|Current Hot Topics|
|Library to Your Door|
28 July Update: Library to Your Door service has resumed however please note that delivery
times may vary and/or be subject to delays without notice as we make sure that
our operations reflect the latest NSW Health advice. We’re currently able to
provide the service due to staff availability however this could change with
minimal notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we help to
unite our Lane Cove borrowers with their next read – we’ll keep our Library page up to date with the latest service offerings.
For a small fee, residents can reserve items and have them delivered within three working days of the item being available.
Library To Your Door is available to residents within the Lane Cove Local Government Area and an unlimited number of items can be ordered for delivery.
How does Library to your Door work?
Your Library reservations can be delivered to your Lane Cove home or business address at a fee of $2.50 per item.
Login to the Library Catalogue using your Library card number and password.
Find the item you want and select the Reserve and Deliver button, then click to place reserve and accept charges.
Once you have selected all items you want to be delivered, click on the van icon on the top right of the screen and follow the payment prompts. On mobile devices, go to User Details - Pay Now.
When your reserves are ready, the items will be issued to you and will be delivered within three (3) working days.
To have items you have borrowed picked up from your Lane Cove home or business address, login to the online Library Catalogue using your Library card number and password. Select from your loans list and hit the 'Pickup' option. Complete the payment screen and items will be collected within three (3) working days of payment (Mon-Fri).
Library To Your Door does not offer refunds. Please contact Lane Cove Library on 9911 3634 or by email if you wish to discuss your delivery.
- Library to your door is a prepaid delivery service for items reserved via the Lane Cove Library online catalogue.
- The service only delivers to home or business addresses in the Lane Cove Local Government area.
- A current adult library card must be used for this service.
- The delivery fee is $2.50 per item.
- Once the items are either located on the shelf or are returned by another borrower, they will be issued to your library card.
- Items will be delivered in a Library to Your Door branded bag within three (3) working days (Mon-Fri). Please use the bag for the pickup service or return it to the Library on your next visit.
- An unlimited number of items can be ordered for delivery.
- Library To Your Door does not offer refunds. Please contact Lane Cove Library on 9911 3634 or by email if you wish to discuss your delivery.
- Items on loan can be picked up from a home or business address in the Lane Cove Local Government area.
- A current adult library card must be used for this service.
- The pickup fee is $1.00 per item.
- Items for pickup should be left under cover in a waterproof bag.
- Items for pickup will be collected within three (3) working days (Mon-Fri).
- Standard late fees apply.
Aged or incapacitated housebound Lane Cove residents can call the Library to register for the free Home Library Service.
|St Leonards Plaza|
St Leonards Plaza Design
View the fly-through of the proposed design. (Please note - this is an artist impression for illustrative purposes
only, surrounding environment and developments may vary and design is subject
to change at Council's discretion)
The 4,750 square metres of open space features a great lawn, plaza, passive nooks, boardwalk and a regional scale adventure playground. The design features best practice in landscape urban design and safety and is seamlessly connected to the JQZ, 88 Christie Street development, and includes retail, public toilets as well as a 300- space public basement car park.
There are also plans to upgrade the existing Pacific Highway pedestrian underpass to improve amenity, lighting and safety. In addition, an elevator will be installed for direct access the new Plaza. The proposal also includes increasing the width of the pedestrian pathway on the Pacific Highway parallel to the new Plaza incorporating a series of bus shelters for commuters. In addition, the proposal seeks to convert Canberra Avenue into a designated shared use area including a "Kiss and Ride" drop off zone, access ramps for pedestrians and cyclists and direct Elevator access to the Plaza from the South.
St Leonards Plaza Design Information Session
Residents were invited to an information session in June about the design for the St Leonards Plaza with a presentation from the Principal Landscape Architect at Arcadia Landscape Architecture. Staff were on hand to answer any questions. You can view the presentation from the evening in the Related Documents below.
Please note, unless contrary to the public interest, any submission received may be made available to the public in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 subject to the removal of personal contact information, personal financial or commercial information and health and medical information
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|Sport & Recreation Facility|
Goal in sight for Lane Cove Sport and Recreation Facility
The next stage of the new Lane Cove Sport and Recreation Facility is now rolling with the concept design finalised ahead of its review by the Sydney North Planning Panel.
You can watch the video flyover to see how the Sport and Recreation Facility will accommodate:
- 5 indoor multi-sport courts
- 4 outdoor multi-courts/tennis courts
- 3 flexible program rooms
- Separate meeting rooms
- Golf and/or tennis pro shop
- Presentation stage and reception
- A food and beverage offering
- Multiple indoor and outdoor change room facilities and toilets; and
- Large carpark for participants and visitors.
The final version of the Sport and Recreation Facility brings to life close to 10 years of concept planning, incorporating input and feedback from community consultation and Council workshops, qualified design consultants, leading industry specialists and operators as well as local sporting and community groups.
The design reflects three phases of concept development and input which began with a scope brief developed in consultation with the Recreation Precinct Liaison Committee. Following this, in 2018 an Expressions of Interest (EOI) to potential operators took place and in 2020 Council asked for the community's feedback on the concepts that were developed from submissions received during the EOI response phase. The feedback from the community consultation and further stakeholder engagement led to the final design being refined in March/April 2021.
As part of the Development Application process, the relevant design and planning documents were on public exhibition until 30 June 2021 (this DA exhibition period was twice as long as a standard exhibition). The application will be assessed by an independent consultant town planner who will prepare a report on the application for consideration and determination by the Sydney North Planning Panel.
Council can confirm that the new facility is being built on the existing car park and tennis courts with two of the new outdoor multi-courts extending onto the first tee of the golf course.The Community Panel recently shared their community vision for the remaining outdoor space on the site which is in excess of 80,000 square metres. Council informed the Panel at their first session that the zoning of the site must stay – it must remain open space and likewise the bushland area has to be retained as is. You can find out more about the Panel process online.The Panel's vision is being reported to the July Council meeting.
As part of the Development Application Council has identified that 156 trees will be planted following the removal of 80 trees on-site.
The preparation of a Development Application represents a significant milestone for Council and the community as the planning determination will underpin the future of the Sport and Recreation Facility within Lane Cove.
Council plays an important role in providing community-based sport and leisure opportunities within the local government area. Council's priority is to create opportunities that support increased participation, social inclusion and interaction while promoting health and wellness that benefits the broader community.
The proposed facility will provide people with access to a range of health, fitness and leisure opportunities that will further support the community's wellbeing. Council has identified a number of ways in which the facility helps to contribute to its vision for Lane Cove to be a healthy and active community, including:
- Delivering a fit-for-purpose integrated indoor and outdoor sport and recreation facility for the community, now and for the future
- Providing the wider community with more opportunities to participate in sport and active recreation, with improved health outcomes, through a range of contemporary fitness and wellbeing activities including exercise for seniors; the health conscious; students and social groups; as well as programmed competitive and social activities within a vibrant and dynamic community hub.
- Utilising universal design principles to overcoming the constraints of physical accessibility so that the entire facility is usable by all people to the greatest extent possible;
- Supporting significant economic benefits of:
- job creation, through the project construction phase and subsequent Centre operation;
- retention of local income (expenditure associated with sporting activities within the LGA); and
- attraction of additional regional income (generated by new and additional events, visitor spend and increased community usage);
- Adopting design principles linked to industry best practice and trends, to include commercial elements within the Centre offsetting operational costs;
- Providing both a competitive and training base to attract elite teams and individuals, including supporting associated program space;
- Providing a family-friendly environment to promote, attract and retain junior participation and increase opportunities for sport (generally) and talent development pathways.
- Providing a diverse range of contemporary activities which attract a larger proportion of the community as an enabler to increased social engagement;
- Providing a long-term, inter-generational legacy for sports and community recreation for the local area and broader region.
- Providing opportunities to improve visitation to the golf course
- Addressing strategic aims of Lane Cove Council, linked to identified community aspirations and community engagement initiatives.
Council sees the Lane Cove Sport and Recreation Precinct as aligning with Council's Strategic Plan and its vision for 2035: "Lane Cove will have a healthy and active community. Organised sport will continue to play an important role, along with new opportunities for leisure and for lifelong learning. Lane Cove will make the most of its natural environment and open space in encouraging outdoor activity and improved health and wellbeing."
The community is reminded that the Sport and Recreation Precinct is proposed for the curtilage of the Lane Cove Golf Course. The future use of the outdoor open space at Lane Cove Golf Course is being considered separately as part of Council's current Community Panel process. Find out more.
|Bob Campbell Oval|
This page will provide a central location for updates on Bob Campbell Oval and the Draft Masterplan. If you would like to stay updated about the latest on Bob Campbell Oval, please provide us with your email address.
Council has entered into a contract for construction of Stage 1 works which is subject to obtaining approval for the work and provides for Council to comply with the outcome of current review by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment into synthetic fields.
Council is proposing to utilise synthetic grass to provide the maximum playing capacity for the sportsfield. Lane Cove’s population has grown by more than 16% in recent years without any additional sportsfields being provided. All Northern Sydney councils agree this is the best way to address a lack of sportsfields due to population growth.
The actual field will be the most environmentally friendly in Australia. It features:-
• No loose material (eg no black rubber) that can escape into the environment.
• The plastic utilised is compliant with EU standards for use in plastic toys.
• All materials are 100% recyclable.
• All drainage systems include sumps for separation of solids.
Subject to the necessary approvals, Council will develop a construction program that is sensitive to community access to open space during COVID-19 and will see completion of Stage 1 by mid-2022.
Council's 2018 – 2021 Delivery Program and Operational Plan included an action to develop a synthetic playing surface at Bob Campbell Oval amongst other improvements to the open space. A Masterplan for proposed improvement works was prepared which the subject to community feedback between 17 September and 1 November 2020. On 16 November 2020 at an Ordinary Council meeting, Councillors endorsed the Bob Campbell Oval Masterplan for the upgrading of existing sportsfield.
Council has entered into a contract with Synergy Turf for construction of Stage 1 of the Bob Campbell Oval Master Plan. The contract includes conditions that allow Council to cancel the contract in the event Council does not obtain approval for the work and/or the current review by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment into Synthetic Fields requires the contract to be cancelled.
Council engaged O'Connor Marsden (OCM) to prepare a Probity Plan for the approval process which is now available.
In summary, the approval process has the following steps, noting that Step 1 has commenced. As each step is completed the website will be updated to show the status.
- A new multi-disciplinary consultant will prepare a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) based on the actual products and design proposed under the contract, including a Remediation Action Plan. [Commenced]
- On completion of the REF, Council will publish it on this website.
- A consultant town planner will prepare a Part 5 (of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EPA Act)) Assessment report with recommendation based on the REF and any other necessary documents.
- On completion of the Part 5 Assessment Report, Council will publish it on this website.
- Counsel will review the Assessment report and provide an opinion to as to whether the REF and Part 5 Assessment meets legislative requirements under the EPA Act.
- Council's Executive Manager - Environmental Services will determine the Application.
- Following determination of the Application a report on the outcome will be provided to the next Ordinary Council meeting.
In relation to timing for the steps and the project overall, subject to the necessary approvals, Council has committed to not commence works in September 2021. Council is sensitive to programming work having regard to community access to open space during COVID-19. A revised program of works has not yet been determined.
The Contract for Construction and Installation of Synthetic Sports Field and associated infrastructure at Bob Campbell Oval was reported to the 16 August meeting. View the 16 August Council Agenda (supplementary report) and Minutes.
The tender for Construction and Installation of “Synthetic Sports Field and Associated Infrastructure at Bob Campbell Oval" was considered at an Extraordinary Council meeting on 2 August. View the 2 August Council Agenda and Minutes.
22 July 2021
Consideration of the tender for Construction and Installation of “Synthetic Sports Field and Associated Infrastructure at Bob Campbell Oval” has been postponed to an Extraordinary Council meeting on 2 August 2021. View the 19 July Council Minutes.
The 19 July 2021 Council meeting includes items relating to Bob Campbell Oval. View the Agenda online. The
Bob Campbell Oval Council Report includes an attachment which is an addendum to
the REF in regard to further clarification of terminology and additional
information on leachates and microplastics.
Council has revoked the Part 5 assessment and approval for the Redevelopment of Bob Campbell Oval. Council's attention was drawn to the REF's requirement for a Remediation Action Plan (RAP) to be developed for consideration as part of the Part 5 Assessment. This RAP was not produced, but was scheduled to be prepared prior to commencement of construction. On this basis for avoidance of doubt in process, Council has revoked the Part 5 Approval and will prepare a RAP and review the original REF, prior to making a fresh decision on whether or not to approve the carrying out of the redevelopment of Bob Campbell Oval.
The Part 5 Assessment under the Environmental Planning
Assessment Act (1979) has been completed. Landscape Documentation is also now available.
Council has commissioned a Review of Environmental Factors
(REF) for the Bob Campbell Oval Project. A copy of the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is now available. An addendum to the REF is available in regard to further
clarification of terminology and additional information on leachates and microplastics.
This document has been prepared as part of the next stage of
the approval process under the Infrastructure SEPP (2007) which applies to this
The REF will form part of a Part 5 Assessment under the
Environmental Planning Assessment Act (1979). The document should be read
Council will provide the community with an update once the
Part 5 Assessment has been completed.
Council has outsourced the provision of both a topographical
land survey and existing tree information as part of the Bob Campbell
Redevelopment Masterplan. The resulting Tree
Inspection Schedule and corresponding Tree
Location Survey are now available to view online.
A Notice of Rescission was put forward to Council at the 15
March meeting to rescind Item 1 (Council receive and endorse the revised Bob Campbell Oval Master Plan) of
resolution 183 of the Council meeting 16 November 2020. The Motion was
lost - view the Minutes of the meeting.
Council is currently working on design detail for the Master
Plan. Relevant reports for this project will be available from this page of Council's
website for public once received by Council.
Construction of a new Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) at the corner of St Vincents Road and Gore Street will commence on Monday 22 February. It's scheduled to take approximately five weeks to complete.
To avoid any potential conflict with the hosting of the Greenwich
Games (anticipated in December 2021), Council has deferred construction
commencing until January 2022 with completion proposed for December 2022.
Council will commence the construction of the Shared User Path (SUP) earlier
than previously anticipated with contractors engaged by mid-2021 and expected
to be completed in December 2021.
Council considered a report at its meeting of 16 November 2020 following community consultation throughout September and October.
To view the minutes from the meeting, please view the Council Minutes for November.
20 October 2020
The consultation period has been extended and will now finish on 1 November 2020.
Find out more on the Have Your Say page for Bob Campbell Oval.
Consultation is now underway via Council's Have Your Say section until Thursday 29 October 2020 (amended to 1 November).
Council's Open Space Plan identifies the need to increase the capacity and use of open space assets through investment, innovation and good design. To help improve the use of Bob Campbell Oval, Greenwich, Council has prepared a Draft Masterplan which demonstrates how a range of features could be included on the site. Council's 2008 Recreation Action Plan was developed to identify existing gaps in sports infrastructure and planned for increased capacity as a result of increased participation in sport. It recommended that Council investigate the option of a synthetic field at Blackman Park or Bob Campbell Oval, along with upgraded cricket wickets and improved lighting. The Blackman Park upgrades were ultimately completed in 2014.
The 2014 NSROC Regional Sportsground Strategy which covered the LGAs of Hornsby, Hunter's Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Ryde and Willoughby, identified that demand for sportsfields would far outweigh supply in coming years even with all existing fields converting to synthetic to allow higher usage. This report identified Bob Campbell Oval as a potential synthetic field location.
Council's 2018-2021 Delivery Program and Operation Plan included an action to develop a synthetic playing surface at Bob Campbell Oval including consideration of the provision of walkways, off-leash areas and amenities/car parks.
Council has been successful in securing funds for the upgrade to the oval and surrounding park area through state funding from NSW Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment.
We are now seeking feedback on the Masterplan which includes the following:
- New synthetic field to accommodate Soccer (90m x 50m) and Cricket
- Existing Bushland
- New fitness track approx. 400m in length
- Enclosed off-leash dog areas
- New amenities building
- Approx. 50 space car park
- Link to existing bush track
- New native vegetation area
- Existing aquaduct
- New playground and fitness equipment
- New BBQ picnic area
- Existing vehicular access road and shared user access path
- New shared user path (SUP)
- New upgraded lighting for field
- New Netball training court for off-peak times
- Perimeter fence
To assist with the consultation, Council has prepared Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), along with a number of background documents and will also host two community drop-in information sessions.
To allow the community to understand the scale of the enclosed field, the area of the synthetic sportsfield has been marked on the existing oval (as close as practical) including the off-leash dog areas during this consultation period.
Have Your Say
To have your say please visit the Have Your Say section of Council's website to review the background information and complete the online survey.
The Have Your Say page also includes details on dates/RSVP process for the drop-in sessions and how to make a submission to the General Manager regarding the Masterplan.
Written submissions close 5:00pm Sunday 1 November 2020 (originally Thursday 29 October 2020).
Consultation has now closed.
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|Keep our levies local|
Sydney metropolitan mayors stand up to State Government cash grab
16 September 2021
23 metropolitan councils have today launched a campaign demanding the NSW Government abandon its plan to divert local government funds into State revenue.
The NSW Government is attempting to take up to half of local government “developer contributions” – the money councils levy developers to help pay for local infrastructure such as playgrounds, sports fields, libraries and parks.
The councils have published an open letter in the Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph, to raise public awareness of the detrimental impact this levy change will have on their communities.
The councils argue that developer levies should be spent where they are raised to ensure new development is accompanied by appropriate investment in the surrounding area. You can read the letter further below.
Lane Cove Mayor Clr Pam Palmer has today said:
"With a growing population in our area, there is increased demand on our public amenities and public services. Currently there is a nexus between that new growth and developer contributions towards funding the extra demands placed on local infrastructure. This relieves the burden for existing rate payers. It benefits those new communities. And it makes sure that developers are creating liveable communities supported by appropriate infrastructure.
The existing system is not broken. Now the government is going to take these funds away from local communities. These are funds that have helped us to improve our local shopping precinct, build a new outdoor pool, increase open space and which will fund a new indoor sports centre.
To ask us to not only accept the government's housing targets, but to also fund the supporting infrastructure that’s required is completely unfair”.
Here is the open letter addressed to the Premier today:
As you know, the NSW Government imposes housing targets onto local Councils to accommodate Sydney’s population growth.
And in turn, our communities rely on our Councils to deliver the essential facilities and infrastructure needed to support this growth, and make people’s lives and local environments better.
This infrastructure includes everything from roads and footpaths, to sports fields, parks and netball courts, to playgrounds, pools and libraries.
We can only deliver these facilities because we are able to collect contributions from property developers to help fund them.
However, the changes now being planned by the NSW Government will divert a large proportion of these developer contributions away from Councils and into a Treasury-controlled fund, with no clear accountability or transparency of how it will be spent.
And the Government is proposing Councils raise rates to make up the revenue we are losing.
This breaks the nexus between where contributions are made and where they are spent. This threatens the ability of every Council to deliver much-needed new community facilities, and transfers that burden onto our ratepayers.
Premier, you are forcing us to choose between cancelling projects and raising rates. And this is at a time of pandemic-induced financial hardship for many people in the state.
On behalf of our communities, we urge that you withdraw the changes currently before Parliament.
Modelling by the Centre for International Economics (CIE) estimates that the Infrastructure Contributions Bill (2021) would give the NSW Government an additional $793million per year in revenue (averaged over 20 years).
Local Councils will only be able to levy local development for “essential infrastructure” and will be left with shortfalls in funding for playgrounds, open space, sports and community facilities unless they raise rates. This transfers the cost of new Community infrastructure to support new development from the developers to ratepayers.
The 23 signatories are directing communities to visit www.saveourcommunities.com to find out more, and to also voice their concern with local members of Parliament.
The signatories are: Bayside, Blacktown City, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, City of Sydney, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Hunter’s Hill, Inner West, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.
|Visit The Canopy|
The Canopy is home to a park with village green and children’s playground, performance stage, restaurant precinct, Coles and Aldi supermarkets and a 500-space underground car park.
The Canopy is Lane Cove’s premier fine dining, food and beverage destination conveniently located within the busy Lane Cove village amongst the active high street commercial and retail precinct.
The Canopy offers a unique environment for the community and retailers to converge within a purpose built facility that provides convenience and atmosphere for day and night trading and activities. Overlooking the manicured open green space, The Canopy offers an abundance of light and functional casual and formal dining options, with the added bonus of park activities for all ages and a purpose built stage for entertainment and events.
Visiting The Canopy
The Canopy is located in the heart of Lane Cove at 2 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove.
The community park is located on ground level and Coles and ALDI are located on the lower ground floor. Access is via the lifts or travelators.
Access to the 500 car space underground car park is via the roundabout at the intersection of Finlayson Street and Rosenthal Avenue.
Find out more about The Canopy.
Building works have commenced on the new Pavilion for
Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP and Mayor of
Lane Cove, Clr Pam Palmer were on hand at the oval on Wednesday 5 May to
help mark the start of the new Pavilion project.
Tantallon Oval Pavilion is being rebuilt to provide a brand
new facility which will support the Lane Cove community and various sporting
teams that use the popular Oval.
The new Pavilion will have extensive sustainability
features, be fully accessible and include:
The Pavilion is due for completion in late 2021. A new
playground will also be installed once construction is complete.
If you have any questions, please contact Council via email firstname.lastname@example.org with
the subject line “Tantallon Oval.”
View the plans. These latest plans were revised and finalised following on
from consultation with the community and Clubs.
The project involves $450,000 of funding from the Australian
Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and is jointly
funded along with the NSW Government and Lane Cove Council with support from
Lane Cove Junior Rugby Union, Lane Cove Junior Rugby League and Lane Cove
|266 Longueville Road|
The Development Application for 266 Longueville Road (DA117/2017), was considered in a public meeting by the Sydney North Planning Panel in September 2021.
The application has been determined by the granting of an approval and the statement of reasons dated 6 September 2021 is now available to view on the Sydney North Planning Panel website.
The site comprises three parcels of land described as Lot 1 in DP 321353, Lot 1 in DP 1227921 and Lot 2 in DP 1227921 known as 266 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.
Source: Statement of
The original proposal comprises
70 residential aged care beds, 90 independent living units (self-contained
dwellings), associated facilities, new landscape works, car parking for 137
vehicles and site embellishments. The application was notified extensively. A
public information meeting was held on 20 September 2017 as part of public
The proposal was assessed by an
independent external consultant and presented to the Sydney North Planning
Panel at its public meeting held on 11 July 2018 for determination.
The Panel deferred determination
and requested the Applicant make amendments to the development and provide
The notice of determination is
available on Council's website.
A number of time extensions were
requested by the Applicant and granted by the Panel to fully address the issues
The Applicant amended the
proposed development and provided additional information on 24 April 2019.
The amendments to the proposal
also include the following:
- increase in setback on the
southern boundary by 1m while creating a 2m landscape strip towards Timber
The additional information
submitted includes the following:
- detailed site investigated
- peer review of traffic
- assessment of ecological
- assessment of visual impacts
from the golf course,
- information relating to site
- Gross Floor Area & Floor
Space Ratio calculations.
All information submitted by the
applicant is available on Council's website.
Due to the unprecedented amount of documents associated with the Development
Application for 266 Longueville Road (DA117/2017), the documents relating to
the Original Application (submitted in August 2017) can be viewed in this document and the
documents relating to the Amended Application (submitted in April 2019) can be
found on this webpage.
Please note that some information is relevant to the original and the amended
A supplementary report was prepared by an independent external consultant. The report and supporting documents are available on Council's website and the Sydney North Planning Panel website.
|Community Panel's Vision|
Community Panel provides its vision
for outdoor space at Lane Cove Golf Course
Thank you to our local residents
involved in the Community Panel
26 June Update
Here it is! A sincere thank you to the 35 residents who
formed Lane Cove's first Community Panel. The Panel was made up of a
representative sample of individuals to match the demographics of the Lane Cove
community and were independently selected to consider an important brief
on behalf of the community - you can find out more about the process of
their selection below. The Community Panel process was facilitated
by Mosaic Lab and Gauge Consulting.
Today the Panel finalised their report which considered the
current Golf Course and addressed their remit "What is the best use of the
outdoor areas on the site to meet our community needs now and in the
future?". To help answer the remit, the Panel was given access to
information and resources to help them with this activity as it evolved. This
included a site visit, a range of background documents, guest speakers,
reports, data and answers to a broad range of questions
posed by the Panel. The end result is a report that includes an
overarching vision for the site developed by the community, for the community.
It is accompanied by a set of criteria that will be used to inform future
decision making about uses on the outdoor areas of the Golf Course. The
Panel's report will be presented to Council for its consideration at the 19 July 2021 Council meeting.
The Community Panel's vision is:
Cove Golf Course provides an accessible, sustainable golf and greenspace for
the current and evolving community to enjoy for generations to come"
The Panel's criteria to support this vision
Evaluation and evolution of the Lane Cove Golf Course
Safe and fair co-existence of all activities
Proposal’s impact on broader community and wildlife
Preserve and protect the natural environment
Affordable to the community
Does the community benefit outweigh the operational cost?
Any substantial change to, or repurposing of, the site requires a detailed proposal and wide community consultation.
Recognise that this is Cameraygal Land
Future use should consider expanded, complementary and compatible uses of the green space in the absence of viable alternatives in local and neighbouring catchments.
The Panel's report includes a description and rationale for each of the above criteria.
The Community Panel's report was finalised and provided to Council today, Saturday 26 June
Members of the community interested in the next steps can review
the report to Council's July meeting scheduled for Monday 19 July.
The Agenda for this meeting will be published on
Thursday 15 July 2021 and can be viewed through Council's website. For
details of the current arrangements for public forums at Council meetings,
please visit Council's website.
How did the Community Panel process work?
The Community Panel met on four occasions starting with a tour of
the golf course and then facilitated sessions which included speakers,
activities and reflections related to the group's remit. Along
the way the group identified additional information
they needed to help them with their deliberations.
also exchanged information and ideas through a shared portal to connect and
consider the remit in between and
During the journey Panel members were encouraged to consider
how the process was evolving and you can watch
the Vox Pop video on the right to hear from
panellists who were reflecting on the process at the halfway point at the
end of Session 2.
Council also invited members of the public who were not part of
the Panel to observe the process during each of the sessions. More than 20 people
took up this opportunity and became Observers across the four sessions.
Who is on the Panel?
You can see from the below infographic that the Panel
representation aligns with the demographics of Lane Cove:
Council sent a letter to all residents introducing the Community Panel process
and providing notice that some
households may receive a subsequent letter inviting them to express
interest in being on the Panel. To make sure the selection process for the
Panel was fully independent, Sortition Foundation was engaged to recruit a sample of individuals to match the broad
demographics of the Lane Cove community. There was a terrific take up response
from those invited to participate and the final members were then randomly selected. Council was not involved in the selection of individual panel members
and was only introduced to the Panel at the first session.
Background to the establishment of a Community Panel
Over the past decade, Council has been exploring ways and means of
meeting the sport, recreation, health and lifestyle needs of current and future
Last year the community was asked to provide feedback on concept
plans for a new Sport and Recreation Precinct on the curtilage of
the current Lane Cove Golf Course.
The proposed facility includes indoor multi-sport courts, outdoor
courts, a stage, program space, cafe and restaurant and car park. In response
to positive feedback, Council agreed to continue with plans for this facility
which sits on the land at the edge of the golf course, predominantly the
current car park, clubhouse, tennis courts etc.
As part of that consultation process, Council had also proposed
future options for the golf course including a driving range, putt-putt golf
and the retention of a nine-hole golf course. In response, the community asked
Council to consider all options for use of the open space at the golf course.
The golf course is the largest open space in the Lane Cove Council
area, making the decision about its future use an important one. To help
understand the community's views on the best use of the outdoor areas on the
site to meet our community needs now and into the future, Council decided
to pursue a 'deliberative democracy' process whereby a Community Panel was
formed to deliberate about any future options for the use of the
What is a Community Panel?
A Community Panel is made up of an autonomous and independent
group of everyday people who, similar to a court jury system, consider
information and then reach a decision. The process is based on the International Association for Public
Participation Australasia (IAP2A) framework which classifies
this method as involve, a higher order of consultation than inform or consult,
Council’s standard consultation approach. Mosaic Labs in facilitating the
panel, ensure compliance with IAP2 Quality Assurance Standards.
|Kingsford Smith Oval|
Over several years Council has had an ongoing issue
with a number of regular dog incidents involving the public, Council staff and
sporting club users at Kingsford Smith Oval.
Kingsford Smith Oval plays host to third and fourth grade cricket in the
second highest level of club cricket in Sydney and last year was voted by the
players in the competition as the third best ground in Sydney. A fulltime
groundskeeper is required at the oval, to provide a turf wicket for this level
of competition. Over the years there has been a steady increase in dog related
incidents at the oval and Council needs to provide a safe working environment
for its staff.
At the March 2020 Council meeting it was resolved to trial opening and
closing the gates daily during staff work hours. The trial commenced on 19
October 2020 and it was found that there was a reduction in dog related
incidents. Council is keen to ensure that there is further improvement in user behaviour in order to provide a safe workplace for Council staff.
Following the trial, at the December 2020 Council Meeting,
Council resolved to:
Continue the opening and
closing of the gates at Kingsford Smith Oval utilising Council staff
during the staff work hours, 6:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday;
Continue using the flag
system at Kingsford Smith Oval for both entire oval bookings, cricket net
bookings and selected maintenance works;
community education in relation to the arrangements at Kingsford Smith
Oval, the reasons for them and encouraging further improvement in user
If dog related incidents
continue to occur (including verbal abuse towards Council staff), then
Kingsford Smith Oval will be designated an on-leash area during the staff
For more information and to read the Council report, please
website and click on the year 2020 and December Agenda. You can also view the Meeting
Minutes on the same webpage.
A coloured-flag system was implemented at Kingsford
Smith Oval in March to help dog owners know when their dogs are allowed
off-leash, on-leash or not allowed on the oval at all. The flags will be
displayed depending on the use of the oval and reflects the implementation of
the Companion Animals Act 1998.
For more information, please visit see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Code of Conduct
Council collaborated with the
Lane Cove Dog Lovers Association on a Code of Conduct for Dog Carers and Their Dogs that would provide transparency for roles and
responsibilities for the community and Council.
Did you know you can check the availability of Council’s
facilities including indoor venues, sports grounds and parks and reserves
on the Council website?
To do so, simply follow these steps:
Visit the Facilities webpage;
Under the Availability
bullet point, select Library, Indoor Venues, Sports Grounds or Parks
The calendar will highlight
whether the facility is available. Busy times are blocked out in red.
|Report a streetlight fault|
Ausgrid is responsible for the repair of streetlights. If you'd like to report a streetlight fault, please follow the steps below:
Enter a street address, postcode or pole number in the map's search function (see example below);
Find the streetlight you'd like to report as faulty and click 'Report this streetlight';
Provide details about the faulty streetlight in the online form;
Click 'Submit streetlight report'
Ausgrid crews repair the streetlights during the day so the information you provide about the number of lights and fault helps Ausgrid fix the problem faster. If you can't find a streetlight on the map, please contact Council on 9911 3555 or email email@example.com or the RMS for lights on bridges.
|Everyone can play!|
Mindarie Park now open
The final two stages of Mindarie Park are now complete providing
a variety of sports and play equipment for local residents to enjoy. Along with
stage one which features an all-inclusive playground, the park now provides
6,300 square metres of open space
and a multi-use games area.
The fencing of the grassed area will remain in place throughout
July to help the grass take hold and will be removed
as soon as the grass is ready for action.
The park is bounded by Pinaroo Place, Mindarie Street and Kullah
Parade. 8 parking spaces are available on Kullah Parade as well as parking in
May 2020 Update
Council's Manager of Open Space, Ted Webster, explains the progress of stage 2 in this video on Council's YouTube channel.
Installation of a timber ropes obstacle course (pictured) and a rain garden are now complete. The park will also include a multi-use games area, a large turf area, amphitheatre and performance area as well as two new picnic shelters, barbecues, bubblers and accessible picnic settings. Plants from Council’s nursery will be planted to create a natural green buffer around the park and larger native trees were planted in February to provide shade.
A total of eight new off-street car spaces will be available along Kullah Parade which will replace the three existing on street car spots.
Stage one which included an all-inclusive playground following the “Everyone can Play” NSW guidelines was opened by member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts MP on 23 February 2019.
Image above: Timber parkour obstacle course
Image above: Conceptual Masterplan
February 2019 - Sydney’s first inclusive play space opens in Lane
Council recently opened the first stage of Mindarie
Park which features an inclusive play space as part of the NSW Government’s
Everyone Can Play program. Located on the corner of Mindarie Street and Kullah
Parade the fenced playspace includes a range of swings, natural-looking play
materials and equipment that is suitable for people of all abilities to enjoy.
Also on-site are new BBQ facilities, toilets and Seniors fitness equipment.
The project was made possible following $1million in
funding from the NSW Department of Planning and a further $800,000 in Council
contributions. The next stage involves installation of a multi-court,
additional play area and a large grassed area suitable for informal games and
relaxation. The works will be completed in 2020 resulting in 6,300m2 of open
space for residents living in the Lane Cove North area.
Latest Update - December 2018
Locals will have noticed a range of activities taking place on-site at Mindarie Park including:
- installation of sandstone block retaining walls
- new footpaths inside and outside the park area
- new play equipment installed along with the first stage of soft fall
- installation of a new toilet block
Early in the new year the final stage of the soft fall will be installed along with other park infrastructure. Associated landscaping will also take place prior to the playground being open by the end of Summer 2019.
Works will still continue throughout 2019 on the rest of the park area.
Image: Example of equipment for installation in an inclusive playspace in Mindarie Park
Latest Update - 8 August 2018
This week Council will begin the first stage of the new Mindarie Park which will provide 6,300 square metres of open space in Lane Cove North bounded by Pinaroo Place, Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade.
Following a funding announcement by the NSW Government (see below), a new inclusive playspace will be built on the corner of Mindarie Street and Kullah Parade as the first stage of the larger park.
The initial site preparation works for the play area will include:
- Removal of existing play equipment
- Demolition of tennis wall
- Installation of tree protection measures
- Installation of natural sandstone block retaining wall
- Preliminary grading works
These initial preparation works are expected to take 3 – 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting. Over the coming months additional on-site works will be undertaken to prepare to install the new playground in time for use at the end of Summer 2019. During this time you may wish to explore other playgrounds in Lane Cove, including Tantallon Oval.
For the latest information on the project please refer to on-site signage or refer back to this website.
Find your nearest playground:
28 June 2018 - Mindarie Million-Dollar Funding Announcement
Lane Cove Council is thrilled with the NSW Government's announcement of funding for the Mindarie Park Inclusive Playspace this week.
$1 million of additional funding has been provided to the Council project thanks to the Accelerated Open Space and Parklands Program implemented by the Office of Open Space and Parklands.
The new inclusive playspace will align with the Everyone Can Play in NSW guidelines to cater for all people, including disabled and able-bodied children and their Carers.
The funding announced by the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning and Housing, means Council can get underway with the first stage of this exciting park in Lane Cove North sooner than anticipated.
The commencement of playground works in Spring will signal the first step in bringing the 6,300 square metres of recreational space in Lane Cove North to life.
Construction is expected to start this Spring with completion of this particular aspect of the park scheduled to be completed by the end of Summer 2019.
Council's 2018/19 budget includes a further $3 million to deliver the remaining aspects of the Mindarie Park open space project.
The Mindarie Park Inclusive Playspace is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Lane Cove Council.
|Parking in Lane Cove|
Discover more about parking in Lane Cove, including early bird parking, how to check and pay online and what to do and who to contact if you've been issued a fine.
Council operates three ticketless car parks within Lane Cove village providing more than 1,000 parking spaces for cars and motorcycles.
Each of these car parks provides up to 3 hours free parking with 1 hour express parking on P1 of The Canopy. Parking is free for entry after 6:00pm. Time will accumulate if you re-enter the same car park within an hour of leaving however the car parks are not linked so you can move between different car parks.
The map below provides details on a range of parking options in Lane Cove village.
Early Bird Parking
Early Bird Parking is available on P4 at The Canopy for visitors who enter before 9:30am and exit after 4:00pm at a cost of $7.50.
Check and Pay Online
Did you know you have three days to check whether you need to pay at Market Square or The Canopy car parks?
If you have exited without paying and aren’t sure if you have overstayed, you can visit www.lanecoveparking.com.au to check.
Simply enter your licence plate details and any outstanding fees for the past three days will be displayed. You can then pay online and avoid receiving a fine.
Little Street, Market Square and The Canopy Car Parks:
- 1st hour after free period $7.00
- 2nd hour after free period $17.00
- 3rd hour after free period $24.00
- +4 hours after free period $45.00
Entry after 6:00pm is free.
The Canopy Early Bird parking (enter before 9:30am and exit after 4:00pm) is $7.50.
Seniors and Mobility Parking Scheme
Council runs a Seniors Parking Permit Scheme. To be eligible for a free two year Seniors Parking Permit, recipients must be a Lane Cove resident; over 67 years of age; and hold a current drivers licence. Seniors Parking Permits must be displayed when parking in designated Seniors spaces within Council car parks. Apply for a Seniors Parking Permit.
Mobility Parking permits are administered by Service NSW. For details of locations of Mobility Parking in Lane Cove village, please refer to the map below. Find out more and apply for a Mobility Parking permit.
Council provides access to 6 electric vehicle charging stations at The Canopy (on P3) as well as 4 in Little Street (on P4) and 5 at Market Square Car Park (on P2).
Business Parking Permits
Do you work locally? Are you looking for an affordable parking option, seven days a week?
Council’s business parking permit scheme provides use of P4 at The Canopy car park for a rate of $1,800 per annum.
Find out more and apply for your business parking permit online.
Please click on the image to enlarge the map.
Please note a portion of spaces in the Civic Centre Car Park (48 Longueville Road) is a restricted parking zone (no parking between 6:00am - 6:00pm, Monday to Friday). All spaces in the car park are available outside of these times.
Who to contact if you’ve been issued a parking fine
If you believe you've been issued an infringement notice by mistake or you'd like to contest a fine, please find information below about requesting a review through Revenue NSW. Revenue NSW process fines and fees for local councils, NSW Police Force and various other authorities.
To discuss your fine please contact Revenue NSW on 1300 138 118. Alternatively, you can find information and manage your fine on Revenue NSW's website: www.revenue.nsw.gov.au.
What you can do on the Revenue NSW website:
If you've been issued a fine in NSW, you'll find the information you need, including:
- How to pay a fine or fee
- How to request a review of a fine (reviews are forwarded to Council for investigation)
- How to check the status of a review
- What happens if you don't pay a fine
- What you must do to have your matter heard in court
- What you can do if you're experiencing financial hardship and can't pay a fine.
What if someone else was responsible for the offence?
If you've received a fine but weren't responsible for the offence, you can transfer the fine to the person who was at fault when you weren't driving the vehicle when the offence happened or you sold the vehicle before the date of the offence.
You can also nominate the responsible person online using myPenalty.
If you are responsible for an offence but are not the person named on the fine, you can nominate yourself by contacting Revenue NSW.
Difficulty with paying your fine:
If you can't afford to pay in full by the due date you can set up a payment plan if you need more time to pay. You should contact Revenue NSW before the penalty reminder due date to set up a payment plan.
Revenue NSW also offer other options if you are experiencing serious financial, medical or other personal problems. Find out more about:
- What to do if you are having difficulty with payment
- How to ask someone to talk to us about your situation
- Whether you might be eligible for a work and development order (WDO)
- Eligibility for a 50 per cent reduction in fine amount.
Boat Trailer Parking in Lane Cove
Council is one of several Sydney areas that has the authority to enforce unattended registered boat trailers under the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015. Council opted in to the scheme to help discourage the long-term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads The legislation is mainly targeted at people from other areas who use their boat a couple of times a year and leave it on our local streets the rest of the time.
Under the scheme, boat trailers are required to be moved at least every 28 days and they must move at least one street block. When a boat trailer is marked by a Council Ranger it signals the commencement of the 28 day period. If the trailer has not been moved at the end of this 28 day period, Council will provide the registered owner with 15 days notice after which time the trailer can be impounded.
By encouraging off-street storage of boat trailers, existing on-street parking spaces are more available for local residents and visitors. Please note the legislation relates only to registered boat trailers not registered box trailers and caravans.
If your boat has a sticker placed on it by Council then you have 28 days to move it before it is impounded. If your boat has been impounded phone 9911 3555 to arrange for payment of the towing fee and collection of the trailer
- Download the Boat Trailer Brochure
- Lane Cove Council's current Resident Parking Permit Scheme's applies only to cars and motorcycles. It doesn't provide for the issuing of Parking Permits for boat trailers or vehicles over 3 tonnes as these vehicles move more regularly and spaces are freed up for others to use.
- Moving a boat trailer around the block and parking it in the original space is considered to be moved under the Act.
Road Rules affecting Loading Zones
A heads up that station wagons and 3 wheeled motor bikes are no longer allowed to park in loading zones. From 1 September 2021 the NSW Government road rules were changed and all references to these vehicles has been repealed from Road Rules 2014 Section 179 Stop in loading zone.
Find out more about who can access a loading zone.