Lane Cove News Week in Review 14th to 22nd March 2023

Welcome to our week in review.

Bus Delays are Still Happening

On 19 March 2023, the Sydney Morning Herald ran an article about bus issues in Sydney and mentioned Lane Cove.  The article noted:

“Lane Cove Council has established a reporting system for late and cancelled buses after complaints from teachers and parents about children being late for school.”

You can read the article here (it is paywalled).

Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is making a twin appeal for blood and plasma donors to boost supplies now and through the Easter period.

Right now, Lifeblood needs 3,600 people to donate blood over the next week, in particular people who are A, B and O Positive and universal O Negative

Lifeblood is also asking people to book a donation between Good Friday and Easter Monday to ensure an ongoing supply of blood and plasma for patients who will need it during the long weekend.

Lifeblood Executive Director Cath Stone said that despite record numbers of people donating blood and plasma, demand from hospitals is at its highest level in nearly a decade.

“We now have more donors than at any point in the past 10 years, however demand for all blood groups, especially O Negative continues to increase as hospitals catch up on surgeries post-pandemic.”

She said donors of all blood types were needed every day of the year, but that the blood groups being called for today make up about 90 per cent of the Australian population.

“Right now, we need 3,600 people to donate blood over the next week.

“In particular, O Negative has the universal blood type and is used to treat patients when their blood type is unknown. It’s often stocked in ambulances and rescue helicopters to be used for trauma patients who can require huge quantities in a short amount of time.

“Fewer than seven per cent of the Australian population is O Negative, making it one of the rarer blood types, however its versatility means it makes up 16 per cent of the blood ordered by hospitals,” she added.

Ms Stone said Lifeblood was also asking people to book a donation now for the Easter period, which is often one of the most challenging times of the year for Lifeblood.

“The need for blood is often unplanned and urgent and Easter is often a time when many of our donors take a break. This year, more than 40 of our donor centres around the country will be open on Good Friday so we are asking people to book in and come back for another donation when they are next eligible, to ensure we can keep hospital fridges well stocked.

“With one in three of us needing donated blood or blood products in our lifetime, the life you save could be that of friend or family member,” she said.


NSW Election

Pre -Polling has started in the NSW State Election.  Read our article here on where you can pre-poll and also where you can vote on Election Day 25 March 2023.

In the Cove asked each candidate for the State seat of Lane Cove to tell us their top five priorities for the electorate. In our article are their responses in the order they were received.  Read the article here.

Lane Cove Council March 2023 Meeting

The next Lane Cove Council Monthly meeting will be on Thursday 23 March 2023. Have a look at the agenda items and if any of the items are of interest, you can address the councillors for three minutes in person or via zoom.

Read our article setting out the agenda items below, this month they will be discussing traffic committee agenda items for the following streets:

  • Tambourine Bay Road
  • Orion Road
  • Vista Lane
  • Birdwood Avenue
  • Wardrop Street
  • They will also be discussing tenders for the new Sport and Rec Facility at the Golf Course and access arrangements which include a right hand turning bay on River Road

Read more here.


Last Thursday Night (16 March 2023) A Current Affair Featured Alison and Patrick O’Grady and their story about their beautiful boy Xavier.

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.

Alison and Patrick bravely shared 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

Follow HeartbeatforXav on Instagram here.

Local Author Featured on The Project

On Monday 20 March 2023, Lane Cove Local Sarah Martin and her daughter Alice were featured on The Project. During the trip of a lifetime, Alice suffered a psychosis while on the other side of the world from her family. Now they are using their experience to help break the stigma around mental health.

You can also read about Sarah’s book Dear Psychosis here.

You can buy the book at The Burns Bay Bookery

If you are anyone you know is in need of support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or reach out to Beyond Blue on 1-300 224 636.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day was celebrated this week in Lane Cove Schools.

Lane Cove West created loops which connected classes to one another, and on each loop the students wrote what Harmony meant to them. They then held a parade on the oval showcasing all the wonderful costumes. (see our cover photo).

Get Involved in the Lane Cove Chamber of Commerce

Lane Cove’s Chamber of Commerce is run by volunteer local business owners and residents connected to our community.

The Chamber has organised a meet and greet evening for business owners.

Thursday 23 March, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Lane Cove West Bowling Club, 151 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove

Please RSVP to [email protected].

This invitation is open to all business owners in the Lane Cove Council area, including bricks and mortar businesses, online businesses and home-based businesses.

Lane Cove Sport

Looking to get back into football? Join one of Lane Cove Football Clubs’s Mens O35 and O45 laid-back yet competitive teams that are all about having fun on the field.

They are specifically looking for players to join the over 45 squad but have teams across all age groups.

They are looking for recreational players who want to be a part of Division 1 and 3 squads that value teamwork, sportsmanship, but most importantly, having a good time.

Whether you’re a glory seeking striker, a midfielder who takes charge of the pitch from box to box, or a defender who takes pride in shutting down the competition, they want you on our team.

Contact them on [email protected] today to find out how you can become a part of the team and experience the fun of playing football again with a group of like-minded players.

Or if you are ready to just dive in, come to a Tuesday night training session at Blackman Park, 7pm come rain, hail or snow. Have some fun on the field!

You Can Now Recycle Polystyrene

You can Now Recycle Polystyrene from Home with RecycleSmart

ITC gets asked all the time about where you can recycle polystyrene and now recyclesmart is offering that option.

Did you know that polystyrene doesn’t go in your recycling bin? Expanded polystyrene is 100% recyclable. However, it needs to be put through a specific recycling process.

Recyclesmart has partnered with Australia’s leading manufacturer of alternate building and insulation products. This means the polystyrene that you’re stuck with after buying a new TV can be recycled into useful building materials.

Please note that we do not collect food grade polystyrene as the material needs to be super clean.

Find out more about Recyclesmart here.

School Holidays

School holidays are fast approaching. As you know, activities book up VERY fast! We have a list of local activities to make your kids break fun and exciting!  Find out about the activities here.

Win Tickets 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.

Week in Review Sponsor – Lane Cove Aesthetics

Lane Cove Aesthetics specialises in skin rejuvenating treatments, including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.

Lane Cove Aesthetics is owned by Lane Cove local Sandika.

Sandika told ITC   “There’s a revolution happening in the world of beauty and what I love about my job is that cosmetic procedures do not mean changing who you are, it is about becoming the best version of yourself. My philosophy is to deliver natural results to both men and women to improve their confidence. My goal is to help people look in the mirror and feel good in their own skin. Not to change the way they look but to help feel fresh and restored.”

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