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56th Art Award Exhibition

Entries are now open for the Municipality of Lane Cove 56th Art Award 2019 presented by Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove Art Society. 

Successful entries will be exhibited at Gallery Lane Cove from 30 August – 14 September, with awards presented on opening night 30 August.

Awards will be presented in seven categories; Lane Cove Art Prize; Oils or Acrylics; Watercolours; Pastels Drawings or Prints; The Patron’s Prize; The Baytree by Ardency Prize; and Hyecorp Property Group Prize.

To enter, please fill out the entry form and send it to:

Lyn Teal
President of the Lane Cove Art Society Inc.
2 Potts Street
Ryde NSW 2112

Entries close Monday 12 August 2019.

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NSW Planning Portal

Lane Cove Council is participating in the NSW Government's EPlanning Program enabling the lodgement of your Development Application online via the NSW Planning Portal. To streamline online lodgement of your Development Application the following steps will need to be undertaken:

Confirm that a Development Application is Required

Review the Development Application Process and confirm a Development Application is required.

Complete the Development Application Checklist

Prepare the Development Application in accordance with the Lane Cove Council Development Application Checklist:

A completed EPlanning Checklist and a PDF copy of required plans and supporting documents is to be submitted with the Development Application.

Obtain a Development Application Fee Quote and Complete the Payment Form

A Development Application Fee Quote should be obtained on (02) 9911 3555 prior to lodgement. A copy of the fee quote and a completed Credit Card Payment Form is to be submitted with the Development Application.

An additional fee will be charged for the printing.

Lodge your Development Application

Lodge your Development Application via the NSW Planning Portal with the completed EPlanning Checklist, DA Fee Quote, Credit Card Payment Form, and the application plans and documents.

Disclaimer

The Development Application is not formally lodged until it has been checked by Council, deemed acceptable and payment receipted.

Medium Density LEP

In June 2018, the State government announced a new Medium Density Housing Code which would have permitted medium density developments such as townhouses in the R2 low density residential zone. This was considered undesirable as it would result in over development in areas which are unsuitable for medium density housing due to environmental considerations and infrastructure constraints.

In recognition of the concerns raised by affected councils, the state government granted a one-year moratorium on the code to allow councils time to update their Local Environmental Plans to ensure the code would not apply in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone.

Subsequently, Council was the first Council to propose an amendment to its Local Environment Plan (LEP), to ensure medium density development could not occur in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone.

Council’s LEP amendment was ultimately accepted and gazetted by the state government on 14 June 2019. This means medium density development and application of the Medium Density Housing Code is restricted to the R3, Medium Density Residential Zone.

Council Meetings

From the Ordinary Council Meeting on Monday 17 June, members of the public who wish to address Council on any matter must register their details with Council by 5:00pm on the day of the Council meeting. Members of the public can address Council for a maximum of three minutes during the Public Forum portion of the meeting.

Register your details.

You will need to provide and visual or audio material you would like to present to the Council at the public forum in support of your address by 12 noon on the day of the Council meeting at which you will be speaking.

The Public Forum usually commence at 7pm. When addressing the meeting you must speak to the Chairperson, normally the Mayor. Councillors will generally not enter into debate with, or ask questions of speakers.

Please note the Council Meeting is webcast live and recorded for the purposes of assisting with the accuracy of Council Meeting Minutes.


 

50m Pool

Latest News - 9 July 2019

The design of the new grandstand has been approved. Construction of the new 50m outdoor pool will begin this month and construction of the grandstand is set to begin later this year.

Latest News - 30 May 2019

A fly-through animation of Lane Cove's new outdoor pool and grandstand can be viewed on Facebook.

Latest News - 24 May 2019

The demolition of Lane Cove’s old 50m pool and grandstand is now complete. Council has appointed Crystal Pools to build the new 50m outdoor pool. Construction will start in mid-June and works are expected to take 12 months.

 

Latest News - 16 April 2019

At the Council Meeting on Monday 15 April 2019, Council accepted the tender from Crystal Pools Pty. Ltd. to rebuild the 50 metre outdoor pool.

A tender specification was prepared in March detailing the schedule of work, hours of work, safety requirements and reporting requirements. The specification outlined that the tender submissions would be assessed based on experience, project personnel, design and construct contracts and price. Tenderers also had to complete Council's Sustainability and Environment Assessment.

Each tender was assessed based on the criteria listed above and was awarded to Crystal Pools Pty. Ltd.  A timetable will be made available once the contracts have been signed within the next two weeks.

Latest News – 27 March 2019

​Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman has announced the federal government will provide $2 million towards the construction of Lane Cove's new outdoor pool. Earlier this month, Mr Zimmerman organised a petition and campaign for the federal government to provide $1 million towards the construction of the new pool. The response to this petition was so strong that $2 million has been provided. The new pool will include eight lanes (the original pool had seven lanes) and a boom in the middle will allow for the pool to be separated into two 25m pools.

Latest News - 20 March 2019

Council has received requests from members of the public who would like to remove their tile from alongside the outdoor pool at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre. The tiles were decorated in 1995 and have been affixed to the wall alongside the pool for the past 24 years. If you have yet to contact Council please note that the last opportunity to remove a tile will be this Saturday 23 March, 7:00am – 3:00pm. Please wear enclosed footwear and report to the gate on the Phoenix Street side of the pool. Anyone coming along to remove a tile does so at their own risk and must bring their own equipment to remove the tile under supervision of those on-site. The tiles are fragile and therefore there is no guarantee that your tile will be able to be removed in one piece or without damage.

The Development Application for the concourse was recently submitted with one more development application to come in relation to the grandstand. Council is currently anticipating the construction of the pool will take approximately 18 months however firmer details on timing will be known at the end of April once we’ve heard back from potential suppliers.

Latest News - 8 March 2019

Council will soon start the demolition of the 50m outdoor pool and grandstand which reached the end of their lifespan in December. From Monday 11 March there will be no access to the temporary car park on the Phoenix Street side of the pool as this is converted to a works zone. The pedestrian footbridge from Little Street across to Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre will be temporary closed until late April. Pedestrians can still access the Aquatic Centre via the pedestrian crossings at street level on Little Street.

The following week from Monday 18 March there will be four to six weeks of noisy daytime works as both of the concrete structures are removed. Resident notifications will start next week alerting locals to noisy daytime works from 18 March for approximately 4-6 weeks while both concrete structures are removed.

During construction Lane Cove’s Synergy Youth Centre has temporarily relocated from underneath the pool grandstand to 47 Burns Bay Road (opposite Coles).

The Development Application for the replacement pool was approved earlier this week providing the opportunity for Council to now go to market for the construction aspect of the new pool. The concourse and grandstand development applications will both be lodged this month. Now that Council can go to market for construction we will soon have a clearer construction and re-opening timeframe for the community.

FYI the indoor pools at the Aquatic Centre still remain open with construction only taking place outside.

Latest News - February 2019

Council recently appointed project architects to oversee the planning and construction of a replacement pool and grandstand following the pool's closure in December 2018. The 50m outdoor pool was built in 1961 with Council planning for its replacement in the near future.

In early February 2019 Council lodged the first of three Development Applications (DAs) for the replacement of the pool. Thank you to members of the community who took time over the Summer period to provide their feedback on the future pool and grandstand. All comments were reviewed – some relate to aspects of the future DAs and/or operation of the pool and surrounding areas once constructed. As a result not all feedback will relate to this first DA.

The DA is for 8 lanes with an accessible ramp into the pool. It is expected that the works will cost around $3million and take approximately 12 months to commission and build. This first DA includes the pool tank which is the critical feature that allows Council to go to market for a specialised Pool builder. The following two DAs will relate to the concourse and then the grandstand/associated landscaping. It is expected that these will be lodged late February or in March.

Members of the community interested in looking at the DA are welcome to view the DA online using the number 10/2019 when prompted. The formal notification process for the DA commenced on 4 February 2019 with submissions closing on 17 February 2019.

Progress of the pool's construction will continue to be made available at www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/poolandgrandstand.


 

Introducing The Canopy!

LC_TheCanopy_NewsFeed.jpg COMING IN 2020… LANE COVE’S INNOVATIVE NEW SPACE!

The Rosenthal Project is creating a new community precinct in the heart of Lane Cove.

After inviting the community to choose a name for 2018, Lane Cove Council is pleased to announce the name of the new precinct will be The Canopy.

The Canopy will be home to a new park with village green and children’s playground, performance stage, restaurant precinct, Coles and Aldi supermarkets and a 500-space underground car park, and is set to be completed in mid-2020.

Formerly the home to the Rosenthal Avenue car park, the site is centrally located close to the town centre, post office and existing restaurant and shopping precinct.

Fast facts:  

  • From 2 May until 5 June 2018 the community were asked for suggestions for the name  - Council received 250 suggestions!

  • Council created a shortlist of six names in August 2018, based on the Place Brand values for the project - A place that is Nurturing, Engaging, and Productive. Council also had regard to key naming best practice guidelines, that it be unique, easy to pronounce, spell and write.

  • The community were then asked to rank via an online survey the shortlist in order of their preference.

  • Votes closed on 25 September 2018, with over 600 responses.

  • “The Canopy” was ultimately chosen as best representing the brand values, it is unique and was also the most popular name.

Construction of the project commenced In September 2017, and is on track for completion by mid 2020.

For construction updates visit: http://www.rosenthalproject.com.au/

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Funding Grows

Latest News – May 2019

Further works have begun on the section between Coxs Lane and the Longueville Road intersection:

The work will include:

  • Removal of some Azaleas and soil for structural brick repair
  • Repairing of structural brick
  • Planting of Azaleas in the top terrace using plants grown from cuttings
  • Planting of native ground covering plants in the lower terrace
  • Installation of irrigation

Latest News – April 2019

Commencing in April, Council undertook works on the rejuvenation of 11 plant bays from Coxs Lane towards Centennial Avenue.

The works included:

  • Structural brick repair
  • Pruning of overhanging branches
  • Pruning of Azaleas in the top terrace

Works to follow:

  • Planting of native ground covering plants in the lower terrace
  • Infill planting of Azaleas in the top terrace
  • Installation of Irrigation

Latest News - October 2018

The State Government has  announced funding for the Epping Road/Longueville Road Garden Beds which have a long history of greeting motorists to Lane Cove in Spring.

In 2017 Lane Cove locals called for restoration of the iconic garden beds which were reconfigured as part of the above ground works for the Lane Cove Tunnel. Council is one year into its plan for restoration and maintenance which can now be accelerated thanks to funding from the NSW Government's Stronger Communities Fund.

Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts MP was on-site to announce the State Government's $150,000 investment in the local project.

"I was delighted with Lane Cove Council's decision to rejuvenate the Azaleas along Epping Road, and I am extremely pleased that with a contribution from the State Government we will get to what will be a beautiful final result" said Minister Roberts (pictured below with Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer).

In acknowledging the heritage of the area Minister Roberts said, "The Azaleas were planted over 30 years ago and quickly became a must see attraction for those travelling through Lane Cove".

Council has cultivated over 700 Azaleas seedlings which are being cared for at the Lane Cove community nursery. While they continue to grow, Council is working through the options available to restore the beds which have been significantly modified since the Lane Cove floral display was last curated. The Stronger Communities Fund will greatly assist in the restorative and preparatory works required to bring the project to life.

History of the Epping Road Garden Beds

In the 1960s Azaleas adorned the garden beds on Epping/Longueville Road, with a sloping lawn and a flowering annual display with the letters 'LANE COVE' spelled out in bedding begonias that were set into grass in the lower bed. Thirty years later, in 1992, the lower beds around the 'LANE COVE' sign were mass planted with Azaleas, creating a stunning September show that many still associate with Lane Cove.

With their Azalea mass planting and 'LANE COVE' floral display, the beds were a visual expression of local identity and pride.

The garden beds were reconfigured as part of the above ground works for the Lane Cove Tunnel.

While a number of Azaleas still feature along the road in what was the upper section of the garden bed, the area previously containing the floral signage has been significantly modified. This means Council is unable to reinstate the 'LANE COVE' display in its previous form however Council is exploring other options to include the words within the iconic floral display.

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Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts MP was on-site to announce the State Government's $150,000 investment in the local project.
Pictured here on-site with Mayor of Lane Cove, Councillor Pam Palmer.

Market Square Car Park

​The largest Council car park in Lane Cove, Market Square Car Park has been the focus of a number of recent improvements by Council.

Market Square Car Park - New Payment Option

From April 2019, customers using the Market Square Car Park will now have the option to pay for their parking online through Council’s new Payment Portal at www.lanecoveparking.com.au

Parking is free for customers who stay under three hours. If your visit is over three hours and you forgot to pay on exit via the pay lane, please visit the Payment Portal and pay online. You have three days to make a payment, or fines apply.

When visiting the Payment Portal, customers will be prompted to enter their vehicle licence plate and any outstanding payments will appear.

Market Square Car Park Upgrade

From 22 October two exit lanes have been in operation. The new ticketless parking system is now live which means these two lanes operate as follows:

Express Lane –under three hours or already paid at a pay machine

Pay Lane –stayed three hours or more and forgot to pay at a pay machine

As drivers approach the exit they can choose their preferred lane and then slow for licence plate recognition. There are no boomgates upon exit, fines will apply to those who exit without paying.

New signage is in place to help remind customers to check the duration of their stay at the pay machines located on P1 and P2. Together with improved licence plate technology, the twin lane exit will help improve the operation of this popular car park.

There are still 300 spaces available and it will remain free to enter after 6:00pm each day. Plus, seven additional motorcycle bays have been added.

Why have the changes been made?

The community and Council have experienced frustrations with the delays caused when issues have occurred with the single-exit boomgate. Delays at this boomgate have been further compounded at peak times and due to the high turnover of the car park. Market Square turns over more than 10 times its capacity on a daily basis which by industry standards is very high.

Given that close to 90% of the people using the car park stay under 3 hours, Council has now provided a twin lane exit to provide an Express Lane option as well as a Pay Lane option. There are no boomgates at the exit, the exits will use licence plate recognition systems to recognise those who do not pay before exiting.

While Council has been working on these improvements a number of car park users have been overstaying without paying. With the new system in place these customers are reminded that if they stay over 3 hours they are to pay before exiting as fines will soon apply.

 Helpful Hints

  • All customers are encouraged to note their time of entry and check their duration of stay at pay machines on levels P1 and P2
  • Peak times often coincide with morning and afternoon school drop-offs. It is recommended that you leave sufficient time to exit the car park at these times.
Temporary Car Park Open

From Friday 12 April, a temporary public car park with 45 spaces opened on the corner of Rosenthal Lane and Birdwood Lane. Entry to the carpark is via Birdwood Lane. It is conveniently located close to the Plaza and provides access to local shops along Birdwood and Rosenthal Laneways and surrounding arcades. 

The temporary car park will provide 2 hours free parking, 8:00am – 6:00pm. You must enter your licence plate number into the ticket machine to retrieve your free ticket to display on your dashboard. 

In late 2019 the Birdwood Lane temporary car park will be relocated and access will be provided to around 100 spaces in the lower basement levels of the permanent car park. Entry will be via Rosenthal Avenue. The existing temporary car park will not be relocated until access to this new section of car park is available.

Download the latest map of local parking options in Lane Cove village as at April 2019. 

 

 

Mayor of Lane Cove, Councillor Pam Palmer was pleased to drive in and be first to grab a spot.

Dog Park Opening

It was great to see more than 100 people and their dogs at the grand opening of Lane Cove’s newest Dog Park on Sunday 5 May. Fortunately, the rain held out until after our official ribbon cutting by Mayor of Lane Cove, Councillor Pam Palmer, and Member for Lane Cove Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, allowing everyone to enjoy the free entertainment, coffee and dog treats. It was great to see our furry friends having a great time too.

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New Park Opening

​Council officially opened the Mindarie Park Inclusive Playspace on Saturday 23 February 2019.

This new inclusive playspace aligns with the Everyone Can Play in NSW guidelines to cater for all people, including disabled and able-bodied children and their Carers. The fenced playspace includes a range of swings, natural-looking play materials and equipment that is suitable for people of all abilities to enjoy. Also on-site are new BBQ facilities, toilets and Seniors fitness equipment.

The project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Lane Cove Council.

Mindarie Park is located on the corner of Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade, Lane Cove North.

 

New Solar Bins

Council has expanded its solar powered bin program to the Plaza with ten bins installed this week.

Using solar power, the bin compacts waste and recycling once it fills up, which results in five times more waste storage. More capacity in the bins means fewer collection trips, lower costs and less emissions.

The bin compaction is equivalent to two to three adults standing on the waste and it takes approximately 40 seconds for the waste to be compacted.

Solar Bins Australia (the team who manufactured and installed the new bins) determined the best position for each bin station based on solar access, positioning for the public and servicing. The solar units and batteries that power these units are of extremely high quality and designed specifically for this purpose. The bins also have the capabilities to send alerts to Council if something is wrong (e.g. the bin is at capacity or there are power issues).

The bins add to the existing collection at Blackman Park and near Lane Cove Library.

Top 10 Children's Authors

Lane Cove Library staff have searched through the thousands of books that were borrowed in 2018 to find the 10 most borrowed children's authors of the year.

Who made the top 10? See the authors below and click on their name to see what titles are available at Lane Cove Library for you to borrow.

1. Geronimo Stilton

2. Daisy Meadows

3. Sally Rippin

4. Andy Griffiths

5. Enid Blyton

6. Julia Donaldson

7. Roald Dahl

8. H. I. Larry

9. Dr. Suess

10. J.K. Rowling

Solar solutions

solarbins.jpg​Council has installed new solar-powered bins near Lane Cove Library with an additional set heading down to Blackman Park soon.

The bins can hold up to five times more waste by using a solar compactor, reducing the need to empty the bins as frequently.

There is a sensor to help identify when the bin is getting full. You can still dispose of waste while it is compacting, simply pull the bin handle or use the foot pedal if your hands are full.

The bins located near the Library feature historical photographs from the area, particular those that feature Longueville Road in times gone by.

Council is monitoring the efficiencies of the bins with more solar-powered bins expected to be rolled out in high pedestrian areas in the coming months.

 

New court for Longueville

​A brand new, full-sized basketball court is currently under construction at Kingsford Smith Oval in Longueville.

The 28 metre x 15 metre concrete slab was poured in July and in August the rubber surface of the court was laid. The line-marking is now complete with the posts and basketball rings also in place. The netball rings will be installed in due course along with the final aspects of the project such as landscaping.

The court will be ready for use this Spring.

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