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Aquatic Centre Renovation Works

From mid-March 2014 renovations will commence at Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre on a new entry, gym expansion and new terrace area.

To coincide with the renovation, essential works will also be completed on-site to reduce the length of disruption to pool users and the local community.

It is expected that the works will be completed in time for the peak usage in Summer 2014-2015.

Overview of Renovations

Stage One (To commence Autumn 2014)

  • Construction of a new main entry to the complex at the pool deck level
  • Removal of office and kiosk on deck level
  • Construction of a new terrace associated with the new cafe
  • Construction of a new community space on the pool deck level
  • New entry gates for easier access to outdoor pool for swimming carnivals
  • An awning over the new entry to the Centre

Stage Two (To commence Winter 2014*)

  • Modifying entry to existing crèche to enable access from both levels
  • Increasing floor space near the fitness centre to provide:
  • Improved change room and toilets
  • Leisure facilities, including new spin room and increased area for gym and aerobics studio
  • Staff and reception areas
  • Removal of the stairway to the existing Little Street entry on the upper level

*The commencement of the Stage Two works in July 2014 will be revised based on the successful completion of Stage One of works in June 2014.

The aim is to reduce the level of disruption to users of the Centre during the works by providing access to facilities wherever safe and practical to do so.

As a result the Centre will be open during the works with some pools/parts of pools being unavailable for short periods of time. Signage within the Centre and on Bluefit’s website will provide up to date information on the availability of facilities. It is recommended that users check before their visit to the Centre.For the latest information on the renovations, visit
Bullet Point St Leonards Bus Rail 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.

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Lane Cove Plaza Stage 2

Council considered a report on the results of the consultation on Stage 2 of the Plaza upgrade and determined to further refine the design and proceed to tender.

The Working Party appointed to refine the design has made the following refinements to the design:-

  • Retention of two additional London Plane trees (TAB & fmr Michels), and relocation of two additional trees.
  • Deletion of the balustrades between commercial areas, with the wet weather drop down curtains now full length.
  • Removal of a section of glazed roof at the Eastern end (adjacent to previous Michels) and realignment of roof section to maximise cover to seating.
  • Reclading of existing red / grey brick walls to match new finishes
  • Perimeter walls to existing Epitome seating area changed from brick wall to balustrade on three sides.

Tenders have been called for the project with Council to consider the tenders in April.

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Blackman Park Construction Works

Construction is underway for two new synthetic fields at the eastern end of Blackman Park. The new fields will not only reduce the closure of fields during wet weather but also increase the number of hours that the fields can be accessed by local sporting clubs. Local soccer, cricket, rugby and touch football clubs will all benefit from the new fields when completed later this year. A new track around the perimeter od the entire park will also provide an opportunity for members of the community to enjoy walking and running along boardwalks and shared pathways.

Four new cricket nets are proposed for the western end in partnership with Lane Cove Cricket Club. Council has also partnered with Lane Cove Scouts to deliver a new Scout Hall and amenities building to serve the fields. Construction of the building is expected to commence mid-year. Council will also be investing in a central control for sports field lighting which will remove the need for lights to be manually controlled and in turn reduce energy consumption across the grounds.

March update:

Playing Fields

The filling works are now three quarters complete with the works progressing on to the bottom half of the playing fields. The piling contractor has completed approximately 70 piles. Due to the recent rains the first pour of the concrete slab has been delayed however, in lieu of the first slab pour the contractor has commenced installing the drainage lines and continued the pouring of the pile caps.


The bulk earthworks and laying of geofabric has been completed and the remainder of the creek works will now be on hold until the playing fields are completed.


February update:


Playing Fields

The filling of the top half of the fields is now complete and pilling works have commenced. The concrete slab will be poured in 16 pours with the first concrete pour commencing in two weeks.



The bulk earth works for the creek are almost complete and a protective layer of geofabric has been laid on the lower half of the creek for silt control. Geofabric will be laid on the upper half in the next week.The bulk excavation for the wetland area has also been completed and the geofabric will be laid soon.

January update:

Construction works for the synthetic playing surface at Blackman Park commenced on 6 January 2014.The contractor is currently importing fill to bring the oval up to the design sub-base level of the new fields. This process is expected to take 6 weeks to complete.

Work has also commenced on the new creek system and the major excavation works should be completed in the next three weeks.

Access is to Blackman Park is unavailable from Penrose Street or any other south-side access, this will be reviewed as work progresses.

Periodic updates will be provided during the course of the works via this link.

Please refer to the following links for background information.

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Public Notification of Proposed Development: Shell Australia, Gore Bay

Integrated Development Application DA14/2 – Notice of Proposed Development

Roads and Maritime Services has received a Development Application (DA) from Shell Refining Australia Pty Ltd seeking approval for the installation of an additional marine loading arm and an additional berthing fender at “Wharf 1” abutting the Shell Gore Bay Terminal at 124 Greenwich Rd, Greenwich.

This application, which was previously notified on 5 November 2013, is being re-notified because a preliminary hazard analysis in the context of State Environmental Planning Policy No33 – Hazardous and Offensive Development has recently been provided by the applicant.

The Development Application and supporting documentation, including the preliminary hazard analysis, may be inspected during business hours for a period of 46 days from Thursday 19 December, 2013 to Monday 3 February, 2014 at the RMS Offices on James Craig Road, Rozelle between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

It is also available at Lane Cove Council’s Civic Centre and at the Lane Cove and Greenwich libraries.

All submissions should be made in writing by 3 February 2014 to Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 5100 CAMPERDOWN NSW 1450 or by e-mail to

If a submission is made by way of objection, the grounds of objection must be specified in the submission.

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Little Lane Temporary Car Park

At its October meeting Council considered a report on temporary parking options during the construction of the new 200 space public car park, community space and residential development on the existing Little Lane Car Park site.

At present the Little Lane Car Park provides 86 car spaces that cater predominantly for the Aquatic Centre and Pottery Green. Five options were submitted to the Council meeting to provide a temporary replacement for the Little Lane Car Park. These were:-

i. Temporary leasing of car spaces within the Oriel Building at 71 Longueville Road;

ii. Construction of car spaces in Cox’s Lane;

iii. Pottery Green – Temporary hard stand (gravel base) option;

iv. Pottery Green – Temporary flooring hire option; and

v. Temporary modular car park installed on the Council Chambers site.

An amended option for a smaller temporary car park on Pottery Green has been developed that provides for 65 car spaces, running East - West, which allows a full size sporting oval to be retained.

The amended option, together with the other options was considered by Council on Monday, 18 November 2013. Council determined that:-.

  • Council approve, as and when required, the temporary leasing of car spaces within the Oriel Building at 71 Longueville Road for Council vehicle parking.
  • Should 1. above proceed, the car park currently used by Council vehicles be open to the public, where practicable, to relieve parking shortages during the period of construction.
  • Following the completion of the purchase of 69 Longueville Road from the RMS, the site be temporarily used as a car park. 
  • The General Manager look at optimisation of parking restrictions around the Little Street development and consult with residents and other relevant stakeholders prior to any changes to such restrictions.
  • All parking options be reassessed by the General Manager after the start of construction of the Little Lane Development and consultation be undertaken with residents and other relevant stakeholders on any proposed changes.
  • Key stakeholders as noted in the report and the community be advised of Council’s decision.


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Planning in St Leonards South

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.


St Leonards South Strategy – Stage 2

Stage 2 of the St Leonards Strategy will allow Council to develop a long term strategic approach to development close to the major transport hub of St Leonards. At its meeting of 17 March 2014, Council resolved to initiate the Stage 2 report for the St Leonards South Strategy.

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Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

The NSW Government’s Draft Metropolitan Strategy is a plan for Sydney’s growth to 2031.

The strategy identifies that during this time there will be:

  • 1.3 million more people, 545,000 more homes and 625,000 more jobs
  • Key locations – referred to as nine ‘city shapers’ – influencing how housing and jobs growth can be delivered alongside improved transport connections and infrastructure

Within the Strategy is a draft proposal for Lane Cove to be included within a subregion of 17 councils on both sides of Sydney Harbour as well as a number of other suggestions to guide Sydney's growth.

If you would like to find out more, visit the Department of Planning & Infrastructure’s website to read the Draft Metropolitan Strategy. Submissions closed on 28 June 2013. You may wish to view Council’s Submission and the Community Submission submitted to the Department.
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Local Government Reform

Council has prepared a comprehensive submission  to the State Government  in response to the consultation paper on Future Directions for NSW Local Government. The Paper proposed a number of structural reforms including forced amalgamation of Councils as well as shared service provisions.

Council’s response to the Independent Review Panel was prepared in consultation with the community through an online survey and public forum. A copy of Council's response is available to view online.

The Final Report of the Independent Review Panel is due to the Minister by the end of September 2013.

Destination 2036

The Destination 2036 Action Plan was developed jointly by the Chief Executive of the Division of Local Government, and the Presidents of the NSW Local Government Association, the NSW Shires Association, and the Local Government Managers Australia (NSW).

It sets a new direction for local government in NSW and sets out how councils will deliver services to their communities in the future. The Minister has said that the Destination 2036 Action Plan will give NSW residents, communities and Councils a clear explanation of how the local government sector will modernise, reform and improve how they function in the next five years, 10 years, and 25 years.

The initiatives identified in the Action Plan are based on five major strategic directions:

  • Efficient and effective service delivery in local government,
  • Quality governance and leadership in local government,
  • Financial sustainability in local government,
  • Appropriate, flexible structural models in local government, and
  • Strong relationships within local government.

For further information visit the Destination 2036 website.

Local Government Review Panel

Supported by the Local Government & Shires Associations of NSW, the NSW Minister for Local Government has appointed a three member Local Government Review Panel to develop options to improve the strength and effectiveness of local government in NSW. The review is designed to drive key strategic directions identified in the Destination 2036 initiative and support the broader objectives of the State as outlined in NSW 2021: A Plan to Make NSW Number One (State Plan). The Panel's Terms of Reference and key tasks were developed from the Destination 2036 Action Plan.

The Panel will investigate and identify options for governance models, structural arrangements and boundary changes for local government in NSW, considering:-

  1. ability to support the current and future needs of local communities;
  2. ability to deliver services and infrastructure efficiently effectively and in a timely manner;
  3. the financial sustainability of each local government area;
  4. ability for local representation and decision making; and
  5. barriers and incentives to encourage voluntary boundary changes.

The Panel released its first Paper titled Strengthening Your Community in July 2012 and a second paper, A Case for Change in November 2012. The Panel released its report Future Directions for Local Government - Consultation Paper in April 2013, with community consultation taking place until the end of June 2013. The Panel is due to provide its final report to the Minister for Local Government in September 2013. Further information and reports from the Panel are available at

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What's Planned for 266 Longueville Road?

(Updated 22 October 2013)

An exhibition is currently being held on the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) Planning Proposal and Development Control Plan (DCP) for this site.These propose to change the zoning and development scaleto permit seniors living/ retirement housing and to reclassify the land from community to operational land.

LEP & DCP Exhibition: Wednesday 23 October to Tuesday 26 November 2013

Public Hearing: 5.00pm Tuesday 3 December 2013 at Council.

For details on the Exhibition and Public Hearing, and how to make submissions, please click here.


In 2007, the site at 266 Longueville Road was identified as a potential development site in Council’s Major Projects Plan. Extensive community consultation at the time revealed that the majority of the Community supported both the Major Projects Plan and some kind of development on the 266 Longueville Road site.

Council has identified the opportunity to develop Seniors Living units on this site, along with an onsite park and an accessible pathway to a proposed recreation facility on the Golf Course.  

Council has not developed any firm building plans.  As a first step, a Planning Proposal has been prepared by staff that examines the rezoning and reclassification of this site.  A report on the matter was considered at the 15 April Ordinary Council Meeting where Council resolved to adopt the Planning Proposal for submission to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure(DoPI) for Gateway approval to rezone the site.  Council staff finalised and submitted the Planning Proposal to the DoPI on the 24th May 2013. On 26 June 2013, the DoPI approved this planning proposal (with conditions) to go to community consultation. 

On 21 October 2013, COuncil approved a draft site-specific Devleopment Control Plan (DCP) for exhibition at the same time as the LEPPlanning Proposal.  This document will provide more information on how it is envisaged this site will be controlled through setbacks, landscape zones and building form within the proposed zoning.

To find out more, please view our information brochure which provides an overview of the process and highlights opportunities for residents to stay informed and provide us with feedback.  You can also view our Presentation to Neighbours regarding the Planning Proposal, a short video on the Proposed Sporting Facility at the Golf Course, and our subsequent Presentation to Neighbours regarding the draft Site Specific Development Control Plan. Further information is also provided in the background documents below. 

If you would like receive ongoing updates about this project please sign up to our eNewsletter to stay informed.  Should you have any queries on this proposal, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Section on 9911 3627 or by email if you have any further queries.

Background Documents:-

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Proposed Redevelopment of Little Lane Carpark (1-5 Little Street)

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

A Development Application (DA90/2012) has been approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel, after being assessed independently of Council. Details of the proposal are available on the Joint Regional Planning Panel website.

The Approved Development comprises 200 public car parking spaces, 1,045m2 of community facilities, 550 m2 retail space and 50 residential units and associated parking.

Council has commenced a selective tender process to undertake the development with works expected to commence early 2014.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.  Strategies to minimize impacts on parking during construction will be provided prior to the project commencing.

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Shell Australia Gore Bay Terminal Facility

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: