Lane Cove News Week in Review 19 October to 26 October 2022

Welcome to our Lane Cove News week in review.

Blackman Park Lighting Upgrade

Last week, we reported that works have started to upgrade Blackman Park’s lights to LED. The fields, basketball area and cricket nets will have new poles and LED lights.  The Dog Park will also have new LED lighting.  Weather permitting, Lane Cove Council expects the works to be finished in December 2022, and they will then fix up the Dog Park.

The cricket nets, basketball court, and dog park are currently blocked off.  The Dog Park will not be available for use the entire time works are taking place, as construction materials and machinery will be stored in the dog park section of Blackman Park.

Blackman Park Skatepark Upgrade

Lane Cove Council is finally looking at upgrading the Blackman Park Skatepark.  Two sessions were scheduled for 26 October 2022, it will be interesting to see what plans they will come up with.

The Canopy Green

The Canopy Green is now open to the public again.  The fence has been removed, and it’s looking very green.

On Saturday morning, The Canopy was buzzing with kids enjoying rides on motorised animals. (see our cover photo).


There are plenty of activities coming up in The Canopy in the next couple of days, including:

Friday 28 October from 5.00 pm

Spooky Spectacular film screening.

Monsters vs Aliens (PG) will start at 5:00pm and Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Warerabbit (PG) will get underway at 7:00pm. This is a free event, no bookings required.

Saturday 29 October, 1:30-3:30 pm

Bring Family & Friends to try Beach Volley Ball at The Canopy on the Village Green.

First come, first play.

Sunday 30 October, 2:00-4:00 pm

Phonic Duo will entertain you with their lovely sound.

NSW Local Government Association Conference

This week ITC attended the NSW Local Government Association conference (we will be providing a report on the big issues discussed at the conference soon).

Lane Cove Council tabled a motion that LGANSW advocate to the NSW Government and NSW Dept of Planning and Environment review fines for breaches of development consent conditions and introduce a sliding scale of penalties that are a deterrent to developers with continued and ongoing breaches. The motion was carried.

Lane Cove Indian Community Celebrates Diwali

The Lane Cove Indian Community celebrated Diwali on Saturday, 22 October 2022.  It was a chance to showcase Indian culture and food.

One of the highlights was the fashion show, where outfits from different parts of India were shown (see our video below).

It was a lovely celebration of Indian Culture. Make sure you go next year. The event was attended by Kylea Tink for North Sydney Anthony Roberts and Mayor Andrew Zbik – Lane Cove and his family. Well done Balu and the organizing committee.

Car Parking Lane Cove Village and St Leonards

Lane Cove Council contracted Cardno (now known as Stantec) to undertake a comprehensive study of parking in the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards. The purpose of the study is to:

  • Provide an efficient, fair, and equitable use of on-street parking;
  • Improve the utilisation of existing parking spaces while ensuring that future parking demands are met; and
  • Consider the opportunity to provide sustainable transport options such as car share and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.

In April and May 2022, LCC spoke with residents and businesses in the Village through two workshops and an online survey. As major developments in St Leonards South had not commenced, workshops for the St Leonards study area were not necessary.
Their contractors physically observed where cars were parked and for how long in early December 2021.
Using the data collected from the observations and feedback from the community, several recommendations have been made. These aim to improve parking availability and standardise the parking restriction times.

Parking Proposal

summary of the recommendations from the Draft Lane Cove Village and St Leonards Parking study and the complete Draft Lane Cove Village and St Leonards Parking Study have been prepared by Cardno in consultation with Council.

The study’s key findings include the following:

  • On-street parking demand in the Lane Cove Village varies from street to street and differing users are served by each street.
  • Opportunities to improve accessible parking in the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards
  • Seniors’ parking is highly utilised in Lane Cove Village
  • Car share has low use in Lane Cove Village and St Leonards
  • The overall Loading Zone demand in the Lane Cove Village does not exceed capacity

Following are some of the key recommendations for the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards.

Changes to the parking restrictions on a street-by-street basis with a focus on streets that exceed 85% capacity at the time of the survey.

  • Increase the number of accessible parking spaces in the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards
  • Implement 3-hour time-restrictions for on-street accessible parking spaces in the Lane Cove Village
  • Ensure consistent seniors parking signage
  • Develop a Lane Cove Council LGA Electric Vehicle strategy including consideration for on-street EV charging bays
  • Develop a Lane Cove Council LGA car share strategy
Have Your Say

To have your say on the above recommendations, please make a submission by either:-

Completing the online survey. Please note that your email address will not be linked to your answers and all comments remain anonymous;
Email: [email protected], quoting Lane Cove Village and St Leonards Parking Study; or

Post: Lane Cove Council, PO Box 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595.

Submissions must be received by Council before 5.00 pm, Tuesday 29 November 2022.

The areas reviewed were as below.

Seven Bridges Walk

Central Park in Longueville was one of the official starting and finishing points for the 7 Bridges Walk.  It was pumping with people on Sunday, 23 October 2022.

The Tambourine Bay Sea Scouts did not miss a beat and made sure the hungry walkers went past their Snag Sizzle (PS don’t miss the fresh Christmas Tree Sale on the first two weekends of December 2022).


Power Outage 26 October 2022

Over 2000 customers in Northwood, Longueville, Lane Cove, Chatswood and Artarmon lost power for about three hours on Tuesday, 26 October 2022.  Northwood residents reported hearing a loud bang, and then the power went off.  An ITC roving reporter spoke to an Ausgrid employee who said the fault was due to ageing equipment.  ITC has put in an official media request to find out the reason for the power outage.  Last week 50 Lane Cove and Longueville customers lost power when power lines start arcing.

Dial Before You Dig

A good reminder to dial before you dig. Lane Cove Council contractors were digging up the footpath on the corner of Austin Street and Alpha Road when they dented a gas pipe and took out about 50 NBN customers by severing the cable. The NBN contractor told one resident that the costs for rectification would be billed to Lane Cove Council.

Lane Cove Council was trying to fix up a water leak issue that has made the footpath very wet after other contractors (not LCC) created an issue with water leakage over two years ago.  There is some dispute over how deep the cables should be buried under a footpath.


ITC Helping to Grow Local News

You would have noticed that ITC is passionate about local and independent news. Sites like In the Cove provide locals with news that mainstream media does not cover. We are at every council meeting and talk to locals every day. ITC is also passionate about helping others start local news in their area.

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Nicole Riches (who also edits The Village Observer with a team of locals) has started her own local and independent news site called On The Up.

It’s hyperlocal news and info for the Upper Central Coast. It covers the following suburbs.

Budgewoi, NSW, Australia · Noraville, NSW, Australia · San Remo, NSW, Australia · Chain Valley Bay, NSW, Australia · Lake Munmorah, NSW, Australia · Gwandalan, NSW, Australia · Toukley, NSW, Australia · Lake Haven, NSW, Australia · Doyalson, NSW, Australia · Wyong, NSW, Australia

If you know people living in these areas, would you please share this post with them and ask them to like On The Up so they can have access to local, free and independent news.

We have worked with Nicola to help her get her site up and running. She is using a platform called Pagemasters Publish (whose Managing Director, Antony Phillips, lives in Lane Cove).

If you know anyone that is interested in starting a hyperlocal news site in their local area – feel free to pass on ITC details. ITC is also on the LINA – Local & Independent News Association board – Read More Here.

Business Alert

Haus of Maple

ITC has just found out about a new business called Haus of Maple – Specialising in Holistic Counselling, Hypnosis, Meditation, and Reiki…. just to name a few!

Many of you may know Lane Cove local Lochie Beh from Lane Cove Theatre Company and Tonique Hair. Lochie is the owner of Haus of Maple and here is what he has to say…

“I’ve had an amazing opportunity to look into people’s lives over the years.

To listen, to acknowledge, to reframe, to guide…. I’m bringing this knowledge with me to every session.

I have studied with Tad James Company, Mind Body Education, Daniel Hawken, Divine Healing, Inspire Holistic Training, and Elizabeth Heck to name a few. These amazing teachers and mentors in Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Meditation, Reiki, Spiritual guidance, Life Coaching and Holistic Therapies taught me amazing techniques and therapies, allowing me to assist you further. Adding to this is also my certification in Natural Medicine and Herbalism.

Being a hairdresser for over 25yrs, I understand communication is hard for some, so I’m here to help you as much as I can.

We can go for a walk, have a talk or simply sit in silence if that’s what you need.

​Love, Light & Laughter ”


The Beautician

The Beautician Lane Cove has had a refresh… new uniforms, new paint, new logo… but don’t worry, it is still the same team!

Book in today and check it out! –

Single Use Plastic Ban

On Tuesday, 1 November, 2022, the NSW government is banning the following single-use plastic items:

  • Straws and stirrers
  • Cutlery
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cotton buds
  • Foodware and cups made from expanded polystyrene
  • Rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads


Food and Wine by the River Festival – Venue Change

Food and Wine by the River is on 6 November 2022. It will be held at Burns Bay Reserve (it has been moved from Tambourine Bay Reserve).

Put this into your diary now and enjoy the food and wine from the Mudge Region.

Read more here.

Greenwich Village Arts Trail

Greenwich Village Arts Trail  is on 5 and 6 November 2022.  So on the same weekend, you can visit the arts trail and go to the Food and Wine Festival.

Read more here.

Security, Crime, Incident and Accident Report


Attempted Stealing from Cars

A roving reporter advised that a resident in Carranya Road Riverview checked their security camera footage and found a group of four men dressed in hoodies, cap, tracksuits, masks and gloves checking out their car.  They left after the security lights came on.  A reminder that the North Shore Local Area Command are asking residents to lock their cars, doors and windows before they go to bed.

Week in Review Sponsor –  Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar

Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar has an award-winning wine list, and they have recently been finalists in prestigious awards.

Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar told ITC:

“We can hardly believe we are a finalist in the Star Wine List Awards for Australia 2022! The Star Wine List Awards is an international program celebrating and awarding great wine lists in the world and the teams behind them. The international sommelier jury say the scores have been high across the board.

Little Red Robin is a finalist in The Best Austrian List and we are in good company with lots of big name restaurants being finalists in other categories.

For a small, independent little restaurant in Lane Cove, this is a great moment!”

In addition, LRR was awarded a Three Glass rating score (Highest possible) from the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards.

If you are interested in unique and interesting wines, and keen to understand why LRR are winning awards or finalists, you should definitely check LRR out.  They are a restaurant and a wine bar.  So if you have been out and just want a drink, pop in and sample their wine list.

Book Here


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