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Sustainability Grants

Sustainability Small Grants

Do you have an idea for an environmentally sustainable project that needs funding? Round 14 of Council's Sustainability Small Grants Program is now open, with grants of up to $5,000 available from a $15,000 funding pool. The Small Grants Program is an initiative enabling the community to live more sustainably, so if you have a project that achieves positive environmental outcomes, don't miss the chance to apply. Applications forms, information and past grant recipients can be found on Council's website or by phoning Council's Sustainability Coordinator on 9911 3507. Applications close Saturday 30 September.

Help Learner Drivers

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Lane Cove Festival

Lane Cove Festival: September 2017

This year's Festival is filled with events that celebrate Lane Cove's dynamic history, landscape, lifestyle and community. With live music, workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, talks, walks, gatherings, sporting activities and more, there is plenty to delight and excite Lane Cove residents!


Judy Bailey At Your Request Concert: Request your favourite song from Lane Cove's revered jazz legend and her quintet. Friday 1 September. ONLINE BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Coffee Carnevale in the Plaza: A celebration of Lane Cove's thriving coffee culture. Saturday 2 September.

Cameraygal Week: Celebrate Aboriginal Culture and Heritage with a week of film screenings, a traditional storytelling event, bush tucker workshop and more! Monday 4 - Sunday 10 September.

Screen on the Green at Hughes Park: Enjoy the family friendly flick The Secret Life of Pets (G) in Lane Cove's newest park. Friday 15 September.

Judy Bailey's Jazz Connection Big Band in the Plaza: Be dazzled by the energy of Big Band music at the finale event for the 2017 Lane Cove Festival. Saturday 30 September.

Download the full Lane Cove Festival program today!

Solar Mapping

​Council has been invited to partner with the Australian Photo Voltaic Institute (APVI)  to participate in the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program - Solar Mapping Project.

The APVI in partnership with the University of NSW and Solar Analytics has developed the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. At its Council meeting of 17 July Council committed to  membership in this Program which will provide Council and the community with online data on solar mapping, helping to take the guess work out of investing in solar energy.

The Australian Photo Voltaic Institute (APVI) is responsible for the Australian Solar Mapping which hosts a user-friendly web platform that tracks the uptake of solar PV around Australia on households and buildings. The APVI are developing a SunSPoT (Solar Potential Tool) platform with councils around Australia to provide a free-to-use tool. The tool will allow Council and the local community to assess how they would benefit from solar on their roofs.

In the near future Council will be able to provide a web-based  tool to allow the community to zoom into rooftops and assess the potential solar energy that would be generated at a specific location. The system has an address search function, mapping and the ability for the user to enter demand and tariff data to determine a business case for PV, storage and community aggregation models under different tariffs and market arrangements – i.e. to work out what size system they should invest in, whether to invest in storage, what tariff suits them.

Lane Cove's involvement in this project provides a unique forecasting opportunity to residents and local businesses who want detailed information on the opportunities for solar energy in their home or business.

For further information about the program, contact Councils Sustainability Coordinator on 9911 3507,

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

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National Tree Day

Sunday 30 July, 9:00am – 11:00am

Burns Bay Reserve, end of Kooyong Road, Riverview (opposite end to boat ramp).

Support local wildlife by helping to plant hundreds of native shrubs and groundcovers at this community tree planting day! Bring the family and enjoy the outdoors, with a free sausage sizzle and take-home seedling for all tree-planters.

For more information and to RSVP:


Child Car Seat Safety

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School Holiday Fun

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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.

Guringai Festival

The Guringai Festival raises awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Northern Sydney region. Lane Cove is one of eleven councils who contribute to the festival program, along with numerous reconciliation and community groups. The program includes workshops, art exhibitions, performances, films and talks, as well as Children's Voices for Reconciliation.

 Download the full program of events online today!

Children's Voices for Reconciliation
Thursday 1 June, 10:30am-12:00pm
Lane Cove Plaza

Celebrating its 21st year, this combined schools performance brings young people together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Reconciliation. Join us for an exciting morning of entertainment where young people of all ages share their voice on Reconciliation through music, dance and song. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The 1967 Referendum, this year's event will feature performances inspired by the theme Reconcile.

Enquiries: or 9911 3594

Walking Country
Saturday 24 June, 10:00am – 1:30pm
Lane Cove Area

Discover the rich heritage of the Lane Cove area. Not only did this Saltwater Country provide everything the Wallamedegal & Cameraygal needed but these waterways provided trade opportunities across the Sydney basin. Connect with Aboriginal culture and join the Aboriginal Heritage Office and their Education guide Karen Smith.

After the walk, we will share an exciting bush tucker lunch & conversation.

Walk: 10:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Bookings and enquiries: 9911 3583

Gallery Lane Cove Exhibition: Blak Mirror
Thursday 6 July - Sunday 30 July
Gallery Lane Cove, Upper Level 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove

Blak Mirror is an exhibition featuring emerging, early career, regional, local and interstate multidisciplinary artists reflecting their view of Australian society through a black lens. The artists' works gaze into the eyes of non-Aboriginal people and reflect the current realities of being Aboriginal today, whilst holding a mirror up to Australian society.

Opening night: Wednesday 5 July, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. For exhibition opening hours visit
Enquiries: Felicity Martin on 9428 4898 or

Citizenship Awards

main-banner-01.jpgLane Cove's Annual Citizenship Awards were held on Wednesday 3 May to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations within the Lane Cove community.

Councillor Deborah Hutchens, Mayor of Lane Cove, opened the proceedings with Councillors presenting Awards across 11 categories.

The evening culminated in the announcement of long-standing volunteer Christine Butters as the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award for 2016.

Christine has a long affiliation with St Andrew's Uniting Church at Longueville, Lane Cove Music Club and Longueville Tennis Club as well as being involved with the Federated Music Clubs of Australia, pre-school committees, school committees, meals on wheels and Cove Craft during her decades of volunteering.

In 2001 Council produced a booklet called 'Local Heroes' as part of its International Year of Volunteers celebrations. No surprise that on page 2 you will find Christine featured alongside a number of other recognisable Lane Cove volunteers. It is only fitting that Christine describes in her own words the very reason that some 15 years later Council presented her with the Lane Cove Citizen of the Year Award.

When talking about volunteering Christine says ,'For me it is natural part of being involved with the local community and learning more about one's own interests and hobbies. It is also a means of maintaining what others thought important enough to begin in the first place…it is what makes a neighbourhood a community".

Other recipients receiving an Award on the evening include:

Citizen of the Year

Christine Butters

Community Service

Beryl Blok

Community Service

Graeme Davis

Community Service

Rosemary Lees

Community Service

Lane Cove Linen Service Volunteers

Community Service

Bruce Plummer

Honorary Lane Cove Citizen

Bill Wallace

Honorary Music, Art and Culture Award

Margaret Vickers 


Peter Bennett


John Cameron


Anita Ho-Baillie


Bill McLaughlin

Music, Art and Culture

Cecilia Egan

Music, Art and Culture

Professor Adrian Lee

Outstanding Business of the Year

Spotted Orchid


Ruth Darling


Kenneth Snell

Sustainable Citizen

Alasdair Stuart and Wendy Bishop – Repair Café

Sustainable Organisation


Sustainable Organisation

Lane Cove Sustainability Action Group

Workplace Council

Rajiv Shankar

Workplace Council

Mark Salmon

Workplace General

Glennie Atack

Workplace General

Dr Carl Wong


Taronga Zoomobile

Animals of the Dreaming: Free Taronga Zoomobile Visit in Lane Cove Plaza

Saturday 27 May,  11:00am - 12:00pm

To celebrate the first day of Reconciliation Week, the Taronga Zoomobile will be visiting Lane Cove Plaza.

Hear stories and songs about animals from the Dreaming as told by Col Hardy, a highly respected Aboriginal elder. Plus meet a number of amazing native animals, each with their own very special character!

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