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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!

Autumn Events

Council provides a number of popular events throughout the year - you may like to book in  for some of these events taking place this Autumn or get in early for the June events which include activities from the regional Guringai Festival.

Bike Maintenance Workshop

Thursday 4 May, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

This workshop provides practical maintenance advice and teaches you how to maintain and care for the various components of your bike. For more details phone Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 2576.

Discover Your World War I Australian Soldier

Saturday 6 May, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Come along to this small, hands-on workshop to learn how to trace your Australian World War I serviceman or woman. Contact Lane Cove Library on 9911 3634 to book your place.

Living With Big Trees

Saturday 13 May, 9:00am – 11:30am

Discover how large trees grow, how they cope with different environments, why they shed branches and more. Ask all your tree questions on this interactive walk and talk! Visit for further details including how to book.

Staying In Your Own Home Seminar

Monday 17 May, 10:00am – 12:30pm

This information session is for older people and their carers who are living in their own homes. The Staying in Your Own Home Seminar will explain what services are available to support you to stay in your own home and how you can apply for these services. Come along and hear from presenters who will explain how the new My Aged Care website works. To make a booking to this free seminar to be held at Lane Cove's Civic Centre, call 9911 3591 or email


Author Talk @ Lane Cove Library – Tina Allen discusses pioneering surgeon Bill Gibson

Tuesday 30 May, 6:15pm – 7:30pm

Lane Cove Library and Burns Bay Bookery present author & medical scientist Tina Allen who will speak about her biographical work on Bill Gibson: pioneering bionic ear surgeon. Contact Lane Cove Library on 9911 3634 to book your place.


Children’s Voices for Reconciliation

Thursday 1 June, 10:30am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Join us for an exciting morning of entertainment where young people of all ages share their voice on Reconciliation through music, dance and song. More details: (no bookings required). 

Living Shorelines – Restoring Oyster Habitat

Thursday 8 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Celebrate World Oceans Day and hear about the latest research on oysters and how seawalls and the Oysterbag project in Lane Cove will help restore oyster beds and estuarine habitat in Sydney Harbour. Visit for further details including how to book.


Walking Country

Saturday 24 June, 10:00am – 1:30pm

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 (10:00am – 12:00pm) we will share an exciting bush tucker lunch & conversation (12:00pm- 1:30pm). Visit for further details including how to book.

Lane Cove Bush Kids

Bush Kids offers nature activities for children aged 2 to 5 years during term time and 2 to 10 years during school holidays.

Habitat Tuesday 23 May 9:30am to 10:45am Tambourine Bay Reserve

What am I? Wednesday 31 May, 9:30am to 10:45am Blackman Park

Bowerbird Bill Friday 30 June, 9:30am to 10:45am Gore Creek Reserve

For further details and bookings visit  







Recycling Centre Opens

​A new local Community Recycling Centre was officially opened on Wednesday 12 April by the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP.

The Community Recycling Centre (CRC) is located in Artarmon and services residents across the Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby council areas thanks to assistance from the NSW EPA.

The free drop-off service helps provide safe, responsible disposal points for household problem waste that cannot go in your kerbside bins.

The new CRC is located at: 8 Waltham Road, Artarmon

Opening Hours:

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8:00am – 2:00pm

You can drop off the following items for FREE

  • Paint (oil and water based)
  • Gas bottles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • Electronic Waste (eg. computers, TVs, electronic equipment and small electrical appliances)  White goods are not accepted
  • Household batteries
  • Lead Acid Batteries eg car & motorbike batteries
  • Motor and other oils (including cooking oil)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Mobile phones
  • X-ray films

Only household quantities of the above materials will be accepted.  This is equivalent to a maximum of 20 litres or 20 kilograms for each of the items listed above.

Most of the items accepted at the CRC can be reused or recycled. By sorting our waste and taking it to a recycling centre, we are:

  • keeping potentially hazardous waste out of landfill
  • helping improve recycling rates and
  • saving water, energy and other valuable natural resources.

Storing and transporting waste

Please handle and transport your materials carefully and safely. Protect your vehicle by placing items on a protective sheet or tray in the boot to capture any leaks orbreaks.

Going Plastic Free

PlasticFree.jpgIf you're concerned about how much plastic you use in your everyday life and are trying to cut down, this workshop is for you!

Plastic free lifestyle blogger Sarah Tait shares her tips on transitioning to a plastic free life.

Once you start cutting out plastic you will notice that it is a great conversation starter in the supermarket or local cafe and there is the added benefit that you are not only contributing to a cleaner environment but inspiring others to follow your lead.


Thursday 4 May

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Lane Cove Library

Register online or call 9911 3507

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.


A local service will be held on Tuesday 25 April. The service is hosted by Council and the Lane Cove RSL Sub Branch.

Those members of the community who would like to march with the medals of family members are asked to arrive no later than 7:10am. Family representatives should wear the medals on the right side of the chest and congregate in Birdwood Lane (off Lane Cove Plaza on the way to the Rosenthal Avenue Car Park).

The service usually concludes at around 8:30am.

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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

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

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

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