as LCFC have had some new interest for a team to be formed and will be in touch if a team is able to be formed

Mixed Super League – U12, U13 & U14
Date: Wednesday 2nd & 9th November 2022
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: Blackman Park, Lane Cove West

Click here to register for 2023 Trials. If you are unsure of the age group you can enter in your child’s DOB and LCFC will allocate them to the appropriate age group.

Please note: this registration is for participation in the trials only. All players will also need to register with LCFC for their player club registration following the trials. This fee varies according to the age group. For further information about our Development Leagues please visit our website or

G18 Diamond League Expression of Interest
LCFC are also collecting EOI’s for interested players for a potential G18 Diamond League team. Interest in this team can be registered via this link: EOI 2023 LCFC SAP, Diamond & Super League

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to reach out on 02 9431 8648 or via LCFC Club emails [email protected] or [email protected]

Rainy Day Activity – Test Your Knowledge of Lane Cove

A few weeks ago, The Alcott Lane Cove held a Smartest Street Trivia Night where street against street competed for the brainiest street (fun fact – it turns out the smartest street is not in Lane Cove as there was one team called Not In the Neighbourhood that won).

ITC has spoken to a few people who attended, and they said it was fun and it will be back next year bigger and better. As a surprise, ITC dropped in via video and asked five questions about Lane Cove – the video is below.  Do you know the answers – we will tell you them next week.


Bathurst – Lane Cove Connection

Last week we reported on Car 118 being a wildcard entry into Bathurst. The drivers were called the young guns and they were sponsored by local businesses throughout NSW and Victoria.

Jack & Co Food Stores Caltex Lane Cove wanted to sponsor this team as they were an underdog team competing in their first race. It is very much like the Jack & Co story where a business owned by Wade Death and his family are taking on the big players in the convenience store game. Jack and Co have two stores in Lane Cove, one in Pymble and two in Taree (where it all started).

Jack & Co also employ Lane Cove locals (many HSC students and Uni Students).

It was a tough race in very difficult conditions, and the car managed to stay in the race and improve on its starting position.


Warehouse Sale

Coordinates Collective & ATIANA shoes Spring Warehouse Sale is on and the business is owned by a Lane Cove Local


Thursday the 13th Oct midday to 5.30pm

Friday the 14th Oct 10.00 am to 5.00pm

Saturday the 15th Oct 10.00am to 3.30pm

Up to 50% off shoes, sunglasses, hats, jewellery, T shirts, scarves, tops, bags & homewares

  • Brands
  • Velvet Canyon
  • Avenue the Label
  • Coordinates Collective
  • Morgan & Taylor
  • Reliqua Jewellery
  • The Wolf Gang
  • Velvet Canyon (sunglasses)


Unit 11 12-18 Clarendon Street Artarmon (off Dickson Rd )


Cover Photo

Our Cover Photo is beautiful artwork done in preparation for Diwali, the Festival of Lights and Colors. There is a mini Rangoli teaching session on 15 October 2022 and Diwali celebrations will be held in the Lane Cove Plaza on 22 October 2022.

This Beautiful Rangoli (sand art) was made by the very talented Sejal Kar and is on display in the Lane Cove Library.

Security, Crime,m Incident and Accident Report – Lane Cove and Lower North Shore

Earlier this year, the North Shore Police Command asked ITC to publish a PSA advising Lane Cove Aquatic Centre patrons (the general public who may not be a Bluefit member) that there had been an increase in petty theft at the pool.

Patrons were reporting phones and cash was being stolen. ITC suggested patrons should use the lockers that are provided on the pool deck. Our roving reporters quickly told ITC that the lockers had been removed during pool renovations and had not been reinstated.

ITC called Todd McHardy at Bluefit and asked him to reinstate the lockers and he said that would be done asap. The good news is that the lockers are back and they are even easier to use. Below are the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre’s instructions

“No more keys, no more codes…

Life is simpler with our new smart lockers!

How to use them

  • Download the ‘Yellowbox’ App and create an account
  • Tap on the box at the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre
  • Enter in your payment details, then tap Open
  • To store your phone, you can enter in your own 4 digit pin (and #) which will allow you to open up your locker without a phone.
  • Make sure you close the door and click ‘End Using’ in the app when you’re done for the day.

Photo Image: Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre

North Shore Police Command Report

E91266038 – Road Rage – Greenwich – 07/10/2022

Police are investigating an alleged road range incident that occurred at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Greenwich Road around 11:30am on Friday 7th October 2022.

Police have been told that a male was riding a bicycle along the Pacific Highway when he was allegedly brushed by a vehicle as it passed him. The vehicle continued driving and stopped a short time later at a red light.  The cyclist approached the vehicle at the red light and a verbal argument took place between the cyclist and the driver of the vehicle, in which the driver of the vehicle allegedly threatened to assault the cyclist.

The vehicle then pulled around into Greenwich Road where two male passengers allegedly exited the vehicle and approached the cyclist.  Police have been told that one of the passengers attempted to assault the cyclist.

The cyclist reported the matter to police who have opened an investigation.  The cyclist was able to obtain the registration of the vehicle and police are making enquires with the registered owner.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident, knows anything about the incident or has CCTV/dashcam of the incident to come forward and contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

E91601228 – Robbery – St Leonards – 08/10/2022

Two boys aged 14 and 15 have been charged after an alleged robbery at a tobacconist in St Leonards.

Police will allege that at 5:40pm on Saturday 8th October the boys entered the shop and removed a box of cigarette lighters from a display cabinet and placed some of the lighters in their pockets. A staff member became aware of this and attempted to stop the boys leaving the shop, however the boys allegedly assaulted the staff member, punching and kicking him.

As the boys went to leave, a staff member attempted to contact emergency services, however it’s alleged that the boys returned and attempted to take the mobile phone from the staff member and further assaulted him.

The boys then left the location and police attended. A short time later a bus was stopped by police on the Pacific Highway in North Sydney. The two boys were located on the bus and arrested by police. They were conveyed to Chatswood Police Station where they were both charged with Robbery in company and assault. They were bail refused and appeared before Surry Hills Children’s Court the following day.
511516592 – Affray – Cremorne – 08/10/2022

Three males have been charged with Affray related offences after an incident at a fast-food restaurant in Cremorne in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police were called to the restaurant at 2:30am on Saturday 8th of October in relation to the three males physically fighting. Police were told that the incident allegedly started after one of the males was perceived to be harassing other female customers.

The three males were arrested and conveyed to Chatswood Police Station where they were all charged with “3 people use violence cause fear”. They are all due to face Manly Local Court on the 17th of November 2022.

E90932036 – Assault – Milsons Point – 10/10/2022

Police are investigating an alleged assault that occurred at Milsons Point Train Station around 2:30pm on Monday 10th of October 2022.

Police have been told by the victim that he was at the train station selling a non-for-profit newspaper when he was approached by a male.  The male allegedly pushed the victim in the chest, causing him to fall backwards and upon landing, the victim fractured his hip.  The male then left the location.  The victim was assisted by members of the public who contacted paramedics and he was then taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment.

Police have been advised that the victim will require surgery and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The male police would like to speak to is described as Caucasian appearance, 30–40-year-old, 180cm tall, thin build with black hair and handlebar moustache.

E91189626 – Steal from Motor Vehicle – Chatswood – 10/10/2022

Police are investigating after a wallet was stolen from a vehicle on View Street, Chatswood. Police have been told that the vehicle was parked and secured around 6:30pm on Monday 10th of October. When the owner returned to the vehicle the following morning, the vehicle had been opened and a wallet taken.

Police have seen a slight increase in steal from motor vehicle offences across the North Shore and are reminding the public of the importance of locking your vehicles and always removing and taking everything of value from your vehicle each time you leave it.

Week in Review Sponsor – PSK Private Wealth

Jack Kewalram is a Lane Cove local and a Private Client Adviser with PSK Private Wealth.  He would love to work with Lane Cove locals to help them with their financial goals.  Jack has some tips on how the 2022-23 Federal Budget may help you maximise your tax return. Some of these may help offset the increased costs of living.  We would also like to thank Jack for being an ITC Business Supporter.  Read Jack’s tips here.

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Being a Lane Cove resident, Jack can visit you at your home, office or you can schedule an on-line appointment.  He is also available for out of hours appointments.


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