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The Canopy – The Canopy is now open. Eat Street opens October 2020.

Return and Earn - The reverse vending machine is now available to use at the Little Street car park. 

Bob Campbell Oval - find out more about Bob Campbell Oval and the Draft Masterplan.
Lane Cove Gift Card - this gift card can be redeemed at over 50 stores in the area.

Kingsford Smith Oval Changes - ​A new coloured-flag system has been implemented at Kingsford Smith Oval.

Greenwich Hospital - find out more about the redevelopment of Greenwich Hospital. 

St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 - State Government's Plan for the future of the precinct

Boat Trailer Parking in Lane Cove – Rules and regulations on boat trailer street parking. 

NSROC Sportsground Strategy – Addressing the issues of sportsfield usage across the region

St Leonards South Masterplan and Planning Proposal - now finalised.
 

Northwood Shops - Find out about the DA and amended Development Control Plan.COVID-19 - the latest on COVID-19 in Lane Cove

NSW Small Business Month

Did you know there are more than 150 businesses listed on the Shop Lane Cove website? Watch our new video below for a glimpse of the range of local businesses you can find on www.shoplanecove.com.au and visit the website to discover even more. Stuck at home? Need something delivered? You can also search by delivery method so that you can continue to support your local businesses throughout 2020.  

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Bob Campbell Oval

​This page will provide a central location for updates on Bob Campbell Oval and the Draft Masterplan.

20 October 2020

The consultation period has been extended and will now finish on 1 November 2020.

An additional community drop-in session will be hosted by Council on-site at Bob Campbell Oval on Friday 23 October, 3:30pm - 6:30pm.

Find out more on the Have Your Say page for Bob Campbell Oval.

September 2020

Consultation is now underway via Council's Have Your Say section until Thursday 29 October 2020 (amended to 1 November).

Council's Open Space Plan identifies the need to increase the capacity and use of open space assets through investment, innovation and good design. To help improve the use of Bob Campbell Oval, Greenwich, Council has prepared a Draft Masterplan which demonstrates how a range of features could be included on the site. Council's 2008 Recreation Action Plan was developed to identify existing gaps in sports infrastructure and planned for increased capacity as a result of increased participation in sport. It recommended that Council investigate the option of a synthetic field at Blackman Park or Bob Campbell Oval, along with upgraded cricket wickets and improved lighting. The Blackman Park upgrades were ultimately completed in 2014.

The 2014 NSROC Regional Sportsground Strategy which covered the LGAs of Hornsby, Hunter's Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby, identified that demand for sportsfields would far outweigh supply in coming years even with all existing fields converting to synthetic to allow higher usage. This report identified Bob Campbell Oval as a potential synthetic field location.

Council's 2018-2021 Delivery Program and Operation Plan included an action to develop a synthetic playing surface at Bob Campbell Oval including consideration of the provision of walkways, off-leash areas and amenities/car parks.

Council has been successful in securing funds for the upgrade to the oval and surrounding park area through state funding from NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment.

We are now seeking feedback on the Masterplan which includes the following:

  • New synthetic field to accommodate Soccer (90m x 50m) and Cricket
  • Existing Bushland
  • New fitness track approx. 400m in length
  • Enclosed off-leash dog areas
  • New amenities building
  • Approx. 50 space car park
  • Link to existing bush track
  • New native vegetation area
  • Existing aquaduct
  • New playground and fitness equipment
  • New BBQ picnic area
  • Existing vehicular access road and shared user access path
  • New shared user path (SUP)
  • New upgraded lighting for field
  • New Netball training court for off-peak times
  • Perimeter fence

To assist with the consultation, Council has prepared Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), along with a number of background documents and will also host two community drop-in information sessions.

To allow the community to understand the scale of the enclosed field, the area of the synthetic sportsfield has been marked on the existing oval (as close as practical) including the off-leash dog areas during this consultation period.

Have Your Say

To have your say please visit the Have Your Say section of Council's website to review the background information and complete the online survey.

The Have Your Say page also includes details on dates/RSVP process for the drop-in sessions and how to make a submission to the General Manager regarding the Masterplan.

Written submissions close 5:00pm Thursday 29 October 2020.

St Leonards South Finalised

The final Development Control Plan and Landscape Master Plan for St Leonards South were adopted by Council at the 19 October 2020 meeting and took effect from that date. Copies of the documents can be found below: 

September 2020 - Finalisation of St Leonards South Planning Proposal

The St Leonards South Planning Proposal (Planning Proposal 25) has been finalised by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, consistent with Council's resolution of 11 May 2020. This included a reduction in the height of buildings along Canberra Ave and Park Rd and will come into effect from 1 November, 2020. In the interim, the LEP wording and associated maps, including the incentive height of buildings map can be viewed on the LEPs Online website - Determination Documents tab.

The Gazetted LEP amendment reflects the height changes between the exhibited draft Incentive Height of Buildings Map and final Incentive Height of Buildings Map. The number of storeys permitted within the height controls is regulated in the Development Control Plan (DCP) for the area which is being updated to reflect the controls shown in Figure 13 included in the Supplementary Report adopted by Council. A consolidated DCP reflecting this as well as other amendments from the 11 May Council Meeting will be submitted to the October 2020 Council Meeting.

Please note: The recently finalised St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan shows a different diagram compared  to Figure 13. However, the DPIE has confirmed the finalised LEP overrides any such references within the St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 Plan.

May 2020

On 11 May 2020, Council held an Extraordinary Meeting to respond to the State Government's Design Charrette, Independent Planning Commission advice and all submissions received during the public consultation process on St Leonards South.

Council resolved to amend the draft plans to reduce the overall density of the plan, increase the amount of open space and key worker housing and include other measures related to design guidance/excellence and sustainability. A further resolution was passed on 18 May 2020 to provide further clarification on some points. Please see the 'Council Agendas and Minutes' section for all details.

The next steps will be to forward the amended Planning Proposal to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment.

February 2020

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has released its Strategic Review of the St Leonards South Planning Proposal​ which included a Charette (where experts were gathered to review the scheme)  conducted on 11 November, 2019.  ​The report concludes "Specifically, the planning proposal should be reviewed to consider:

1.  Creation of a new central park – the proposed open space should be relocated to sit centrally within the St Leonards South precinct in order to maximise opportunities with active and passive recreation and make effective use of strategically co-located community uses.

 
2.  Consolidation of public open space – pocket parks referenced at Holdsworth Avenue, Marshall Avenue and Berry Road should be consolidated into one central open space. This will maximise useability of open space for both passive and active recreation activities.

 
3.  Creation of new east-west links – an amended block layout should be explored with additional east-west links to establish a grid pattern in the precinct. This will achieve improved pedestrian permeability and activate public open space connections.

 
4.  Reorientation of density in the precinct – in order to maintain solar access to public open space, density should be reorientated to the north-east portion of the precinct.

 
5.  Minimising traffic movements – by minimising on-street parking, closing the intersection at Canberra Avenue and River Road, and introducing maximum car parking rates for the precinct. These measures will assist in delivering a pedestrianised environment reflective of the precinct’s proximity to active transport.

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​November 2019

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has released the Terms of Reference for the strategic review of the St Leonards South Planning Proposal and announced the review included a a Charette (where experts were gathered to review the scheme) was conducted on 11 November, 2019.  ​Pariticipants inclusded the Government Architect, a representative of the Greater Sydney Commission ​and a team of design and urban planning specialists. When complete it is intended that an outcome report will be produced and provided to Council in 2019.

October 2019

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has advised that they intend to release the timetable and terms of reference for the strategic review of the St Leonards South scheme by 25 October 2019. 

Two Planning Proposals lodged in the St Leonards South Precinct that have been refused by Council as they were inconsistent with the MasterPlan and Draft LEP amendment are subject to a Rezoning Review by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The Department has referred the Planning Proposals for advice from the Sydney North Planning Panel before consideration by the Gateway.  At this stage no public hearings will be occurring. At this stage the proposed dates the panel will consider the proposals are as follows:-

​· 21-41 Holdsworth Ave and 18-32 Canberra Ave St Leonards - Wednesday 6 November 2019, 10.30am – 11.30am.

· 23-31 Holdsworth Avenue, 42-46 River Road and 24-34 Berry Road, St Leonards (East Quarter) and 26-36 Park Road and 27-39 Berry Road, St Leonards (West Quarter) – Wednesday 6 November 2019, 1pm – 2pm. 

September 2019

On 10 September, Council wrote to the Minister Stokes seeking his involvement to ensure the review is adequately resourced.

The General Manager has met with representatives of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to better understand the proposed process. At this stage the Department has set a 2 month indicative timeframe to undertake the strategic review of the scheme having regard to the IPC's advice. Once the review is complete, depending on the scale of change, community consultation would then be undertaken. At the conclusion of the consultation process Council will be in a position to consider such amendments in the finalisation of the Planning Proposal.

August 2019

Council at its meeting on Monday 19 August 2019 resolved that:

1. Council receive and note the advice of the Independent Planning Commission (IPC);

2. Council advise the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, that the NSW Government should review and respond to the IPC’s advice and recommend that:-

a) Council participates in the process and provides all necessary information and resources as required;

b) In conducting the review, although it is appropriate for Council to participate, the findings should be delivered by the Government;

c) As a number of the issues raised by the IPC also apply to the remainder of the St Leonards / Crown Nest 2036 study area, the NSW Chief Planner be involved in the review in addition to the Government Architect; and

d) Dr Deborah Dearing from the Greater Sydney Commission also be included in the review; and

3. That the review also consider:-

a) Reducing the 41% growth target for Lane Cove to 2036 to a more realistic rate in line with neighbouring Councils such as Mosman (6%) and Hunters Hill (9%) rather than our larger neighbours (such as North Sydney 27%, Willoughby 21% and Ryde 45%);

b) Contributing to the provision of more open space in the St Leonards South precinct given that Council’s proposed contribution through the draft Master Plan is already $30 million (over and above existing s7.11 contributions) and a higher amount will be needed to purchase more open space;

c) Overshadowing concerns, particularly facing River Road;

d) The need to provide accessible pathways for pedestrians and cyclists;

e) The need to provide local community facilities; and

f) The overall financial feasibility of the plan.

Background

Council resolved to undertake a master planning process for the precinct in St Leonards bounded by the Pacific Highway to the north, the railway line to the east, River Road to the south and Greenwich Road to the west. Council officers developed a Brief for the St Leonards Strategy, to be undertaken in two parts:

  • Stage 1 Precinct Report; and
  • Stage 2 Growth Scenarios Report.

Stage 1 (2012 – 2014)

Consultants David Lock and Associates (DLA) were engaged to complete Stage 1 of the St Leonards Strategy. The Precinct Report includes:-

  • Consideration of the current State, metropolitan and local strategic planning context;
  • A summary of existing conditions such as land use, demographic profile, urban structure and built form, public domain and natural features, vehicular and pedestrian access and movement, and physical infrastructure;
  • A summary of the community consultation undertaken as part of Stage 1; and
  • An analysis of issues and opportunities for the precinct, including that the area "is well located for potential urban consolidation opportunities".

Community consultation was also undertaken as part of this process which included the establishment of a website and a Community Consultation report on Stage 1.

Stage 2 (2014 – 2015)

In response to technical and community feedback received through a series of community sessions and workshops, a Draft Master Plan and supporting documents were prepared by urban planning consultants and endorsed by Council on 8 December 2014 for public exhibition.

The Draft Plan discussed potential changes to the zoning and scale of areas in the precinct as well as the provision of community facilities, open space and other matters. It also discussed:-

  • Density Potential
  • Financial Viability
  • Sustainable Urban Design & Amenity
  • Infrastructure
  • Staging and Transition Management

These plans were publicly exhibited from December 2014 to May 2015 and Council held numerous information days, workshops, and drop-in sessions.

Details of Stage 2 (including Master Plan, community presentations and Council reports) are available on Council's website in the 'Have Your Say' section entitled St Leonards South Draft Master Plan.

Stage 3 (2015 – now)

On 13 July 2015 Council resolved to adopt the Draft St Leonards South Master Plan with the addition of the area up to Park Road east side, subject to the B3 Commercial Core zone west of Canberra Avenue remaining as currently zoned (see map below).

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The next phase of the planning process identified the exact location of public parks, community facilities, east-west links and roads– all to promote a liveable residential precinct. This involved translating the Master Plan into:

    • a draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) containing various legal mechanisms (zones; building heights; FSR; etc);
    • a draft Development Control Plan (setbacks; open space; transitions; parking; etc);
    • a draft Development Contributions Plan (which will include a suitable provision for Key Worker Housing;); and
    • a draft Landscape Master Plan (to be incorporated into the DCP).

A Progress Report was presented to the 15 February 2016 Council meeting updating the status of the Draft LEP amendments and other documents.

Draft LEP Amendment No.25.

The Draft LEP amendments were submitted to NSW Department of Planning and Environment in February and May 2016. The Draft LEP amendments (Planning Proposal) was granted a conditional Gateway Determination in September 2016. Community Information Sessions were held in November 2016 to provide this update to owners and residents in the St Leonards South area – this was reported to the November 2016 Council meeting along with the presentation.

Council formally responded to the Gateway conditions in September 2017 and the other supporting documents were reported to the October 2017 Council meeting and endorsed for public exhibition. 

Draft LEP Amendments

The proposed LEP amendments for the St Leonards South Residential Precinct (bounded by Canberra Avenue, Marshall Avenue, Park Road and River Road) seek to:-

  • Increase the residential density of much of the site from R2 Low Density Residential to R4 High Density Residential
  • Increase the building height limits for the area from 9.5 metres to the various building heights
  • To amend the maximum permissible floor space ratio (FSR) for the area from 0.5/ 0.6:1 to various floor space ratios
  • Support the provision of public open space throughout the precinct commensurate with the planned intensity of development in St Leonards South
  • Support the provision of Community facilities throughout the precinct commensurate with the planned intensity of development in St Leonards South
  • Ensure landscape design within both the public and private domain is of a uniformly high standard
  • Support ease of pedestrian/ cycle circulation throughout the precinct
  • To support the provision of efficient traffic routes in St Leonards South

Consultation

Consultation on the draft LEP amendments and other supporting studies ran from 30 October 2017 to 5 January 2018. Details of this consultation are available on Council's website in the 'Have Your Say' section entitled St Leonards South Residential Precinct Draft Plans. A copy of the submissions received during this consultation period is available.

The exhibition material included:-

  • A Planning Proposal which seeks to amend LEP 2009 to implement new site-specific planning controls (including zoning, building heights, floor space ratios, lot sizes and land reservation acquisition) which will control development in the St Leonards South Precinct. Ministerial delegation has not been issued to Council for this proposal.
  • A Draft Development Control Plan that details development controls for the precinct.
  • A Draft Landscape Master Plan that details designs for public and private domain areas and the overall streetscape.
  • A Draft Section 94 Contributions Plan that provides a means for funding local infrastructure required as a result of the new development.

    Other information and supporting documents, including Supplementary Design Report; Heritage Study; Cumulative Transport and Accessibility Study; Cumulative Traffic Study; St Leonards South Master Plan – December 2014; Independent Economic Review; HillPDA advice on Affordable Housing; S94 Open Space Contribution; and Community Facilities uplift.

Community Drop In Sessions were held throughout November and December 2017. Both these sessions involved the display of information panels outlining the scheme and staff were on hand to answer any questions.

To view all the exhibition material in full please see the Related Documents below.

Related Documents      

Other Supporting documents

Proposed LEP maps

Gateway Determination

Council Reports

  • Council Report – St Leonards South Master Plan - 13 July 2015 
  • Council Resolution – St Leonards South Master Plan - 13 July 2015 
  • Council Report – St Leonards South – Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan – 23 October 2017 
  • Council Resolution -  St Leonards South – Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan – 23 October 2017 

What happened next?

At its meeting held on the 19 March 2018, Council resolved to write to Minister Anthony Roberts MP to request:-

  1. An extension of time for Council to complete the St Leonards South Planning Proposal to allow for the public release and consideration of the St Leonards / Crows Nest Planned Precinct Draft Land Use Infrastructure and Implementation Plan; and
  2. Confirmation that if the Planning Proposal proceeds and given the recent rezonings in St Leonards east of the railway line, these rezonings satisfy Council's housing supply targets to 2026.

This was to allow the community and Councillors to understand and consider the Government's plans for the Precinct, particularly in relation to the provision of infrastructure, prior to further considering the Planning Proposal. Once this was released, two (2) additional community consultation sessions were to be organised to outline the plan to the community. A 12 month extension was subsequently granted.

Greater Sydney Commission

Council also  sought clarity and a commitment that if the St Leonards South Planning Proposal proceeds and given the recent rezonings in St Leonards east of the railway line, these rezonings will satisfy Council's housing supply targets to 2026. Council has received correspondence from the Greater Sydney Commission  which acknowledges, in two key sentences:-

"Based on Council's estimates of capacity created via planning strategies currently being considered and Council's 2009 LEP, the LGA has the potential to exceed a 6-10 year (2021-2026 target)......."

"In this regard we recognise that the additional capacity you are creating now through your local planning will be counted towards your achievement of a 10 year target."

Based on the letter and discussions with the Greater Sydney Commission, to bring this into effect Council can develop a 10 year Housing Strategy (as all councils are required to do once the target is known), based on the St Leonards East and South precincts only.

Latest on COVID-19

Please find important information from Council below relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

For the latest NSW Health information on the number of cases in Lane Cove local government area, please visit the NSW Health Website.

The NSW Government encourages everyone to wear a mask where possible. Masks are a helpful addition in the fight against COVID-19, if used correctly. 

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant recommends wearing a mask:

  • If it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others  
  • When in high-risk indoor areas such as public transport, supermarkets, shops, places of worship and entertainment venues 
  • When caring for or serving vulnerable people  
  • If working in a cafe, restaurant, pub, club or other high-risk indoor area.

Latest Information -

For information on current NSW Government COVID-19 hotspot areas and public health orders, please view the latest news and updates. If you have visited any of the affected locations that are listed, such as Fitness First St Leonards, or have any symptoms, it is important to self isolate and get tested as soon as possible.

Downloading the COVIDSafe app

Lane Cove locals are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app to help the Australian government's work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence that they can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus. Find out more today...

Council Building is open

Council’s Civic Centre's operating hours are between 8:30am – 5:00pm. We ask all visitors to please observe social distancing requirements and keep a 1.5 metre distance from others. A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in the Civic Centre foyer at any one time.

At this stage, we are only able to accept card payments. Unfortunately, JP services will be unavailable until further notice.

As a reminder, Council services continue to be available online, by email service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au or phone 9911 3555 between 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Library Update

Limited seating, please keep your visit to less than 2 hours. The following hours apply:

Lane Cove Library:

Monday & Friday: 9:30am - 5:00pm  

Tuesday - Thursday: 9:30am - 7:00pm  

Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 2:00pm                  

Greenwich Library: 

Monday – Thursday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am – 2:00pm                                  

Please present your Library card or identification when entering Lane Cove Library. Visitors may be asked to briefly wait to ensure we adhere to capacity limits (Main Library <120, Junior Library <30).

Parents/Carers are advised to not send primary school age children to the Library unattended as the Library may already be at capacity.

NSW Health requests Libraries to collect visitor information to enable effective contact tracing if required. This information will only be used for that purpose and will be deleted after 28 days.

Local Studies is by appointment only.

Find out more.

Report breaches to Crime Stoppers

It is an offence not to adhere to the Public Health order. Crime Stoppers NSW is the best and most appropriate way to report any breaches or concerns around people acting contrary to self-isolation or health orders. Crime Stoppers NSW can be contacted on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers NSW website.

Council facilities remaining closed

Based on the latest information from the NSW Government, the following public places remain closed to the public until further notice:

  • Greenwich Baths - closed
  • Lane Cove Aquatic Centre - open
  • Lane Cove Community Nursery - closed
  • Synergy Youth Centre - open Tuesday and Fridays. Find out more.
  • All Council halls - closed

Public parks, playgrounds and trails are open

Lane Cove's public parks, playgrounds and trails are open. Council reminds residents to maintain social distancing whilst using these facilities and keep 1.5 metres apart from others.   

The NSW Government's advice is that users may use outdoor exercise and playground equipment, but should do so with caution, and:

  • Wash their hands before and after they use the equipment
  • Assume the person who has used the equipment before them has the virus.

Other services and facilities

Garbage collection start times: due to staffing arrangements and to ensure your garbage is collected, garbage collection will start approximately 60-90 minutes earlier in some areas commencing this week, for example 5:00am start instead of 6:00am. Most of these earlier starts will commence on or near major arterial roads. Your understanding of any inconvenience during this time is appreciated.

Sydney Community Services: Council is liaising with local organisation Sydney Community Services to ensure they can continue to provide essential services to people in need in our area and also to ensure any isolated members of the community can still access these services. For more information phone Sydney Community Services on 9427 6425 from Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm.

Please remember to practice social distancing when outdoors.

DA Process

Council's Civic Centre has reopened, which means DA searches in-person are now available. You can continue to also use the DA Search and Enquiry tool on Council's website. If you require assistance, please email service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

All development applications are to be lodged electronically via the NSW Planning Portal. Find out more about Online DA Lodgement.

Council's Development Assessment Team is committed to continuity of service during this time and appreciate your co-operation with the above changes.

Extended Construction Hours

New rules introduced by the NSW Government allow construction sites to operate on weekends and public holidays.

The rules are intended to allow workers to abide by social distancing rules while keeping construction projects progressing by spreading building work across more days of the week. The announcement was made on 2 April.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 is now in place and will continue until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.

Demolition and building work is permitted on a Saturday, Sunday and public holiday provided:

  • The development has consent
  • Comply with all conditions of consent other than conditions that relate to hours of work or operation on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, and
  • For work or operation on Saturday, Sunday or public holiday - must
    • Comply with the conditions of  the consent that restrict the hours of work or operation on any other days as if the conditions applied to work or operation on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday
    • Not involve the carrying out of rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities during the hours of work that would not be normally permitted but for this Order.
    • Take all appropriate and reasonable measures to minimise noise.

Find out more.

Council is calling residents

Council staff has been calling Lane Cove residents to check-in and offer support and assistance during this difficult time. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all and the health and safety of Lane Cove residents are Council's priority. During this call, please feel free to let Council know if you need support or assistance in any way and we will do our best to help. Council will also use this call as a chance to confirm your contact details.

In the meantime, if you do require assistance, please call Council on 9911 3555 or email service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Support for residents and businesses

Support for Local Businesses

The new $3,000 recovery grant to help small businesses safely re-launch their operations went live on the Service NSW website on 1 July 2020. View the media release for more information.
Council is supporting local businesses by:

  • Granting rental relief to all commercial Council tenants, including those with footpath dining.
  • Encouraging other landlords to provide rent relief.

Free Online Program for Local Businesses

Has your business been impacted by Covid-19? Wondering how to plan for what happens next, including sustainable success? 

Council is offering Lane Cove businesses a free online training program that is tailored to our local business community. It can help you:

  • Minimise disruption to your business during this crisis 
  • Identify new opportunities and revenue streams 
  • Set yourself up for a quick recovery once we get to the other side of this crisis

Delivered by Grant Hartley from Brand Local, this short program is designed to provide Lane Cove business owners with simple and effective solutions that can be executed quickly at low to no cost.

Kick-start your journey with the basic fundamentals in as little as half a day or take full advantage of the additional resources and continue at your own pace. You can stop and start at anytime, giving you the flexibility to complete the sessions when it suits you.

Find out more and sign up for the free Lane Cove program today

In addition to Council's tailored program, the NSW Government has also announced a range of free webinars that you may find useful. Over the next two weeks there are seminars on creative incomes, Google analytics, innovation and managing people to name a few. Find out more on the Business Connect website.

To provide further assistance to businesses, Council has launched www.shoplanecove.com.au. It's free for businesses to list and you can update your delivery information as often as you need so that locals can find out if you're offering pick-up, delivery, online services etc. 

Government support for businesses

Government business support packages previosuly announced include:

Government support for individuals

The Federal Government is providing a range of measures to address the global health crisis related to Coronavirus COVID-19.

On 22 March 2020, the Government announced it will provide a temporary Coronavirus Supplement of $550 a fortnight to new and existing income support recipients from 27 April 2020 for six months. People will receive their usual payment plus $550 each fortnight for the six month period. For more information and to check eligibility, please visit the Department of Social Services (DSS) website.

The Treasury has also outlined its economic response to COVID-19. Please follow the below links for more information.  

Residents may also find the following DSS links useful:  

Please visit the Department of Health's webpage for general health information on Coronavirus COVID-19.

For Council updates on COVID-19, please visit Council’s Latest News.

Everyone can play!

Mindarie Park now open

The final two stages of Mindarie Park are now complete providing a variety of sports and play equipment for local residents to enjoy. Along with stage one which features an all-inclusive playground, the park now provides 6,300 square metres of open space and a multi-use games area.

The fencing of the grassed area will remain in place throughout July to help the grass take hold and will be removed as soon as the grass is ready for action.

The park is bounded by Pinaroo Place, Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade. 8 parking spaces are available on Kullah Parade as well as parking in Pinaroo Place.

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May 2020 Update

Council's Manager of Open Space, Ted Webster, explains the progress of stage 2 in this video on Council's YouTube channel.

Installation of a timber ropes obstacle course (pictured) and a rain garden are now complete. The park will also include a multi-use games area, a large turf area, amphitheatre and performance area as well as two new picnic shelters, barbecues, bubblers and accessible picnic settings. Plants from Council’s nursery will be planted to create a natural green buffer around the park and larger native trees were planted in February to provide shade.

A total of eight new off-street car spaces will be available along Kullah Parade which will replace the three existing on street car spots.

Stage one which included an all-inclusive playground following the “Everyone can Play” NSW guidelines was opened by member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts MP on 23 February 2019.

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Image above: Timber parkour obstacle course

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Image above: Conceptual Masterplan

February 2019 - 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.

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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.


 

Business Parking Permits

A yearly Business Parking Permit scheme for The Canopy car park commenced on Wednesday 10 June 2020. ​

This scheme allows unlimited and unrestricted use of level P4 of The Canopy car park seven days-a-week at a cost of $1,800 per annum, per permit. The scheme allows for up to 50 business parkers.

To be eligible for a Business Parking Permit, the Applicant must operate a business permanently located in the Lane Cove town centre or is a staff member of that business. Please refer to the shaded areas in the Business Parking Centre map to check whether your business is eligible.​

Find out more about the Conditions of the Business Parking Permit Scheme.

Businesses can apply for a permit online.

Return and Earn - Can and Bottle Recycling

​​​​Return and Earn opened in Lane Cove on Monday 9 December 2019. Located on P1 of the Little Street car park, the reverse vending machine aims to reduce the amount of beverage container litter in the environment by collecting eligible containers such as cans and bottles.  

As of 30 April 2020, more than 533,366 containers have been deposited.

How to use the Return and Earn reverse vending machine:

  1. Insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the reverse vending machine.
  2. Containers will be scanned to ensure they are eligible for a refund.
  3. When you’re finished, select your preferred payout method on the screen:

Digital refund: Download the myTOMRA app and link it to PayPal, to transfer the refund to your account.
Retail refund: Take a printed voucher from the machine for a cash refund to Woolworths.
Donate your refund: Choose on the screen the charity or community fundraiser to donate your refund to.

Operating hours:

Monday to Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer, cut the ribbon before being the first to use the machine when it opened on Monday 9 December.

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Free Online Activities

No music in the Plaza? No problem! Staff have been busy turning our Saturday Sounds program into an online series that features musicians playing from their lounge room to yours. Kid's activities in the Plaza have also been brought to life with free online workshops each Friday afternoon and you can watch Lane Cove Library's Children's Storytime on our YouTube channel or keep an eye out on our Facebook page each Friday morning for the latest release.

Follow the Council Facebook page to be the first to see our latest online activities.

Storytime goes online!


Join Lane Cove Library's children's librarians for Storytime Online every week! Simply click on the link below to join in.

Saturday Online Sounds


Council is bringing its Saturday Sounds series to you online. Enjoy listening to the following music sets:

Fun Fridays


Council's Plaza program of events has moved online, including First Fridays. Introducing our new weekly online series, Fun Fridays! Each week at 3:30pm, you can find a new video for kids on Council's Facebook.

Bush Kids Activities


The Bush Kids team has provided great resources on Facebook for families at home. You can take a virtual bushwalk or participate in craft activities. Follow the links below to make your own clay and gumnut echidnas or nature weaving.

Follow Lane Cove Bush Kids on Facebook to participate in the virtual bushwalks and for more activities.

Connect with your neighbour


It's crucially important now more than ever to stay socially connected with people in your community. Although you might be physically distant from your neighbours, Council encourages you to connect with your neighbours by giving them a call, leave a friendly card on their doorstep, organise a virtual coffee date or you might even like to have driveway drinks or dinner.

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Lane Cove Library delivers!


The Library staff are keeping busy with Library to Your Door deliveries! The staff can deliver books, magazines, audiobooks and DVDs directly to your home for a small fee – there's no need to leave your house! Reserve your item/s

 

Online Resources from Lane Cove Library


Lane Cove Library may be closed, but there are still a number of ways to beat the self-isolating blues and keep the kids busy...

We've included details below on how you can download an eBook or eAudiobook, stream a film or flick through a digital magazine.

You'll also find links to help kids play educational games, participate in science projects and create one of many online craft projects. 

Plus, we've recently launched online storytime videos. Follow Lane Cove Council on Facebook or visit our YouTube channel to watch Storytime Online from the comfort of your own home.

All this and more is available online with just your Lane Cove Library card!

Artfilms

The Artfilms collection offers access to film streaming of performances, documentaries and interviews from top artists and producers in a range of subjects such as visual arts, theatre and music etc. Login with your Library card number. Access Artfilms.

Beamafilm

Access Australian documentaries and feature films from around the world. Login with your Library card number. Access Beamafilm.

BorrowBox

Read Australian and international fiction and non-fiction in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Includes fiction works for children and young adults. Download the app to your PC or mobile device. Login with your Shorelink Library card number and password. Access Bolinda BorrowBox.

IndyReads

Access a statewide collection of independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles in eBook and eAudiobooks. Login with your Shorelink Library card number and password. Access IndyReads

RB Digital

Access to your favourite magazines including art, photography, travel, lifestyle, cars and cooking. All available to download to your mobile device. Login with your Shorelink Library card number and password. Access RB Digital

State Library of NSW

The State Library of NSW also provides a free eBook collection: eBook Central. Simply use your library card number to register and you will be able to access additional resources. Access eBook Central.

Family History Resources


Find My Past

Find My Past is a family history database that provides access to a wide variety of records and documents including births, deaths and marriages, census, military records, newspapers and immigration records for United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. The Library will supply access passwords on request. Request Access from Lane Cove Library Access Find My Past

Online Resources for Kids


Busythings

Busything is amazing, colourful, quirky and suits all kinds of learners between the ages of 3-9, addressing literacy, numeracy and creativity. Children of all abilities can play games, use creative tools and display their art work in a gallery. Login with your Library card number. Access Busythings

Story Box Library

Story Box Library features more than 290 stories for children to view. Listen to stories by local authors and illustrators, being read aloud by predominantly Australian and New Zealand storytellers. Login with your Library card number. Access Story Box Library.

World Book Kids Online

World Book Kids Online has plenty to keep children entertained including educational resources, an activity corner, science projects, educational games and lots more. Login with your Library card number. Access World Book Kids Online.

Amazon Audible

Amazon are allowing children from all over the world to instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being  kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Access Amazon Audible


 

Kingsford Smith Oval Changes

​From Monday 2 March 2020, a new coloured-flag system will be implemented at Kingsford Smith Oval to help dog owners know when their dogs are allowed off-leash (no flag), on-leash (yellow flag) or not allowed on the oval at all (red flag). The flags will be displayed depending on the use of the oval and reflects the implementation of the Companion Animals Act 1998.

For more information, please visit see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Did you know you can check the availability of Council’s facilities including indoor venues, sports grounds and parks and reserves on the Council website?

To do so, simply follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Facilities webpage;

  2. Under the Availability bullet point, select Library, Indoor Venues, Sports Grounds or Parks and Reserves;

  3. The calendar will highlight whether the facility is available. Busy times are blocked out in red.  

 
Greenwich Hospital

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

An updated proposal was lodged by the applicant which has regard to the community's and Council's submission (April 2019). It can viewed on the Department of Planning's website or in hard copy at Council's Civic Centre and Greenwich Library. Submissions for the updated proposal were extended until 18 December 2019.

Since Council's initial submission in April 2019, the development was subject to design changes and was renotified to Council. 

report relating to the updated proposal was considered at the Council meeting on Monday 18 November 2019 and Council resolved to object to the amended proposal.  Council made a revised submission addressing the changes to the Department of Planning in mid-December 2019. The revised submission included a copy of the Council report, Council's decision​​ and a set of draft conditions should the proposal proceed despite Council's opposition.​

Key amendments to the concept proposal are:

• Reduced scale of development, including deletion of the seniors living villas;

• Increased health care facilities, including a new respite care facility;

• Greater setbacks and transitions in height of building envelopes along the boundaries of the site;

• Increased tree retention and landscaping;

• Reconfiguration of the layout to protect the heritage curtilage of Pallister House; and

• Revised staging to deliver the new hospital in the first stage.



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Proposed Aged Care Facility

Update: Proposed aged care facility at Northwood shops

The Council at its meeting on 19 August 2019 considered an update on the Northwood Shops Planning Proposal (P.P. 29). In June last year Council rejected a proposal  for a new development at Northwood shops. The purpose of the planning proposal was to amend the permissible uses for land at 4-18 Northwood Road and 274 and 274A Longueville Road Lane Cove to permit a 130-bed residential care facility above retail shops. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has advised they are currently seeking to finalise the Planning Proposal having considered Council’s and the Developer’s response and so a decision is imminent.

Council has not altered its position that the proposal should be amended to a more modest built form with a two-storey façade (with a 3rd level setback) fronting Northwood Road. Adequate setbacks at the rear from bushland and vehicle access from the southern end of the site.

Future Use Of Compost

In late-2019, Lane Cove residents were invited to have their say and make a submission to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) public consultation on the future use of compost derived from general household waste (red-bin waste).

On 1 July 2017 a new 'Red Bin' Waste Processing Facility commenced operations at the old Woodlawn Mine site (near Goulburn) to convert general household waste into compost (known as MWOO) suitable for mine site rehabilitation. The $100 million facility was delivered by Veolia under a licence granted by the EPA to service five Northern Sydney councils including Lane Cove and Southern Sydney councils, to dramatically increase the diversion of waste from landfill.

In October 2018 the EPA temporarily halted the application of MWOO to mine sites pending further research and is now proposing to ban its use permanently. It should be noted while the Woodlawn facility produced compost for approximately 18 months, none of the actual compost was ever distributed on the site.

The Woodlawn site is an abandoned mine which has various levels of contamination including copper tailings and the like. For this reason, it has strict MWOO application and water runoff controls in place approved by the EPA. Given the copper tailings dam alone would require 20 years of MWOO production to fill and would be capped when completed, Council is calling for a specific exemption to the ban for this use.

The EPA's consultation ended on Thursday 28 November 2019.

Find out more about the tailings dam. (Please follow the links to the agenda and minutes for the October Council Meeting. In the agenda, the information can be found on page six and in the minutes, the information can be found on page four.)

Lane Cove Gift Card

​The Lane Cove Gift Card is here and can be redeemed at shops, cafes, restaurants and other retail outlets in Lane Cove.  Your Lane Cove Gift Card may be purchased at any of our load-up stores. The minimum load amount is $30. A sincere thank you to all the retailers who have registered their participation in Council’s Lane Cove Gift Card.

You can use the Lane Cove Gift Card at the following retailers:

  • Adam Larissa

  • Anya Natural Healing

  • Bakers Delight

  • Bella Cove Lingerie

  • Be.U Natural

  • Birdwood Café

  • Cellarbrations at Lane Cove*

  • Chargrill Charlie's

  • Curry Lane

  • Elan Hair

  • Elizabeth's Beauty Clinic

  • Encasa Lane Cove

  • Feet First Acupuncture and Remedial Massage

  • Flair for Beauty

  • Found Gifts and Homewares*

  • Fourth Fish Restaurant

  • Garcon

  • Go Vita

  • Ground Caffe

  • Health Space Clinics

  • Herringbone Hair Design

  • Hummerston's Gourmet Meats

  • Infinity Hair

  • Iris & Lin*

  • Kasina Korean Eatery

  • La Piazza Lane Cove

  • La Provence Espresso Bar

  • Lane Cove Advantage Pharmacy

  • Lane Cove Aquatic and Leisure Centre

  • Lane Cove Bowling and Recreation Club

  • Lane Cove Council Civic Centre*

  • Lane Cove Newsagency

  • Lane Cove Sushi Bar

  • Lane Cove Tennis and Golf

  • Lil Lane Eatery

  • Lillah

  • Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar

  • Miss V Boutique

  • My Hair House by Jen

  • Nibu Café

  • Old Quarter

  • Oliver Barkley Pet Supply

  • One Seed Patisseries

  • Peanut Butter Jelly

  • Porter's Liquor Northwood*

  • Prohealth Physio

  • Pure Flowers

  • Renegade Cycles

  • Riverview Deli

  • Sloans

  • Soulful Fitness Yoga and Pilates

  • Spotted Orchid*

  • Sugarlane

  • Sushimaru Lane Cove

  • Sydney Community Services

  • Sydney Speech Clinic

  • The Beautician

  • The Burns Bay Bookery

  • The Cake Man

  • The Darlene Hair Lounge

  • The Foot Group

  • The Junction Coffee Co

  • The Source Bulk Foods

  • Tres Jolie Hair Face & Body

  • Triple A Dry Cleaners

  • Two Brothers Cafe

  • Unwined Espresso Bar

  • Via Napoli

  • Vision Personal Training

  • Wok Passion

  • Xara Skin Clinic*

  • Zapparellis Pizza

  • Zjoosh

Load-Up Stores

You can purchase and load-up your gift card at the following stores:

  • Cellarbrations at Lane Cove
  • Found Gifts and Homewares
  • Iris & Lin
  • Lane Cove Council Civic Centre*
  • Porter's Liquor Northwood
  • Smart Bargains
  • Spotted Orchid
  • Xara Skin Clinic

Find out more.

 

Kimberley Playground

Council is pleased to announce an upgrade of Kimberley Playground in Kimberley Avenue, Lane Cove is complete. The new play area features a slide, balance beams, spinners and two swings, including a nest swing.

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