|Current Hot Topics|
|Everyone can play!|
Mindarie Park now open
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.
The multi-use games area is
currently fenced while we await the line markings to take place in June. The fencing of the grassed area
will remain in place throughout June to help the grass take hold. It will be
removed in time for the July school holidays.
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.
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.
Image above: Timber parkour obstacle course
Image above: Conceptual Masterplan
February 2019 - Sydney’s first inclusive play space opens in Lane
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.
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.
Construction 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.
|St Leonards South|
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Council at its
meeting on Monday 19 August 2019 resolved that:
1. Council receive and note the advice of the Independent Planning Commission
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
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
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
The overall financial
feasibility of the plan.
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
- 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).
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 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.
Other Supporting documents
Proposed LEP maps
- 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:-
- 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
- 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.
Eligible NSW small business owners and non-profit organisations are now able to apply for the NSW Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant, to the value of up to $10,000. This grant supports the ongoing operations of small businesses highly impacted from COVID-19 pandemic following the NSW Public Health Order of 31 March 2020. Additional information including details on how to apply can be found on the Service NSW website.
Support for Local Businesses
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 recently 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 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:
|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:
- Insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the reverse vending machine.
- Containers will be scanned to ensure they are eligible for a refund.
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.
Monday to Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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.
|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:
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.
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!
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.
Access Australian documentaries and feature films from around the world. Login with your Library card number. Access Beamafilm.
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.
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.
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
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 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:
Visit the Facilities webpage;
Under the Availability bullet point, select Library, Indoor Venues, Sports Grounds or Parks and Reserves;
The calendar will highlight whether the facility is available. Busy times are blocked out in red.
Council received notification from the Department of
Planning of a State Significant Development proposal for the redevelopment of
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.
A 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
• 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
• Reconfiguration of the
layout to protect the heritage curtilage of Pallister House; and
• Revised staging to deliver
the new hospital in the first stage.
|Proposed Aged Care Facility |
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
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:
Anya Natural Healing
Bella Cove Lingerie
Cellarbrations at Lane Cove*
Elizabeth's Beauty Clinic
Encasa Lane Cove
Feet First Acupuncture and Remedial Massage
Flair for Beauty
Found Gifts and Homewares*
Fourth Fish Restaurant
Health Space Clinics
Herringbone Hair Design
Hummerston's Gourmet Meats
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
Little Red Robin Restaurant & Wine Bar
Miss V Boutique
My Hair House by Jen
Oliver Barkley Pet Supply
One Seed Patisseries
Porter's Liquor Northwood*
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
Xara Skin Clinic
Find out more.
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.
|Bill Bryan Playground|
The upgrades to Bill Bryan Playground have been completed. Council commenced works in the play area at the end of March 2019.
The new area features:
- 2 slides
- Sandpit with digger
- Junior practice basket ring
- 3 swings including a 'nest' swing
You can find Bill Bryan Playground on the corner of Stuart Street and William Edward Street in Longueville.
|266 Longueville Road|
Overview and Status
The site comprises
three parcels of land described as Lot 1 in DP 321353, Lot 1 in DP 1227921 and
Lot 2 in DP 1227921 known as 266 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.
Source: Statement of
The original proposal comprises 70 residential aged care beds, 90 independent living units (self-contained dwellings), associated facilities, new landscape works, car parking for 137 vehicles and site embellishments. The application was notified extensively. A public information meeting was held on 20 September 2017 as part of public consultation.
The proposal was assessed by an independent external consultant and presented to the Sydney North Planning Panel at its public meeting held on 11 July 2018 for determination.
The Panel deferred determination and requested the applicant make amendments to the development and provide additional information.
The notice of determination is available on Council's website.
A number of time extensions were requested by the Applicant and granted by the Panel to fully address the issues raised.
The applicant has now amended the proposed development and provided additional information on 24 April 2019.
The amendments to the proposal also include the following:
- increase in setback on the southern boundary by 1m while creating a 2m landscape strip towards Timber Tops.
The additional information submitted include the following:
- detailed site investigated under SEPP55,
- peer review of traffic assessment,
- assessment of ecological impacts,
- assessment of visual impacts from the golf course,
- information relating to site compatibility certificate
- Gross Floor Area & Floor Space Ratio calculations.
All information submitted by the applicant is available on Council's website. Due to the unprecedented amount of documents associated with the Development Application for 266 Longueville Road (DA117/2017), the documents relating to the Original Application (submitted in August 2017) can be viewed in this document and the documents relating to the Amended Application (submitted in April 2019) can be found on this webpage. Please note that some information is relevant to the original and the amended proposal.
The amended proposal in now under assessment by the independent consultant who will in due course be preparing a supplementary report for the consideration by the Sydney North Planning Panel.
|Parking in Lane Cove|
Stuck for a car space or wondering where you’ll park today?
There are now more than 500 car spaces available in car parks close to Lane Cove Plaza.
It’s even easier to enjoy the lively village atmosphere, shops, cafes, restaurants and community facilities in the heart of Lane Cove.
Take advantage of a new, temporary, 45-space public car park on Rosenthal Avenue, entry via Birdwood Lane with FREE parking, for two hours, from 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Market Square Car Park - New Payment Option
From April 2019, customers using the Market Square Car Park will now
have the option to pay for their parking online through Council’s new Payment
Portal at www.lanecoveparking.com.au
Parking is free for customers who stay under three hours. If your
visit is over three hours and you forgot to pay on exit via the pay lane,
please visit the Payment Portal and pay online. You have three days
to make a payment, or fines apply.
When visiting the Payment Portal, customers will be prompted to
enter their vehicle licence plate and any outstanding payments will appear.