Lane Cove News Week in Review 29 May to 5 June 2024

Welcome to our week-in-review. Wow, what a wet Saturday. This week’s review seems to be mostly about roads, signs, and accidents.

Children’s Voices for Reconciliation

On Thursday, 30 May 2024, the Children’s Voices for Reconciliation was held in The Canopy. This annual event, which started in 1997, was co-founded by Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation and the Lane Cove Council and features performances by local schools and childcare centres.

Each school performed an item related to the theme of National Reconciliation Week, ‘Now More Than Ever’, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

The following schools and preschools were involved Kindy Cove, Kellys Place Children’s Centre, Goodstart Early Learning, Birrahlee Preschool, Busy Bees Daycare Centre, Currambena Primary and Preschool, Greenwich Public School and Lane Cove Public School, our host Karen Smith from the Aboriginal Heritage Office and Brendan Kieran from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council who presented a Welcome and Didgeridoo performance.

Longueville Road  Speed Bumps

Last week, we mentioned two new speed bumps on Longueville Road (see below). We have received several reports from readers saying the line marking is confusing, and people think the speed bumps are also pedestrian crossings—they are not.

Epping Road Bus Stop Wiped Out

A popular commuter bus stop on Epping Road (near the Arise Apartments) was taken out by a driver over the weekend.

Moore Street Gate Taken Out

A driver who must have been unaware that Moore Street Lane Cove West is shut in the mornings crashed into the gate.  Be careful. Don’t think that you are permitted to use Moore Street because the gates have been removed or are open before 9.30 am.

Drivers have been fined for using Moore Street before 9.30 am even when the gates are locked – read more here.

High Crash Zone Signage River Road West

A high crash incident area in Lane Cove is River Road West between Barina Road and Warraroon Road.  Lane Cove Council installed Electronic Traffic Signs to warn drivers to slow down.  These signs have been removed, and permanent signs are now in place (see photo below).

Windscreen Smashed by Tree Branch in Austin Street Lane Cove

During the wet weather, a tree branch fell on Austin Street and hit the windscreen of a parked car.

Local and Independent News Associaton Collective Fundraising Campaign

The Local and Independent News Association (LINA) recognises that local news publishers like In the Cove need assistance and has launched the National Collective Fundraising Week for newsrooms. It is a national movement of newsrooms calling on their local communities for support.

All Australian media companies need two sources of revenue to survive: advertising and subscriptions. In the Cove will never have a paywall, and that is why we need your help. If you can support us by making a monetary contribution (no matter how small or big!!), you will help us pay our staff and hopefully employ more locals in the future. Check out our team below

We need you to help us continue to be in the Know. Now is the best time to support us, as the Local and Independent News Association will match your financial support dollar-for-dollar during their campaign period from June 3rd to 7th. This means you can turn $20 into $40.  The link to support ITC is here.  Thank you from the ITC Team below.

The ITC Team from left to right: Liz McPherson, Jacky Barker, Renee Maxwell and Yumi Wong Pan

Gas Leak Near North Shore Private Hospital

On Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at around 3.30 pm, a suspected gas line rupture forced the evacuation of North Shore Private Hospital and North Sydney Tafe.

A contractor had been working on Westbound Street in St Leonards and allegedly ruptured a gas line, causing a leak.

A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said no one had been injured and that the gas company had quickly turned off the gas.

Celebrities in Lane Cove

Look who dropped into Del Piero’s Restaurant – Brad Fittler.   This is what Del Piero’s said on their Instagram post:

“A huge thanks to Brad “Freddy” Fittler for visiting us at the restaurant; he is posing with Joe. 🏉🍕🏉⁣

Bradley Fittler is an Australian rugby league commentator, television presenter, and former player. Fittler captained both New South Wales and Australia and, in 2000, was awarded the Golden Boot.⁣

It is an honour to share a meal with him!⁣

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📍 703 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North NSW 2066⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
☎️ 02 9420 1179⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣”

Greenwich Point Wharf Works Update

Our Cover photo was taken by Glen Crouch from Aegir Photography and shows the old wharf is nearly all gone. Glen is a Greenwich local and takes stunning shots near the wharf all the time.  He also participates each year in the Greenwich Village Arts Trail.

People Aged over 65 Urged to Get Flu Shots

NSW Health urges people aged 65 and over to book their free influenza vaccine as respiratory illnesses continue to rise across NSW.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said influenza notifications increased by 27 per cent and COVID-19 notifications by 23 per cent in the week ending 25 May compared to the previous week.

“While everyone aged six months and over is urged to get their influenza vaccine as soon as possible, it is essential for those at higher risk of severe illness from the virus,” Dr Chant said.

“Influenza immunisation rates aren’t where they need to be. Less than half of people aged 65 and over in NSW have received their influenza vaccine this year, and we need to see that number increase, especially as people in this age group are among those most at risk of severe illness.

“We expect the number of influenza cases to increase quickly in the weeks ahead, so now is the time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.”

The influenza vaccine is free and readily available for those at higher risk of severe illness from influenza. It is available through GPs for any age group, as well as through pharmacies for everyone aged five years and over.

Those considered to be at higher risk of severe illness from influenza who are eligible for free vaccination include:

People aged 65 and over

  • Children aged six months to under five years
  • Aboriginal people from six months of age
  • Pregnant women
  • Those with severe health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, immune disorders, severe asthma, kidney, heart, and lung disease.

Police Warn About Scam Calls

State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad are urging people to be vigilant about scam calls after seeing an increase in reported caller ID spoofing.

ID or web-based spoofing is where scammers use technology to make it appear their illegitimate call is originating from a legitimate phone number, such as a financial institution or government agency.

In recent months, detectives have been made aware of an increase in ID spoofing by scammers pretending to be from NSW Police Stations—specifically The Rocks, Burwood, Paddington, Redfern, and Liverpool.

The caller will usually impersonate a NSW Police Officer and tell the person receiving the call that they have an outstanding fine before demanding payment to prevent further court action.

Detective Superintendent Matt Craft, commander of State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad, said the NSW Police will never call a member of the public for payment to avoid further police action.

“The best way to deal with these types of calls is not to engage or provide information and to hang up,” Det Supt Craft said.

“Police officers will always be willing to identify themselves and make themselves contactable at a police station. If you’re concerned or want to verify the legitimacy of your call, we recommend contacting the station or Police Assistance Line directly on 131 444.

“Always remember that legitimate businesses, organisations or government departments will never call a customer seeking confidential information.

“Importantly, never give your personal details or credit information out over the phone unless you are the one who made the call to a trusted number.”

To find more information about scams in general or impersonation scams, or to find out ways to protect yourself, visit

Lane Cove Sports

Lane Cove’s very own Tom Craig recently led the Kookaburras to a big win over Argentina. The Kookaburras answered back at the FIH Pro League in Europe, producing a confident come-from-behind victory to beat Argentina. Will this be a good enough performance to get Tom on the Olympics Kookaburra team and off to the Paris Olympics?

Find out more about Tom’s journey to the Olympics here.

The Sydney Library of Things Lane Cove Branch featured on Channel 9 News

Channel Nine News featured the Lane Cove Branch of the Library of Things and the Coal Loader branch on their 6.00 news.

Please help spread awareness of these initiatives – why buy when you can borrow?  Check out the interview here.


Lane Cove Toy Library

Check out this giant Connect Four. How much fun will it be at your next party (kids or adults)? It is just one of the fab outdoor games in The Lane Cove Toy Library.

The Lane Cove Toy Library is situated at 47 Burns Bay Road and will officially begin accepting membership applications on June 30, 2024. So get ready to check out the inventory.

Lane Cove and Surrounds Events

Lane Cove Rotary Car Boot Sale – 9 June 2024

Do you like a bargain? If so, then the Lane Cove Rotary Car Boot Sale on 9 June 2024 is for you. You don’t know what you will see, and there are SNAGS. Put 9 June 2024 in your diary, and come along and enjoy a morning out, grabbing a bargain and a snag. It will be located in the Council Car park. More details are here.

Men’s Shed Men’s Health Week Talk

The Lane Cove Community Men’s Shed is known for its services to the community and its woodwork. This event is about the Shed living its core value: promoting positive health and well-being amongst men.

Men’s Shed Men’s Health Week Talk:

Date:          Friday, 14 June 2024

Venue:       Uniting Church Chapel, 15 Figtree Street, Lane Cove.

Start time: 10:30 am

Three speakers will present on different aspects of men’s health:

Mr Ashish Shrivastava, audiologist

Dr Vasco de Carvalho, a retired doctor, offers “an approach to making good decisions about medical issues.”

Mr Liam McKenna, Chaplain, “Living Life to the Full: Tools for Mind, Body, and Spirit’

Master of Ceremonies: Mr Victor Lupton

Light refreshments will be served after the three presentations and question time.

The Men’s Shed regrets that the Shed’s invitation is extended to men only because space is limited.

WhatsApp Dedicated ITC Channel

In the Cove publishes articles nearly every day about Lane Cove issues, events, businesses and things to do. Facebook and Instagram have changed their algorithms, and you will see less and less local news in your feeds.

To respond to this, we have developed a WhatsApp Channel – we will post all our articles and even some exclusive content to thank you for following us on WhatsApp – the good news is that it will be easier for you to share our articles with your family’s WhatsApp channel or street/apartment WhatsApp channel. We will soon be holding an exclusive comp for all our WhatsApp subscribers. So follow us here.

Another way to keep up to date with ITC is to sign up for our weekly news blast here.

Lane Cove Crime, Accident and Incident Report


An accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian occurred on Tuesday, 4 June, around 6:50 p.m., on Centennial Avenue Lane Cove West near Lawn Avenue.


The North Shore Police Area Command provided the following information about crime on the lower north shore.

Possess Prohibited Drug – Mosman – 16/05/2024

At 4:20 am on Thursday, the 16th of May 2024, police were called to Prince Street, Mosman, about a male allegedly attempting to enter a vehicle and repeatedly falling over.

Police located a 31-year-old male underneath a parked vehicle. Police had cause to search the male and will allege in court that they located a bottle of Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in the male’s bag.

The male was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice and will appear before Manly Local Court in July.

Breach of Bail & Possess Prohibited Drug – Wollstonecraft – 25/05/2024

A 17-year-old male has been charged with breach of bail and possessing a prohibited drug.

At 10:20 pm on Saturday, May 25, 2024, police attended the male’s address in Wollstonecraft to conduct a bail compliance check. At the location, police identified the 17-year-old male as breaching the conditions of his bail agreement. Police re-attended the address at 12:20 am on Sunday, May 26, 2024, and located the male in his bedroom, placing him under arrest.

Before being conveyed to Chatswood Police Station, the 17-year-old was searched by police, who will allege they located two clear resealable bags containing an amount of cannabis in his pants pocket.

The male was taken to Chatswood Police Station, where he was charged. The 17-year-old was refused bail and will appear before Surry Hills Children’s Court on June 25, 2024.

Break – Artarmon – 29/05/2024

Two men have been charged with several serious offences after an alleged incident in Artarmon.

At 3:10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, police were proactively patrolling Buller Road, Artarmon, when they allegedly noticed a silver Holden Commodore stopped in the driveway of a unit complex. While observing the vehicle, police saw a 29-year-old Hebersham man approach the vehicle and retrieve an item before walking into the complex.

Police approached the Habersham man and had a conversation with him in which he allegedly admitted to being under the influence of an illicit drug. Police conducted checks on the Holden Commodore which revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen from Granville.

Police searched the vehicle and allege they located a large amount of housebreaking implements inside. The 29-year-old was arrested and conveyed to Chatswood Police Station.

Further enquiries revealed the Habersham man had arrived at the location in the vehicle at 2:40 am with another male who had allegedly climbed onto a balcony and stolen various properties.

The second male, a 38-year-old Lethbridge Park man, was located inside a storage cage at the premises. The Lethbridge Park man was searched, and police will allege several items of interest were located in his possession including keys to the Holden Commodore. He was arrested and conveyed to Chatswood Police Station.

The 29-year-old Hebersham man was charged with “Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen”, “Enter inclosed land without lawful excuse”, “Be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner”, Armed with intent commit indictable offence” and “Enter building/land with intent commit indictable offence”. He was bail refused by police and faced Hornsby Local Court the following day, where he was given stuck conditional bail. He is due to face court again on the 12th of June 2024.

The 38-year-old Lethbridge Park man was charged with “Armed with intent to commit an indictable offence,” “Goods in personal custody suspected being stolen,” “Enter inclosed land without a lawful excuse,” “Take & drive conveyance without consent of the owner,” “Enter building/land with intent to commit an indictable offence,” and “Larceny.” He was refused bail and is due before Hornsby Local Court on June 12, 2024.

Offensive Conduct & Trespass – Chatswood – 03/06/2024

Police have issued a 65-year-old Chatswood man with two infringement notices after an incident in Chatswood.

At 8:30 am on Monday, the 3rd of June 2024, police will allege the male entered the foyer of a building in Chatswood CBD where he yelled at members of the public and threw a bottle of hand sanitiser at a wall before leaving.

The male then allegedly attended a gym in Chatswood CBD that he had previously been banned from. The male again yelled and berated staff.

The police were called and attended a short time later. The male was spoken to by police and issued an infringement for “Offensive Conduct” and “Remaining on enclosed land (not prescribed premises) without lawful excuse.” The infringements total $850.

The male was issued with a move on direction and left the area.

Week in Review Sponsor – Del Piero’s Restaurant Lane Cove North

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They are running a competition on their Instagram account where you can win a $150 voucher – details here.

Del Piero’s Restaurant Contact Details

Address703 Mowbray Road, Lane Cove North New South Wales 2066, Australia
Phone: 02 94201179