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Bushfire Season

Preparing for the Bushfire Season

It is particularly important for residents who live next to the bush to be “bushfire-ready”, especially during the warmer, drier months.

  • Have you cleared your gutters of leaves and twigs?
  • Did you know that wire screens on windows and doors can protect your house from ember attack?
  • Have you thought about installing a roof sprinkler system or checking if your hose is made of heat-resistant material?

These simple but important actions are some of the useful suggestions found in Council’s brochure What you should do in times of bushfire. It is a useful guide to help you reduce potential risks to your property.

The brochure also explains the role of Community Fire Units, composed of local residents who are trained to safeguard homes during a bushfire prior to the arrival of the NSW Fire Brigades.

Further information about preparing for bushfires can be found at

The latest Bushfire Prone map (2016) is now available

Bushfire Emergency Must Have Bag (click on bag for contents)


The Bushfire Emergency Must Have Bag contains a Bushfire Survival Plan, an emergency checklist and an information booklet looking at our localised Bushfire environment. Prepare. Act. Survive. page 7 of the Bushfire Survival Plan, helps you prepare your house for the event of a Bushfire. For a free Bushfire Emergency Must Have Bag please contact council on 9911 3583.

Oil Spill in Greenwich

​Lane Cove Council has raised its concerns with Viva following reports of a recent oil spill at its Depot in Greenwich.

On 30 December 2016 an unidentified quantity of oil was spilt within the Depot and although the spill was contained within the bund, a portion of the fuel then subsequently leaked through into the Bay.

Council has requested access to the incident report and Viva's procedures to help ensure lessons learnt from this occasion are incorporated into future practices. In particular Council would like to ensure Viva's commitment to providing timely, formal notification to Council regarding any incidents given its proximity to local residences and public facilities. Ongoing updates on the progress of any investigations would also assist Council in helping to keep a concerned community informed.

To date Council has met with Viva representatives and has also arranged for follow-up testing to water quality at Greenwich Baths to ensure no residual impacts. Council will shortly call for a briefing by representatives from Viva and the EPA to discuss the incident further.

It is understood that until such time as a report is finalised by the EPA the most up to date information that can be provided to the Lane Cove community is a copy of the community information updates provided by Viva. These appear below:

Council will be seeking to receive an update for the community this week.


Lane Cove Audio Tour

Download the new Lane Cove Village History Audio Guide

This summer  Council is bringing the history of Lane Cove to the modern day with the new online Village History Audio Guide. This brief and entertaining journey through time and place will teach you a little more about the traditional custodians of the land – the Cameraygal people, introduce you to some locals in the 1800's and explore how the lives of Lane Cove residents have changed over time.

QUIZ: So you think you know your village?
Why was Burns Bay previously known as Murdering Bay?
In what year was the electric tramway opened in Lane Cove?
Why is pottery so significant to this area?
Which notable Australian figure petitioned for the building of the Lane Cove bandstand?

To access the guide you can download the free izi.TRAVEL app to your personal device via the Apple, Google and Windows app stores at home or download from the izi.TRAVEL website. To find the guided walk, search ‘Village History Audio Guide’ once in the app to discover text, audio, images and GPS tracking to guide you along the walk.

Australia Day

Come and celebrate everything that is great about being Australian!

Join in the celebrations including live entertainment, a special Australian Citizenship ceremony and a BBQ. Local resident and Australia Day Ambassador Jude Bolton will be providing the key note address as part of the Citizenship Ceremony proceedings.

10:00am - 11:00am: Citizenship Ceremony

11:00am - 1:00pm: Live music and BBQ

School Holidays

Council’s Synergy Youth Centre is an information, recreation and referral service for young people between the ages of 11-18 years. Synergy operates as a free drop-in service providing a safe, flexible and friendly space.

Synergy is offering some exciting activities and excursions for the summer break - see below for the full program.

Registrations are open for excursions including the Wild Ropes course at Taronga Zoo, Fish & Chips at Manly Beach and City Amusements Arcade at Haymarket.

Registration forms for excursions can be found in the 'Upcoming Events' section at Excursion bookings and full payment must be made in person at Council’s Customer Service Desk.

For further enquiries please email

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Latest Newsletter

The latest edition of Council's quarterly newsletter is now available online.

The newsletter includes an update on recently completed infrastructure projects, the Centenary of Greenwich Baths, New Years Eve arrangements at Greenwich and much more.

A copy is included in the October rates notices and is also available for collection at Lane Cove Library and Civic Centre.

Road Safety Calendar

Have you ever let someone merge in front of you and received a ‘thank you wave’? Or stopped at a pedestrian crossing and had the pedestrian tip their hat at you? To help inspire more of this courteous behaviour, a unique retro-themed calendar has been developed to celebrate the benefits of road safety etiquette.

2017 can now feel like ‘the good old days’ thanks to the 2017 Road Safety Calendar – The Courtesy Edition – a collaboration between Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, City of Ryde, and Willoughby Councils.

Each month features retro-style messages relating to road safety issues such as general courtesy, pedestrian awareness, speed, fatigue and more. It also highlights the benefits of mutual respect, tolerance and friendly behaviour for all road users, including drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians, through retro inspired road safety posters/messages.

With an increase in road rage incidents occurring on Sydney’s roads, the calendar reminds all road users to be more tolerant and courteous to each other.

First produced in 2001, the annual Road Safety Calendar was originally created for senior drivers aged 60 and over, however, the calendar has now been expanded to appeal to road users of all ages on NSW roads.

For a copy of the limited edition, free calendar, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 or collect one from the Civic Centre or Lane Cove Library.

Council Elections

​As Council is subject to a potential merger, the State Government has deferred the local government elections for Lane Cove until September 2017.

This means there will be no election this year and that the current Councillors will continue to represent the community until the current merger process is finalised.

If Council does not merge, the current Council will serve until September 2017.

For the latest information on the proposed merger of Lane Cove, Hunter's Hill and Ryde councils, visit

Council's Achievements

​Councils are required to report at the end of each Council term on the implementation of its Community Strategic Plan.

Lane Cove has produced an End of Term Video that complements this report and highlights the exciting results and achievements over the past four year Council term (2012 - 2016). This includes major projects, open space improvements, infrastructure upgrades, new facilities, arts and cultural activities, award-winning initiatives and more.

What is our Community Strategic Plan?

Lane Cove 2025 outlines the vision for the local community and Council. The plan, which was adopted by Council in 2011, was produced after an extensive two year community consultation process.


As part of this process Council developed the Delivery Program and Operational Plan which outline the actions to be undertaken to implement Lane Cove 2025 during each Council term. The Budget is produced to support these actions.

The responses from these consultations have been used to develop the goals, objectives and strategies of the Community Strategic Plan. Each comment Council received during the Consultation process has been documented to show where it fits under the CSP.

Lane Cove 2025 is comprised of goals, objectives and strategies for each planning theme, which have been developed with the community through extensive community consultation. As this is a community plan there may be strategies which involve Council to lobby and enter into dialogue with other levels of government, private enterprise, community organisations, educational institutions, non-government, religious organisations and neighbouring councils.

Changes for Pool Owners

​New laws apply to the sale or lease of properties with a pool in NSW.  These changes have been introduced by the State Government to further protect the safety of children under the age of five around backyard swimming pools.

From 29 April 2016, properties sold with a pool must have either:

  • A certificate of compliance; or
  • A relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration; or
  • A certificate of non-compliance.

When you buy a property with a non-compliant pool, you will have 90 days from settlement to fix any areas of non-compliance.

From 29 April 2016, properties leased with a pool must have either:

  • A certificate of compliance; or
  • A relevant occupation certificate and a certificate of registration.

For more information visit the Office of Local Government website.

Who do these changes affect?

  • A vendor of a property with a pool

  • A purchaser of a property with a pool

  • A tenant of a property with a pool

  • A landlord of a property with a pool

  • A real estate agent selling or leasing a property with a pool

  • A conveyancer or solicitor transferring the ownership of a property with a pool

  • NSW councils

  • NSW accredited certifiers

Who is exempt?

These new sale laws do not apply to properties with more than two lots and a shared pool, such as units in strata complexes or community schemes.

What do the changes mean for you?

For more information on how the sale and lease provision will affect you, visit the  Office of Local Government website.

Where do I go for additional assistance?

Your real estate agent, solicitor, conveyancer, strata manager or local authority (council) will be able to assist you.

Legislation can be found on the NSW legislation website. The Acts and Regulations of relevance are:

  • The Swimming Pools Act 1992

  • The Swimming Pools Regulation 2008

  • The Conveyancing Act 1919

  • The Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010

  • The Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010 (schedule 1 – Standard Form Agreement)

  • The Property Stock and Business Agents Act 2002

The amending regulations are:

  • The Swimming Pools Amendment (Inspections) Regulation 2016

  • The Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Amendment (Swimming Pools) Regulation 2016

  • The Residential Tenancies Amendment (Swimming Pools) Regulation 2016.

Lunar New Year

Lane Cove's Lunar New Celebrations

Help bring in the year of the monkey at this special Lunar New Year celebration in the Plaza on Friday 19 February.

The event will include a host of live entertainment including a Chinese lion dance, k-pop dancing and monkey craft.

Children will also receive their own lai see (lucky red envelope) for good luck.

Join in the fun from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.

Anzac Centenary

​Council's Anzac Centenary Committee have been busy planning a range of activities to help commemorate the Centenary of World War 1.

This April a range of activities will be available for the Lane Cove community including exhibitions, talks, displays, cooking workshops and a special ANZAC Day service in the Plaza.

Visit to find out what's on.