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Latest on COVID-19

Please find important information from Council below relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

For the latest NSW Health information on the number of cases in Lane Cove local government area, please visit the NSW Health Website.

Downloading the COVIDSafe app

Lane Cove locals are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app to help the Australian government's work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having confidence that they can find and contain outbreaks quickly will mean governments can ease restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus. Find out more today...

Council Building Closed

Due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, the Civic Centre remains closed to the public.

All walk-in services at the Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Road Lane Cove, including Customer Service, Planning Advice and Justice of the Peace Services remain suspended.

Council services are available online, by emailing service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au or phoning 9911 3555. 

Latest service and facility information from Council

The Library has now reopened to pre-booked visitors. Find out more at www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/library.

To help extend the opportunity for residents to exercise safely, the lights at Blackman Park, Pottery Green Oval, Bob Campbell Oval and Tantallon Oval are being turned on each evening from 5:00pm - 7:30pm (approximately). 

In addition, as part of the ongoing easing of social distancing restrictions, Council has contacted sporting clubs to provide them with information on how to recommence the booking of local sports fields. 

A reminder to anyone using our ovals and sporting fields to observe the latest advice from NSW Health. 

The following is now allowed in NSW, in addition to measures already announced:

  • travel to regional NSW for a holiday

  • visit museums, galleries and libraries

  • pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers

  • beauty and nail salon operators can begin treatments under strict COVID-safe guidelines

  • worship, weddings and funerals – up to 20 people can attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship.

Read more about the public health order rules.

Report breaches to Crime Stoppers

It is an offence not to adhere to the Public Health order. Crime Stoppers NSW is the best and most appropriate way to report any breaches or concerns around people acting contrary to self-isolation or health orders. Crime Stoppers NSW can be contacted on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers NSW website.

Council facilities remaining closed
Based on the latest information from the NSW Government, the following public places remain closed to the public until further notice:

  • Greenwich Baths - closed
  • Greenwich Library - closed
  • Lane Cove Aquatic Centre - closed
  • Lane Cove Community Nursery - closed
  • Synergy Youth Centre - closed
  • All Council halls - closed
  • Lane Cove Library - closed. Information on how to access the service on 1 June will be available shortly. In the meantime Library to Your Door and the Home Library Service  continue to operate as normal which provides for books, magazines, DVDs and audiobooks to be delivered directly to your home. Information on loans and renewals will be available on the Library website.

Public parks, playgrounds and trails are open

Lane Cove's public parks, playgrounds and trails are now open. Council reminds residents to maintain social distancing whilst using these facilities and keep 1.5 metres apart from others.   

The NSW Government's advice is that users may use outdoor exercise and playground equipment, but should do so with caution, and:

  • Wash their hands before and after they use the equipment
  • Assume the person who has used the equipment before them has the virus.

Other services and facilities

Garbage collection start times: due to staffing arrangements and to ensure your garbage is collected, garbage collection will start approximately 60-90 minutes earlier in some areas commencing this week, for example 5:00am start instead of 6:00am. Most of these earlier starts will commence on or near major arterial roads. Your understanding of any inconvenience during this time is appreciated.

Sydney Community Services: Council is liaising with local organisation Sydney Community Services to ensure they can continue to provide essential services to people in need in our area and also to ensure any isolated members of the community can still access these services. For more information phone Sydney Community Services on 9427 6425 from Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm.

Please remember to practice social distancing when outdoors.

DA Process

The following changes have been made to Council's DA Process in response to COVID-19 and the closure of the Council building:

  • All applications are to be lodged electronically via the NSW Planning Portal. Find out more about Online DA Lodgement.
  • A hard copy application can still be made if absolutely necessary but it is required to be delivered to an alternate postal address:

Lane Cove Council
12 Lloyd Rees Drive
Lane Cove West 2066 

  • All planning enquiries and more formal pre-DA applications are to be undertaken by remote means (email: service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au or telephone (02) 9911 3555).  

DA searches in person at the Civic Centre are currently unavailable. Please use the DA Search and Enquiry tool on Council's website. If you require assistance, please email service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Council's Development Assessment Team is committed to continuity of service during this time and appreciate your co-operation with the above changes.

Extended Construction Hours

New rules introduced by the NSW Government allow construction sites to operate on weekends and public holidays.

The rules are intended to allow workers to abide by social distancing rules while keeping construction projects progressing by spreading building work across more days of the week. The announcement was made on 2 April.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Construction Work Days) Order 2020 is now in place and will continue until the COVID-19 pandemic is over, or the advice of NSW Health changes.

Demolition and building work is permitted on a Saturday, Sunday and public holiday provided:

  • The development has consent
  • Comply with all conditions of consent other than conditions that relate to hours of work or operation on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, and
  • For work or operation on Saturday, Sunday or public holiday - must
    • Comply with the conditions of  the consent that restrict the hours of work or operation on any other days as if the conditions applied to work or operation on a Saturday, Sunday or Public Holiday
    • Not involve the carrying out of rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities during the hours of work that would not be normally permitted but for this Order.
    • Take all appropriate and reasonable measures to minimise noise.

Find out more.

Council is calling residents

Over the coming weeks, Council staff will be calling Lane Cove residents to check-in and offer support and assistance during this difficult time. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all and the health and safety of Lane Cove residents are Council's priority. During this call, please feel free to let Council know if you need support or assistance in any way and we will do our best to help. Council will also use this call as a chance to confirm your contact details.

In the meantime, if you do require assistance, please call Council on 9911 3555 or email service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

Need hand sanitiser?

To help our community stay safe, Council has funded a bulk batch of hand sanitiser, which is being made available to locals at pre-Covid 19 prices.

To make sure more people get a chance to access the supply we will be limiting the sale to 600ml per customer at a price of $10 (no need to bring your own bottle, we'll give you something to take home for your refills). Head along to Unwined Bar, 22 Rosenthal Avenue, Monday to Sunday 7:00am - 12noon, while supplies last. Free parking is available in The Canopy Car Park.

The hand sanitiser has been produced locally for Council by Lane Cove Advantage Pharmacy to the World Health Organisation formula, with 75% alcohol.

Our aim is to help sustain community access to hand sanitiser at reasonable prices until the supply can catch up with demand. As part of the initiative, Council has also donated supply to Sydney Community Services to help staff, volunteers and clients.