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IT Maintenance

​From 5:00pm on Friday 18 January Council will be undertaking a range of IT upgrades.

As a result some Council documents may not be accessible via Council's website from Friday evening through to Sunday 20 January 2019.

If you experience difficulties viewing a document please try again on Monday 21 January 2019.

Australia Day

Samantha Harris_web.jpg​Join us in the Plaza on Saturday 26 January for a special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.

From 10:00am Council will host a Citizenship Ceremony for our newest Australians. The Ceremony features a range of guest speakers and concludes with a special presentation of Citizenship Certificates by our Australia Day Ambassador Samantha Harris (pictured right).

This event features the music of Tambourine Bay Winds Symphony and is followed by live entertainment from the Jack Thompson Twins from 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Sit back and enjoy a range of Australian classics while enjoying a sausage sandwich purchased from the fundraising BBQ run by Rotary Club of Lane Cove and 1st Lane Cove Scouts.

See you in the Plaza this Australia Day!

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Community organisations are encouraged to consider the below funding opportunities for the annual Financial Assistance Grant and Cultural Performance Venue Hire Subsidy Program. Both opportunities require applications to be completed by Monday 4 March 2019 and apply to activities undertaken from July 2019 to June 2020.

Financial Assistance Grant Applications 2019/2020

The Financial Assistance Grants Program reflects Council's commitment to encouraging and assisting in the provision of community based programs which support and enhance the wellbeing of Lane Cove residents and the community.

Council will allocate its limited funds on the basis of community needs and program impact.

These needs will be demonstrated through links to Council's Plans including Council's Cultural Plan and Community Strategic Plan.

Important Note to all Applicants

  • All Applications need to be completed online
  • Before starting your Application, please read the Application Questions to assist you in preparing your responses before starting the Application. 
  • The Application Form can be saved as you go but cannot be re-opened once you close the browser. 
  • It is strongly recommended that you prepare a word document with all of your answers and paste them into the online Application Form. 
  • To submit the Application Form click on the 'Done' button on the last page.
  • There are several documents referred to throughout the Application Form that need to be emailed to  They should be emailed at the end of the Application process with your Organisation's name and  'Financial Assistance Grant' in the subject header.

Completing Your Online Application

Applications close on Monday 4 March 2019.

For further information or advice please phone 9911 3592 or email

Cultural Performance Venue Hire Subsidy Program 2019/2020

The Cultural Performance Venue Hire Subsidy Program provides an amount of funds to subsidise venue hire fee for not for profit performance groups.

The aim is to assist local performing art groups to hire larger venues both inside and outside the Lane Cove Local Government Area.

Applications are now open for the 2019/2020 Cultural Performance Venue Hire Subsidy Program. Applications close on Monday 4 March 2019.

Prior to making an Application, organisations should read the Guidelines and Information for Applicants. The Appendix includes the questions contained within the Online Application. It is strongly recommended that Applicants draft their responses in a word document to ensure they can complete the Online Application successfully.

Online Application

Guidelines and Information for Applicants.

If you have any questions please contact Council's Manager - Communications and Events on 9911 3616.

Seniors Festival 2019

Are you over 55? The Lane Cove Seniors Festival program gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at an array of local community events, many which are free or heavily discounted.

There is something for everyone so take a look at the online program or pick up a hardcopy from the Library, Living and Learning Centre or Council's Customer Service Desk.

Improving your Photography Workshop

The essence of a photograph is independent of the camera used to take it.

This session describes making improvements to your photos, whether using a phone, point and shoot or the more expensive through the lens camera (with a brief appraisal of these).

Learn how to improve your photos at the time of capture and use basic editing processing with Windows 10.

Types of photos described will include family, travel and landscape.

When: Wednesday 20 February, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Where: Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

Cost: Free

Contact: To book online or call 9911 3591

Raunchy Romance Storytime @ Lane Cove Library

Take one romance book lover, let her loose with a line-up of Australian actors and performers and get a night of the raunchiest, naughtiest, funniest, swooniest stories around. Once again we are excited to present this special adults-only storytime featuring Megan Alston, Steve Lynch and Tim McIntyre.

To make this event even more exciting we won’t be revealing the titles and authors until just before the show.

Wine and cheese will be available from 6:30pm

Where: Lane Cove Library, Library Walk, Lane Cove

When: Monday 25 February, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $5

Contact: To book online or call 9911 3591


Inaugural Lane Cove Food Tour

**This event is now fully booked**

Lane Cove has some wonderful and interesting restaurants: so we thought it was time to set about exploring them. The Lane Cove Food Tour will visit 5 to 6 local restaurants and cafes where we will sample the flavour of each of these distinctive eateries. Join Careen Miller for this new Lane Cove Experience during Seniors Festival.

When: Wednesday 27 February, 10:30am – 1:00pm

Cost: $20

**This event is now fully booked**

 For the full list of Festival events, please view the program online.


50m Pool Closure

Council has unfortunately had to bring forward the closure date of the 50m outdoor pool at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre.

The 50m pool is now closed.

While Council had been preparing for the closure of the pool in 2019, pool experts and engineers have observed such a rapid decline in recent weeks that they have deemed the pool is not safe for public use.

Evidently adverse weather conditions including drought and heavy rains has accelerated the pool’s decline with changes moving from weekly to daily occurrences. Part of the pool’s water supply will be drained early next week to ensure the area can be stabilised before the Christmas break.

The decision to close the pool ahead of schedule has not been made lightly however pool experts, structural engineers, Council staff and the Aquatic Centre agree that public safety is a top priority. As a result activities scheduled post-Christmas have been cancelled and BlueFit has been making contact with those schools and swim clubs involved.

Council has already commenced planning for the replacement works with indicative timing to be available in early 2019.

The latest information will be available at

To input into future plans for the pool, visit the Have Your Say section of Council's website.     

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.

What has changed?

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.

Are you looking to help do your bit for our Harbour? Then why not get involved with Council’s latest initiative, HarbourCare! You can register to help collect litter along the foreshore either in your own time or as part of new group activities. Our next activity is this February where you can join us for a paddle to protect marine life in Sydney Harbour. Search the banks of the Lane Cove River and collect rubbish before it is forever lost into the ocean. Kayaks supplied, medium level fitness required.

To make a booking for this event or to find out more about HarbourCare, call Council on 9911 3579.

Funding Grows

TDSC_0004.JPGhe 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 right 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.

Blackman Park Upgrade

​A major renovation of ovals B3 & B4 commenced in September to improve the long-term usability of the grounds. It will also allow for a full length AFL field and two new full-size cricket wickets that will replace the existing one.

Works completed so far include:

  • Spraying of grass and weeds to prepare the surface
  • Installation of a security fence to the whole site followed by removal of the old cricket pitch and sockets from the AFL goal posts
  • Reprofiling to improve the playing surface
  • Construction of two cricket pitches to expand capacity

Works from mid November onwards include:

  • Installation of irrigation and drainage to improve playing surface longevity
  • Re-levelling of field surface
  • Laying of new turf including allowing time for it to establish for sport use in 2019

During this time there is no access to the lower ovals and cricket nets – access to the path and playgrounds will be maintained. The upgrade to the ovals is anticipated to be completed by January 2019.

Following the completion of the upgrade, a new fenced dog park will be constructed to provide additional off-leash exercise space. The fenced area will include water, shade, seating and agility equipment for dogs of all sizes.

Off-leash use of the ovals will remain when sporting activities are not in progress.

The latest information will be available at

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.


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.


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Memories of Lane Cove

Memories of Lane Cove features 14 stories that capture the personal memories and rich history of our local area as far back as the 1930s.

Each of the stories were submitted by people aged 55 years and over who have lived in Lane Cove for more than 25 years. An initiative of Age-Friendly Lane Cove, this large-print book captures and publishes the stories of older people in our community as a way of showing respect for their stories and indeed their role in the community.

The publication was officially launched on Thursday 19 April by Mayor of Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer.

Copies of the publication are available to purchase from Lane Cove Library and the Lane Cove Civic Centre for $10,

The below picture captures the smiles of those involved in submitting stories and celebrating the launch at Lane Cove Library:


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.

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

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