Lane Cove News Week in Review 7 to 14 December 2022

Welcome to our Lane Cove News week in review.

Breaking News

Two men have been arrested in relation to the suspicious fire at Cliff Road Northwood in September 2022. Last month the police released CCTV footage of the getaway car, and the release of this footage led to a raid this morning on a property in Wentworth falls. A 69-year-old man was arrested and a short time later a 20-year-old man was arrested in Punchbowl.

Full details here.

It was another big weekend of activities in Lane Cove.

Saturday, 10 December 2022

The Canopy was packed (but not as packed as Bluey Live) for Rumours The Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band.  The crowd really got into it and by the end most of the crowd was on their feet dancing.  What a great initiative by Lane Cove Council, the next big concert will be Australia Day 2023 where you join country music legend James Blundell and his son, Briar, in The Canopy for a night of swaying and singing. Bring a picnic blanket and your dinner and enjoy a night out in the Village.

Register for your free tickets.

In Lane Cove North, Mowbray Public School was packed with families enjoying the fete and the fireworks. (see our cover photo)



Sunday 11 December 2022.

Carols By Candlelight

The Canopy was packed again with crowds singing Christmas Carols and enjoying the Lane Cove Concert Band and the singers.

Monday 12 December 2022

Mid morning there was a huge downpour which led to localised flooding.  Below is a photo of Epping Road near the Meriton Apartments (150 Epping Road) at lunchtime.

There was also flooding in the Lane Cove Village – see the water damage at PetO



Greenwich Christmas Carols

It was all happening at the Greenwich Christmas Carols with money being raised for Youth off The Streets. The snags were good. The night was sponsored by Stone Real Estate Greenwich.

Windy Weather

“It’s been very windy lately. A roving reporter advised the following:

“* Be careful * – a large tree branch fell on my daughters car yesterday while it was parked on Centennial Avenue. It was parked at the entrance to Stringybark reserve. While in this weather walking under tree could result in a branch falling, I would hate to think the damage it could have done if it fell on a human or animal walking down the street.”

Work on Longueville Road Footpath

Works are continuing on Lane Cove Council’s Longueville Road streetscape upgrade and the next step involves night works to Friday 16 December (weather permitting), between Birdwood Avenue and 109 Longueville Road. The works will take place between 7:00 pm – 5:00 am and involve the removal of existing paving with machinery and the replacement of new pavers.

Access to properties in the above streets will be affected during these hours. While residents will be able to access their property, some delays may be encountered. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Due to RMS requirements, there may be some movement of heavy machinery outside these hours.

All efforts will be made to minimise disruption and noise.

Free pavers – own a piece of Longueville Road!

This is your chance to pick up some free pavers and own a piece of Longueville Rd, Lane Cove. We’re replacing the pavers on Longueville Rd as part of a streetscape upgrade and we’re offering the old pavers free to Lane Cove Council residents and businesses – either pick up or free delivery.

They’re in good condition and would be perfect for an outdoor entertaining area or any other projects around your home or business. They’re 230mm x 110mm x 40mm in earthy tones.

Email Lane Cove Council ([email protected]) with the subject heading “Pavers – Longueville Road”, including the below details

Your Name

Phone Number


Home/business address in Lane Cove

Required square meters

Whether you want to pick up from Blackman Park or your delivery address.

Have Your Say on a New Place Name in the Lane Cove LGA

The Geographical Names Board is seeking community feedback on a proposal by Lane Cove Council to name a reserve in  St Leonards as Wadangarri Park. The reserve is above the North Shore Railway Line at St Leonards and the suggested name is Wadangarri.

Chair of the Geographical Names Board Narelle Underwood said the word Wadangarri meant Banksia from the Cammeraygal language group and reflected the new playground’s prominent plantings and banksia design features.

“Place naming is a recognised way of reawakening and preserving Aboriginal languages,” Ms Underwood said.

“We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to provide their feedback on the proposed name.”

It shares a boundary with the Pacific Highway, extending south towards Marshall Lane and Christie Lane. Details of the proposal can be viewed and submissions lodged on the Geographical Names Board’s website

Alternatively, written submissions may be mailed to the Secretary, Geographical Names Board, 346 Panorama Ave, Bathurst, NSW 2795. The closing date for submissions is 14 January 2023.

Lane Cove North Traffic Safety Issues Due to Trucks Queuing on Main Roads

Trucks have again been parking on Centennial Avenue waiting for their call up to construction sites.  ITC asked Lane Cove Council what they were doing to enforce the Construction Traffic Management plan.  A spokesperson for Lane Cove Council advised:

“The truck parking on Centennial Av has recently been brought to Council’s attention. Council officers have met with the builder to remind them of their responsibilities.

The Rangers will continue to patrol the area including at the construction site. No fines have been issued at this point.”

Trucks parked on Centennial Avenue this week – parking over driveways



COVID19 is impacting Busways.  On 9 December 2022 they contacted Anthony Robert’s office early in the morning and asked him to tell his electorate the following:

“Busways regret to inform you that they are 21 drivers short today.
All routes will be impacted.
Please give yourself extra time, maybe work from home if that’s a possibility or find alternative methods.”


Back to School Vouchers

The Back to School NSW Vouchers program to help families pay for school supplies next year has been announced.

Parents, guardians, carers or students can apply for 3 x $50 vouchers, totalling $150 for each eligible student.

The vouchers can be used:

towards the cost of school uniforms, shoes, bags, textbooks and stationery

at registered businesses

before 30 June 2023.

Only one application can be made for each student.

You can apply for vouchers for more than one student in the same application as long as they’re on the same Medicare card.   Apply here.

Have Your Say on Lane Cove’s Public Art Projects

This consultation will run until 3 January 2022

Since 2021, Lane Cove Council has been working with artists to enliven the Lane Cove Village. We are now seeking feedback on our Public Art Project to find out if this has created an impact on the village and what other projects we can do in the village.

Have Your Say

To have your say on the Public Art Project please make a submission to Council, by either:-

Completing the online survey; or

Email your written submission to [email protected] or post to Lane Cove Council, PO Box 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595, quoting SU2509.

Submissions must be received by Council before 5.00pm, Tuesday 03 January 2023.

Australia Post urges dog owners to safely secure pets.

Nearly 1,000 Australia Post workers have been attacked by household dogs over the past five months, sparking an urgent plea by the postal service for dog owners to secure their pets.

In a concerning trend, the number of dog-related incidents recorded by Australia Post has increased more than 55 per cent, with an average of almost 7 incidents reported each day since July 2022, compared to an average of just over 4 per day in the 2021/22 financial year.

In the last five months alone, 986 incidents have been reported, compared to 1587 for the full 2021/22 financial year. Some of these attacks can lead to severe and debilitating injuries with many requiring medical treatment.

NSW recorded the highest number of dog-related incidents with 351 since 1 July, followed by QLD with 281 and WA with 183. Within these states areas with the highest number of dog- related incidents include the Gold Coast and Darra in QLD, Midland in WA as well as Warrabrook, Strathfield and Tamworth in NSW.

Australia Post Executive General Manager People and Culture Susan Davies said the data shows an alarming upwards trend in the number of dog-related incidents as well as an increase in the severity of injuries sustained.

“As we head into the busiest delivery time of the year, we want to ensure that our Posties are protected. Dogs are territorial by nature, so even the sweetest dog can be a danger to our Posties. We’ve had Posties sustain a range of injuries including puncture wounds, lacerations, scratches and bites. Sadly, team members have also suffered from long-term psychological impacts following an attack.

“Our Posties are just trying to do their job and if they feel that a situation is unsafe when they approach a home, they will not make the delivery. Our teams’ safety has to come first so we really want to stress the need for people to secure their dogs, especially if they are expecting a delivery.”

The front gate/letterbox, footpath and front door are the most common locations where dog incidents occur.“In addition to providing our Posties with training on how to avoid dog attacks we also work closely with local councils and council rangers to ensure all incidents are reported and appropriately managed,” added Ms Davies.

Lane Cove Christmas Lights Competiton and Map

ITC has launched our Lane Cove Christmas Lights 2022 comp.

Do you think you have the winning Christmas Lights? Then enter now as the fabulous Rebecca Mitchell Raine & Horne has sponsored the competition and there is $1000 worth of prizes for the best house, best street, and best apartment.

Enter the Christmas Lights Competition here.  See ITC’s Interactive Christmas Lights Map here.

You can now vote for the People’s Choice – go to the Facebook Album here and like the photo of the lights you like best.

Best Street Entries

Parkland Avenue Lane Cove North

Hamilton Street Riverview

Shop Local This Christmas

We have four local Christmas gift guide.

Food and Drink – gifts for the foodie in your life – click here.

Home and Family – something for your loved ones and for the home – click here

Looking Good and Feeling Good – get ready to look good and be pampered – click here

Lane Cove Fitness Sport and Activities – Hit 2023 with some new goals and a new workout regime – gyms, yoga, pilates and more – click here.

Lane Cove Christmas

In the Cove Website now has a dedicated Lane Cove Christmas Section.  You can click here to see it.

Summer School Holiday Guide

School Holiday activities are here! Check out our list of local activities that will keep your kids happy and entertained during the long …. long…. long summer break!
Be careful, as these activities will book out fast!

Activities such as:
📌Multi Sports
📌Disco and Dance
📌Arts and Craft
📌Swim Camps
📌 Tennis
📌Martial Arts
📌School Readiness

There are camps that start in the week before Christmas and then in new year.  For example Sailing starts in December 2022.  Miss ITC did this course twice and loved it!!

Read more here.

Lane Cove Sport and Recreation – Have Your Say on the Development Application

On 29 November 2022, Lane Cove Council lodged a Development Application for the new revised 8-court layout. The Development Application exhibition process commenced on 30 November 2022 and will continue to 13 January 2023.

The proposed development includes the following aspects:

• Demolition and site preparation works;

• Lot consolidation and amalgamation;

• Construction of a two (and part three-storey/mezzanine) multi-purpose sport facility comprising 6,235m2 of GFA apportioned to the following uses:

– 3,215m2 of indoor sports hall;

– 277m2 Bistro (including servery and golf display area);

– 655m2 of multipurpose space shared between 4 rooms; – 118m2 of lounge space and 56m2 of office space;

• Cut, fill, releveling and construction of lower ground parking level with 248 parking spaces, including 6 accessible parking spaces, 10 bicycle parking spaces and 16 motorbike parking spaces;

  • Construction of four new outdoor multi-purpose courts (3,665m2 GFA);

• Landscaping works including tree planting.

Mayor Andrew Zbik has noted that the landscaping works include extensive tree planting, which exceeds council’s 2:1 tree replacement commitment. A total of 226 trees are proposed to be planted to compensate for canopy loss (79 trees to be removed) and enhance the biodiversity of the proposed development.

ITC note:  There is an interesting article in The Conversation about Why Saving One Mature Tree is better than planting new ones.  Read more here.

The Development Application will be assessed by The Sydney North Planning Panel.

The development application (DA147/2022) was submitted and is open for your viewing and comments until 13 January, 2023. 

If you would like to comment on the DA your written submission to [email protected] or post to Lane Cove Council, PO Box 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595; quoting DA 147/2022.

In the Cove Articles Published This Week

Watch Out, Ravens About Stealing Your Windscreen Wipers – read more here.


Lane Cove Business Round Up – read here.

Lane Cove Council to Investigate Soft Plastic Recycling Alternatives – read here.


How to Avoid Food Poisoning this Christmas – read more here.

Lane Cove Mum Spreading Joy With Her Christmas Decoration Drop – read more here.

Lane Cove Christmas Services – read more here.

Christmas in Lane Cove All You Need to Know – read more here.

Are My RATS test working? – read more here.

Parents Urged to Look For Vape Use this Summer – read more here.

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.

Knowledge is power.

Read Jack’s article here on whether or not you should take your Super as a lump sum or not.

To find out what steps you can take, get in touch with PSK Financial planner Jack Kewalram today on Phone:  0435 962 973.

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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