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Neighbour Day

​The Rotary Club of Lane Cove, Lane Cove Community Chaplaincy and the FoodFaith Lane Cove Community Garden are hosting a community event on Sunday 26 March at Hughes Park from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

A number of community organisations will also be involved along with a charity sausage sizzle and opportunityto pick up your free welcome pack. Council will update details on the day's activities on this webpage as they emerge. 

ACTIVITIES: (Hall available in the event of wet weather)

• Music: Stringybark Jazz from the Lane Cove Concert Band

• Dance: First Nation Indigenous dancers from Riverview College

• Food: Sausage sizzle organized by Rotary Club of Lane Cove, Pesto making

• Face Painting: Elsa from Frozen herself creating snowflakes & other winter wonders

• Nail art

• Games and Eco bag making

A bus loop service  will be running from Lane Cove shops between 11:00am and 2:00pm (pick up from opposite Australia Post on Burns Bay Road running to Hughes Park and return)

Download the Flyer for further details of the event.

Autumn Harmony

​Celebrate cultural diversity in Lane Cove and beyond with this diverse program of music, film screenings, exhibitions, talks and food.

Download the full program of events online today!

Key Events:

Everyone Belongs in Lane Cove
Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity. Get involved this year by attending the Everyone Belongs event at Lane Cove Plaza. This event will feature live music, craft and a film screening of Zootopia (PG).

Friday 24 March, Lane Cove Plaza
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Live music and craft activities
6:00pm – 8:00pm: Film screening

Living in Harmony An Indigenous Perspective
Come along for an enlightening talk about how today's society can benefit from Indigenous ideas and philosophies.

Join artist and curator Djon Mundine OAM for a special evening delving into alternate perspectives of what it is to live a harmonious life. Too often modern society bulldozes the harmony that exists between humans and the natural environment. Can society instead work in tune with nature, rather than against it? Is this a relationship that can be sustained? Bookings essential.

Thursday 23 March, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Terrace Function Room, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove
Book online today

Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood – Storytelling Evening
What is it like to flee your home country and seek safety in another place?

Join us for a moving and thought-provoking evening as three Western Sydney-siders share their journeys of coming to Australia as refugees or seeking asylum. Bookings essential.

Thursday 30 March, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Terrace Function Room, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove
Book online today

Seniors Festival

Try Something New!

SeniorsWeekCover.jpgEvery year during the NSW Seniors Festival   1 - 31 March, government, community and commercial organisations hold hundreds of events across the state, encompassing art, sport, music, entertainment, technology, recreation, health, good nutrition and more! 

Council has produced a guide to more than 50 local activities taking place in and around Lane Cove. You can pick up your copy of the Try Something New booklet from Council's Customer Service Desk, Lane Cove Library or view the online version today.

Key Seniors Week events

Translating Displacement Exhibition

Wednesday 8 March to Saturday 25 March

Gallery Lane Cove, Upper Level 164 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

 

Exhibition Opening Night with author Noel Zihabamwe

Wednesday 8 March from 6:00pm

Gallery Lane Cove, Upper Level 164 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

 

How to Cook Tasty and Nutritious Meals

Wednesday 8 March, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

 

Trivia Morning

Thursday 9 March, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

 

Digital Photography Basics Workshop

Monday 13 March, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

 

Bushwalk @ Lovetts Reserve

Wednesday 15 March, 9:30am – 11:30am

Penrose Street Playground, Lane Cove

 

Line Dancing Class

Monday 20 March, 10:00am

Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

 

Raunchy Romance Storytime @ Lane Cove Library

Monday 20 March, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

 

How do you find Companionship Seminar

Monday 27 March, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

 

For more information and details on how to book, view the full program.

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.

Protect Your Pets

​Pet Owners encouraged to keep rabbits safe Northern Sydney Regional Rabbit Control Program RHDV-K5 virus release

Owners of domestic rabbits are being encouraged to vaccinate their pet rabbit or take actions to keep them safe as a regional feral rabbit control program gets underway in northern Sydney in late February 2017 through to the end of March 2017.

The aim of the program is to reduce feral rabbit numbers and their impacts. In urban environments this is most effective using Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-K5) to control wild rabbits. Rabbits are declared a pest animal in NSW as they compete with native animals and degrade Australian native animals, plants and Endangered Ecological Communities. They are also causing public nuisance and significant damage to playing fields, public parks and private property in northern Sydney.

While RHDV-K5 is not harmful to native animals or other domestic pets (it is species-specific), pet rabbits can be infected by contact with wild rabbits and biting insects. This year a new strain of RHDV, the K5-strain is being released due to its improved suitability to Australian conditions, in particular the cool-wet regions of Sydney where previous strains were less effective.

Rabbit owners can contact local Vets to discuss vaccination and additional protection measures including alternate housing in mosquito-proof enclosures away from contact with wild rabbits.

The release is currently scheduled to take place in selected reserves and open space in northern Sydney from late February through to the end of March. The release is dependent on weather conditions and therefore pet owners should maintain the vaccination program as recommended by their Vet.


 

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 www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/festivals.

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 www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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.

 

Latest Newsletter

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

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

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

 
 
Road Safety Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Council Elections

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

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

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

For the latest information on the proposed merger of Lane Cove, Hunter's Hill and Ryde councils, visit www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/fitforthefuture.

Council's Achievements

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

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

What is our Community Strategic Plan?

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

 

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

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

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

Changes for Pool Owners

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the Office of Local Government website.

Who do these changes affect?

  • A vendor of a property with a pool

  • A purchaser of a property with a pool

  • A tenant of a property with a pool

  • A landlord of a property with a pool

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

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

  • NSW councils

  • NSW accredited certifiers

Who is exempt?

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

What do the changes mean for you?

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

Where do I go for additional assistance?

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

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

  • The Swimming Pools Act 1992

  • The Swimming Pools Regulation 2008

  • The Conveyancing Act 1919

  • The Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Regulation 2010

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

  • The Property Stock and Business Agents Act 2002

The amending regulations are:

  • The Swimming Pools Amendment (Inspections) Regulation 2016

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

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

Anzac Centenary

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

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

Visit www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/WW1Centenary to find out what's on.