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Centennial Ave/Epping Rd

Work starts at Centennial Avenue and Epping Road

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions please contact RMS' delivery partner Ward Civil on 1300 919 508 or

Helping the 12ft Skiff Club

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

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



Guiding Stars

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

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

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


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

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

About the Artists and their works;

Anne Marie Cummins
L'Ordinateur Stars, 2018

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

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

Sally McKay
Entangle Fractals, 2018

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

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

Matt McLarty
Angelus Detritus, 2018

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

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

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

Stephanie Powell
Memory Star and Key Star, 2018

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

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

Boat Trailers

Boat Trailer Parking in Lane Cove

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

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

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

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

Additional Information

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

St Leonards and Crows Nest

November 2018

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

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

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

October 2018

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

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

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The draft exhibition package includes:

  • Draft Local Character Statement

  • Draft 2036 Plan

  • Draft Green Plan

  • Draft Special Infrastructure Contribution

  • Draft proposed rezoning for the Crows Nest Metro station sites

  • Supporting technical studies on

    • Urban Design

    • Traffic and Transport

    • Social Infrastructure and Open Space

    • Heritage

    • Market Feasibility

    • Employment Review

    • Utilities

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

Have Your Say

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

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

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

The session times are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Is your pet rabbit safe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Epping to Chatswood

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

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

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

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

Everyone can play!

Mindarie Million-Dollar Funding Announcement

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Medium Density Update

6 July 2018

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

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

June Update

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

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

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

Helping local habitat

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.


What's new in 2018/19?

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

Email: ;  

For the latest information:

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

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