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For People Over 55


Seniors Festival February 2023

Welcome to Lane Cove Seniors Festival 2023!  This year's theme of 'Celebrating Together' gives us the chance to reconnect with face-to-face events and activities.

Click on the program image below to see all listed events.

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Festival highlights include:

First Aid for Seniors

Wednesday 1 February, 10:00am - 11:30am, Lane Cove Council Civic Centre

This free seminar provides you with the basics of what to do in a medical emergency. Join Lane Cove Council and ReVIVA First Aid to hear about:

  • calling 000 for emergencies – what to expect

  • the unconscious casualty recovery position

  • the unconscious non-breathing casualty: demonstration of CPR and the application of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

  • medical emergencies for older people:

  • trauma for older people.

All participants will receive a ReVIVA first aid manual.

Book online.

Introduction to Men's Cooking

Thursday 2 February, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre

Join men over the age of 55 for this men's cooking session where our skilled Economics Tutor will take the group through a three course meal.  This session will concentrate on finger food and attendees will receive a copy of our recipes to try again at home. You are sure to impress your friends and family at the next social occasion!

Book online.

For more information call 9911 3593 or email

Digital Discoveries

Friday 3 February, 9:30am – 11:30am, Lane Cove Library

If you are looking for help with any technology issues (laptops, phones, tablets, internet, etc.) then Digital Discoveries is a 30-minute session where you will receive one-on-one assistance with a Librarian. Please bring along your device.

Book online.

Scam Awareness for Seniors

Thursday 9 February, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Lane Cove Council Civic Centre

Senior Constables Todd Carter and Dominic Trevor from North Shore Police Area Command will help you recognise scams and show you the best way to respond.  There will be time to ask questions and get to know your local Crime Prevention Officers at the end of the session. 

Book online.

Picture Perfect!

Friday 10 February, 11:30 – 1:00pm, Lane Cove Library

Learn how to, edit, print and store your photos like a pro! Come along to this Be Connected online course to learn some new digital skills including how to move your photos from your camera or device to your computer and basic image editing. 

Book online.

Seniors Car Maintenance

Saturday 11 February, 9:30am- 11:00am, Lane Cove Civic Centre Car Park

Learn how to do basic maintenance checks on your vehicle, what to do in an accident and how to choose a mechanicLane Cove Council is offering our senior residents a free car maintenance workshop during Seniors Festival.

Book online.

Laughter and Disaster Workshop

Friday 17 February, 9:30am - 11:30am, Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre

Start your morning with a Laughter Workshop with fun interactive laughter activities, breathing exercises and stress relief techniques. See the physical and mental health benefits of laughter.

Light morning tea provided and FREE solar radio, torch with USB charger worth $35.00 for each attendee.

Book online.

Tech Savvy Seniors – online shopping for beginners 

Tuesday 28 February, 2:30pm –4:30pm, Lane Cove Library 

In this session we will learn the basics of online shopping and how to stay safe online while shopping. 

Book online

Guided Walk for Silver Rainbow

Friday 3 March, 9:30 - 11:30am, Meet at Lane Cove Plaza

As part of Sydney Word Pride celebrations, Lane Cove Council will host a guided walk around the Lane Cove area exploring our diverse mix of high street cafes and bushland nature. This 5km route will be led by an experienced bushland expert offering information on local topography and waterways as we ramble around the picturesque Lane Cove area. The group will finish at a local café for refreshments.

Targeted at Silver Rainbow LGBTIQA+ Seniors, participants must be able to walk 5km comfortably as there will be some small inclines and declines. 

Book online.

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The Lane Cove Connection - Seniors Newsletter

Every month Council publishes a newsletter designed for people 55 years and over called 'The Lane Cove Connection'. The newsletter contains information about activities, events and services available to people over 55 in Lane Cove and surrounding areas.

Read the December 2022 edition now in PDF or Word

Would you like information about your service or group included in the monthly Lane Cove Connection?

The Lane Cove Connection is distributed by email and hard copy to over 1000 local Lane Cove seniors every month. If you would like any information included in the next edition please complete the application form by the 14th of each month.

Community Directory

The Lane Cove Council's Community Directory provides a comprehensive list of organisations that provide services and resources to older people and carers in the Lane Cove and surrounding areas.

Living at Home and Staying Connected

A Guide for Older Seniors Living in the Lane Cove Area

Download the 2021 updated version of the Living at Home and Staying Connected Guide which can help older seniors living in Lane Cove remain independent and connected. This guide can help our residents continue to live the life they want and to stay local for longer.   

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Help with waste collection and verge mowing

Nature strip mowing service

Lane Cove Council relies on residents and businesses to maintain the grassed nature strips adjoining their property. Council provides a Nature Strip Mowing Service for those residents who are unable to maintain the nature strip and meet eligibility requirements.

You will initially need to complete the Nature Strip Mowing Service application form to enable Council to determine your eligibility for placement on the Nature Strip Mowing List.

The form can be accessed via the following link: Nature Strip Mowing Service Application or contact Council's Open Space & Urban Services Division on 9911 3583 for more information.

Waste Collection support service

Some older residents may be physically unable to take their garbage bin to the kerbside and do not have neighbours or family willing to assist. Council currently provides additional assistance to members of the community who require help in wheeling their waste bins out for collection. Eligibility for this service however is assessed on a case by case basis, subject to certain criteria and a risk assessment. Contact Council's Waste Avoidance Officer on 9911 3657 for more information.

Help with other services - Sydney Community Services

Sydney Community Services work in partnership with Lane Cove Council and are funded to provide services such as: 

  • Home Maintenance and Modifications 
  • Domestic Assistance - Cleaning/Laundry
  • Gardening
  • Meal Deliveries
  • Shopping Services

Located on the ground floor of 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove, they also offer in-house activities such as board games (Scrabble, Social Bridge, Solo and Rummikub), seniors computer club, walking and other wellness activities.  To find out more about their services you can call them on 02 9427 6425 or visit the Sydney Community Services website.

Next of Kin Register

The Next of Kin Register is free, and enables persons living alone to record their details at the local police station. The register holds information of your nominated Next of Kin, doctors and dentist details and any medical alerts.

This information may assist the ambulance and police in an emergency situation, to contact a relative or other nominated person to inform of your situation.

You will be provided with a key ring and a sticker that is to be placed on your home phone to alert emergency services that you are registered with the Next of Kin Program.

How do I register?

Attend your local Police Station and ask to speak with the Crime Prevention Officer about the Next of Kin Program or fill in and return the registration form.

Changes to the Assets Tests and Age Pension

From 1 July 2021 there will be changes to the way the aged pension is calculated and these changes may affect ongoing aged care fees. For more information about the changes and how they may affect you visit Services Australia website.

Seniors Parking Permit

Council has provided a number of designated 'Seniors' parking spaces in Council's car parks. To use these spaces, you must be a Lane Cove resident, at least 67 years of age and hold a current drivers licence.

To receive a Seniors Parking Permit complete a Seniors Parking Permit Application Form and bring your Drivers Licence and Rate Notice or Tenancy Agreement to Council for sighting by our Customer Service Staff OR send your completed Seniors Parking Permit Application form together with a photocopy of your Drivers Licence and a photocopy of a recent Rate Notice or Tenancy Agreement to Council.

Upon receipt of the Application Form and sighting of these two documents we will issue your Seniors Parking Permit to the address stated on the application form.

Housing Information for Seniors

During the Strategy for an Age-Friendly Lane Cove consultations Council was asked to provide information about granny flats/dual occupancies.

A Granny flat is a secondary dwelling which is a self-contained dwelling, is established in conjunction with another dwelling (the principal dwelling), is on the same lot of land (not being an individual lot in a strata plan or community title scheme) as the principal dwelling, and is located within, or is attached to, or is separate from, the principal dwelling.

A Council or an accredited Private Certifier can approve granny flats as a Complying Development (CDC) without the need for a Development Application, provided it meets the specific development standards in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 – see Division 2 Secondary Dwellings

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