There are an number of community groups in the Lane Cove area that are focused on creating a more sustainable community.
Permaculture Sydney North - Lane Cove
Permaculture Sydney North is a rapidly-growing group of over 400 members in the north of Sydney. As the group grew larger, local groups were also set up. The Lane Cove group is a dynamic and diverse group of people, interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle. It meets at 2pm on the second Saturday of every month, holds working and craft bees, swaps seedlings, produce etc. and shares ideas. Our dream is eating local and our passion is eating well! The group is enthusiastically collaborating in setting up a community garden in Lane Cove.
www.permaculturenorth.org.au, Mandy Stubbs, 9436 2891 or email@example.com
PermaPatch is a newly formed community group who are starting up a community garden in Lane Cove. The garden is located behind Chatswood South Uniting Church (cnr Mowbray Rd and Pacific Hwy) and the group is actively looking for new members. The group holds an open day between 2pm and 5pm on the last Sunday of each month.
Contact: Jonathon Ladmore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenwich Community Association - Environmental Sustainability Sub-Committee
In February 2010 the Greenwich Community Association established its Environmental Sustainability Sub-Committee (“the ESS”). The objectives of the ESS are to develop and implement projects consistent with the objects and rules of the Greenwich Community Association (“GCA”) to:
- Increase awareness in the community of ways to support environmental sustainability at the individual and household level.
- Promote environmental sustainability.
- Progress environmental sustainability opportunities relevant to the community.
- Identify projects, through community consultation, in which members of the community will be interested in participating.
The ESS has begun working on its first task: to engage the local community in the development of an environmental sustainability plan that will improve the environment of Greenwich, and achieve an increase in household adoption and support of sustainable practices and behaviours.
Contact: John May (ESS Convenor) 9906 5106 or Liz Gill (GCA Vice President) 9436 3501
Lane Cove Solar Team
The Lane Cove Solar Team is a community action group working to encourage Lane Cove residents to install solar panels on their roofs. As opposed to coal-generated electricity, solar power does not emit greenhouse gases and does not therefore contribute to climate change. There are excellent government incentives at the moment to go solar. We believe that by doing so, residents can help not only the environment but also profit financially. We are currently showing how and supporting residents of Austin St, Austin Crescent and Morrice St to go solar. We would welcome anyone interested in helping us.
Contact: Email email@example.com or call 0421 831 889 (Corinne)
Bike North is a non-profit community based Bicycle User Group or BUG, affiliated with Bicycle NSW and Cycling NSW. It covers Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby, Lane Cove, North Sydney and Ryde council areas. Bike North aims are to promote the use of bicycles, promote road safety education and advocate appropriate outcomes for cyclists in our area. The organisation:
Runs regular social rides where you can meet friends, exercise and have fun at the same time;
Plans and works with councils towards implementing their bicycle plans to get better cycling routes and facilities within and across our areas;
Raises problems or concerns about cycling with the relevant authorities;
Discusses all things to do with cycling and share our experiences.
Bike North also runs a Bike for Life initiative, offering professional coaching and advice.
Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society
Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society is a not-for-profit,
volunteer-based organisation, established in 1971 to advocate for Lane
Cove bushland and broader environmental issues. It is one of Sydney's
earliest environmental organisations.
1971 the Society has successfully represented the local environment in
the decision-making process, liaising with Lane Cove Council on a range
of developments and bushland management, and also on wider issues raised
by State and Federal governments.
Society holds monthly meetings (2nd Tuesday of every month), advocates
on various environmental issues, organises native plant stalls,
distributes information on various topics of interest and conducts
The Society and Lane Cove Council work together to provide the popular Lane Cove Bush Kids program to the community. The program promotes a love of our natural environment to the next generation.
For further details on the aims
of the Society, membership applications and copies of the monthly
newsletter please go to the website or ring one of the following
(President) ph 0409 609 940, Ron Gornall (Vice President) 9427 1125, and Graham Holland (Vice President) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group
The LCSAG is an incorporated community group committed to improving the local area in the face of climate change. The group has grown out of a movement spreading across Sydney where local people feel compelled to take personal action against the growing threat of climate change. LCSAG is a watchdog for local sustainability issues: bush biodiversity, public transport, healthy lifestyles, general minimising of consumption and recycling. We lobby Lane Cove Council on a variety of issues and are connected with all the sustainability groups of the district including Permaculture North, Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society and other local community groups. Contact us or join in at http://lanecovesustainability.org/
A group of Lane Cove residents have initiated a Repair Café to help address the growing amount of useable items going to landfill. The volunteers want to pass on practical skills and experience to others to ensure that things are used for longer, whilst also showing how satisfying, fun, and often easy, it can be to repair something.
Volunteers will help you fix the following: jewellery, ceramics, shoes, toys, clothes, zips, bags, as well as sharpening kitchen knives, secateurs and pruning tools; small woodwork repairs, household battery-operated items.
The Lane Cove Repair Cafe is located at the Uniting Church Hall on the corner of Pacific Highway and Mowbray Road (across the road from the Great Northern Hotel). There's parking behind the church. It's open the first two Sundays of the month from 1pm to 3pm.
It was inspired by the worldwide social enterprise initiative www.repaircafe.org
Contact: Wendy Dwyer 0410 280 912 & Wendy Bishop 9420 4884
Are you interested in joining other volunteers who get together to make re-useable bags using recycled materials? Young and old people alike are joining the Boomerang Bags revolution which is run by communities, for communities, sewing bags from recycled material to combat plastic pollution. If this sounds fun to you, let us know!
Can't sew? We still want you! We need people to sew, collect material, cut the material, print the Boomerang logo and more!
Council is working with local community groups and volunteers to set up a Boomerang Bags group in Lane Cove, so if you're interested, get into contact with us by emailing email@example.com or phone 9911 3507.