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Batten Reserve

Powerful Boost for Batten Reserve

Powerful Owls head the list of threatened species being helped in Batten Reserve Lane Cove over the past year. Regular bushwalkers along Stringybark Creek will have noticed improvements to the overgrown stormwater drainage lines leading to the main creek.  Once choked with Privet, Tradescantia and exotic vines, these drain lines are being regenerated and erosion control works including sandstone armouring and planting are about to commence.

waratah-nswgovt-two-colour.png"These drain lines bring stormwater into the reserve and encourages the spread of invasive plants, being moist, high nutrient areas", said Bushland Co-ordinator Jeff Culleton. "By targeting weeds along these points, we will improve the health of the surrounding bushland, particularly the endangered Coastal Escarpment Littoral Rainforest found along the main creek line".

Council is managing an Environmental Trust grant project aimed at protecting and restoring the endangered ecological communities of Batten Reserve, which also includes a section of Sydney-Turpentine Ironbark Forest. Bush regeneration works over three years will also improve the reserve as a wildlife corridor, with installation of nest boxes and other habitat features also planned. Along with the Grey-headed Flying Fox and Red-crowned Toadlet, the Powerful Owl is classed as vulnerable in NSW and Council is working towards improving their habitat for the long-term.

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.


New Budget Adopted

budgetsummary.JPG​Council is continuing with a period of significant investment in infrastructure, providing long term cultural, social and economic benefits to the Lane Cove Community and visitors to the area.

A budget summary is available to view online. Key highlights include:

Rosenthal Project - $30,000,000 has been provided for the continued redevelopment of the former Rosenthal Avenue Car Park. Development has been staged over four years with additional funding of $30,000,000 provided for 2018/19 and $15,000,000 for 2018/19.

Mowbray Precinct – Open Space - $3,000,000 has been provided for the construction of new open space and an active recreation facilities in the Mowbray Precinct to cater for the additional population growth that is occurring in this area.

Aquatic Centre Olympic Pool and Grandstand - The Olympic Pool was built in 1961 and concern has been raised about its remaining lifespan. The grandstand has also reached the end of its economic life.  Council staff over the next year will progress planning for the replacement of both structures including public consultation and also prepare Development applications for the replacement, $500,000.

Traffic Signals - Funds have been allocated to upgrade traffic signals at Tambourine Bay/Burns Bay Road intersection.

Other Capital Projects

·    Kingsford Smith Oval - $400,000 for grandstand and amenities upgrades;

·    Tantallon Oval - $500,000 matching funding for the proposed grandstand upgrade works;

·    Amenities Building Upgrades - $50,000 is provided for amenities in Helen Street Reserve; and

·    Playground Upgrades - $150,000 is provided for priority playground equipment upgrades


Milestone reached

28 May 2018

Councillors, Council staff, Council’s project manager AECOM and the ADCO team were on-site over the weekend to take-in the sheer depth of the development to date and help mark reaching the deepest point of the Rosenthal Project development.

This significant milestone comes as approximately 80% of the bulk excavation has been completed. So far this has involved removing 180,000 tonnes of material, which is almost 18 times heavier than the Eiffel Tower or more than 13 times heavier than the Brooklyn Bridge.

The excavation has been stabilised by 350 rock anchors drilled through the perimeter piles using 4.4 kilometres of steel anchor chords. The rock faces between the piles are reinforced with 3,000m2 of steel reinforcement and concrete sprayed on to the vertical excavation faces.

The team have reached the final excavation level 18 metres down on the southern portion of the site and the northern portion of the site will be at its lowest point in July 2018.

In addition to the on-site work a number of other preparations have been underway including the purchasing of over two hundred trees which are already planted to give them two growing seasons to mature before they are in place. Lifts, travelators and some longer term items have already been procured while the process of naming the park is also well underway – to help suggest a new name, visit

The next step will be to install a tower crane and then commence works on the building’s foundations and concrete structure.

Pictured left to right: Front: Clr Katherine Morris; Deputy Mayor Clr Karola Brent; Mayor Clr Pam Palmer; Clr David Brooks-Horn; Clr Scott Bennison; Clr Frances Vissel; and Clr Andrew Zbik. Back: Council’s General Manager, Craig Wrightson and Major Projects Director, Geoffrey Douglas.

The end result will be a vibrant new public community space, with additional car parking capacity to assist with village centre growth. The Council-funded project due for completion in 2020 will transform the previous 170 surface level car park to provide:

• A state of the art public open space including parks, performance space and BBQ facilities at ground level

• Four underground levels providing 500 car parking spaces

• Motorcycle and bicycle parking including end of trip facilities

• Two anchor tenants, ALDI and Coles, situated under the public open space

• A pedestrian bridge over Rosenthal Avenue, including lift and stairs

• Upgrades to pavements and street furniture

• An improved trafficable shared pedestrian zone for Birdwood Lane to provide level access to Birdwood Lane and Lane Cove Plaza

There is still plenty of parking in Lane Cove while the project is under construction with three hours free parking available in the 200-space Little Street Car Park. To find parking locations visit  

This is a Lane Cove Council project delivered by ADCO Constructions

Call: 1800 767 368

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Sportsground Strategy

Population growth is expected to impact demand for sports grounds in the Northern Sydney region. Council recently adpoted the Northern Sydney Region of Councils' (NSROC) Regional Sportsground Strategy which considers how the issue of sportsfield usage can be addressed across the member councils.

The Review Report completed prior to the strategy  quantified and demonstrated a current and future shortfall in the supply and capacity of sports grounds. It showed that an increase in supply/capacity of 26% will be needed by the year 2026 (equivalent to approximately 78 standard rectangular fields) and 40% will be needed by the year 2036 (equivalent to approximately 120 standard rectangular fields).

The likely implication of population growth forecasts for each Council is that greater pressure will be placed on community facilities including sports grounds. Given that organisations for community sports already reported inadequate availability of sports grounds for playing and training, Council welcomes the strategy and at its April Council meeting agreed to review the Sportsground strategy for Lane Cove.

Council committed to review and revise its current Sportsground strategy and implement whatever initiatives with the current staff, infrastructure and land areas available to increase our capacity in the short term while staying up to date and stay involved with Regional and State initiatives to increasing our available sports grounds well into the future. To read the full Council report, view the April Council meeting Agenda and Minutes online.


Bike Sharing

Over the past 12 months a number of bike share companies have commenced operations around the metropolitan area of Sydney. Bike share companies such as Reddy Go, Obike, Ofo and Mobike allows riders to access a fleet of bikes through a Smart Phone app. The bikes can be used for return or one-way trips and do not have to be returned to a docking station.

Whilst bike share schemes offer a user-friendly means of cycling, some bikes are left in inappropriate locations and many residents contact Council seeking assistance. Council recently adopted Inner Sydney Bike Share Guidelines. While we will continue to refer to these guidelines to ensure appropriate use of bikes in the area, residents may wish to contact some fo the common service providers regarding a bike you've seen in Lane Cove:

Reddy Go 0432 111 199

oBike 0452 512 453

Ofo 1300 783 859

Mobike1800 861 201

Event Funding

​Council at its meeting of March 2018 agreed to continue the Love Where You Live Event Sponsorship program which provides community group's with the chance to request funding for the events they run.

Applications will be considered at each Council meeting - for further details please review the Application Form and Guidelines below:

Guidelines and Information for Applicants

Application Form - Love Where You Live Event Sponsorship Program

St Leonards South

​​May 2018 Update​​​

Council resolved in March to seek 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. The NSW Government has granted a 12 month extension to allow this to occur.

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 this. The two key sentences in the letter are:-

"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.​


March 2018 Update

Council at its March Meeting resolved the following in respect of the Planning Proposal:-


1.   The Mayor write to the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning, the Minister for Housing, and the Special Minister of State, requesting:-

a.       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

b.       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;

2.   ​​The Mayor write to the Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission, formally requesting 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;

3.   This decision in no way prejudges Council's consideration of the Planning Proposal for St Leonards South;

4.   Having regard to the North Shore Times article "Council Should Show Some Guts" Council write to the NSW Shadow Planning Minister, Michael Daley, requesting he outline Labor's Housing Strategy for Sydney's growing population and provide an indication of Lane Cove's Housing target under their plans; and

5.         Following the release of the St Leonards / Crows Nest Planned Precinct Draft Land Use Infrastructure and Implementation Plan, the General Manager arrange two (2) community consultation sessions to outline the plan to the community.

In regard to the St Leonards / Crows Nest Planned Precinct Draft Land Use Infrastructure and Implementation Plan​, Council made a Submission on the Interim Statement for the St Leonards and Crows Nest Station Precinct ​ at Stage 1 of the project. As per Council's resolution, community information sessions will be held upon release of the Plan (Stage 3) and Council will then lodge a submission in response.​

January 2018 Update

The consultation period closed on 5 January 2018.

November Update

Draft Plans for St Leonards South Residential Precinct were placed on public exhibition from Monday 30 October 2017 until Friday 22 December 2017. Following the November 2017 Council meeting, this exhibition period was extended until Friday 5 January 2018.

Community Drop In Sessions were held on:

  • Thursday 16 November 2017 from 5pm till 8pm at the Greenwich Seniors Centre (50 Greenwich Road, Greenwich)
  • Saturday 9 December 2017 from 10am till 3pm at the Greenwich Community Centre (46 Greenwich Road, Greenwich).

Both sessions involved the display of information panels outlining the scheme and staff were on hand to answer any questions.

October 2017 - Update

Council considered the proposed the Draft Development Control Plan, Draft Landscape Master Plan and Draft Section 94 Plan at its October Meeting and resolved to place them for public exhibition in conjunction with the Draft Local Environmental Plan amendment for St Leonards South for a period of 8 weeks from Monday 30 October 2017.​

January 2017 Update

A Draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) was given a Gateway Determination by NSW Planning & Environment in September 2016.

Council must comply with all conditions specified at various stages – before, during and after public exhibition of the Draft LEP.  Upon completion of all Gateway requirements the Draft LEP will be exhibited alongside various supporting documents.

Community Information Sessions were held in November 2016 at Council's Chambers. The purpose of these sessions was to provide an update of the Draft Planning Proposal and Gateway Determination to the owners and residents in the St Leonards South Area.

For further information please refer to the report submitted to Council's Ordinary Meeting of 21 November 2016 (view Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes)

St Leonards South Strategy - Stage 3

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 (see diagram below), subject to the B3 Commercial Core zone west of Canberra Avenue remaining as currently zoned.

This resolution will be translated 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)

This next phase of the planning process aims will identify the exact location of public parks, community facilities, east-west links and roads– all to promote a liveable residential precinct. This is because the Master Plan contained indicative options only.

These draft plans will first be considered by NSW Planning & Environment then, subject to approval, there will be consultation with the public.

In accordance with the Council  resolution, prior to the exhibition of the Draft LEP, Council  is to obtain firm commitments from each of the government agencies responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure, in particular the NSW Department of Education and Roads and Maritime Services.

The overall process of exhibiting and then formal gazettal of the LEP may take 18-24 months (from resolution), depending on State priorities.

Until these documents have been resolved, it is not possible to provide landowners with legal and commercial certainty in relation to controls for particular lots. Please be assured that the community will be advised when there is information available at each new stage, including as these matters are discussed with NSW Planning & Environment.


St Leonards South Strategy – Stage 2

Latest News

Following extensive community consultation, the final report on the St Leonards South Master Plan was considered at an extraordinary meeting of Council on Monday 13 July 2015. The report is available via Council's website.

The Master Plan, prepared by Council's consultants, is now available to view online via Council's Have Your Say section including a copy of the Independent Economic Review and Appendices.

Previous Consultation

Council has previously held an Information Day, Community Workshop and Drop-In Session for the Draft St Leonards South Master Plan as follows:

1. Information Day - 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday 11 October 2014 at the Greenwich Seniors Centre, 48 Greenwich Road, Greenwich;

2. Community Workshop - 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday 16 October 2014 at the Lane Cove Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove (held in the Cove Room).

3. Community Drop-In Session - 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday 7 February 2015 at the Greenwich Seniors Centre, 48 Greenwich Road, Greenwich

4. Community Information Session -  6:15pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday 21 April 2015 at the Lane Cove Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove (held in the Cove Room). Details of this presentation are available in the St Leonards South Draft Master Plan Have Your Say section.

Information provided at these sessions was provided on the St Leonards South consultation website previously available.

St Leonards South Strategy – Stage 1

Council resolved to undertake a master planning process for a 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.

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 Stage 1; and
  • an analysis of issues and opportunities for the precinct.

Community consultation undertaken, included the establishment of a website and is summarised in the Stage 1 Consultation Report.

The Stage 1 Precinct Report comprises a research document of the existing situation. The Stage 1 Precinct Report with Appendix 1 the Stage 1 Consultation Report.

New Recycling Facility

Woodlawn landfill July 2017.JPGNew Era for Waste Management in Lane Cove and beyond...

Watch the video about the Woodlawn Facility...

The Northern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (NSROC) has welcomed the official opening of a new waste treatment facility by the Hon Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on Friday 8 September 2017.

The new $100 million dollar waste processing facility at the Woodlawn Eco-precinct in southern NSW, delivered by Veolia, has begun transforming waste into useful compost for environmental rehabilitation using red-lid bin waste from 11 Sydney Councils, including five Northern Sydney Council members of NSROC.

The Northern Sydney Waste Services Alliance comprises the Councils of Hunter’s Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Ryde and Willoughby. The Councils are amongst the first customers for an alternative waste technology solution under a regional contract with Veolia.

The official opening comes after the facility’s start-up on 1 July, which signified a new era in reducing the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sent to landfill under a shared contract with Veolia amongst five Northern Sydney Councils, and a separate shared contract with the company amongst six Southern Sydney Councils.

Since the start of the new financial year, the NSROC Councils have had around 42% of their total red-lid bin waste processed at the new Mechanical and Biological Treatment (MBT) facility for eventual use as compost for rehabilitating the Woodlawn mine site.

At the opening, Cr Richard Quinn, President of NSROC, said that: "Northern Sydney Councils have been working on their ‘war on waste’ on behalf of their communities for some time, and are excited to see this milestone reached.

"On average, 55% of the general waste (from the red-lid bin) that goes into the facility from our area will be turned into useful compost, adding to the existing Council recycling services for cardboard, plastics, metals, and garden organics."

"By recovering the resources in MSW at the MBT facility, Councils and Veolia will, together, significantly lower the amount of waste that is currently being sent to landfill."

The MBT is a purpose-built plant designed to maximise the recovery of the organic content of the household waste. It incorporates the knowledge and technology that Veolia has gained operating similar facilities in Europe for over 30 years.

Councils’ waste is transported by train from Sydney to Veolia’s facility near Goulburn NSW, where the new MBT has been constructed as part of the greater Woodlawn Eco-precinct. Veolia also constructed a new transfer facility at Banksmeadow as part of the project. Waste is tipped from Council trucks and compacted into containers at both the Banksmeadow and Clyde transfer stations for shipment by train to Woodlawn, saving thousands of truck movements.

Councillor Quinn stated that: "The new facility provides an overdue expansion of waste treatment capacity for metropolitan waste, and will advance resource recovery under a process that is both environmentally and economically sustainable."

Another positive outcome from the development is the addition of more than 50 jobs in total at the Banksmeadow Waste Transfer Facility and Woodlawn Eco-precinct.

Danny Conlon, Veolia’s Executive General Manager - Eastern Region, says that this new facility is: "The result of years of planning and work by the councils and Veolia. This project will save millions of dollars in waste levy charges by producing compost from the organics found in red-bin waste, increasing diversion from landfill."

In 2012, the Northern Sydney Councils Alliance commenced working together to establish the regional contract that since 2015 has managed around 90,000 tonnes of waste per year. In 2017-18, 33,000 tonnes will be processed into compost through the MBT.

Over the ten year contract between the NSROC Councils and Veolia, as other processing facilities come on-stream, the contract’s requirements will see up to 280,000 tonnes of waste diverted away from landfill.

This will rely on both the MBT process and a subsequent processing stage that will make a fuel product from waste that can be used in cement manufacturing.

For the five Northern Sydney Councils, this new waste management service will add to the 80,000 tonnes already expected to be recycled in 2017-18 through the other recycling services. This total of 113,000 tonnes that will be subjected to some form of treatment to minimise landfill represents more than two-thirds of all waste collected from households by the five councils.

Laneway Public Art

IMG_7644.JPGCouncil's latest public art project has seen the construction hoarding along the Rosenthal and Birdwood laneways transformed into an outdoor gallery that provides a sense of colour, impact and energy for the village.

15 artworks are featured in between Rachel Stone's design 'Song of a little bird that fell in love with a whale' (pictured right).

A full list of artworks featured in Lane Cove's Art Laneways is now available to view online.

To find out more about the Rosenthal Project and/or the Public Art related to the project, visit

Council also recently engaged an artist to paint the length of the Birdwood and Rosenthal laneways to help raise awareness of the changed conditions in the area. Pedestrians and vehicles will soon share the laneway with an official 10km/h speed limit.

Rosenthal Project

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The Rosenthal Project now has a dedicated website - this includes the latest information on the project.

June 2018 - 3 Month Business Parking Permits

A business parking scheme is in place to help those staff who may have been parking in the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park.

The 3 Month Business Parking Permit is based on a three-monthly cycle, by random draw. The recipients can park in designated business parking spaces in Sera Street (behind Coles). This was previously an underutilised parking area.

Entries for the June round of permits has now closed. Please sign up to Project Updates on the Rosenthal Project website for future notifications of permit draws via their electronic newsletters.

Read the Conditions of 3 Month Business Parking Permit


Development in Lane Cove

Lane Cove - Longueville Little Street Intersection.jpgOver the past five years the Lane Cove community has noticed an increase of new developments with many long-term residents having to cast their minds back to the 1970s to recall an equivalent level of growth. So why is Lane Cove growing?

The State Government's Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney sets a framework for growth in Sydney by 2031. Within the Strategy was a target of 27,500 new homes across the city each year – Lane Cove's contribution to this process was set at 3,900 new dwellings by 2031.

To assist in maintaining the village atmosphere, in 2009 Council applied a range of sustainability criteria that helped identify the best locations for these developments. Criteria addressed areas such as transport, traffic, walking and gradient to shops, conservation, loss of area's character/interface with adjacent areas and the overall quality of the site. It is no surprise that Lane Cove's proximity to the city, village atmosphere and natural amenity has proven attractive to developers and buyers alike. Council has already approved over 3,000 units for construction, with a large number currently under construction.

The State Government has recently released 'A Plan for a Growing Sydney' which is an update of the Metro Strategy. Whilst not yet finalised, Lane Cove's contribution is likely to be some 6,000 units (up from 3,900).This scale is similar to the projection for neighbouring councils.

Council has been planning for this amended target with apartments being located in Lane Cove North and West, as well as increased interest at St Leonards where proximity to the rail and bus network continues to grow. Council has also been ensuring this area is able to service future communities by developing a St Leonards South Masterplan and the St Leonards Public Domain Master Plan, with a bus/rail interchange at St Leonards that will provide open space over the railway line; local retail; community space; and essential transport connections.

Council has already delivered a range of infrastructure improvements over the past 18 months with a number of other facilities being delivered over the coming year. This has been made possible by the increase in ratepayers and also in the section 94 contributions (paid by developers to address the increased demand on infrastructure from each new dwelling).

In addition to this Council has also locked in Voluntary Planning Agreement funds which are provided where developers can demonstrate public benefit from a modification to the existing planning restrictions (such as height).

These funds contribute significantly to strategic projects where open space, traffic infrastructure and better connectivity can be realised.

Recent Projects Completed

• New synthetic sportsfields at Blackman Park (new Scout Hall and amenities building now under construction)

• Upgrade to Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre and Gymnasium;

• Upgrade to Lane Cove Plaza;

• New road at 304-314 Burns Bay Road

• New traffic lights at Rosenthal Avenue/Longueville Road intersection

Currently Underway

• New Community Centre at 314 Burns Bay Road (due 2015)

• New Park at 314 Burns Bay Road (due 2015)

• New 200 space carpark to replace 84 spaces at Little Lane (due 2015)

• New Community Centre at Little Lane

• New pedestrian footbridge linking the Little Lane Carpark to the Aquatic Centre

Upcoming Projects

• Bus/rail interchange at St Leonards

• Rosenthal Carpark to be replaced with a large open space, additional shops and parking for approx. 500 vehicles

• Open space in the Mowbray Road Precinct

• Seniors Living at 266 Longueville Road

• Recreation Precinct at Golf Course