Lane Cove News Week in Review 6th to 13th March 2024

Welcome to our week in review.

More Hazard Reduction Burning

The Northern Beaches Rural Fire District published the following post on 12 March 2023:

“Favourable weather will allow firefighters from NPWS and the RFS to conduct some important hazard-reduction burns over the coming days.

Here are some tips to stay safe during hazard reduction burning.

  • Monitor the NSW RFS hazard reduction page for information about planned burns and smoke advisories in your area.
  • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home.
  • Remove washing from clotheslines.
  • Ensure pets have a protected area.
  • If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.
  • Don’t call Triple Zero just to report that it’s smokey. Save Triple Zero for emergencies.

Smoke from the burn is likely to settle across areas close to the burn.

Smoke from hazard reductions can affect some people more than others.

If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, they should seek medical advice.

Residents should expect to see and smell smoke over the coming months, as autumn traditionally provides some of the best weather for conducting hazard reduction burns.”

Lane Cove Council The Canopy Lane Cove Spraying

The grassed area at The Canopy was sprayed this week on 12 March 2024.

Lane Cove Council posted the following on their website:

“Council will be spraying the village green at The Canopy on Tuesday 12 March 2024

Spraying will start in the early morning to reduce disruption. Notification signs will be placed on the fencing to the green just prior to the spray – please keep an eye out, follow on-site signage and do not use the area while spraying is in progress. Council will keep the area fenced off while the chemical application dries and takes effect.

The sprays being used are Venom Pro 240 and Tirem.

We are aware that our open spaces are important places for locals and are doing our best to minimise the disruption while this process is carried out.

Thank you for your patience.”

Some ITC readers were unaware that the council used pesticides in The Canopy area.

In 2019, Lane Cove Council adopted the Lane Cove Council Pesticide Notification Plan.

The plan sets out how Lane Cove Council notifies the community about pesticide applications in public places.

The plan describes:

  • what public places are covered by the plan
  • who regularly uses these public places and an estimate of the level of use
  • how and when Council will provide the community with information about its pesticide
  • applications in public places (i.e. what notification arrangements will be used)
  • how the community can access this plan and get more information about the Council’s notification arrangements
  • contact details for anyone wanting more information on the plan.
  • Update on 40A Cope Street Development Application – Retire Australia

Lane Cove Council – Public Forum to be held on Monday prior to Monthly Council Meeting

Lane Cove Council is currently trialling moving Public Forums to Monday evenings during the week of a scheduled Ordinary Council Meeting to allow councillors sufficient time to transact business in the business papers.

The next Public Forum will be on Monday, 18 March, and registration is required no later than midnight on 17 March 2024.

Register to speak at a Public Forum

The Public Forum commences at 7.00 pm.

Members of the public can address the Council for a time limit of three (3) minutes per person (in-person or virtually) during the Public Forum segment.

The Public Forum provides an opportunity for members of the public to speak. It is not a forum for debate or response from Councillors.

Lane Cove Council has advised locals may continue to submit a written submission via email to [email protected]

Written submissions (a maximum of 500 words) must be received no later than midnight on the day before a Council Meeting.

Lane Cove Central – Boomgate

Lane Cove Central is the official name of the building where Harris Farm is located. The Sun Property Group owns the property. A boomgate has been blocking the exit ramp to Burns Bay Road since at least Sunday, 10 March 2024.  Lane Cove Council is not responsible for this boomgate.  ITC contacted the Harris Farm Markets manager and asked him to notify the landlord.  We will keep you updated.

40A Cope Street Development Application Update

RetireAustralia lodged a Development Application (DA 134/2022) to redevelop the former Caroline Chisholm Retirement Village into independent living apartments for seniors. The Sydney North Planning Panel was responsible for approving or declining the DA. Background details are here.

Lane Cove Council’s report to the Sydney North Planning Panel included the following:

“Some 99 unique submissions were received in response to the public notification period, most of which raise legitimate concerns about potential adverse impacts.

It is considered that the site is impacted by several constraints, including:

  • Inadequate vehicular access;
  • Close proximity to a number of residents adjoining to the north, east and south of the site;
  • Heritage retaining wall;
  • Building height and FSR standards;
  • Lack of space and access during construction.

These constraints are not acknowledged in the overall design of the site, resulting in unacceptable bulk and scale of the buildings.

The development also fails to comply with numerous development standards set out in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing) 2021, State Environmental Planning Policy 65 – Design Quality of Residential Apartment Development, the Apartment Design Guide and Lane Cove Local Environmental Plan 2009.

It is recognised that the proposed development would assist in meeting the future needs of an aging population. However, the predominance of such developments places high importance on creating well designed accommodation which does not compromise the amenity of future residents or adjoining residents.”

The SNPP declined the DA on numerous grounds, including that the bulk and scale of the building was unacceptable and that the proposed development would not provide high amenity for future residents.

RetireAustralia appealed to the Land and Environment Court.

On 13 March 2024, Lane Cove Council and RetireAustralia were scheduled to hold a conciliation conference.  A Conciliation conference is the process in which the parties to a dispute, with the assistance of an impartial conciliator, identify the issues in dispute, develop options, consider alternatives and endeavour to reach agreement.   The Lane Cove Council snapshot (published in the Lane Cove Council February Meeting Business Papers) noted that the issues in dispute are overshadowing and street access.

Upcoming Events – Lane Cove Rotary Car Boot Sale

Don’t send your unwanted goods to landfill… sell them at the Lane Cove Rotary Car Boot Sale at Council’s Civic Centre Car Park between Pheonix Street and Little Street, Lane Cove.

This popular event is an excellent way for residents to sell their pre-loved household goods, providing the community with an alternative to buying new.

The focus of this Car Boot Sale is for residents to sell unwanted household goods such as clothes, toys, household items, sporting equipment etc.

The goods may be sold from the boot of a vehicle, a table, or racks within the allocated site. This event is not for business/commercial traders. Items being sold must be secondhand.

Date: Sunday, 5 May 2024, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (UTC+11)

Location:  Lane Cove Council Civic Car Park
Between Pheonix Street & Little Street, Lane Cove

Bookings:  Booking will open at Trybooking on 15 March 2024

Research into Bone and Muscle Strength

Would you like to be involved in a research programme investigating bone and muscle strength in women? Details are below. The Northern Sydney Local Health District has approved this study.


Lane Cove Sport

Congratulations to Lane Cove Local Elizabeth Yates, captain of the Lane Cove Cricket Club Perry senior girls side, who played her 100th match last Saturday for the Lane Cove Cricket Club. Lizzie is the first girl ever to achieve this milestone. She has scored over 1,000 runs and taken over 75 wickets for the club.  On Saturday, 16 March 2023, the Senior Stage 3 Girls Under 17 Lane Cove Perry side will play North Sydney Girls Goszko at Blackman Park No. 3 at 1 pm.

Well done, Lizzie!!! Cover Picture Elizabeth Yates – source Lane Cove Cricket Club Facebook page.

Lane Cove Junior Tigers Rugby League Team

Congratulations to Tigers girls Erin Krenmayr, Holly Watson, Lucy Hayes and Mia Baldwin, who made the Sydney Warriors oz tag reps for the upcoming nationals tournament.



Lane Cove Council Events

Battle of the Bands

Aged 11 – 24? Got a band?

Apply now for Lane Cove’s Youth Week Battle of the Bands Competition!

Play a 20-minute set on stage at The Canopy and go in the running to win awesome prizes.

Event Date: Saturday, 13 April 2024

Where: The Canopy, Lane Cove


  • 1st Prize: a full-day session in a recording studio with a sound technician, an interview on FM99.3 radio, and a performance at St Leonard’s Park Colour Flix.
  • 2nd Prize: $500 music store gift voucher
  • 3rd Prize: $250 music store gift voucher
  • People’s Choice: Prize to be confirmed

Applications close on Sunday, 31 March 2024

Haven’t got a band but still want to get involved? Join Lane Cove Council’s Battle of the Bands Events Crew and help run the competition on the day.

Visit Lane Cove Council’s website for more information.

Get that Job!

Join Lane Cove Council for this free program for people re-entering the workforce or seeking a career change. Read our article here on how this programme has assisted Lane Cove locals in finding jobs.

Event Date: Thursday, 28 March 2024, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Where: The Terrace Function Room Lower Ground Level 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove

Bookings:  Book online

Lane Cove West Public School Playground Upgrade

The Department of Education has awarded a contract to Moduplay Group Ltd to undertake a playground upgrade.  Details of the contract are below.

Business Alerts

Fitness Revelation Lane Cove is celebrating 20 years in Lane Cove, and to celebrate this milestone, they are bringing back their monthly workshops.  The first workshop was with Amber Hudson on Monday, 11 March 2024.

Amber is one of Fitrevs’ close affiliates; she is a certified Nutritionist who owns and operates a busy Fitness Studio on the Gold Coast.   ITC went to the workshop and picked up some handy nutrition hacks.  Amber has written a cookbook called Good Food for a Good Body.

Ben and Tim from Fitness Revelation with Amber

Mystique Cocktail Bar is currently for sale.  If you ever wanted to own a bar – this could be your chance.  They are located above Bakers Delight Lane Cove.

For enquiries, please get in touch with the owner directly at 0448 156 257 or email [email protected]

Tree Vandalism

It’s not just in Lane Cove and the lower north shore where trees are being cut down or poisoned. On Monday, 11 March 2024, the Sunshine Coast Council released a press release noting:

“A vital Sunshine Coast wildlife corridor has been damaged in what is being investigated as an act of environmental vandalism.

Wildlife corridors perform an important role, allowing the safe movement of birds, reptiles, mammals, frogs and other native animals.

Dozens of trees and plants over 320m2 have been destroyed at Peregian Springs, inside the Ridges Boulevard Environment Reserve on Finch Terrace, which is treasured by local residents.

The reserve provides a vital link for wildlife to move safely between Peregian Springs and the Noosa National Park.”

The sign below was installed at the site where the tree vandalism occurred.

You may recall that one of the worst cases of tree vandalism in Lane Cove occurred last year – read our story here.

To date, locals have not received an update from Lane Cove Council on their search to find the perpetrators. A legal investigation is in process, but locals would like to know the next step if they find the person responsible.

Councillor Bridget Kennedy has started a petition requesting increased penalties for tree vandalism in NSW.  You can view the petition here.


Lane Cove Council’s Citizenship Awards – Nominations Close 21 March 2024

Lane Cove Council is asking for nominations for their Citizenship Awards, which acknowledge the contributions made by those who enhance the quality of our community and excel in their field. They also run a Neighbour Day Awards program to recognize the efforts of residents of Lane Cove who make great neighbours.

Think about the people you know who volunteer in our community, making Lane Cove a great place to live and NOMINATE THEM. Every day, locals volunteer at sports clubs, schools, local bands, the history society, local choirs, local clubs, charities and community groups.

Nominations Now Open

Lane Cove Council is keen to receive nominations from locals who can identify noteworthy recipients for our upcoming Awards.

Who can make a nomination?

Regardless of where they live, anyone is invited to nominate a person, or persons, whom they feel has made a significant contribution to the community.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

In most cases, the recipient should be a resident of Lane Cove or, for some categories, an employee/owner of a Lane Cove business. There is an Award category for the most contributions, e.g. one who has contributed to the sustainability of Lane Cove, a quiet achiever, a young person, an artist, an employee of a business, an outstanding business or a sportsperson.

Nominations of volunteers are particularly welcome as the presentation evening coincides with National Volunteer Week (May 20-26, 2024).

Complete a Nomination using the link below…/survey…/102885

Nominations close Thursday, 21 March 2024.

More info:…/Citizenship-Awards

ITC Loves A Comp

Event Cinemas Macquarie has given ITC two tickets to the Chicks at the Flicks on Wednesday, 20 March 2024, for the hilarious new movie Wicked Little Letters (ITC can’t wait to see this movie as we love Olivia Coleman).

To enter, you need to subscribe to our weekly news blast or be an existing subscriber – all subscribers will go into a random draw. To sign up for our weekly news blast, click here –

Terms and conditions here Comp closes on 16 March 2024. Winners will be announced on 17 March 2024. This comp is only open to Lane Cove Council Area residents, Lane Cove North, Chatswood, Artarmon and Hunters Hill.

Crime Incidents

The following were reported to ITC by our readers:

Attempted Car Theft

A reader advised us of the following:

“My camera captured suspicious activity in Lane Cove at 1:36 am on 11 March 2024. After reviewing the footage in slow motion, I saw one person holding a black box in her hand and trying to get closer to the house while the other person was standing next to the car, pressing a button on a small black device in his hand.”

After the above was posted on Lane Cove Chat by ITC, another reader noted:

“My neighbour’s car was stolen last night, and the captured footage matches exactly what you described. We live close to Lane Cove IGA.”

Car Break-Ins

We are still receiving reports of residents having items stolen from their cars, which are usually unlocked. Remember to lock your cars and doors before you go to bed.

Electric Bike Stolen

The following was posted on ITC Lane Cove Chat:

Week in Review Sponsor –  Evolvere

Evolvere is located above Via Napoli at 2 Austin Street Lane Cove. It offers high-quality, student-focused pilates, yoga, and barre classes for both men and women. For pre-and post-natal students, it offers specialized courses for women to nurture, strengthen, and evolve throughout this time in their lives. It also offers classes for babies, children, teens, and families to enjoy together.

Contact Details

Address: Suite 1, 2 Austin Street, Lane Cove (above Via Napoli)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0403 294 824
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