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SewerFix Works

SewerFix Works - Sydney Water upgrades to Lane Cove's wastewater system

Sydney Water's contractor, lnterflow Pty Ltd, will be undertaking work in the Riverview, Longueville and Northwood areas on a large wastewater pipe, known as the Northern Suburbs Ocean Outfall Sewer (NSOOS). This work is part of Sydney Water's SewerFix program to improve the wastewater system and protect public health and the environment.

Work is underway from March 2019 until at least March 2021 at the following public locations:

•    Reserve area at 106 Tambourine Bay Road

•    Bushland in Warraroon Reserve near Tambourine Creek, off Dettmann Avenue, Longueville

•    Woodford Bay Reserve, Northwood.

Affected residents and businesses have been notified of the upcoming works. Work hours are 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday. No work is planned on Sunday or public holidays. Some out of hours work may be required and customers will be notified before the start of any night work.

The work involves:

•    Establishment of site compounds

•    Removal of silt from the wastewater pipe using a crane

•    Rehabilitation of internal pipe walls

•    Restoration of all work locations

This work will not affect water or wastewater services.

During the work local residents and businesses will notice an increase in noise, odour and vehicle movements, as well as temporary disruption to pedestrian and traffic movements. Environmental controls will be in place to minimise the effect this work may have on the community. Traffic and pedestrian management controls will be in place to ensure public safety.

To know more about the work, please call lnterflow's, Community Relations Manager, Scott McKellar on 1800 233 076. For 24 hour service difficulties or emergencies, please call 13 20 90.

Save our Recycling

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) requires certain licensed waste facilities in NSW to pay a contribution to the NSW Government for each tonne of waste received at the facility.  The 'waste levy' aims to reduce the amount of waste disposed of to landfill, and encourage recycling and resource recovery. However, very little of the waste levy is currently used to support waste avoidance, recycling and resource recovery, with the vast majority flowing to the NSW Government’s consolidated revenue.

Lane Cove Council supports Local Government NSW's Save Our Recycling campaign which calls for 100% of the waste levy collected to be reinvested for the purpose of waste avoidance, recycling and resource recovery. Currently only $801 million of the $4.62 billion collected in an eight year period 2013 - 2021 has been allocated for the NSW Government's Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

For example, in 2016/17, the NSW Government collected $726 million from local government, community, businesses and industry via the waste levy, but only committed to use $72 million on waste avoidance and recycling in 2017-18. This amount – roughly 10 per cent of the total levy collection – will be spent on the NSW Government's Waste Less, Recycle More program. At a local government level, just 18% of that $300 million collected from the local government sector each year is reinvested in recycling and waste management.

Local governments are calling on the reinvestment of the waste levy to support waste and resource recovery infrastructure, develop markets and innovative solutions, and undertake other initiatives to encourage reuse and recycling also offers wide-ranging benefits to our communities right across NSW. There is the potential for economic growth, new infrastructure, new technology and new jobs, particularly in our regional areas.

 For more information about the campaign visit the Save Our Recycling website.

Rosenthal Project DA

March 2019

The Local Planning Panel determined the most recent Development Application on Tuesday 5 March 2019. The minutes of the meeting are available on Council’s website .​

February 2019

Council is aware that some members of the community have raised questions about the current Rosenthal Project Development Application. It may be of assistance that Council clarifies areas of interest within the application to ensure the community have access to consistent information.

Has the amount of retail space increased?

No. As part of the Design Ideas Competition back in 2014, Council made provision for the designs to include 1,000m2 of above-ground retail space. The original Concept Plan Development Application also allowed for 1,000m2. The current Development Application provides for 829m2 of retail space, inclusive of waste rooms to service the retail and surrounding areas which were not part of the original 1,000m2 of space. There is therefore a 17% reduction in overall retail space and we have been able to ensure waste amenities are included.

How will the laneway connections work? What has changed for the Atrium Arcade?

Birdwood Lane will provide an accessible, shared-zone laneway with dual frontage options for the new tenancies to assist with activating the laneway. The original Design Ideas Competition Outcome required various stairs between the laneway and the Park, effectively making them separate spaces. The original concept DA brought the laneway and park closer to the same levels, and envisaged a pedestrian connection between the laneway and park opposite each existing arcade without stairs. In the current DA the connection route opposite the Atrium Arcade has been deleted. The reason for the change is two-fold. Council’s intention is to provide medium to large retail spaces to support the intended restaurant tenancies. Through refining the design process it became apparent that the connection to this arcade would have resulted in two small tenancies that would be suitable only for café-style retail which would compete with the existing supply in Lane Cove. The second reason for the change as shown in the pictures below, is that the Atrium Arcade is clearly visible when exiting from the supermarket level escalators.  The pedestrian desire line to access the Atrium Arcade will be to cross the laneway on a 45 degree angle, which is the shortest possible distance to the Arcade. Pedestrian would simply not utilise the original link proposed.  It should be noted direct links are maintained to the other three arcades.

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Indicative view from exiting escalators toward the Atrium Arcade providing the most direct pedestrian route to reach the arcade entry (depicted as the blue windows/doors to the right)

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Indicative view from exiting Lift toward the Atrium Arcade providing the most direct pedestrian route to reach the arcade entry (depicted beyond the doors of the escalator as mirrored in the first figure) 


 

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Left hand side red arrow shows earlier/original location of pedestrian link through to directly in front of Atrium Arcade vs the current pedestrian link via the escalator

Will the new retail tenancies trade onto Birdwood Lane?

New laneway tenancies 1,3 and 5 will be able to trade on to the laneway, which will be activated by glass shop fronts and pedestrian linkages. This will create visual interest and providing direct interface with existing retail tenancies.  Furthermore, Council has committed to repave Birdwood Lane from the frontage of the new tenancies to the existing developments located on the opposite side of Birdwood Lane. This will improve laneway amenity and enhance the pedestrian experience.


 

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Left image: View down Birdwood Lane to the left            Right image: Artists' impression of dual frontage retail opportunities

What happened to the trees in Birdwood Lane shown in the design from the Design Ideas Competition back in 2014?

Unfortunately there are gas and stormwater services underneath the surface in the laneways, together with major high voltage electrical mains. These service all of Lane Cove Village, to the extent that there was no opportunity for deep soil planting for significant trees. As a result Council has had to remove that element of the original vision. The overall project will include more trees than within the original Rosenthal Avenue Car Park, there will however not be any in-ground planting on the laneway itself. Tenancies will be encouraged to include plants as part of their fit-out.

Is there less space on the village green?

No, the village green in the original Design Ideas Competition was approximately 1,344m2. The shape has changed slightly and actually increased to 1,396m2. The playground area on the western side of the Project has also increased in size and there continues to be the same amount of space for BBQ/informal gatherings at the northern end.  

Next Steps

For the latest information on the project visit www.rosenthalproject.com.au

Greenwich Hospital

Council has received notification from the Department of Planning of a State Significant Development proposal for the redevelopment of Greenwich Hospital.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted with the proposal provides detail of a concept proposal for the redevelopment of the existing Greenwich Hospital which includes:

  • Hospital expansion to the existing 50 place hospital care facility with inpatient/outpatient support services;
  • 80 Seniors Living units (apartments) associated with Hospital style campus;
  • 9 Seniors Living units (villas);
  • Retention of Pallister House;
  • On-site parking.

The proposal can be viewed on the Department of Planning's website or in hard copy at Council's Civic Centre and Greenwich Library.

Note: Council resolved at its meeting of 18 February 2019 to request that the 4 week notification period be extended beyond Friday 15 March to allow the community and Council additional time to review the proposal and provide a considered submission.

This extension was not granted, however following representations from the Member for Lane Cove, the date has now been extended to Friday 5 April 2019. As a result Council will be considering the matter at its meeting on Monday 18 March 2019.

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Coming Soon

​A 40+ space temporary car park will be available at the Plaza end of the Rosenthal Project site by mid-April. The car park is conveniently located close to the Plaza providing access to local shops along Birdwood and Rosenthal Laneways and surrounding arcades.

Works will be underway next month to prepare for vehicle and pedestrian entry via the shared zone in Birdwood Lane. The car park will operate as 2 hours free parking, enforced by Council. The car park will remain in place until additional parking is available on-site within the first stage of the permanent car park being completed later in the year.

Additional information and a map will be made available via the Rosenthal Project website later in March: www.rosenthalproject.com.au. The website will soon be updated to reflect this additional parking option.

Intersection Upgrade

6 February 2019

Council was on-site for today's announcement of NSW Government funding to improve the safety of the intersection of Longueville Road, Northwood Road and River Road West (the intersection at The Diddy).

The NSW Government and Council will each contribute $1 million towards the upgrade. The works will include installing a dedicated right turn lane for motorists continuing their journey onto Longueville Road towards Lane Cove Village as well as introducing right turn movement onto River Road West from Longueville Road.

Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer said, “Lane Cove Council has worked with RMS on an improved design for this very complex and busy intersection.” 

“Council is committed to safer roads in Lane Cove and everyone who uses this busy section of our road network will benefit.”

Member for Lane Cove, Anthony Roberts MP, said the proposed improvements would be delivered as part of the NSW Government’s program to improve safety on Sydney’s busiest road corridors. “Around 22,000 vehicles travel through this intersection each day so it is important to ensure these motorists are provided with a safer intersection", Mr Roberts said.

The below plan is a draft concept plan only. Roads and Maritime Services and Lane Cove Council will keep the community informed as the upgrade progresses.

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Centennial Ave/Epping Rd

Work starts at Centennial Avenue and Epping Road

The NSW Government is upgrading the Centennial Avenue and Epping Road intersection.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will widen Centennial Avenue, adding a left hand turn lane from Centennial Avenue onto Epping Road, helping ease congestion, reduce travel times and make the intersection safer.

 

To carry out this work, RMS will temporarily close Turrumburra Park and playground, to use it as the project compound site. Council will reinstate the park swing set and playground facilities after the work is completed. There are a number of parks nearby for use while the park is closed. These include:

• Park and playground: Directly across the road from Turrumburra Park on Centennial Avenue
• Charlish Park Playground: About 350 metres east of Turrumburra Park on Centennial Avenue
• Tantallon Oval: About 190 metres west of Turrumburra Park on Epping Road
• Nichols Reserve Playground: About 500 metres south of Turrumburra Park on Burns Bay Road

During construction, an alternative pedestrian pathway will be established through Turrumburra Park. This pathway will be separated from the compound sites by secure fencing. There will also be lighting along the alternative pathway to ensure pedestrians can safely walk through the park after dark. Construction vehicle access to the site is also required from the Centennial Avenue end of the park to the northern end, through an existing gap between trees.The pedestrian pathway will be reinstated after work has been completed.

The cycleway and pedestrian footpath which runs through the centre of the park will remain open to the public at all times during construction work. The community will be advised of any temporary diversions which may be required during construction. In the interest of public safety the pedestrian pathway around the park will be closed at times with alternative routes available. There will be clear signage at each end of the pathway, ahead of any closures, to advise the community of the dates and times the pathway cannot be used.

18 trees will be removed from Turrumburra Park to accommodate the new left turn lane from Centennial Avenue into Epping Road. Minor tree trimming of canopies may be required during compound establishment. Site sheds, containers and stockpiling materials will be placed in areas between existing tree canopies, in order to minimise the amount of tree trimming required, where possible. RMS have committed to planting advanced trees upon completion.

There will be temporary traffic changes during RMS work hours to ensure the work zone is safe. They will be working for up to five nights a week for 70 shifts between Monday 21 January and the end of November 2019, weather permitting. Their work hours will be between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, Saturday between 8am and 1pm and between 6pm and 7am Sunday to Friday. They will not be working on public holidays. 

The latest information is available on the Sydney North section of the RMS website. Information contained above was taken from the October and January community updates provided by RMS - full copies are available on their website.

If you have any questions please contact RMS' delivery partner Ward Civil on 1300 919 508 or projects@wardcivil.com.au.

Helping the 12ft Skiff Club

An arson attack on the Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club in 2018 resulted in the loss of the Club’s storage facilities and numerous skiffs.

To support the members of the Skiff Club, Council has constructed a customised temporary storage facility that will allow the club to continue to operate during the recovery period. Council continues to work with representatives from the Club to identify longer term options for the Club’s future rebuild.


 


 

St Leonards and Crows Nest

February 2019

After considering the State Government's Draft St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plans at its Extraordinary meeting on 4 February 2019, Council resolved to make a submission highlighting a number of positive aspects and 16 issues of concern. These are contained in the following documents:

- Covering Letter

- Council submission

- Response to Crows Nest Metro Rezoning Proposal

- Appendix to Response to Crows Nest Rezoning Proposal

- Response to Crows Nest Metro Concept Development Application

- Draft 2036 Plans Workshop – final report by KJA

January 2019

Update on Independent Facilitated Workshop report on St Leonards Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans

On 12 December 2018, Council hosted a workshop on the St Leonards Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans from the Department of Planning. Independent facilitators (KJA) were appointed by Council to deliver an interactive session addressing these plans and to record participant feedback. Attendees were required to familiarise themselves with the Draft Local Character Statement and Draft 2036 Plan prior to this session. Comments were collated under each of the five themes of the Plans (Place, Landscape, Built Form, Land Use and Movement).

KJA specifically noted that "some demographics of the local government area were underrepresented, particularly residents aged under 30 years, while other age groups were overrepresented." KJA considered that the results of the workshop "would need to be tested with the broader community before it could be determined to be indicative of the wider community's view" (KJA, p3). Despite this, KJA reported the key findings were:

  • Concern about the impact of additional development, particularly new residential, on local traffic, parking and accessibility, including in areas some believed are already congested, and local amenity.
  • Concern of what was seen as an overemphasis on residential development at the expense of commercial development, which some suggested would hinder efforts to meet employment targets.
  • Mixed views regarding the amount, location and zonings of new residential densities.
  • Concern about Metro station being at capacity once opened.
  • Concern about overshadowing impacts of new developments, and other impacts (e.g. wind tunnels).
  • Support for new public transport infrastructure, pedestrian and cycle-ways, but still believed that additional infrastructure and measures would be needed to manage traffic increase and cars parking in the area.
  • Support for a bus interchange to be included in the Plan.
  • Acknowledgement of the challenges of topography, including for developments and cycle-ways.
  • Support for efforts to retain heritage and character of the local area, with some thinking the Department could do more.
  • Support new community hubs and amenities in the area, with specific suggestions for how these could be delivered (should mostly be in place before and/or in parallel with residential, not after new developments were complete).  
  • General support for activated laneways and proposed shopping centres.
  • Support for a variety of housing types across the entire precinct, including affordable housing options, to meet the needs of different demographics, such as key service workers (health etc).
  • Support for proposed setbacks, especially in transitioning, though concern that best practice built form would be compromised during planning proposal processes.
  • Support for plans to expand health and education facilities to meet increased demand from a larger local population, though views differed as to where some of these facilities should be located.
  • Support for green corridors and tree cover, though keen to see an increase in, and greater mix of, useable and open green spaces in the precinct than is currently allowed for in the Plan.

KJA also noted that the predominant focus of the participants within this session were on issues associated with the St Leonards South Planning Proposal rather than the broader St Leonards Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans.

Participants also mentioned additional information they would like to see, including:

  • Evidence that there is support from some members of the community for development in the area;
  • Means of calculating progress under each principle so that it can be monitored by community;
  • The detailed plan and approach for creating and measuring increased employment in the area;
  • The proposed locations of any new education facilities; and
  • Further traffic modelling analysis and data.

The full KJA report on the St Leonards & Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans Workshop is available to view online.

Council is in the process of preparing a report in response to the State Government's St Leonards Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans ahead of the Extraordinary Council meeting of Monday 4 February 2019. The agenda and draft report will be available to view on Council's website in advance of the meeting.

November 2018

Council can confirm that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment have agreed to an extension to the overall period of submissions for the State Government’s St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plan package.

The exhibition period will now close on Friday 8 February 2019.  It is important to note that the consultation period for the proposed draft Crows Nest Metro (station) plans have not been extended and will conclude on 3 December 2018.

Please see the Have Your Say section below for the finalised dates of the public drop-in information as well as Council's facilitated session.

October 2018

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released the draft plans and supporting documents for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Planned Precinct.

You can view the draft plans for St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 online via the Department of Planning and Environment website.

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The draft exhibition package includes:

  • Draft Local Character Statement

  • Draft 2036 Plan

  • Draft Green Plan

  • Draft Special Infrastructure Contribution

  • Draft proposed rezoning for the Crows Nest Metro station sites

  • Supporting technical studies on

    • Urban Design

    • Traffic and Transport

    • Social Infrastructure and Open Space

    • Heritage

    • Market Feasibility

    • Employment Review

    • Utilities

The plans will be on public exhibition via the Department of Planning and Environment until Friday 8 February 2019.

Have Your Say

To provide your feedback to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 you can visit the Community Feedback section of their website. There are options to complete an online survey, make an online submission or write to the Department.

For details, visit the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 website.

The Department will host two additional community drop- in sessions in the Terrace Function Room at the Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove. 

The session times are:

Saturday 24 November from 11:00am - 2:00pm

Tuesday 11 December from 4:00pm - 7:00pm

These drop-in sessions will be staffed by the Department of Planning who have display materials and can answer questions regarding the St Leonards and Crows Nest Draft 2036 Plans for the community. No bookings are required.

In addition to the above, Council is also hosting a community session facilitated by an external consultant. The session is designed to be interactive so as to be able to note in more detail any issues raised in the Plan package.

Wednesday 12 December from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

This session will also be held in the Terrace Function Room at the Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove. 

RSVPs have now closed - as this is a facilitated activity, only those who have pre-registered are able to attend.

3 hours free parking is available underneath the Terrace Function Room by parking in the Little Street Car Park. The Terrace Function Room is available on the Lower Ground Level, accessible by the lobby lifts.

Background

For those interested in understanding the context of Council's process for long-term planning for St Leonards South, you can view the background online.

Boat Trailers

Boat Trailer Parking in Lane Cove

Lane Cove Council is one of several Sydney areas that has the authority to enforce unattended registered boat trailers under the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. Council opted in to the scheme to help discourage the long-term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads The legislation is mainly targeted at people from other areas who use their boat a couple of times a year and leave it on our local streets the rest of the time.

Under the scheme, boat trailers are required to be moved at least every 28 days and they must move at least one street block. When a boat trailer is marked by a Council Ranger it signals the commencement of the 28 day period. If the trailer has not been moved at the end of this 28 day period, Council will provide the registered owner with 15 days notice after which time the trailer can be impounded.

By encouraging off-street storage of boat trailers, existing on-street parking spaces are more available for local residents and visitors. Please note the legislation relates only to registered boat trailers not registered box trailers and caravans.

If your boat has a sticker placed on it by Council then you have 28 days to move it before it is impounded. If your boat has been impounded phone 9911 3555 to arrange for payment of the towing fee and collection of the trailer

Additional Information

  • Download the Boat Trailer Brochure
  • Lane Cove Council's current Resident Parking Permit Scheme's applies only to cars and motorcycles. It doesn't provide for the issuing of Parking Permits for boat trailers or vehicles over 3 tonnes as these vehicles move more regularly and spaces are freed up for others to use.
  • Moving a boat trailer around the block and parking it in the original space is considered to be moved under the Act’. Or words to this effect.

Guiding Stars

Lane Cove’s Guiding Stars is a temporary public art project inspiring residents to think twice about the amount of electronic waste generated through Christmas gift-giving. The project contains a series of six bold, three-dimensional star inspired sculptures made from electronic waste (e-waste) materials. Created by a number of Lane Cove and Sydney-based artists working across a variety of mediums, the artworks will be on display in the Lane Cove Village throughout December.

The commissioned artists are: Matt McLarty, Sally McKay, Stephanie Powell and Anne Marie Cummins.

View the Guiding Stars video online to find out more...


 

This project is part of Council's Christmas program running throughout December 2018 and was made possible by Lane Cove Council's Sustainability Levy.

Did you know?
Lane Cove residents are currently able to drop off their electronic waste for free at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre in Artarmon. Find out more information about responsibly disposing of e-waste online today!

About the Artists and their works;

Anne Marie Cummins
L'Ordinateur Stars, 2018

Anne Marie Cummins is a creative director and local resident of Lane Cove. She started her career studying sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts and also obtained a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications.

She has created two L'Ordinateur Stars for this project. The first uses recycled cables and wires to explore wrapping, weaving and braiding techniques. Built primarily out of green computer parts, the second work is inspired by the idea of a computer generated star, growing up like grass from the earth. 

Sally McKay
Entangle Fractals, 2018

Sally McKay was born in Melbourne and was introduced to Photography at an early age by her father who was a Lithographer and Offset-Printing entrepreneur. She worked as a Portrait Photographer in Sydney for ten years before launching her career as a Photographic Artist. Her inspiration comes from her fascination with individual colour preferences, her introverted inclination towards creativity and mindfulness, and her love of learning. She largely creates works from artefacts found in her immediate environment.

Entagle Fractals is created from a painstaking arrangement of e-waste objects displayed as star-shaped fractal patterns. The artists' intention is that the viewer will then begin to question the perceived "beauty/appeal" we see in acquiring these often rapidly purchased, and rapidly disposed of items.

Matt McLarty
Angelus Detritus, 2018

Matt McLarty is a Lane Cove local and an emerging artist and photographer. His painted works often feature bold colours in a simplistic abstract style. His catalogue of photographs is vast and includes macro images of the natural world, impressive landscapes and everyday objects otherwise forgotten.

Angelus Detritus is a sculptural work inspired by Paul Klee's painting Angelus Novus.  The philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote of the painting: "Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage… and hurls it at his feet… But a storm is blowing from Paradise; and caught in his wings…. the storm propels him into the future…. while the pile before him grows skyward. The storm is what we call progress."

This work reflects the idea that it is now we who are speeding on the winds of progress whilst the angel watches the detritus of our consumerism ever piling its wreckage at her feet.

Stephanie Powell
Memory Star and Key Star, 2018

Stephanie Powell has been working with found objects for nearly a decade. She has completed residencies at Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre and Reverse Garbage. Her work has been exhibited across Australia and internationally. Stephanie has a passion for the environment and her work expresses contemporary social and environmental concerns.

Stephanie has created two works for this project – Memory Star and Key Star - inspired by the intricate design of computer parts including RAM, motherboards and keyboards. With inbuilt planned obsolescence so common, Stephanie's work reflects the idea that we need to purchase electronic goods with longevity in mind to help protect our planet from e-waste pollution.

Is your pet rabbit safe?

​Owners of domestic rabbits are being encouraged to vaccinate their pet rabbit or take actions to keep them safe as a regional feral rabbit control program gets underway in northern Sydney in February.

The aim of the program is to reduce feral rabbit numbers and their impacts. In urban environments this is most effective using Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV1- K5).

Rabbits are declared a pest animal in NSW as they compete with native animals and degrade Australian native animals, plants and Endangered Ecological Communities. They are also causing public nuisance and significant damage to playing fields, public parks and private property in northern Sydney.

While RHDV1-K5 is not harmful to native animals or other domestic pets (it is species-specific), pet rabbits can be infected by contact with wild rabbits and biting insects. Since last year a new strain of RHDV1, the K5-strain, has been earmarked for release due to its improved suitability to Australian conditions, in particular the cool-wet regions of Sydney where previous strains were less effective.

Rabbit owners are encouraged to contact local vets to discuss vaccination and additional protection measures including alternate housing in mosquito-proof enclosures away from contact with wild rabbits.

The release is currently scheduled to take place in selected reserves and open space in northern Sydney from mid-February to the end of March. The release is dependent on weather conditions and therefore pet owners should maintain the vaccination program as recommended by their vet.

Epping to Chatswood

StationLink.JPGThe rail line between Epping and Chatswood is currently being upgraded ahead of the new Sydney Metro Northwest opening in 2019. Upgrades commenced on Sunday 30 September 2018 and will continue for around seven months. To deliver the upgrade, Macquarie University Station, Macquarie Park Station and North Ryde Station will be closed.
 
High frequency Station Link bus services will keep customers moving while the rail line is upgraded. The new fully accessible, air-conditioned Station Link buses will provide thousands of extra services during this time.

The Station Link bus services will be brightly coloured and look different to other bus services you may see around Lane Cove.

To help you plan your travel during the Epping to Chatswood rail line upgrade, details on the Station Link services are now available at transportnsw.info. Plan ahead with the Transport for NSW Trip Planner and know your travel options so you’re prepared during this time.
If you catch a train you may be interested in the details on the Station Link bus stops at eight rail stations to get customers to and from Macquarie Park. These will be at Beecroft, Epping, Eastwood, Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, Chatswood and  St Leonards rail stations. 


Visit the Station Link website for more information about how you’ll keep moving during the upgrade period.

Everyone can play!

Sydney’s first inclusive play space opens in Lane Cove North

Council recently opened the first stage of Mindarie Park which features an inclusive play space as part of the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play program. Located on the corner of Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade the fenced playspace includes a range of swings, natural-looking play materials and equipment that is suitable for people of all abilities to enjoy. Also on-site are new BBQ facilities, toilets and Seniors fitness equipment.

The project was made possible following $1million in funding from the NSW Department of Planning and a further $800,000 in Council contributions. The next stage involves installation of a multi-court, additional play area and a large grassed area suitable for informal games and relaxation. The works will be completed in 2020 resulting in 6,300m2 of open space for residents living in the Lane Cove North area.

Latest Update  - December 2018

Locals will have noticed a range of activities taking place on-site at Mindarie Park including:

  • installation of sandstone block retaining walls
  • new footpaths inside and outside the park area
  • new play equipment installed along with the first stage of soft fall
  • installation of a new toilet block

Early in the new year the final stage of the soft fall will be installed along with other park infrastructure. Associated landscaping will also take place prior to the playground being open by the end of Summer 2019.

Works will still continue throughout 2019 on the rest of the park area.

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Image: Example of equipment for installation in an inclusive playspace in Mindarie Park

Latest Update - 8 August 2018

This week Council will begin the first stage of the new Mindarie Park which will provide 6,300 square metres of open space in Lane Cove North bounded by Pinaroo Place, Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade.

Following a funding announcement by the NSW Government (see below), a new inclusive playspace will be built on the corner of Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade as the first stage of the larger park.

The initial site preparation works for the play area will include:

  • Removal of existing play equipment
  • Demolition of tennis wall
  • Installation of tree protection measures
  • Installation of natural sandstone block retaining wall
  • Preliminary grading works

These initial preparation works are expected to take 3 – 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting. Over the coming months additional on-site works will be undertaken to prepare to install the new playground in time for use at the end of Summer 2019. During this time you may wish to explore other playgrounds in Lane Cove, including Tantallon Oval.

For the latest information on the project please refer to on-site signage or refer back to this website. 

Find your nearest playground:

28 June 2018 - Mindarie Million-Dollar Funding Announcement

Lane Cove Council is thrilled with the NSW Government's announcement of funding for the Mindarie Park Inclusive Playspace this week.

$1 million of additional funding has been provided to the Council project thanks to the Accelerated Open Space and Parklands Program implemented by the Office of Open Space and Parklands.

The new inclusive playspace will align with the Everyone Can Play in NSW guidelines to cater for all people, including disabled and able-bodied children and their Carers.

The funding announced by the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning and Housing, means Council can get underway with the first stage of this exciting park in Lane Cove North sooner than anticipated.

The commencement of playground works in Spring will signal the first step in bringing the 6,300 square metres of recreational space in Lane Cove North to life.

waratah-nswgovt-two-colour.pngConstruction is expected to start this Spring with completion of this particular aspect of the park scheduled to be completed by the end of Summer 2019.

Council's 2018/19 budget includes a further $3 million to deliver the remaining aspects of the Mindarie Park open space project.

The Mindarie Park Inclusive Playspace is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Lane Cove Council.


 

Medium Density Update

6 July 2018

Council has now received written confirmation that the implementation of the Medium Density Housing Code has been deferred in the Lane Cove Local Government Area until 1 July 2019.

This means that applicants will not be able to lodge a complying development application for dual occupancies, manor houses or terraces until 1 July 2019. Applicants will also not be able to lodge a development application for manor houses or terraces until 1 July 2019

June Update

​Council has successfully obtained a 12 month deferral for the implementation of the State Government’s new Medium Density Housing Code and Design Guide, which would override Council’s planning controls by permitting villas and terraces/townhouses in the R2 (Residential) zone.

The Code permits both villas and terraces to a height of 8.5 metres, overriding Council’s height control of 5 metres, which was designed to accommodate villas only. While Council supports and encourages housing diversity, the provisions of the Code and Guide have not taken into account the Lane Cove Local Government Area local planning context with regards to multi-dwelling housing.

Council in May submitted a Planning Proposal to the NSW Government to remove multi-dwelling housing from the R2 zone. Public consultation of the change is anticipated to commence in August 2018, with the matter to be finalised before the expiration of the 12 month deferral.

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