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Nominations Now Open

Council convenes and supports a number of advisory committees and is calling for members of the Lane Cove community to become involved as community representatives. Committees consider and advise on a wide range of local issues by providing a discussion forum for Council representatives, local stakeholders and community members.

Nominations are now open for membership to the:-

Age Friendly Advisory Committee

Established in July 2014 to provide advice and assistance to Council on the implementation of the Age Friendly Action Plan including prioritisation and awareness of strategies and initiatives. The Committee meets on the last Thursday of every second month at 5.30pm in the Cove Room.

Read the Age Friendly Advisory Committee Constitution

Lane Cove Bicycle Advisory Committee

Formed in 1995 to provide advice and recommendations to the General Manager on bicycle facilities. Recently has also provided feedback on the Bicycle Plan. This committee meets quarterly to consider the provision of bicycle facilities in Lane Cove.   

Read the Lane Cove Bicycle Advisory Committee Constitution

Bushland Management Advisory Committee

Commenced in the 1980's to discuss bushland management issues and monitor implementation of Bushland Plan of Management. This committee provides advice and recommendations to the General Manager on bushland management within Lane Cove. Includes 3 Community Representatives and 3 Representatives of the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society. The Committee meets every second month. 

Read the Bushland Management Advisory Committee Constitution

Lane Cove Festival Committee

Formed in 1991 to formulate, plan, develop, and promote celebrations and activities within Lane Cove. Meets monthly from February to August and also November. The role  of the committee is to organise the Festival and provide advice and recommendations to the General Manager on the festival.

Read the Lane Cove Festival Committee Constitution

Lane Cove Access and Inclusion Committee

The Committee's objectives are to increase and promote general awareness of access, mobility and safety issues in the community. The Committee meets every second month. The committee includes five (5) representatives of access related service providers and up to five (5) community representatives. The role of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the General Manager on access issues.

Read the Lane Cove Access and Inclusion Committee Constitution

Sustainability Advisory Committee

Established in 2005 to provide advice and recommendations to the General Manager on the formulation, prioritisation and implementation of strategies and initiatives to achieve sustainability as primarily set out in the Sustainability Action Plan. The committees meet 6 times a year.

Read the Sustainability Advisory Committee Constitution

If you wish to nominate for appointment to any of these Committees, complete an online nomination. Nomination forms are also available from the Lane Cove Civic Centre (48 Longueville Rd Lane Cove) and Lane Cove Library (Library Walk Lane Cove). For further information please contact Council's Executive Manager – Corporate Services on 9911 3510 or by email

Email all Nomination Applications to: Email

Nominations close Friday 1 December 2017

Kaleidoscope of Lane Cove

WET WEATHER NOTICE: Due to forecast wet weather and thunderstorms this event has been down-sized and relocated to Lane Cove Library, 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Join us for a Storytelling Workshop, Henna Painting (from 4:00pm) and Hindu Chanting Performance (from 4:45pm).


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Track Closure

From Monday 13 November the track from Ford Street, Greenwich north to the aqueduct adjacent to Bob Campbell Oval will be closed due to essential Sydney Water maintenance works. The closure should last 1 - 2 weeks, please refer to on-site signage for the latest information.

In the meantime you may like to explore other bushwalking tracks in Lane Cove.

You can view the free online map of bushwalks in Lane Cove on Council's website or access Bushwalks Around Lane Cove 7th edition - Free Download.

Hardcover books are also available for $9.90 at Lane Cove Library and Lane Cove Civic Centre

Free basic maps of local walks are also available from the Lane Cove Civic Centre.

Backyard Habitat

The Creating Backyard Habitat book was officially launched at Sustainability Lane on Sunday 8 October. The book provides practical advice on creating wildlife-friendly gardens in Lane Cove using local native plants.

This volume provides guidance on planning, designing and caring for native gardens, and how to incorporate important habitat spaces for our native birds and other animals. Handy lists of native plants suitable for the Lane Cove area, plus examples of local habitat gardens will provide inspiration for all gardeners.

The book was written to provide advice particularly for residents living adjacent to bushland however the information is useful for anyone who has a garden space.

To collect your free copy, visit Council's Customer Service Desk at the Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Road or email

Clothes Swap



​A reminder for those who are spring cleaning that household problem waste can be disposed of for free at the Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre (CRC) located at 8 Waltham Road, Artarmon.

The CRC is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8:00am – 2:00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am – 4:00pm.

You can drop off the following items for FREE:

  • Paint (oil and water based)
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • Electronic Waste (eg. computers, TVs, electrical equipment and small electrical appliances)
  • Household batteries
  • Lead Acid Batteries (eg. car & motorbike batteries)
  • Motor and other oils (including cooking oil)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mobile phones
  • X-ray films
  • White goods are not accepted

Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted. This is equivalent to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each of the items listed above.

Household chemicals such as household cleaners, motor fuels, acids and alkalis, garden and hobby chemicals will not be accepted at the CRC. These items must be taken to a Household Chemical CleanOut event. To find your closest event click here  

Please handle and transport your materials carefully and safely. Protect your vehicle by placing items on a protective sheet or tray in the boot to capture any leaks or breaks.

Event Funding

Community Event Funding

Council is currently trialling event sponsorship funding for community groups through the new Love Where You Live Event Sponsorship Program. The aim is to build community capacity to run local neighbourhood activities through the provision of financial sponsorship to help community organisations establish and deliver new events.

Submissions are open from April to December 2017.

Guidelines and Information for Applicants

Application Form - Love Where You Live Event Sponsorship Program

Child Car Seat Safety

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Reconciliation Action Plan

LCC_Reconciliation Plan_2016-2018_web_Page_01.jpgLane Cove's first Reconciliation Action Plan 

The Lane Cove Reconciliation Action Plan, adopted in May 2017, provides a framework of strategies and actions to help progress Council's vision for improving and creating social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

This will be achieved through Council's commitment to building strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, developing opportunities for Council Officers to improve their cultural education and cultural competency, engaging in reconciliation activities and by providing sustainable employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

View a copy of the Innovate - Reconciliation Action Plan

Local History


Lane Cove Municipality was incorporated in February 1895 and has undergone a great deal of growth and development over the last 122 years. When the Municipality was incorporated the area looked more like a collection of country villages than the dense residential area we recognise today. There was very little street lighting and the lighting that did exist was by kerosene lamp. The few ‘constructed’ roads were made of dirt and gravel. One Council ganger of the day told his daughter Daisy that residents preferred to use the bush tracks rather than attempt to navigate the muddy tracks churned up by horses and car traffic.

According to the Sands Directory of 1897 there were 233 dwellings and a population of just 1,200. In 2016, the residential population was estimated to be 36,996.

In February 1885, 150 ratepayers of River Ward, North Willoughby (now the Municipality of Willoughby) signed a petition asking for separation from the Municipality of Willoughby. On this occasion they were unsuccessful, but a second petition signed by 306 ratepayers in 1893 met with more success. The first Lane Cove local government election was held on the 26 March 1895 and the first Mayor, Jeremiah Roberts, was formally elected by his fellow Councillors on the 4 April 1895. As with today, public infrastructure was vital and one of Council’s first projects was to call for tenders in May 1895, for the construction of St Leonards Wharf (now known as Bay Street Wharf).

Lane Cove’s Mayors and Aldermen have reflected the general make-up of the community. They have worked in all types of industries and have included influential business people, local environmental activists, farmers and scholars. Some could be classified as characters, including Mayor ‘Fred’ Graham who enlisted to drive trucks in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) during the First World War. Mayor Richard (Dick) Nossiter continued the tradition when he served on Allied convoy ships in the North
Atlantic during World War II. Lane Cove broke ground when Marjorie Propsting was elected the first female Mayor on the North Shore and Council continues to have
a high proportion of women serving the Municipality.

View an online copy of the Mayors of Lane Cove: A Retrospective

Beauty of Recycling
You can now recycle various household items that aren’t accepted in your kerbside recycling bins via Council’s TerraCycle collection point.

Did you know that oral care items including toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and dental floss containers can be recycled via a collection bin in the foyer of Council’s Civic Centre?

This collection point has been running for over six months and is regularly used by residents.

It’s been so popular that we’ve added a coffee pod and beauty products collection bins.

A full list of what can be recycled can be found at:

How does it work?

1. Save up your used  coffee pods, oral care  items and beauty items including shampoo bottles, mascara tubes, foundation tubes and more.

2. Bring these into Council’s Civic Centre and separate into one of the three different bins

3. Council boxes up the items ready for TerraCycle to recycle items into items such as park benches.

Bin your items in the foyer of Council’s Civic Centre, 48 Longueville Road, Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Recycling Centre Opens

​A new local Community Recycling Centre was officially opened on Wednesday 12 April by the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP.

The Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is located in Artarmon and services residents across the Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby council areas thanks to assistance from the NSW EPA.

The free drop-off service helps provide safe, responsible disposal points for household problem waste that cannot go in your kerbside bins.

The new CRC is located at: 8 Waltham Road, Artarmon

Opening Hours:

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8:00am – 2:00pm

You can drop off the following items for FREE

  • Paint (oil and water based)
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • Electronic Waste (eg. computers, TVs, electronic equipment and small electrical appliances)  White goods are not accepted
  • Household batteries
  • Lead Acid Batteries eg car & motorbike batteries
  • Motor and other oils (including cooking oil)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mobile phones
  • X-ray films

Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted.  This is equivalent to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each of the items listed above.

Most of the items accepted at the CRC can be reused or recycled. By sorting our waste and taking it to a recycling centre, we are:

  • keeping potentially hazardous waste out of landfill
  • helping improve recycling rates and
  • saving water, energy and other valuable natural resources.

Storing and transporting waste

Please handle and transport your materials carefully and safely. Protect your vehicle by placing items on a protective sheet or tray in the boot to capture any leaks orbreaks.

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.

Latest News

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New Facility Opens: Brand new community facilities are now open in the recently completed Little Street development. Known as the Lane Cove Community Hub, the facility includes the new Terrace Function Room, capable of holding a function for over 150 people with access to the adjacent commercial kitchen.

Rosenthal Avenue Car Park Redevelopment to Commence: Council has appointed ADCO Constructions as the Design and Construction Builder for the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park Redevelopment. Excavation works commence mid 2017 with 50% of the car parking spaces available during the fi rst months of construction. The car park will then not be available for approximately 12 months after which time 80 spaces will be available on site. The full car park of 500 spaces is expected in early 2020.

Sunset in the Village Events Program: Brand new activities this year include an evening Artist’s Market; free yarn-bombing workshops and the chance to immerse yourself in Lane Cove’s village history with our very first audio guide. For the full list of events visit

Plus much more information on the latest projects and activities including details on the following:

  • Several sections of walking tracks have recently been upgraded in Warraroon Reserve
  • Trial of innovative OysterBags project in Greenwich
  • Improved Traffic Flow – Burns Bay Road
  • River Road Stabilisation
  • Successful Campaign to Reduce Rubbish
  • WW1 Honour Roll Unveiled

View the full newsletter online or collect a copy from Lane Cove Civic Centre and Lane Cove Library.



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.


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