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Nominate a Neighbour

Nominate a Neighbour

For the first time Lane Cove Council is seeking nominations for a neighbour who deserves recognition for their support. The Award nominations form part of Council's Neighbour Day promotions and will be integrated into the Citizenship Awards presentation evening held in May.

If you would like to nominate someone who has made a contribution as a neighbour, download the Neighbour Nomination Form. Nominations close Friday 30 March 2018.

For more details on Neighbour Day activities visit

Kaleidoscope of Lane Cove

Kaleidoscope of Lane Cove

Friday 23 March, 3:30pm - 8:30pm, Lane Cove Plaza
Lane Cove is unique, culturally diverse and constantly evolving. Drop by and celebrate our vibrant community at the 2018 Kaleidoscope of Lane Cove event with free entertainment, interactive activities and more from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. From 6:00pm enjoy a special outdoor screening of The Jungle Book (PG). This event is proudly sponsored by JQZ.


Bushcare Activities

Hands Quarry Bushcare Launch
Friday 2 March, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Get connected to your local space and meet other people whilst enjoying this tranquil reserve. Be guided in practical ways to care for nature. Bushcare is an activity for all ages, cultures and outlooks; the only requirement is enthusiasm!  Morning tea, tools and gloves provided but please bring a hat, water and wear gardening clothes and sturdy footwear. 

Bookings essential: Book online or contact the Bushcare Co-ordinator on 9911 3579 for more information.

Nursery Garden Day
Saturday 3 March, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Pop into the Nursery for a chat, get weed identification and advice, see a variety of native plants great for gardens and take home a native seedling. Bookings essential: Book online

The Powerful Owl Story
Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm – 8:00pm

How does Australia's largest owl manage to survive in our city? Join Powerful Owl project officer Beth Mott for a fascinating insight into the lives of Powerful Owls and why old growth trees are so critical for the survival of this top predator. Bookings essential: Book online

Fauna Focus Bushcare Workshop
Saturday 24 March, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Take a closer look at fauna habitat and how to manage bushland sites to gain the best outcomes for native wildlife. Includes a walk with a wildlife ecologist. Bookings essential: Book online

Solar Mapping Tool

​Council has launched a free online 'Solar Mapping Tool' to help residents and businesses to estimate the potential for solar electricity generation on their roof.

The 'Solar Mapping Tool' provides an estimate on annual electricity generation, financial savings and emissions offset by installing solar panels. This information will help energy consumers make better decisions about investments in Solar PV. With electricity prices on the rise the tool provides residents with information that will assist with solar system purchasing decisions

You can map the solar potential of your home or business by visiting the SunSpot Solar Potential Map, entering your address and drawing the 'map' of your potential solar installation area. The data provided will equip you with information to make an informed decision on solar installation. 

Before visiting the site, note the following steps to help you map your roof:

  • Visit the SunSpot page:
  • Choose Sydney and click on the search icon next to "search for a specific address"
  • Enter the address and then use the polygon or rectangle tool to map out the rooftop area.
  • The calculated information will then appear on the right.


You can also view live information on state and nationwide solar data

Find more about the Solar Mapping Tool.

Learner Drivers

Stay up to date on changes for Learner Drivers

Did you know that from 20 November 2017 changes were made to the Graduated Licensing Scheme for learner, P1 and P2 drivers?

The changes impact all stages of the Graduated Licensing Scheme including the:

  • Hazard Perception Test – this is now a requirement for learner drivers to progress to P1 licence (this was previously a requirement to progress from P1 to P2 licence).
  • Driver Qualification Test – this has been scrapped as a requirement for P2 drivers to progress to an unrestricted licence.
  • P2 licence extension for suspended drivers.

As a parent and supervisor of a learner driver, it is important to be aware of these changes to licensing conditions so that you can provide the correct information to your learner driver.

Council is offering a free two-hour Graduated Licensing Scheme workshop at Regis Hall, Regis Campus (Junior Site), St Ignatius' College on Wednesday 7 March from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

This is your opportunity to find out more about these changes as well as how you can best help your learner driver to navigate the Graduated Licensing Scheme.

For bookings contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576.

Sunset in the Village

Sunset in the Village: January – February

Take advantage of the warmer months and enjoy free film screenings, live music, local bushwalks, creative workshops, public art, gallery exhibitions and more! This program also includes our popular annual Lunar New Year celebration and a very special Sunset Artists Market.

Download the 2018 program online today!

Featured events:

Screen on the Green: Ballerina (G)
Join budding ballerina Brittany on her journey to become a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera.
Thursday 18 January, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Hughes Park, Waterview Drive, Lane Cove, Free event

Sunset Artists' Market
Celebrate emerging creative talent by picking up something beautiful and unique for yourself, your home or for a gift. This special sunset market will feature a broad range of talented artists and makers selling their wares accompanied by exquisite live music. 
Friday 9 February, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza, Free event

Lunar New Year
Help bring in the Year of the Dog at this special Lunar New Year celebration. The event will include a host of live entertainment and activities including a Chinese lion dance, Japanese calligraphy performance, live music, creative workshops and more. Children will also receive their own lai see (lucky red envelope) for good luck.
Friday 23 February, 3:30pm - 6:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza, Free event

Return and Earn

​Return and Earn, the NSW Government's container deposit scheme, aims to reduce more than 160 million drink containers littered in NSW every year.

The scheme came into place on 1 December and involves three types of collection points for people to return their eligible drink containers. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken and with the original label attached.

What are the types of collection points?

There are three main types of collection points that will accept eligible containers:
1. Reverse vending machines
2. Over-the-counter manual sites
3. Automated depots.

In Lane Cove there were initially three collection locations publicised under the 2066 postcode on the Return and Earn website. In January 2018 two of these providers were no longer part of the program so please be sure to check the latest information on the Return and Earn website.

What containers are eligible?
Most empty 150-millilitre to three litre beverage containers will be eligible for a 10 cent refund when presented to an approved NSW collection point. There are some exceptions, and containers not eligible for a refund are described in the section below. Containers should be empty, uncrushed, unbroken, and have the original label intact.

Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include containers made from:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Liquid paperboard (cartons)

Containers that are not included in the scheme and, therefore, do not qualify for a refund are:

  • Plain milk (or milk substitute) containers
  • Flavoured milk containers of one litre or more
  • Pure fruit or vegetable juice containers of one litre or more
  • Glass containers for wine and spirits  casks (plastic bladders in boxes) for wine and casks for water of one litre or more
  • Sachets for wine of 250 millilitres or more
  • Containers for cordials, and concentrated fruit/vegetable juices
  • Registered health tonics.



The above information has been made available via the Return and Earn website.

Extra Bus Services

The State Government has announced an additional 140 weekly services to Lane Cove including the 292; 251; 533; and 534 routes.

This is welcome news to Lane Cove residents who have been seeking more frequent services, particularly at peak times.

From 26 November the 292 route between Marsfield and the Sydney CBD via Lane Cove will have more than 140 additional weekly services. There will also be 50 weekly services added to route 251 between Lane Cove West and the City via Lane Cove with an additional six services during each weekday morning peak and another four extra services during each weekday evening peak. Over 80 additional weekly services will run between Mowbray Road and Chatswood via routes 533 and 534.

For details of the new services, use Transport for NSW's Trip Planner from 26 November.

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

Move More in March

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Increase your daily activity with Lane Cove’s own community health initiative

It's simple. It's gentle. It's tough if you want it to be.  It's all about moving more and getting more activity into your day.  And on your way have fun and feel good.

Choose how much you do, how often and whether you take part by yourself or with others - this community fitness program is for everyone!

Visit to get involved.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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