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Dive back in

​Good news! Locals can dive back in to Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre from Monday 20 July. Amended operating hours will be in place while the spa, sauna and steam rooms will remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. More information is available on the Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre website.

57th Art Award

Entries are now open for the Municipality of Lane Cove 57th Art Award 2020 presented by Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove Art Society. 

Successful entries will be exhibited at Gallery Lane Cove from 28 August – 12 September, with Awards presented on opening night 28 August.

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

For full details on the categories, please download the Lane Cove Art Award entry form.

Entries close Monday 17 August 2020.

This year we will require RSVP for the Exhibition Opening and Buyer's Preview. The RSVP link will open via www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/artaward in August.

 

Sport & Recreation Precinct

​In 2008 the Lane Cove Council Recreation Action Plan found that there are no public indoor sports courts in the Lane Cove area and that there was a lack of facilities that would have been traditionally classified as 'women's sport'.

Studies also show that there is a supply / demand imbalance in Sydney's North for sports such as basketball and netball.

To address the situation, Council is gauging community interest in a new Sport and Recreation Precinct on the curtilage of the current Lane Cove Golf Course. In addition to providing increased access to multi-court facilities the plans also improve visitation to the golf course to make golf sustainable at the site as since 2001, the number of games being played at the course has more than halved.

To help explain what is planned for the site, Council has put together a video that highlights the features of the Sport and Recreation Precinct Concept Plans

The Plans shows how the following activities can be accommodated on the current site at 180 River Road:

  • A nine-hole golf course
  • Golf driving range (optional)
  • Putt-putt golf (optional)
  • 5 indoor multi-sport courts and 4 outdoor multi-sport courts
  • A Stage for large scale meetings/performance
  • Program space for activities such as gymnastics and yoga etc.
  • Café and Restaurant
  • Expanded car park.

Watch the video about the Sport and Recreation Precinct

At its meeting of 16 March 2020, Council resolved to seek community feedback to include two options in relation to the golf course. Option 1 would see only minimal changes to the first hole to accommodate the multi-sport indoor and outdoor courts. The second option also includes putt-putt golf and a golf driving range to ensure the precinct becomes a golf 'destination' for all ages. To accommodate these facilities, Greg Norman Golf Course Design was commissioned to design a shortened golf course layout that would remain challenging and be accredited by Golf NSW.

To find out more, view the background documents and complete the online survey visit our Consultation Page before 16 August 2020.

Lodge your DA online

Great news! You can now lodge a Development Application anytime, anywhere!  For convenience and efficiency, the NSW Government has made key services available via its NSW Planning Portal. As a result, Council will now only accept Development Applications, Section 4.55 Modification Applications and Section 8.2 Review Applications online through the NSW Planning Portal. The NSW Planning Portal allows the electronic lodgement of your Application to provide residents with a streamlined, convenient and efficient process.

To help make online lodgement of your Application easier, please take the following steps:

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 Online DA Checklist. The Online DA Checklist is available in Development Forms.

Lodge your Development Application

Lodge your Development Application via the NSW Planning Portal with the completed Online DA Checklist, the application plans and documents.

Assistance using the Planning Portal

If you require assistance using the Planning Portal in the first instance please visit the NSW Planning Portal assistance page.

Disclaimer

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

Find out more.

School holidays program

​Council has a range of activities for all ages to enjoy these school holidays! From online drawing workshops and ukulele lessons with Synergy Youth Centre; to DIY craft bags available from the Library, there’s something for everyone.

Craft Bags


Visit the Library to collect your very own free craft bag! Craft bags will include all the pieces and instructions to make your craft. There will be two different craft bags available in the July school holidays:

  • Scratch-board designs for preschool and primary school aged children.
  • An origami themed bag for youth.

Synergy Youth Centre


Download the Synergy Youth Centre School Holiday Program. For more information and to register for each event, please visit the links below. All Synergy events are free but registration is essential.

Monday 6 July: Painting with Matt

Tuesday 7 July: Georgia Draws A House Online Workshop Day 1 of 2

Wednesday 8 July: Terrarium Workshop with Vee

Thursday 9 July: Ukulele Online Workshop with Immi Day 1 of 2

Friday 10 July: Lunch Hangs

Monday 13 July: Pom-pom Workshop with Vee

Tuesday 14 July: Georgia Draws A House Online Workshop Day 2 of 2

Wednesday 15 July: Movement with Matt

Thursday 16 July: Ukulele Online Workshop with Immi Day 2 of 2

Friday 17 July: Lunch Hangs

Lane Cove Bush Kids


Families were very excited about the return of Bush Kids events and consequently, all school holiday events sold out in record time. Feel free to put your name on the waitlist in case a spot opens up.

Wednesday 8 July: Winter Wander

Friday 10 July: Dragons!

Tuesday 14 July: Dragons!

Thursday 16 July: Winter Wander


 


 

Stage 1 now open!

The first stage of Lane Cove's exciting destination, The Canopy, is now open!

 

Council is pleased to announce that with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions the new park and playground areas of The Canopy were open to the public on 13 June. ALDI opened on Wednesday 17 June while Coles opened on Wednesday 8 July.

 

Families will be keen to hear that the new playground area includes an adventure playground complete with water weir, soft fall, trampolines and an accessible swing. The most prominent feature is a bespoke installation that includes vertical climbing nets, a fire pole, sagging bridge, pommels, junior and spiral slides and two levels of play decks.

 

You can also explore the rest of the park level and take in some of the key features including the public art, a solar arbour, green wall and feature canopy entrance. Toilet and parent room amenities are open including Council's first Adult Change Facility. End of trip facilities for cyclists will be fully operational and are located on P1 of the car park.

 

To access the new community park locals can make use of the new pedestrian footbridge over Rosenthal Avenue, the freshly paved connection from the Plaza or arrive via the 500 underground car space car park. 

 

Economic conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have meant that the exciting dining precinct will not be open until Stage 3, currently expected to be late-2020.

 

While we are excited to welcome the local community to The Canopy we ask that you delay your visit if you are feeling unwell. Visitors should wash and/or sanitise their hands before and after visiting.

 

Check out the below photos from the opening weekend...

 

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Tree Planting Season

Tree-rific news! Council’s 2020 street tree planting season has begun! Our teams will be planting trees on nature strips throughout Lane Cove over the coming months. Residents will be notified by mail if their nature strip is affected. If you’d like a tree planted outside your home, please email Council at service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au with Street Tree Planting in the header. Council will then select the most appropriate species for the location in accordance with our Street Tree Master Plan.

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Sports Training Resumed

​Good news! Sporting clubs can resume training on local ovals and sports fields. As of Monday 8 June, normal sports training is back in action, which means the lights will no longer be switched on for general exercise during those times. A reminder to members of the public that you are unable to use the fields when they’ve been booked by local sporting clubs. We also ask anyone using our ovals and sporting fields to observe the latest advice from NSW Health.

New park in Lane Cove

Council’s newest park is now open! Cameraygal Park, on the corner of Longueville and Epping Roads, provides a fresh look to the entrance of the village with its Indigenous-inspired garden design. Opened during National Reconciliation Week, Aboriginal themes have inspired a variety of materials, shapes and native plants in the park such as the six varieties of bush tucker plants and 14 native plant varieties. You’ll also notice a number of signs throughout the park, which showcase the history of Cameraygal Country, which the park and Lane Cove are located on. The large number of cyclists passing the park while riding to and from the CBD each day will benefit from the bike repair stand while members of the public will be able to enjoy a place to relax on the new seating.

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Shop Lane Cove

​Support Local


With the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions it is important we don't miss the opportunity to support locals who are changing how they do business.

To help make it easier, Council's new online directory www.shoplanecove.com.au features more than 100 local businesses and helps sort them by the type of service they offer.

Designed in response to social distancing measures, the site highlights what's on offer for home delivery, online shopping, video services and local pick-up. Almost 100 local businesses are already listed with more expected to come on board to help connect customers with Shop Lane Cove.jpgbusinesses still operating during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To view what's on offer, visit www.shoplanecove.com.au and choose your delivery method – if a business is open they'll be listed as 'Local Pick Up'. You can also browse by type of business, search the business listings and use the map to locate the closest business to you. Can't decide what to buy? Why not consider a Lane Cove Gift Card, accepted at 70 local businesses which are also listed on the website homepage.

Are you a local business that would like to list on Shop Lane Cove for free? Simply click on the 'listing' section in the website menu and set your information up - it takes less than five minutes. You'll then have your own login to return to the website and update your service and product offerings as often as you like.

The Shop Lane Cove website is a Lane Cove Council initiative which aims to support local businesses through these challenging times. The website platform will continue to be promoted after the social distancing measures have been lifted as part of Council's Love Where You Shop campaign.

To show your support, visit www.shoplanecove.com.au and discover a range of local businesses who are ready to continue to serve the Lane Cove community and beyond. 

A new park for Lane Cove

A new park is coming to Lane Cove! Works have commenced this month on a new pocket park at 552 Mowbray Road. The new park will provide a children’s play area with swings and an interactive play sculpture, a BBQ with accessible seating and space for passive activities. This image shows the concept plan of the new park. Works are expected to be completed by July 2020.

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Wildlife Survey

We need your help! Have you seen interesting wildlife in your backyard? Council is currently undertaking a comprehensive wildlife survey throughout the bushland areas of Lane Cove, the first of its kind in more than 20 years! The consultants working on the survey have employed many different methods to observe our local fauna, including bird surveys, spotlighting and the use of anabat recorders, hairtubes and camera traps to track down our most elusive creatures.

Several threatened species have been recorded during the survey, including five microbat species. Spotlighting surveys have so far discovered elusive Lane Cove residents such as Sugar Gliders, Leaf-tailed Geckoes, Bookbook Owls and tree frogs. Some of these threatened species may be present in your very own garden at night!

We’d love to hear about any interesting wildlife sightings in your backyard as these contribute to Council’s wildlife database. Simply email your wildlife sightings with photos to bushinterp@lanecove.nsw.gov.au.

We look forward to sharing the survey results with you in the next couple of months.

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Photo credit: Pavel German

Northwood Shops

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Today the NSW Department of Planning handed down its decision in relation to zoning changes at the Northwood  Shops (Planning Proposal 29). The decision permits residential aged care (nursing home accommodation) and retail on the site and amends the height and Floor Space (FSR) controls for the site.

Council is pleased that the height controls are in line with the community’s and Council’s expectations that the building be limited to RL 66.25, which equates to 3 storeys above street level. The applicant had sought permission for RL 70,25, equating to 4 storeys above street level.

The FSR has also be set lower than originally proposed. The Applicant had sought Floor Space controls  of 1:1.98. The control has been set at a maximum of 1:1.85, Council had called for an FSR of 1.5:1. A minimum commercial FSR has also been included for the site as requested by Council.

Council had refused the proposal in June, 2018 and the applicant requested a review of Council’s decision by the Department.

With the Planning Proposal now gazetted, the next stage in the process requires the applicant to lodge a Development Application for assessment by Council.

To find out more, visit the NSW Department of Planning’s website

Emissions Reduction Pathway

Council sets ambitious energy emissions and water use targets


Council is pleased to announce that on Monday 16 March, Council passed a motion setting ambitious targets to reduce emissions and water use, both within Council operations, and across the LGA. Emissions and water reduction targets underpin the strategies which will guide Council on an emissions reduction pathway and focus on actions which increase climate change resilience.

The targets are:

• Achieve an 80% reduction in emissions by 2036 based on 2016/17 levels; and

• Achieve no net increase in water use by 2036 based on 16/17 levels.

Council's total emissions represent 2% of the LGA's emissions. A significant proportion of the remaining emissions are from electricity used by the residential and non-residential sector. Therefore, it is imperative that Council establishes closer partnerships with these stakeholders to ensure the targets are reached.

Check out this video where Council’s Executive Manager of Environmental Services, Michael Mason, explains how Council is addressing climate change in the community.

To achieve these targets Council has identified 8 key directions:

1. Targeted Renewable Energy

  • Examine industrial sites and large commercial buildings across the LGA to establish opportunities, and support solar PV installations, in a minimum of three locations in 2020/21;
  • Implement a pilot project engaging large apartments to undertake an energy and water assessment to identify energy saving opportunities, along with an action plan.

2. Identify high-performance new building standards that are relevant for Lane Cove

  • Prepare a paper on possible higher BASIX targets, including those already endorsed in other LGA's and report back on the outcomes and opportunities;
  • Lobby the NSW Government to encourage mandatory higher BASIX targets for residential and commercial new buildings;
  • Introduce a program for residents to engage sustainability consultants and implement sustainability outcomes at the pre-DA stage;

3. Continue to deliver efficient Council owned, and leased, assets

  • Install a minimum of 100kW solar PV at the Aquatic Centre across the Grandstand and the main building in 2020/21;
  • Council to continue to work with Ausgrid to complete the LED Streetlighting Program by December 2020;

4. Investigate establishing a Low Carbon Precinct in the LGA

  • Review DCP controls and investigate increasing the NABERS rating of mixed-use developments to six stars and apartment ratings to a minimum of 5 stars;
     

5. Water conservation strategies

  • Identify opportunities for recycled water use in Council owned and leased facilities;
  • Promote opportunities available to residents and business to improve water conservation and recycling in partnership with Sydney Water;
  • Install water saving technology in the new 50m Pool;

6. Waste innovation

  • Implement the shared waste contract with business at The Canopy;
  • Use The Canopy shared waste contract as a pilot program and investigate additional shared waste opportunities across the commercial sector;
  • Seek to identify additional recycling and waste minimisation opportunities through collaboration with shared services with Hunters Hill Council;

7. Car use to public and active transport

  • Prepare a Sustainable Transport Action Plan (STAP);

8. Plan for new mobility 

  • Commence transitioning Council's fleet to Electric Vehicles by 2025 including purchasing up to two additional electric vehicles in the next 12 months.
  •  Develop and include an Electric Vehicle strategy in the DCP that mandates new developments include Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Continue to install Electric Vehicle infrastructure in public places.

These key directions will be incorporated into the 2020-2021 Delivery Program and Operational Plan and a progressive target for 2024 will be included in the 2020 - 2024 Community Strategic Plan. The progressive target will assist Council to keep on track by including achievable short, medium and long-term goals.

Council recognises there is a considerable appetite in the community to achieve long-term success through sustainability and Council has a leadership role to ensure effective action is taken. Achieving these goals will only be possible through collaboration and partnerships with residents, businesses and State and Federal Government departments.

 

Wild About Lane Cove

Wild About Lane Cove is a photo challenge Council hosted in April 2020. Entries have now closed for this year but stay tuned to find out the winners! Winners will be announced shortly.

Explore your home, backyard, garden or balcony to find one or more of the items on the list below. Then take a photo, upload it to your Instagram account and tag @lanecovecouncil_ and #WildAboutLaneCove to go in the draw to win great prizes!

Each photo uploaded and tagged is considered one entry. Enter up to ten times.

How many of these natural features and creatures can you find outside?

  • A native flower
  • A native bird
  • Life-giving water 
  • Something that feels soft
  • Something that feels hard
  • A small creature
  • Fungi or lichen
  • A close up of nature
  • A natural landscape scene 
  • An outdoor path 

Get the kids involved and see how many items they can find in the backyard, or if you are unable to get outside see how many items you can find from home. 

Remember to keep yourself and others safe by following current Government advice on social distancing, self-isolation and #stayhome. More information on local changes due to COVID-19 is available here

Terms & Conditions

Entries will be accepted between 1 April and 30 April 2020.

Entrants must tag @lanecovecouncil_ and #WildAboutLaneCove to be eligible.

Entrants' Instagram profiles must be set to public to be eligible to win. Council cannot view photographs uploaded to a private account.

The photographic subject matter depicted in entries must be located within the boundaries of the Lane Cove local government area.

Each photo is considered one entry. A maximum of ten entries is permitted.

Participants own the copyright of their photos. In entering the competition, the participant gives Lane Cove Council authority to reproduce, publish, communicate or display the work online (including social media), in presentations, videos, publications and, if selected, for public display at various venues.

Where possible, entrants will be credited with the photographs when they are used, however this is not guaranteed.

The winners will be drawn and announced in May. Maximum of one prize per Instagram account.

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