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Council Election Result

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At its Extra Ordinary Meeting on Monday 25 September Council elected its new Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Councillor Pam Palmer has been elected Mayor for two years and Councillor Karola Brent has been elected Deputy Mayor for one year.

The full list of Councillors serving the term of Council until September 2020 includes:

Central Ward

 

Deborah HUTCHENS

Karola BRENT

Katherine MORRIS

East Ward

 

Pam PALMER

David BROOKS-HORN

Frances VISSEL

West Ward

 

Scott BENNISON

Daniel STRASSBERG

Andrew ZBIK

Full details of the election results can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission's website. Any further enquiries regarding the Election including what to do if you were unable to vote, can be directed to the NSW Electoral Commission's website or Help Desk on 1300 135 736.

New Recycling Facility

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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.

Village Parking

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The Rosenthal Avenue Car Park provides 65 spaces with 2 hours free parking from 8:00am - 6:00pm, seven days a week.

Entry and exit is from the Northern end of the car park (opposite the Lane Cove Club). There is now no longer entry via the Finlayson Street end.

The car park has free 2 hour parking from 8:00am – 6:00pm using a free ticket dispensed from the ticket machines at the southern end of the car park. Visitors enter their registration number, print their ticket and display on the dashboard. There is a limit of one free ticket per registration, per day.

Finding Alternate Parking

The Rosenthal Project website is now available at www.rosenthalproject.com.au. Visit the website for the latest information including:

Parking Brochure and Map

Loading Zone Map

Council understands the constraints on parking within the Village which is why the Rosenthal Project is set to increase parking from 170 current spaces to 500 spaces in 2020.

Council worked with ADCO Constructions (ADCO) the Design and Construction Builder to retain as many spaces as possible on the current car park site during the initial construction phase. ADCO are also fast-tracking the staged provision of the car parking spaces as they become available in the lead up to the Project’s completion in mid 2020. There will be a period of time on the Rosenthal site when there is no parking available at all. 

An approximate construction staging is provided below, however this may change through the course of construction.

Stage 1 (12 September – December 2017) The northern end of the existing car park bounded by Birdwood and Rosenthal Avenues and Birdwood Lane will be retained providing 65 car parking spaces. Construction hoarding will be erected to the southern half of the site fronting Birdwood and Rosenthal Lanes and Rosenthal Avenue. On-street parking on the eastern side of Rosenthal Avenue will be unavailable.

Stage 2 - (January 2018) - ADCO will take possession of the full site. Construction hoarding will be modified to surround the entire site, allowing the team to complete excavation works and begin structural works

Stage 3 - Structural works will commence. A temporary car park located on the southern area of the site will be available to the public.

Stage 4 - Basement 3 Car Park Level will be finished, allowing the public to utilise this space.

A coordinated and consistent approach to way-finding signage will be adopted to limit disruption to access throughout the Village due to construction activities.

To help minimise the impact on parking availability in the Village during construction, Council has:

  • Completed the 200-space Little Street Car Park prior to construction commencing
  • Purchased land at 69 Longueville Road to reduce pressure on Civic Centre car park and provide weekend parking options
  • Appointed ADCO Constructions who were able to provide for staged parking during construction and can ensure access remains along the Birdwood and Rosenthal laneways
  • Assessed the current usage of car parks throughout Lane Cove to identify options to improve access
  • Identified business parking in under-utilised spaces in Sera Street to provide options for staff of local businesses (previously accounting for 25% usage of the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park)
  • Made arrangements for Birdwood and Rosenthal Lanes to become Shared Zones to assist with pedestrian safety during construction
  • Made provision for 2 hour temporary parking, one entry per day, at the northern end of the site until after the Christmas retail period
  • Provided for 2 Disabled and 2 Seniors spaces in the temporary car park
  • Introduced a new 5 minute drop off/pick up zone on Longueville Road near Lane Cove Plaza
  • Appointed way-finding experts to help improve signage for pedestrian and vehicle movements throughout the village
  • Prepared a Parking Map and Loading Zone Map for local businesses to assist customers and suppliers

To make sure you have the latest information about the Rosenthal Project, visit www.rosenthalproject.com.au and sign up to Project Updates.

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 www.rosenthalproject.com.au.

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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Cancellation of September Business Information Session

Council had scheduled to hold an additional Business Information Session on Monday 18 September however has cancelled the session due to lack of interest.

Local businesses within the Village who are interested in additional support are encouraged to contact the team from RDG Insights directly to arrange their free one-on-one consultation session before 21 September. Call 9460 3889 (Monday-Friday) or email businessfitness@retaildoctor.com.au.  

The latest information on the Project is available in the September Project Update (Project Update 2).

Project Update 1

ADCO Constructions will regularly provide Project Updates to let you know what’s happening behind the hoardings including upcoming activities.

The first Project Update is now available to view online as well as collect from the Lane Cove Civic Centre.

Lane Cove Village Parking Map

In the lead up to construction commencing on 12 September, local businesses and other community hubs will receive a copy of a Village Parking Map to assist visitors to Lane Cove Village in finding alternate parking. The new Project website will also feature an online map and details of Loading Zones for local deliveries.

Loading Zone Map

There are no changes to Loading Zones in the first stage of the Rosenthal Project however if you have deliveries to the Lane Cove area you may be interested to located the nearest Loading Zone.

Business Support
Council recently held two Business Information Sessions for local businesses looking to find out more about the Rosenthal Project construction phase.  These sessions provided the opportunity to understand more about the construction arrangements and give businesses the chance to meet RDG Insights who will be providing free one-on-one consultations with local businesses over the next six weeks as part of a Council-funded business support program. Businesses looking to make contact to find out more should call 9460 3889 (Monday-Friday) or email businessfitness@retaildoctor.com.au.

About the Rosenthal Project

The Rosenthal Project involves creating a vibrant new public community space, with additional car parking capacity to assist with village centre growth.The Lane Cove Council funded project involves the redevelopment of the existing Rosenthal Avenue Car Park into a vibrant community space complete with a new park and 500 underground car parking spaces supported by an additional retail precinct.

The jewel in the crown is a vibrant public domain that will provide much-needed open space in the heart of Lane Cove village. Features include a BBQ/picnic area, performance stage and children's play areas. ALDI and Coles will be the anchor tenants located one level below ground, accessed from the park and car park levels.

Construction activities commence 12 September 2017 and will be completed mid 2020.

History of the Project

In 2008 Council adopted the Lane Cove Village Structure Plan. The Plan sets out the long term vision for how the Village should evolve over the coming decades and was developed following extensive research and community consultation. The Structure Plan recommendations include to:

  • Create an outdoor public domain between Rosenthal Avenue and Birdwood Lane.
  • Encourage a mix of uses on this site
  • Integrate the precinct with retail uses to the east and south
  • Provide anchor tenants to support specialty retailers
  • Improve and enhance the public domain. 

In 2014 Council held a Design Ideas Competition to help identify the features of the new open space/park. Several concepts were proposed by design firms to help prompt feedback on the popular aspects that could be integrated into a vision for the Project. 

Council is proud of its role in developing and protecting Lane Cove's village atmosphere, in particular, Lane Cove Plaza. With ever increasing competition from neighbouring shopping centres, Council is working to ensure the viability of local shopping areas whilst preserving the village atmosphere that is so valued by the community. The redevelopment of the Rosenthal Car Park site for open space, community, retail and additional car parking is an example of this commitment to delivering new infrastructure to support the village of Lane Cove.

What will the Project involve?
The site is bound by Rosenthal Avenue, Rosenthal Lane, Birdwood Avenue and Birdwood Lane. Prior to construction it holds 170 surface level car parking spaces.

The Project will transform the site to provide:

  • A state of the art public open space including a park, amenities, performance space and BBQ facilities at ground level
  • Four underground levels providing 500 car parking spaces
  • 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 located on the western side of Rosenthal Avenue
  • Upgrades to Rosenthal Avenue, Rosenthal Lane, and Birdwood Lane pavements and street furniture
  • An improved trafficable shared pedestrian zone for Birdwood Lane  to provide level access to Birdwood Lane and Lane Cove Plaza

In order to achieve this there will need to be a full excavation of the site involving digging down four levels. Work on the open space at ground level will not be possible until the car park is completed however the project will be undertaken in a stages to ensure as much car parking as possible is available during construction. There will however be a period of time where there is no public parking available on site. 

Who is the Project builder?

ADCO Constructions have been appointed by Council as the design and construction builders for the Rosenthal Project. 

ADCO is a leading national construction company that has successfully delivered projects across Australia. ADCO was established in 1972 and since this time has completed over 3,500 projects valued at over of $10 billion. With annual revenues in excess of $1 billion and 580 direct employees ADCO is rated as one of Australia's top 50 private companies.

What is the timeline for the work?

The project team is getting ready for construction to commence on 12 September 2017. 65 car parking spaces will remain for use at the northern end of the site until after the peak Christmas retail period.

By January 2018 the whole site will be under construction resulting in no car parking being available for approximately 12 months. As parking is ready it will be made available to the community however the whole project will not be completed until mid 2020.

How long will the construction take?

Approximately 3 years. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid 2020.

How can I find out what's going on?

Council's website www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/rp and dedicated Rosenthal e-newsletters will provide updates until a dedicated new Project-specific website, hotline and email address is available. This will be maintained by the Project builders, ADCO and will be available later this month.

What happened to the information provided from the business and community workshops  and survey run by Council  in 2016?

The response to both the workshops and surveys were very valuable, and the information led to the following initiatives being endorsed by Council;

  • retention of as many car parking spaces as possible during the initial part of the construction (65 spaces are being provided at an additional cost) and fast-tracking of the staged provision of the 500 public car parking spaces by completion of the project in 2020
  • a campaign to change parking habits and promote alternative parking options
  • provision of way-finding signage to assist pedestrian and vehicle navigation through the Village
  • offering retail support and development activities to offset construction impacts.
  • Altering parking arrangements to ensure the efficient use of parking spaces that are available

Additional insights gained during the project development are also being addressed through Project communication as well as a range of activation activities during the course of the construction period.

Council has now established a Rosenthal Project Community Liaison Group which includes representatives from the local community, businesses and landowners. The group had its first meeting in July 2017 and will continue to meet during throughout the Project

How will the community benefit from the Project?

  • Lane Cove is growing. The provision of open space in the heart of Lane Cove village will help provide space for those who live locally to the precinct to have a local park as well as an open space that builds upon the village as a meeting place for events and civic activities.
  • Locals will have access to 500 underground car park spaces (up from 170 existing spaces) which will be constructed through the project. By accommodating the spaces underground there is significant improvement to the visual amenity of the area.
  • The development will activate both Birdwood Lane and Rosenthal Lane improving the appearance of the space and creating an attractive and inviting community space
  • The development will provide better pedestrian linkages from nearby laneways, arcades and Lane Cove Plaza to Rosenthal Avenue, Birdwood Lane and the new parking facilities.
  • Based at the northern end of the village, the presence of Coles and ALDI in the redevelopment marks a new era for Lane Cove residents who will have a comprehensive supermarket offering, making shopping locally for weekly items even easier.
  • The Park will link to the Plaza helping to retain the village atmosphere, offering additional reasons for visitation and keeping services, businesses and community activities in the heart of the Village. 

Why has the name changed from the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park Redevelopment to the Rosenthal Project?

The name has been simplified to Rosenthal Project during the construction phase. A more suitable, permanent name will be developed to reflect the new space in time for its opening in 2020.

How is the Project being funded?

The Rosenthal Avenue Car Park is a Council-owned asset that sits in the heart of the Lane Cove Village. The funding for the project is coming from a mix of existing Council funds set aside for the Project as well as debt that will be repaid via the commercial lease arrangements made with the retailers who will operate from the site.

 Any debt will be repaid within eight years - it is funded from the lease income and therefore will not be taken from Council rates.

Who are the tenants?

ALDI and Coles are the anchor tenants for the underground tenancies. There will be some supporting food and beverage retail around the perimeter of the open space however this is still in the design phase.

How will Council reduce the impact of loss of parking during construction?

It was clear from Council consultation in 2016 that the business and community were most concerned about the length of time without parking in the Village. As a result Council endorsed a staged construction approach by the appointed Project builders, ADCO. This means that 65 car parking spaces will still be available at the northern end of the existing site during the initial part of the construction from 12 September until after the peak Christmas shopping period. The Project involves fast-tracking the staged provision of any completed car parking as soon as it is available.

This Project was deliberately timed to take place after the building of the Little Street Car Park which increased parking from 86 spaces to 200 spaces. Way-finding signage to alternate parking locations as well as tools such as on-site signage, maps for businesses to pass on to clients and suppliers are being prepared  in conjunction with general improvements to existing car parks.

Will parking arrangements change?

Yes. Council understands the constraints on parking with the Village which is why the Rosenthal Project is set to increase parking from 170 current spaces to 500 spaces in 2020.

Council has been working with ADCO Constructions (ADCO) the Design and Construction Builder to retain as many spaces as possible on the current car park site during the initial construction phase. ADCO are also fast-tracking the staged provision of the car parking spaces as they become available in the lead up to the Project's completion 2020.There will be a period of time when there is no parking available at all – see below for the various stages.

As more detail is known on specific timings of each of the below stages, the construction timeline will be updated with key car parking milestones and activities. This will be communicated on-site and on the Rosenthal Project website which will be launched August 2017. An approximate construction staging is provided below, however this may change through the course of construction.

  • Stage 1 (12 September –December 2017) - The Northern end of the existing car park bounded by Birdwood and Rosenthal Avenues and Birdwood Lane will be retained providing 65 car parking spaces. Construction hoarding will be erected to the southern half of the site fronting Birdwood and Rosenthal Lanes and Rosenthal Avenue. On-street parking on the eastern side of Rosenthal Avenue will be unavailable.

  • Stage 2 (By early 2018) - ADCO will take possession of the full site. No parking will be available in Rosenthal Avenue Car Park. Construction hoarding will be modified to surround the entire site, allowing the team to complete excavation works and begin structure.

  • Stage 3 - Structural works will commence. A temporary car park located on the southern area of the site will be available to the public.
  • Stage 4 - Basement 3 Car Park Level will be finished, allowing the public to utilise this space.

A coordinated and consistent approach to wayfinding signage will be adopted to limit disruption to access throughout the village due to construction activities. Alternative parking options will also be promoted throughout the Village.

What will the area look while it is under construction?

Council recently appointed public art specialists to help deliver the Rosenthal Hoarding Project. This outdoor gallery will provide a sense of colour, impact and energy for pedestrians, businesses and visitors to the Birdwood and Rosenthal Laneways. In addition to public artworks, local schools will be invited to participate in workshops led by artists to help create original works influenced and contributed to by the students.

The artworks will be installed on the hoarding during the early stage of construction and will be complemented by another public artwork and amenity improvements. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

New Defibrillators

Council has invested in life-saving equipment for a number of its facilities. Defibrillators are now installed at Hughes Park, Pottery Green, Blackman Park and the Living and Learning Centre. These add to the existing devices on hand at Lane Cove Library and the Civic Centre.


Defibrillators are for the use of the whole community in the event of a medical emergency. Should anyone notice defibrillators missing or damaged, please notify Council on 9911 3555.

Lane Cove Community Hub

​Brand new community facilities are now open in the recently completed Little Street development. Known as the Lane Cove Community Hub, the facility includes the new Terrace Function Room, capable of holding a function for over 150 people with access to the adjacent commercial kitchen. There is also a purpose-built space for Lane Cove and North Side Community Services which incorporates the Park View Room (a 70 person community space) and studios for the Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre.

Built on the site of the former 87-space Little Street Car Park, the community facilities are contained within an impressive development that includes 200 public car spaces as well as private residences and associated parking also within the building. A pedestrian footbridge over to the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre is also now open providing full off-street access for Aquatic Centre users who park within the Little Street Car Park.

The Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Deborah Hutchens, officially opened the Lane Cove Community Hub on Wednesday 14 December. Public access is available from the Little Street Car Park or via the newly name Pottery Lane (formerly Little Lane).

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St Leonards South

St Leonards South Strategy – Stage 3 (Update January 2017)

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.

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St Leonards South Strategy – Stage 2

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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 is available on the St Leonards South consultation website under the Community Information tab.

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.

Little Lane Carpark Redevelopment

The Little Lane Carpark redevelopment (1-5 Little Street) was one of the major projects identified in the Major Projects Strategic Management Plan 2007 - 2016 adopted by Council after extensive community consultation.

Construction of the approved Development (comprising 200 public car parking spaces, 1,045m2 of community spaces, 550 m2 retail space and  residential units (and associated parking) has commenced. Civil works have begun in Little Lane and Little Street to divert the sewer and stormwater lined around the site.

Following the civil works, excavation for the 200 public car spaces and new community facilities on the lower levels of the multi-storey unit development is expected to commence late August. This new community space will be home to facilities for Lane Cove & North Side Community Services and Lane Cove Music & Cultural Centre as well as a shared 200 sqm meeting space for public use.

In addition there will be a pedestrian bridge constructed from the site across to the Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre providing increased safety for pedestrians accessing public facilities on Little Street such as the Lane Cove Aquatic Centre and Synergy Youth Centre.

The project will see the number of car spaces increase from 86 to 200 by the time the public car park element of the development is completed in 12-14 months time. Unfortunately this will result in the loss of access to Little Street carpark in the coming weeks (see below for carparking arrangements).

Following the carpark being completed in the next 12-14 months will be the completion of the community facility element of the development by the end of 2015.

Completion of the residential units above the community space will take place later 2016. On-site signage and website updates will provide the community with the latest information on the project's progress

Temporary Carparking Arrangements

To minimise the impact on the community and in particular customers for retail businesses in the Village and Aquatic Centre, the following temporary arrangements have been made: -

  1. 34 additional car spaces in the Civic Centre carpark will become available for the public as a result of the relocation of Council staff parking
  2. 2P restrictions will apply from 6am – 6pm 7 days a week within the Civic Centre carpark - view a map of the Civic Centre carpark availability.
  3. The temporary car park at 69 Longueville Road is to be made available exclusively for 17 Council vehicles during working hours Monday to Friday i.e. 7am to 6pm weekdays
  4. On weekends 2P restrictions will apply in the 69 Longueville Road carpark from 6am – 6pm
  5. Council continues to wait for Ausgrid's completion of nearby infrastructure works before Council commences construction of 33 carparking spaces in Cox's Lane
  6. Following the completion of the Aquatic Centre renovations later in the year, another 28 spaces will be created through a temporary carpark within the Aquatic Centre grounds (via Phoenix Street).

These initiatives will deliver 95 spaces for the public in the village area to replace the 86 spaces temporarily unavailable in Little Lane. The new car spaces in Cox's Lane will remain after the Little Lane Car Park is re-opened with 200 spaces, providing additional village parking.

Council will be closely monitoring the impact of the reduction in car spaces over the construction period and work to find other solutions to minimise this impact. Further information about the options considered is available in a report on all the available options which Council considered at its meeting of 18 November, 2013.  

Rosenthal Design Ideas

Council would like to work with you to create a new public space at the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park.

The Rosenthal Avenue Car Park is located in the heart of Lane Cove and currently accommodates 176 surface level parking spaces. We want this well-located site to be more than just a grey parking space – it should be a vibrant, community-oriented space where residents, workers and visitors meet, socialise, eat, recreate and be entertained.

To help identify what the community wants for this space, Council ran a public consultation across November and December 2014. The consultation featured four design concepts and members of the community were asked to identify the elements they liked in each of the designs. The feedback from this consultation will input into a design brief for the site.

St Leonards Bus Interchange and Plaza

Council is looking to advance plans for a new Bus Rail Interchange and Plaza in St Leonards as part of its vision to create an identifiable ‘sense of place’ in St Leonards.

The initial concept was presented in 2011 to assist in the redevelopment of St Leonards in line with the objectives set in the 2009 development control plan for the precinct.

An urban design expert worked with Council to develop the concept into a buildable idea. Council was then able to commence a pathway of consultation and negotiation with numerous State Government parliamentarians

and departments to gain support and approval for the idea. Council has also sought and gained the support of North Sydney and Willoughby Councils and key property owners to progress the vision for a St Leonards Bus Rail Interchange and Plaza.

High level discussions and negotiations are underway between Council and senior officers from Transport for NSW, seeking approval to undertake the necessary investigations and prepare detailed designs that could lead to this project becoming reality. It has reached the stage where Council

will be obtaining formal State Government support for the project through Member for Lane Cove, the Honourable Anthony Roberts MP and through the Minister for Transport, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian.

Once this support is obtained the detailed analysis and design process will be undertaken to assist in determining whether the project is financially feasible to develop the public domain in St Leonards.

Road Safety Scheme - River Road West, Penrose Street & Bridge Street

Council is continuing to implement a series of traffic management measures for the River Road West/Bridge Street/Penrose Street route. The measures, including the recent addition of a pedestrian refuge island, are part of a road safety scheme designed to help slow vehicles down and reduce the high number of vehicle accidents that occur along this route. The area has seen a high number of traffic incidents including almost 200 accidents across the five year period from 1999-2004.

Further information about the significant history of the road safety scheme can be found below. This includes Council's initiation of the scheme following a petition by local residents with over 500 signatories.

Penrose/Best Street Roundabout

Road safety on River Road West, Bridge Street & Penrose Street has been a longstanding concern of Council and the community for over 10 years. There have been over 60 reported crashes between Austin Street and Burns Bay Road since 2007, some of them a result of excessive speed. To address this issue, Council developed the River Road West Safety Scheme – a package of traffic management measures aimed at reducing traffic speeds and improving safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

Included in the River Road West Safety Scheme is the proposal to construct a new roundaboutat the intersection of Penrose Street and Best Street. The proposed scheme would improve the safety of right-turn movements at the intersection; act as a traffic calming device on Penrose Street; provide a u-turn facility; and provide safer crossing locations for pedestrians.

In May 2014 Council undertook a consultation exercise to inform the decision to progress the scheme.

Although 50% of respondents stated their full support of the scheme, a significant proportion also completely objected it. Council believes that many of the issues raised by objectors could be addressed through design amendments to the proposed design and upgrades to adjacent intersections (including the RMS upgrade of the Penrose Street / Burns Bay Road intersection).

Council will now consider revisions to the scheme and monitor the implementation of upgrades within the vicinity before revisiting the proposed roundabout measure.

Further details on the consultation results are provided in the Summary of Consultation document.

Lane Cove Plaza Upgrade - Stage 2

Lane Cove Plaza celebrated its official opening of the Stage 2 upgrades on Saturday 1 November with the extremely popular Coffee Carnevale event.

Council awarded the works to CA&I Pty Ltd, specialist streetscape contractors in April 2014, with works commencing on Monday 12 May 2014.  The works were completed on programme in just over six months and were done during the slower winter months to minimise disruption to businesses.  Day and night shifts were undertaken to meet this tight programme, and the most disruptive and noisiest works were scheduled for night time to reduce the impact on Plaza users and businesses alike. 

The new works feature much larger public decks, more public seating, improved outdoor dining areas and a completely new outdoor lighting concept that will revolutionise the night time ambience of the Plaza.

Minor works continue at present to commission all of the lighting and install the perimeter drop down blinds.

A temporary decorative cladding has been installed to the balustrade around the deck at the western end of the Plaza.  This was necessary due to manufacturing delays affecting supply of the special resin panels that will soon be installed in that location.

Shell Australia Gore Bay

The information presented are minutes and information provided by Shell Australia Pty Ltd as part of their community responsibility for informing the public about the Gore Bay Terminal. Lane Cove Council takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this information and is provided in good faith on behalf of the community.

For those seeking information about the current status of Shell Australia's proposal, please visit the NSW Government's Department of Planning & Infrastructure website.

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