|Online activities & events|
Are you looking for something fun to do during your school holiday stay-cation? Well look no further than our online school holiday series!
Rainbow Snake with Koori Kinnections
Monday 20 September, 11:00am, Council's Facebook page
We're celebrating Cameraygal Week and Indigenous Literacy Week with Jess from Koori Kinnections as we learn about the history of the Rainbow Snake! Aimed at pre-school and primary school aged children, follow along as we create our own Rainbow Snake craft at home. A list of materials to collect can be downloaded from the Lane Cove Library website.
Explore Science with Little Bang Discovery Club
Playfully explore the fundamentals of science with fun activities and experiments these school holidays! Join us for four videos using items you can find at home and follow along for some educational fun. A list of materials to collect can be downloaded from the Lane Cove Library website. We'll be posting these on Council's Facebook and YouTube pages at 11:00am but you're welcome to view in your own time.
- Collecting and Classifying: Tuesday 21 September, 11:00am
- Measuring and Recording: Thursday 23 September, 11:00am
- Experimenting: Tuesday 28 September, 11:00am
- Science Fair: Thursday 30 September, 11:00am
Local Music Livestream with JËVA
Friday 24 September, from 5:00pm, Council's Facebook page
Lift your mood and get the weekend vibes flowing with tunes from local artist JËVA as we livestream a performance on Council's Facebook page. Dancing around your living room is highly recommended!
JËVA is a locally-based singer-songwriter, and self-identified budding pop prince. Writing in the Pop and K-Pop genres that helped raise him, JËVA is bound to get you up and grooving.
This event is part of Lane Cove Festival and delivered by Council in partnership with EventSound.
Follow our @lanecovecouncil Facebook and Instagram pages and enjoy our upcoming school holiday post with all the tips you'll need to encounter Lane Cove's nocturnal creatures. Get your torches ready and enjoy the perfect excuse to stay up late these holidays.
|Greenwich Baths to re-open|
Council is re-opening the Greenwich Baths season early from Saturday 18 September.
We've just received the latest advice from NSW Health and Greenwich Baths will be open for both exercise AND recreation.
Capacity limits will be in place; you must QR code in; and you will need to follow the directions of staff throughout your visit.
Do not attend the Baths with more than one person who lives outside your household (if not fully vaccinated); or up to 5 people (all vaccinated).
Please stay 1.5m away from staff and other patrons, avoid mingling and wear your mask as required. Do not attend if you are unwell; or if you are not permitted to attend under the current health orders. Arrangements will be reviewed following the opening week.
To check for opening times and the latest entry conditions please visit the Greenwich Baths website.
For details on exercise and recreation restrictions, please visit NSW Health's website
|Did you know?|
Sydney metropolitan mayors stand up to State
Government cash grab
16 September 2021
23 metropolitan councils have today launched a campaign demanding the NSW
Government abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State
NSW Government is attempting to take up to half of local government “developer
contributions” – the money councils levy developers to help pay for local
infrastructure such as playgrounds, sports fields, libraries and parks.
councils have published an open letter in the Sydney Morning Herald and Daily
Telegraph, to raise public awareness of the detrimental impact this levy
change will have on their communities.
councils argue that developer levies should be spent where they are raised to
ensure new development is accompanied by appropriate investment in the
surrounding area. You can read the letter further below.
Lane Cove Mayor Clr Pam Palmer has today said:
"With a growing population in
our area, there is increased demand on our public amenities and public
services. Currently there is a nexus
between that new growth and developer contributions towards funding the extra
demands placed on local infrastructure. This relieves the burden for
existing rate payers. It benefits those new communities. And it makes
sure that developers are creating liveable communities supported by appropriate
The existing system is not
broken. Now the government is going to
take these funds away from local communities.
These are funds that have
helped us to improve our local shopping precinct, build a new outdoor pool,
increase open space and which will fund a new indoor sports centre.
To ask us to not only accept
the government's housing targets, but to also fund the supporting
infrastructure that’s required is completely unfair”.
Here is the open letter addressed to the Premier today:
know, the NSW Government imposes housing targets onto local Councils to
accommodate Sydney’s population growth.
turn, our communities rely on our Councils to deliver the essential facilities
and infrastructure needed to support this growth, and make people’s lives and
local environments better.
infrastructure includes everything from roads and footpaths, to sports fields,
parks and netball courts, to playgrounds, pools and libraries.
only deliver these facilities because we are able to collect contributions from
property developers to help fund them.
the changes now being planned by the NSW Government will divert a large
proportion of these developer contributions away from Councils and into a
Treasury-controlled fund, with no clear accountability or transparency of how
it will be spent.
Government is proposing Councils raise rates to make up the revenue we are
breaks the nexus between where contributions are made and where they are spent.
This threatens the ability of every Council to deliver much-needed new
community facilities, and transfers that burden onto our ratepayers.
you are forcing us to choose between cancelling projects and raising rates. And
this is at a time of pandemic-induced financial hardship for many people in the
of our communities, we urge that you withdraw the changes currently before
by the Centre for International Economics (CIE) estimates that the
Infrastructure Contributions Bill (2021) would give the NSW Government an
additional $793million per year in revenue (averaged over 20 years).
Councils will only be able to levy local development for “essential
infrastructure” and will be left with shortfalls in funding for playgrounds,
open space, sports and community facilities unless they raise rates. This transfers
the cost of new Community infrastructure to support new development from the developers
23 signatories are directing communities to visit www.saveourcommunities.com to find out more, and
to also voice their concern with local members of Parliament.
signatories are: Bayside, Blacktown City, Blue Mountains, Burwood,
Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Hawkesbury,
Hunter’s Hill, Inner West, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Penrith,
Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Waverley, Willoughby and
Annual Broadleaf Weed Spraying
Council contractors will commence Broadleaf Weed Spraying in some parks, open spaces and ovals from Monday 20 September. This timeframe allows for working with changes in weather. The herbicide to be used for small parks and open spaces will be Javelin or Spearhead. Casper will be used on Kingsford Smith Oval, Bob Campbell Oval, Burns Bay and Pottery Green. Monument will be used at Blackman Park (B3 and B4).
Notification signs will be put out at the major entrances to the parks at least one week before spraying. The time of spray will be updated immediately prior to the pesticide application and remain in place until the park is reopened for public use later that day. Please follow on-site signage and do not use the
area while spraying is in progress – the signage will be updated with the time
for re-entry that day
We are aware that our open spaces are important places to exercise during the current pandemic and are doing our best to minimise the disruption while this annual process is carried out (including spraying at night where possible).
Parks and spaces to be sprayed:
- Bob Campbell Oval
- Burns Bay Oval
- Blackman Park (B3 and B4)
- Kingsford Smith Oval
- Pottery Green Oval
- 106 Tambourine Bay Road
- 266 Longueville Road
- Aquatic Park
- Bayview Park
- Blackman Park - all areas excluding playing fields
- Bob Campbell Oval picnic areas
- Burns Bay Reserve
- Carlotta playground (Evelyn St)
- Central Park
- Charlish Park
- Corner of Ffrench St and Bent St
- Cullen Park
- Cunninghams Reach (at park sign & oppo new shelter)
- Gamma Res
- Goodlet Reserve
- Opposite Greenwich Wharf
- Greenwich Park
- Greenwich Sailing Club
- Griffith Park
- Hands Quarry Reserve
- Helen St Reserve
- Holloway Res (end of Vista St)
- Hughes Park
- Jago Street
- Kellys Esp (opposite 1 Kellys Esp)
- Kingsford Smith Oval (spraying outside oval only)
- Leemon Reserve
- Longueville Reserve
- Marjorie York Playground
- Manns Point
- Mary Carlson Park
- Mindarie Park
- Newlands Park
- Shell Park
- Stringybark Reserve
- St Lawrence (end of – above the baths)
- Tambourine Bay Park
- Turrumburra Dog Park
|Free Business Breakfast|
Mental Health is Everybody's Business
Proudly brought to you by Lane Cove Council in partnership with Black Dog Institute.
We're pleased to share with you details about a Business Breakfast we're hosting online on Wednesday 13 October from 7:30am - 9:00am. Join other businesses in Lane Cove and hear how you can help yourself, your staff and your community by better understanding mental health.
In this free online workshop you will:
- Understand the causes, signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions;
- Find out what help is available inside and outside of the workplace; and
- Understand five core concepts of wellbeing and how these translate into daily life.
The workshop will be presented by Lisa McLeod from Black Dog Institute. Lisa is a psychologist, executive coach and workplace trainer who has over 20 years experience in progressing both individual and workplace wellbeing.
Wednesday 13 October 2021, 7:30am - 9:00am, online via Zoom
We would love to see you there! Bookings are essential.
Proposed cull of magpie
following resident injuries
There has been a history of magpie attacks in a concentrated area of Lane Cove North. In 2020 Council received reports of heightened magpie attacks. Magpies are a protected species and fall under the jurisdiction of the National Parks and Wildlife Service who manage them in line with the ‘NPWS Policy on Management of Native Birds that Show Aggression to People’.
In this particular instance the magpie swoops beyond the typical six week season, with attacks extending from July to December. In 2020 Council followed the advice of NPWS and its recommended processes to reduce the likelihood of attacks including increasing resident awareness, signage and liaising with residents within the nearby streets. At the request of some residents we included new signage with QR codes to the Magpie Alert website to report incidents and also provided umbrellas nearby for those who felt they could benefit from extra protection.
Our aim has been to support a positive outcome for residents and local wildlife. Resident injuries have continued in the 2021 season and therefore Council again contacted NPWS. Given Council had followed all the preventative measures outlined in their policy, NPWS indicated that Council could make an application to cull as relocation is not permissible.
The below encounters are examples from the website ‘Magpie Alert’ for the Johnston Crescent and Tantallon Road area of Lane Cove North over the past month:
5/8/21 – ‘Swooped from behind, hit behind my right ear, drew blood and left me with a headache. Never heard it coming. Walked backwards for a while but no more attempts.’ -
6/8/21 – ‘Swooped while walking. Drew blood on the top of my head.’
9/8/21 – ‘Magpie came and swooped me. I didn’t see it coming from behind and it scratched my head. I now have three bleeding scratches. I felt like a shoe hit my head and the pain lasted three days.’
18/8/21 – ‘Magpie swooped first, I was walking always and it attacked me on my forehead, I had bleed, I tried to run but it kept swooping, and then stopped when I turned in another street. Scary and very aggressive that kept chasing me.’
19/8/21 – ‘I was swooped from behind and was hit on the side of the head. If I had turned slightly it would have been my eye. This is terrifyingly. I get swooped almost daily. Surely enough is enough. Do we have to wait until someone looses an eye to sort this out. If this was a dog it would have been put down by now!’
27/8/21 – ‘Magpie swooped and pierced the back of my head whilst I walking up the street. I had blood, now bruise, headache and a very sore head. Very scared to walk this way again without protection.’
29/8/21 – A strong hit to the right side of my head and continued to swoop. Feeling very shaken and bleeding heavily from the wound I sought medical advice. GP took it very seriously explained would was a hematoma which is a good thing as it means no skull fracture which is not uncommon. It was cleaned, tetanus shot and antibiotics required. Panadol for headache, heat pack for neck whiplash recommended. Drs certificate provided for 3 days if time off work needed. If it gets worse overnight, I need to come back in. $100 to see a GP on Sunday. Have a picture if helpful.’
31/8/21 – ‘Running around the oval. Kept running but it swooped at me three times. Made contact all three times and drew blood on two of them.’
View photographs of injuries provided by local residents.
There are also a similar number of attacks reported which did not result in injury.
While it was hoped that the 2021 season would improve, unfortunately the injuries are such that Council has continued to liaise with National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) about the options, particularly as the swooping season for this particular area ran from July to December last year. Council has now received approval from NPWS for a ‘Licence to Harm’ covering both the male and female magpie in Johnston Crescent which is valid from 1/9/21 to 1/12/21. Council has nominated a licensed animal control contractor, who was included in the application, to carry out the cull.
Unfortunately relocation of the birds is not possible as the ‘NPWS Policy on Management of Native Birds that Show Aggression to People’ stipulates that ‘If removal of a bird is warranted, then destruction of the animal is the only option that will be considered’.
As part of the NPWS process, Council is required to notify residents by letter prior to the proposed cull as well as make sure that appropriate signage is in place during the cull of up to two birds.
This is the first magpie cull in recent memory and is one that Council hopes is an isolated case
Are you looking for a way to support fellow Sydneysiders but don't know where to start?
Council has teamed up with Cumberland City Council to provide the
opportunity for Lane Cove residents to support someone in need. Cumberland
residents are able to register for support through the COVID-19 Community Support Exchange. This can include needing assistance buying their essential
items such as groceries.
Lane Cove residents who would like to provide support are
welcome to purchase a supermarket gift card online and email through to Lane
Cove Council. This gift card will then be provided to a resident in need who
has registered with Cumberland Council. Your digital gift card will be distributed anonymously
to your recipient.
Tips on how to donate an online gift card
- Select your preferred supermarket (examples of supermarkets with multiple stores across the Cumberland area include Woolworths and Coles)
- Consider the gift card which best reflects essential items needed and select the option to have it delivered digitally to your email inbox
- Follow the online purchasing process using your own email address
- Check your email for the official emails from the supermarket and identify the email containing the digital gift card (it should contain the pin)
- Forward this digital gift card to Lane Cove Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council will acknowledge receipt of your gift card within one business day. We will remove any personal information ie. name and email and provide only the digital card and pin for distribution to the recipient. For this reason it is important to check you're forwarding on the card and not your transaction receipt.
Other opportunities to donate essential items
Foodbank's Sydney warehouse remains open as they prepare emergency hampers filled with pantry staples to feed people who would otherwise go without food.
Local residents can consider donating a $35 food hamper for vulnerable people in need or explore other ways to help fight hunger for people in need by visiting their website.
Heads up! Council will be undertaking linemarking works from Monday 13 September at the below locations. The works be conducted over one week (weather permitting) and all works will be conducted at night (7:00pm – 5:00am) to minimise the impact to traffic and parking.
- Longueville Road between Dorritt Street & Zeta Road
- Little Street between Pottery Lane & Central Avenue
- Phoenix Street between Epping Road & the Pottery Green Oval
- Parklands Avenue between Epping Road & Nundah Street
- Landers Road between Parklands Avenue & Coxs Lane
- Kullah Parade near Mindarie Park
- Cullen Street between Henley Street & Burns Bay Road
- Sam Johnson Way/Orion Road between Sirius Road & Epping Road
- Tamborine Bay Road between Burns Bay Road & River Road W
- River Road W between Tamborine Bay Road & Trouve Street
Thank you for your patience while we complete these works.
Election to be held on Saturday 4 December
If you are a resident of Lane Cove please make sure your current details are up-to-date with the Electoral Commission as voting is compulsory.This page also contains information to assist with candidates interested in registering for the upcoming election. Please note the elections were originally scheduled to be held in September however have the
decision has been made to move the date to 4 December 2021.
All electors enrolled on the NSW State electoral roll as at 6:00pm 25 October 2021 residing in Lane Cove Council local government area will be included on the residential roll for the election.
To update your enrolment details online or to obtain a residential enrolment form visit aec.gov.au or call 13 23 26. Enrolment forms must be received by 6:00pm 25 October 2021.
If you are not a resident of Lane Cove, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in the Lane Cove Council local government area as a corporation, business or individual.
More information regarding the enrolment of non-residential electors can be found in the NSWEC fact sheet.
To apply for inclusion on the non-residential roll please complete one of the following forms and return to Council by 6:00pm, 25 October 2021:
If a claim for non-residential enrolment was made for a previous election, contact the council to check your claim is still current. If you need to update your details, please contact Lane Cove Council at 9911 3510.
Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for all voters included on the residential roll. Voting is also compulsory for all voters included on the Lane Cove Council non-residential roll. Voting is not compulsory for voters included on the non-residential roll for other councils.
Thinking of nominating as a candidate?
If you’re considering nominating as a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections, you should read the NSW Electoral Commission notice. It provides general guidance about the process of nominating, and candidates’ obligations and responsibilities. Prospective candidates should seek their own independent legal advice if they are unsure whether they are eligible to run for public office in a local Council or how the law applies to their specific circumstances.
The NSW Electoral Commission website also includes a Candidate Handbook, free webinars and further information which may of note. Visit their website for the latest information.
Work at the Local Government Elections
People who would like to work at the December local government elections can now submit an application through the NSWEC ‘expression of interest’ website.
Applicants can work on the day (4 December 2021) in a polling place, or for longer periods in a returning office or in one of the pre-poll voting centres.
Changes to pre-poll and postal voting eligibility criteria for 2021 Local Government Elections
Eligibility criteria for pre-poll (early voting) and postal voting has changed. Additional criteria has been introduced for the 2021 Local Government elections to make it easier for electors to vote in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the 2021 Local Government elections, any person who is enrolled to vote may vote by pre-poll.
In addition to existing postal vote eligibility criteria, the following criteria also apply. You are able to use postal voting if you
- are a permanent or temporary resident in a hospital, nursing home, retirement village or similar facility
- are self-isolating because of COVID-19 related reasons
- reasonably believe that attending a polling place on election day will pose a risk to the health or safety of yourself or people around you, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on postal voting and the key dates for postal voting, please visit the Electoral Commission's website.
Online and operator assisted voting (iVote)
You may be eligible to use iVote (online voting option) at this election.
You can vote using iVote if you:
- are blind or have low vision.
- have a disability, within the meaning of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, and because of the disability you have difficulty voting at a polling place
- require assistance to vote because you are unable to read or write
- are not within 20 kilometres, by the nearest route, of a polling place
- are a silent elector
- will not be within the local government area during the hours of voting on election day
- applied for a postal vote but did not receive your postal ballot papers before 5pm on 27 August 2021.
For more information about eligibility, registration details and key dates, please visit the Electoral Commission's website.
Changes to Construction Work Days Order
On 30 July 2021, the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces signed a new Order, the Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Construction Work Days) Order (No 3) 2021 (Order),
which allows construction works to occur Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
The carrying out of building work or work, or the demolition of a building or work, on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday is development specified under the Order. The conditions specified for the development are that it must—
(a) be the subject of a development consent
(b) comply with all conditions of the development consent other than any condition that restricts the hours of work or operation on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday
(c) be carried out on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday during the hours of work or operation specified for a weekday in the development consent
(d) not involve the carrying out of rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities during the hours of work or operation that would not be permitted but for this Order, and
(e) take all feasible and reasonable measures to minimise noise
The above is an excerpt from the Order - visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website for full details.
While the Order extends the days construction work can occur, the industry will still need to adhere to any requirements specified in any orders made under the Public Health Act 2010. If there is an inconsistency between this Order and a public health order, the public health order prevails.
Temporary Mobile Phone Base Station
Council has been advised that Telstra propose to install a temporary Mobile Phone Base Station Telecommunication(s) Facility at the north western end of 266 Longueville Road on or about 7th September 2021 for a period of up to 9 months from commissioning.
This installation is possible on public land (which includes land owned by a local government) without consent under clause 43 of Schedule 3 to the Telecommunications Act 1997.
Telstra advise that the temporary facility is required at this location to provide mobile phone coverage and capacity while the existing mobile base station at 4 Northwood Road Lane Cove is being replaced. The proposed facility is exempt from Local Council planning schemes as it complies with Part 6A, Item 4 of the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018. Council has been told the facility will comply with all ACMA EME regulatory arrangements.
Council will receive no remuneration for the use of the site and has no intention of permitting a permanent Mobile Phone Base Station Telecommunication(s) Facility on the site.
Telstra's contractor for these works is Service Stream Network Construction. Should you have any queries relating this installation, please direct your correspondence to planning.NSW@servicestream.com.au or 02 9087 3106.
If there are to be any outages, Telstra's customer service team will notify Telstra's customer's accordingly.
|Stay COVID Safe|
Help support other Sydneysiders by considering a donation to Foodbank
looking for a way to support fellow Sydneysiders but don’t know where to
start? Foodbank’s Sydney warehouse remains open as they prepare emergency
hampers filled with pantry staples to feed people who would otherwise go without
food. Local residents can consider donating a $35 food hamper
for vulnerable people in need or explore other ways to
help fight hunger for people in need by visiting their website.
10 August 2021
Thank you to everyone for helping to keep our
NSW Police visited Lane Cove today to help remind the community
and businesses of the health orders in place. A reminder to local residents
that while seating in public places are available for those in need, NSW
Police reminds us they are not a suitable place to consume
takeaway food and beverages.
Over the past month Council has increased the frequency of cleaning in
the village including high touch point areas, public bathrooms and seats.
Although we’ve also been completing extra cleaning of some high use areas and
removed temporary seating, we’d like to remind everyone to observe the NSW
Health guidelines and limit your time outside your home to the permitted
reasons ie. exercise, shopping etc. Please be respectful of keeping 1.5m social distance
between yourself and others and
follow guidelines around wearing a mask. If you are in the village you can
consider other simple actions to reduce contact points such as paying with your
card, using foot pedals on bins where provided and practicing good hand hygiene
(FYI there are two hand sanitiser points available in The Canopy). Council is
pleased that there is more open space in the village than there was in 2020 lockdown
however we ask for the community’s help to keep these areas safe.
6 August 2021
Together with other Northern Sydney councils, we're hosting a series of free resilience webinars about coping with COVID-19.
The COVID-19 changes and challenges have resulted in many people feeling isolated, anxious and uncertain. This free webinar series, with presenters from The Resilience Centre, will provide tips on how to cope with the challenges of COVID-19 and help you develop resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join us this month for the following hour-long webinars:
- Monday 23 August: Caring for a Spouse or Family Member during COVID-19
- Tuesday 31 August: Reframing COVID-19
While initially developed to support Seniors, these webinars are suitable for all adults.
Find out more and book your spot.
Free Business Support Webinar
Council has recently been made aware of a free business support webinar, which you might be interested in virtually attending.
The NSW Government is delivering an online session to help small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 find the support they need.
Presenters from across government agencies including NSW Treasury and Service NSW will provide information on financial grants including the 2021 COVID-19 business and micro-business grants, JobSaver payment, and highlight other government support available. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
- Wednesday 11 August 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Find out more and register your spot.
Energy bill support now available
Households in NSW who need help paying their energy bills will be able to access up to $1,600 per year in financial support during the current COVID-19 lockdown.
The Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme helps people experiencing a short term financial crisis or emergency to pay their electricity or natural gas bill. This scheme is only for short term assistance.
The NSW Government also offers six other rebates to help with energy bills. People can visit the Energy Saver website.
3 August 2021
COVID-19 ALERT: NSW Health has advised that anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. Please get tested even if you have had a test in recent days. If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again:
- ALDI, Lane Cove - Shop 2/2 Rosenthal Avenue: Saturday 24 July, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
- Coles, Lane Cove - Rosenthal Avenue: Saturday 24 July, 1:00pm - 2:15pm.
Please check the NSW Government website regularly for more information.
Signage is in place to help notify anyone who may not have used the QR code to
check-in. The Canopy has had an increased cleaning cycle over the past month
including high touchpoints being cleaned six times a day. Extra cleaning of the
retail foyer and lifts is taking place today in response to notification of these
two locations. A reminder to visit the NSW Health website for details of your
nearest testing location.
For the latest information from Coles, please visit their website.
25 July 2021
Thank you to the residents and businesses of Lane Cove who continue to follow the latest NSW Government advice to help keep themselves and our community COVID-safe.
A reminder to please check the latest NSW Health information for venues of concern and to find the nearest locations to get tested. Please continue to check-in using using QR codes and carry a mask with you at all times.
Please find below an important update on our services as well as ways that Council and the community can support others.
A number of our facilities remain closed with Council delivering its customer service activities via online, phone and email requests.
From this week the Council Depot is also closed with skeleton staff for emergencies only. All non-essential works on Council sites will pause with sites made safe and secure until work can resume. The community can rest assured that services such as waste collection, street cleaning and cleaning of public toilets continue.
The following arrangements are in place for Council services and facilities until further notice:
- Request for service can be made online, by email email@example.com or by phone 9911 3555. Council has suspended walk-in services at the Lane Cove Civic Centre including Justice of the Peace services.
- Lane Cove Library and Greenwich Library remain closed. The Library are advising borrowers to please retain your library items until after the lockdown - no fines will accrue during this period. You can access electronic resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines online. Residents can once again utilise our Home Library and Library to your Door services - we'll deliver your items directly to your door. All other Library services are currently suspended and we are currently reviewing options for limited services. If you need to contact the Library please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lane Cove Youth Centre and Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre are also closed to the public.
- The Return and Earn facilities at the Little Street Car Park and in Lane Cove West are currently closed.
- Anyone who has hired a Council venue or sportsfield for community sport has been contacted regarding their booking.
- Events taking place up to and including 30 July have been postponed, cancelled or moved online - where events have involved registrations any affected participants are being contacted.
- Council will continue to turn on the lights at Blackman Park, Bob Campbell Oval, Pottery Green Oval and Tantallon Oval from 5:00pm - 8:00pm to help the community to exercise safely. Unless you are from the same household please note that a maximum of two people can exercise together.
A reminder to the community to please follow the latest NSW Health advice including wearing a facemask indoors and in instances where you cannot socially distance. High testing numbers are key to finding unrecognised chains of transmission in the community, so please continue to come forward for a COVID-19 test, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.
Council encourages the Lane Cove community to stay up to date on the NSW Health advice including case locations and testing locations. For more advice, please refer to the NSW Health website.
If you or someone you know is feeling worried or overwhelmed by the current restrictions, help is available.
From week four of a lockdown, because of a Commonwealth Government declared hotspot, the COVID-19 Disaster Payment will increase to $600 if a person has lost 20 or more hours of work a week or $375 if a person has lost between 8 and less than 20 hours of work a week. You can find out more on the Services Australia website.
Council will shortly be issuing the rate notice for the 2021/22 financial year, as required by law. Council would like to remind residents that if you require assistance to make this payment, please visit Council's Rates Request Page and select the Hardship option in the dropdown menu.
We have contacted local businesses to provide them with additional information about financial and mental health support available to them. In addition, we have waived fees for those with footpath dining and remind businesses they can also visit Council's Rates Request Page and select the Hardship option in the dropdown menu if they need assistance with making the upcoming rate notice payment. If you are a local business and would like to receive our business updates, please subscribe to our Business News today.
Regardless of whether you have a business in Lane Cove, we would like anyone who owns a small business to know about the NewAccess for Small Business Owners program. This is a free and confidential mental health coaching program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners, including sole traders the support they need. There is currently a wait-list so we suggest you register your interest if you think it could be of use to you in the coming weeks and months.
Supporting Sydney Community Services
Sydney Community Services continues to provide essential services such as nursing, home-delivered meals, in-home respite, disability support and assisted activities during lockdown.
If you or someone you know are in financial distress or need emergency food supplies, please call Sydney Community Services on 9427 6425. The office on ground level of 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove (opposite the swimming pool) is currently open between 8:30am and 4:00pm.
If you are looking for ways to help, Sydney Community Services are now accepting donations of food and pantry staples to help individuals and families in need. Items including tinned food, such as tuna, tomatoes, beans, breakfast cereals, long life milk, tea coffee, sugar, pasta and rice are preferred. You may like to consider ordering a supermarket online order to be delivered directly to the office to reduce the time you're away from home. Alternatively you can drop them off at the office – please observe all NSW Health guidelines including wearing a mask, social-distancing and staying at home if you are unwell.
There may also be other ways that Sydney Community Services can support people in financial hardship. If you would like any information about how they could support you, please do not hesitate to contact them on 9427 6425 or email email@example.com.
Support local and Shop Lane Cove
Help support our local businesses during the current restrictions by visiting www.shoplanecove.com.au.
Designed in response to social distancing measures, the website helps to highlight what's on offer by browsing categories for home delivery, online shopping and local pick-up.
You can browse by type of business, search the business listings and use the map to locate the closest business to you. Whether you're looking for a last-minute present, catering for a special meal or treating the family to a delicious takeaway, you can browse more than 180 local businesses and see their current service delivery options.
If you're a local business who would like to be listed for free on Shop Lane Cove, please visit the site and click 'Add Listing' in the top right hand corner. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a hand.
Keep the kids entertained with our online workshops
We know many families are juggling their home and work lives with home-schooling at the moment, which is why we've been re-sharing our Fun Fridays online kids' workshops on our Facebook page. From parkour and yoga classes; to science and music workshops, there's something for every child to enjoy.
|A message from the Mayor|
A big thank you to the Lane Cove community for helping to keep each other as safe as possible.
I am aware that some of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue and after news of yet another record day of case numbers in NSW, we could all use some good news.
Here in Lane Cove, two-thirds of our community have started the process of vaccination with more than 30% already fully vaccinated against COVID-19. No doubt there are plenty more who are preparing to roll up their sleeves and a number patiently waiting their turn to be vaccinated.
I'm about to get my second vaccination and I urge everyone in our community who aren't fully vaccinated to make it a priority to do so as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for helping to increase the opportunity for the Lane Cove we know and love to emerge from this lockdown as soon as possible. If you're still seeking information on where to get vaccinated or what to expect at your vaccination, you may like to refer to the NSW Health website.
The current lockdown continues to present challenges to individuals, families and businesses - please lend your support to others in any way you can.
If you or someone you know could benefit from advice on how to deal with information overload, tips on wellbeing during life in lockdown or contact details for support services, visit www.headtohealth.gov.au for a range of helpful resources. We're also working with other councils across Northern Sydney to run free webinars to help with COVID-19 resilience. The next two sessions run by The Resilience Centre relate to Caring for a Spouse or Family Member during COVID-19 (Monday 23 August) and Reframing COVID-19 (Tuesday 31 August). Find out more...
A fantastic range of local businesses are still operating during lockdown with contactless delivery, click and collect and online service options. We can all show our support by following the latest public health orders, checking in with our QR codes if completing essential shopping and of course wearing masks. You can browse www.shoplanecove.com.au for local businesses who have listed what they are offering from a safe distance during lockdown.
Soon we'll be announcing how you can donate supermarket gift cards to residents in need in the Cumberland Council area however in the interim residents may like to consider supporting the charity www.foodbank.org.au which provides a range of options to support those who may be going without food during lockdown. Foodbank has gone from packing 1,250 hampers a week to packing up to 3,500 per day to try to keep up with demand. At a local level, if you or someone you know are in financial distress or need emergency food supplies, please call Sydney Community Services on 9427 6425.
A reminder about the importance of daily exercise. Lights are on at Blackman Park, Bob Campbell Oval, Pottery Green Oval and Tantallon Oval until 8:00pm each evening. Please be considerate of others when using our public spaces by observing social distancing and avoiding an area if it is crowded. Also, for those who live close to one of our 11 Street Libraries, you can stop by to collect a free Lane Cove themed word search and crossword to help exercise the mind. If you need to borrow a book Library to Your Door is available via the online catalogue to have your book delivered for a small fee, contact free.
And finally, please know that Council is here to help. We've started our resident wellbeing phone calls to check-in and see how locals are going during lockdown but you don't have to wait to hear from us - there are a number of ways you can contact Council:
you once again for helping to keep our community safe, please reach out if we
can be of assistance to you.
The concrete pour for the centre median islands on River
Road West/Northwood/Longueville Road intersection is now complete.
The remainder of the concrete works will be undertaken over the
following weeks. Thank you for your patience while we undertake these final
UP: To improve driver safety at the River Road West/Northwood/Longueville Road intersection,
Council has arranged for its contractors to bring forward their concrete pour
for the centre median islands in the intersection. As the median islands are
located in the middle of the intersection, the works need to be undertaken at
night and will begin tonight and be completed tomorrow night.
Once these islands are constructed it will prevent vehicles from
cutting the corner and make navigating the intersection more clear.
The remainder of the concrete works will be undertaken over the
following week. Thank you for your patience while we undertake these final works.
24 August 2021
Take care: The upgrade to the intersection at River Road West/Northwood Road/Longueville Road (‘The Diddy intersection’) is almost complete. Council’s contractors recently moved the poles and traffic lights to their new locations and have implemented the new phasing for the intersection.
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) carried out a site inspection yesterday, Monday 23 August, and instructed Council to remove the temporary barriers, which were in place to help to direct traffic. Despite our best efforts, we were required to remove these barriers and to date don’t have approval to re-instate them. With these changed traffic conditions and the wet weather, we want to let residents know to be extra diligent when travelling through the intersection over the next few days - please follow the line markings on the road and to not cut the corner. We thank you for your continued patience while we complete this intersection upgrade.
The concrete median islands are due to be installed soon (weather permitting), which will resolve this issue. It will also allow for the traffic lights to be permanently affixed while minor works on the footpaths and pram ramps will complete the project.
The upgrade of this intersection
addresses a long-standing accident hot spot while also allowing right turn
access from Longueville Road into River Road for all vehicles (which was
previously open to buses only).
Council worked with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to develop a
proposal to improve the safety of this intersection with the NSW
Government providing a $1 million grant towards the upgrade of this
Key features of this project has included:
A redesign of the Northwood Road approach to better align the
through movement and exaggerate the right turn into Longueville Road;
Addition of a designated right-turn lane from Longueville
Road onto River Road West;
Relocation of the western pedestrian crossing on River Road
West to the eastern approach;
Modification to the existing bicycle path to maintain the
connection between Longueville Road and Kenneth Street;
Relocation of existing bus stops southbound on Longueville
Adjustment to concrete medians and reinstatement of pavement
at the intersection; and
Associated signage and line marking.
In other traffic news, Council has completed its works at the intersection at Tambourine Bay Road and
Burns Bay Road. Following on from our last update, the RMS’s visit to the site has been delayed due to current
COVID-19 restrictions. In the meantime, they have requested Council to conduct an audit of the
intersection which will take place shortly. Find out more.
|Open space upgrades|
Council has recently upgraded several open spaces in the local area...
Improved access to
Manns Point Bush Track
Council received funding through the Greater Sydney Crown Land
Open Space Activation Program to upgrade the sandstone steps to the foreshore
from Manns Point Lookout. This has improved the access to the foreshore and
will be complemented by nearby bush regeneration work which will be carried out
on the cliffs requiring specialised rope access.
Upgraded track entrance to Batten Reserve
Council has recently upgraded the track entrance to Batten Reserve from
Mindarie Park. Residents will notice the new track is easier to walk on and
helps to define the bush from the park. Plants from Lane Cove’s Community Nursery
were planted alongside the track and existing sandstone blocks were also used
to create a buffer.
New picnic settings for Tambourine Bay Reserve
Tambourine Bay Reserve is home to a new path and two restored picnic settings. A reminder to local residents that during the current restrictions seating in public places is available for those in need, NSW Police reminds us they are not a suitable place to consume takeaway food and beverages.
From left: improved access to Manns Point Bush Track, upgraded track entrance to Batten Reserve and new picnic settings at Tambourine Bay Reserve.
A range of exciting works and upgrades are taking place across the Council area over the next 12 months including:
- Playground Upgrades – scheduled for Helen Street Reserve, Henningham Reserve, Tantallon Playground and Best Street.
- New Roundabout in Northwood – construction at the intersection of River Road / Northwood Road / Stevenson Street to improve safety.
- St Leonards Public Domain Works – construction of over rail plaza and public open green space.
- Tantallon Oval – new changerooms, canteen facility, club storage, public toilets, community room and BBQ facilities for community use.
- Shared User Path – constructed from Bob Campbell Oval to Greenwich Road.
- Drainage – upgrade of existing stormwater system in St Leonards South.
- Blackman Park – shade structure for dog park and bridge installation at wetland.
These activities are in addition to the range of regular services, maintenance, programs and events which Council delivers annually.
View the 2021/22 Budget Summary.
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