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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.

Protect your pet rabbit

Pet owners encouraged to keep pet rabbits safe

Northern Sydney Regional Rabbit Control Program

RHDV1-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 from mid October.

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 (RHDV1- 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 RHDV1-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. Since last year a new strain of RHDV1, the K5-strain, has been earmarked for release due to its improved suitability to Australian conditions, in particular the cool-wet regions of Sydney where previous strains were less effective.

Rabbit owners are encouraged to 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 mid October to the end of November. The release is dependent on weather conditions and therefore pet owners should maintain the vaccination program as recommended by their Vet.

Further information:

Local Land Services media team:

Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755

Business Breakfast

Digital Marketing - Everyone's Business

Join Business Behaviour and Communications Expert Danielle Di-Masi as we cut through the digital noise for a refreshing and informative look into:

• Business behaviour in the digital age

• Small business - the power of digital marketing

• The Digital You: how to create and manage your online presence

• Defining your customer, brand and reputation in the digital world

The presentation will include a Q&A session and is followed by the opportunity to network with other Lane Cove businesses.

Danielle Di-Masi is a globally recognised, internationally awarded expert on digital communication who understands how businesses can perform at their best by creating consistent experiences on and offline. Danielle is the social and business behaviour expert for Network Ten and University of NSW. She is also a media commentator and award-winning blogger.

This event will be held on Tuesday 23 October from 7:15am  8:30am at the Terrace Function Room, Lane Cove Community Hub, 1 Pottery Lane.

This is free event for local businesses, breakfast is included.

Please register your attendance by Wednesday 17 October 2018.

Have a say

​Council is committed to ensuring our community is informed and we strongly encourage community participation in decision making. To facilitate this, and ultimately improve our community, we currently operate a variety of Advisory Committees and participate in range of other external committees. 

Nominations are now open to fill vacancies on the following Committees:

  • Age Friendly Advisory Committee
  • Lane Cove Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Lane Cove Bicycle Committee (Local Business Representatives)
  • Lane Cove Recreation Precinct Liaison Advisory Committee
  • Sustainability Advisory Committee (Community and Local Business Representatives)

Advisory Committees consider and advise on a wide range of local issues by providing a discussion forum for Council representatives, local stakeholders and community members.

To nominate for appointment to any of these committees please complete our online nomination form.  Alternatively you can print and submit a hard copy nomination form along with a one (1) page summary resume.

Forms can be submitted by post: PO Box 20, Lane Cove NSW 1595 or email to

Nominations close Thursday 1 November 2018.

Blackman Park Upgrade

​In September of each year Council renovates its sporting grounds for the upcoming season.

Commencing 17 September, a major renovation of ovals B3 & B4 will be undertaken 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.

There are a number of stages to the works including:

 Spraying of grass and weeds to prepare the surface
• Reprofiling to improve the playing surface
• Construction of two cricket pitches to expand capacity
• Installation of irrigation and drainage to improve playing surface longevity
• Laying of new turf including allowing time for it to establish for sport use in 2019

During this time there will be 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. Off-leash use of the ovals will remain when sporting activities are not in progress.

The latest information will be available at

Free HSC Help

​A series of free workshops are being held at Lane Cove Library this September to help students prepare for the 2018 Higher School Certificate.

To book into any of the workshops, email or call 9911 3634.

Free HSC Workshop: How to Take Notes the Right Way

Wednesday 5 September, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Effective note-taking is a skill that can save you a lot of time and help you become a more capable and efficient student. This workshop provides practical advice as to how you can effectively organise information, and cover strategies for turning your class notes into easily consumable study notes.

Free HSC Workshop: Answering the Question

Wednesday 12 September, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Being able to skilfully think and respond 'critically' about a question is important for your academic success at school, higher education and in future employment. This workshop examines the descriptive terminology used by NESA, and how to read, interpret and respond to exam questions.

Free HSC Workshop: Organisation in Exam Preparation

Wednesday 19 September, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Some students simply do not prepare effectively for their exams. It's all about studying smarter not harder. This workshop shows you how to revise for your exams and structure study blocks.

Free HSC Workshop: Managing Stress & Anxiety During Exams

Wednesday 26 September, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Many students feel overwhelmed as they feel the pressure to succeed and meet their own personal expectations. This workshop discusses the role of mindset and positive self-talk as a mediator for perfectionism, stress, anxiety and academic procrastination.

Weed spray

​Council contractors spray bindii and clover in a limited number of parks in Spring each year.

Broadleaf Weed Spraying is scheduled from  20 August – 17 September 2018 using Javelin Select Herbicide.

Notification signs will be put out at the major entrances to the parks on the day of spraying, immediately prior to the pesticide application. Signs will remain in place until the park is reopened for public use later that day. The public is requested to follow on-site signage and not to use the parks on the day that the pesticide is applied.

Parks and Open Spaces to be sprayed include:

106 Tambourine Bay Road
Aquatic Park
Blackman Park Picnic Area
Burns Bay Reserve
Central Park
Charlish Park
Corner of Ffrench St and Bent St
Cullen Park
Evelyn St Playground
Goodlet Reserve
Greenwich Sailing Club
Hands Quarry Reserve
Helen St Reserve
Jago Street
Kingsford Smith Oval
Leemon Reserve
Longueville Reserve
Majorie York Playground
Manns Point
Mary Carlson Park
Newlands Park
Opposite Greenwich Wharf
Shell Park
Stringybark Reserve
Tambourine Bay Park
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.


Channel your creativity

main-banner-01.jpgOfficial Opening

Over the past six months Lane Cove Council has been refurbishing the space at 164-172 Longueville Road to create a new facility called Lane Cove Creative Studios.

The completed facility provides space for pottery, printmaking, photography, textiles and other arts activities supported by teaching rooms and artist in residence spaces. The rooms within the facility are aptly named to reflect local artists whose efforts have influenced the Lane Cove community including the Guy Warren Studio; Elizabeth Rooney Printmaking Studio; and Joy Warren Studio for ceramics.

On Saturday 23 June the Mayor of Lane Cove officially opened the new facillity, almost 30 years to the day, from when the original community centre was opened in 1988. The proceedings included a smoking ceremony by Uncle Max and was followed by an Open Day running through until 4:00pm. Federal Member for North Sydney, Mr Trent Zimmerman MP was also in attendance.

This project is a great example of Council's commitment to arts and culture as the facility strengthens the existing cultural facilities in the form of Gallery Lane Cove, Lane Cove Library and the Living and Learning Centre.

For more information about upcoming activities in these new facilities, visit to find out what Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios have on offer.

Find an exciting career


Neighbour Day Awards

The new Neighbour Day Awards were presented at this year's Citizenship Awards on Wednesday 23 May.

Five Awards were presented and each one represented a different way in which the recipients had helped their neighbour. From street parties, helping out with chores, being the reliable port of call, establishing contact lists, hosting a welcome gathering and connecting people to their new neighbours, everyone had played a role in their apartment block, street or community.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • The Dinnell Family
  • Jocelyn Jamieson
  • Karen Neville
  • Katrina Plenderleith
  • Michael and Renee Stevens

Nominations for next year's Awards will align with the 2019 Neighbour Day activities at the end of March.


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.

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