Lane Cove News Week in Review 1st to 8th March 2023

Welcome to our week in review.

NSW State Election – 25 March 2023

In the Cove hosted an online Meet the Candidates Forum on 7th March 2023.  All four candidates participated.  The format was a five minuted presentation and then a Q and A session.

In alphabetical order, the Lane Cove State Electorate Candidates are:

Heather Armstrong (Greens)
Victoria Davidson (Indpendent)
Penny Pederson (Labor)
Anthony Roberts (Liberal)

You can view the online forum here.

Major Power Outage

On Monday, 6 March 2023, power was out throughout Lane Cove, Lane Cove North and Artarmon. It was a windy day, but ITC thought we should find out why we have had a few more power outages lately. An Ausgrid spokesperson advised the following:

“The outage in Lane Cove and Artarmon on Monday was caused by a network fault requiring critical maintenance. Our crews worked throughout the afternoon and evening to restore power to impacted customers. We know it is difficult to be without power, particularly on hot days and we sincerely apologise for the disruption this may have caused.”

Clean Up Australia Day

Lane Cove locals turned out on March 5th 2023, for clean up Australia Day.

The Stringy Bark Creek Residents Association (SBCRA)  cleaned up Batten Reserve.

Over 70 people helped clean up the local streets and the Batten Reserve bushland.  The group noted that there were less bottles and cans due to the success of Return and Earn.  Read more here.

The 1st Tambourine Bay Scouts cleaned up at Burns Bay Reserve. It was a very successful morning. The Scouts told ITDC that the Reserve was clean for the most part; scouting families and community members found a lot of rubbish along the creek line.

Win a Family Pass to the 2023 Royal Easter Show


The 2023 Sydney Royal Easter Show is fast approaching. The Royal Easter Show runs from Thursday 6 April 2023 to Monday 17 April 2023. The Royal Easter Show offers the best value day out in Sydney with 12 hours of free entertainment every day. In the Cove is giving you a chance to win a Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 children tickets). Find out more here.

International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, the Lane Cove Council held a sold-out Breakfast meeting.  The speaker was Lane Cove local Kellie Rigney, the founder of Zjoosh.  Kellie has taken the business from one store in Lane Cove to numerous stores throughout Sydney and one in Brisbane.

Business Alert

A new Men’s Grooming Business will open in the old Source Bulk Foods Store in Lane Cove Market Square.

Lane Cove Council Funding for Street Parties Allocation Has Been Exhausted

Last week ITC advised Lane Cove Council had a programme in place where they would subsidise $300 towards a street party or an apartment get-together.  The programme has been so popular that the funding allocated to the project has now been exhausted.  Read more here.

Heartbeats for Xav

Xavier O’Grady grew up in Lane Cove. He went to St Michael’s Primary School (in the same kindy class as Miss ITC) and then St Ignatius College Riverview. He also used to work at The Spotted Orchid.

On the 2nd of October 2022, Xavier O’Grady died from a sudden cardiac arrest on the finish line of the Melbourne Half Marathon. The cause of the cardiac arrest has been determined to be ‘unascertainable’.

To honour Xavier’s memory, the O’Grady family decided to raise money towards supporting the research of Professor Chris Semsarian. Professor Semsarian is a world-leading expert in investigating and researching the phenomenon of fit young people (particularly males) dying of sudden cardiac arrest.

Next week Xavier’s Parents will be interviewed on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. We will let you know the air date when we can – please tune in. Alison and Patrick are bravely sharing their family’s story to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest.

Help keep Xavier’s heart beating in his memory. Let Xav be the reason no family ever has to experience the unbearable grief and pain that our family is going through by donating to HeartbeatsforXav – link here

Ravens Still Attacking Windscreen Wipers in Lane Cove West

ITC is still being contacted by locals living in Cope Street and Murralah Place about ravens attacking their windscreen wipers.  The picture below was taken this week.  Read more here.


Major Supermarkets Announce Action on Soft Plastic Recycling

The Soft Plastics Taskforce has released a Roadmap to Restart, outlining the steps needed to launch a new supermarket soft plastic collection scheme, and the current state of play in the Australian recycling industry.

The Taskforce, made up of major supermarket retailers ALDI, Coles and Woolworths, has been tasked with developing an interim solution to restore community access to soft plastic recycling following the suspension of the REDcycle program.

Under the current plan, an initial in-store collection pilot is anticipated to launch in select stores in late 2023 – provided that REDcycle’s existing soft plastic stockpiles can be cleared prior. The new program would then be gradually rolled out nationwide next year.
While the Taskforce is working to launch in-store collections urgently, it is severely constrained by Australia’s limited access to domestic soft plastic recycling which can manage the “mixed polymer” soft plastics that are deposited by the public in supermarket collection bins.

At present, it would not be possible to recycle the volume of household soft plastics collected in a supermarket program using domestic infrastructure. Accordingly, the Taskforce has plotted out the projected gradual increase in Australian soft plastic recycling capacity over the next year, as new operators launch, and existing processors expand.

From late 2023, the Taskforce will meet the newly available processing capacity with a staged re-introduction of in-store collections so that the volume of incoming household soft plastics does not exceed the amount that can be recycled – as occurred with REDcycle.

Read the statement here.

Longueville Road Upgrade Works Continue

Lane Cove Council is continuing to upgrade the streetscape in Longueville Road to include new flexible outdoor dining options, parklets and seating.

The Lane Cove Council has installed this sign on the old chemist window on Longueville Road – see our cover photo.

Upcoming works

Night works will take place at the following locations and dates:

Until Monday 13 March, 7:00pm – 5:00am

Western side: 109-123 Longueville Road.

All 6 parking spaces (including disabled parking) will be closed during construction.

Tuesday 14 March – Monday 24 April, 9:00pm – 5:00am

Eastern side: Little Street intersection to 140 Longueville Road.

Construction will begin from the southern end of Longueville Road and 4-5 parking spaces will be closed at a time.

Due to RMS requirements there may be some movement of heavy machinery outside these hours. The works will involve the removal of existing paving, kerb and gutter and road asphalt on parking lanes with machinery, and replacement of new pavers and kerbs including the installation of steel bollards.

The work will be noisy; however, every effort will be made to minimise the impact of noise on residents and businesses. Council’s contractor will endeavour to complete the noisier tasks by midnight.

Lane Cove Events

The Longueville Sporting Club (aka The Diddy) is turning 85 and members are invited to celebrate.  More details to come but save the date.


Kid Scrabble Club  Thursday Afternoons in the Lane Cove Library

Come and play Scrabble for free. Just play for fun – no knowledge required!

Two local members from NSW Scrabble are running After-School Scrabble with coaching

Any children from 3rd to 6th Class in any school welcome to come and play!

Every Thursday afternoon from to 5.00 pm

Lane Cove Library, Training Room 1.

All equipment provided

Call Norma on 0448 419 049 to let them know if you are coming.


It has been very windy lately, which usually means branches are falling off trees.  The branch below fell off in Sera Street on Saturday, 4 March 2023.

Traffic was backed up on Sunday 5 March 2023 after a car overturned on Burns Bay Road near Linley Point.  We were advised that no one was injured.

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