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An Aussie first in Lane Cove

​Lane Cove power poles transformed into EV charging stations in Aussie first 

Lane Cove Council is one of 11 councils in NSW to trial electric vehicle chargers on power poles.

Local street side power poles will be turned into electric vehicle (EV) charging stations under an Australian first trial being rolled out across the Sydney and Hunter regions of NSW. 

It's supported by the federal government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency with a $871,000 grant.

The trial will involve 50 street-side locations across all of the LGAs, with each station connected to the overhead electricity from 100% GreenPower.

Smart metering and data intelligence provider Intellihub will lead the project, working with Lane Cove Council to investigate suitable locations for the Schneider 7.4kW EV chargers. EV drivers will be able to pay for their charging through an app, but parking will be free. 

Locations being considered include: 

  1. Phoenix St, Lane Cove

  2. Little Street, Lane Cove

  3. Longueville Road, Lane Cove

  4. Greenwich Road, Greenwich

  5. Oxley Street, St Leonards

  6. Cnr Oxley and Nicholson Street, St Leonards

  7. Mindarie Street, Lane Cove North 

Mayor Andrew Zbik said Lane Cove Council's sustainability ethos supported the uptake of EVs. 

"Council leads by example having earlier this year switched to 100% renewable energy in our facilities and street lights. 

"Council has one of the largest local government charging networks with 15 free and 2 paid EV charging stations: 

  • 8 at The Canopy car park (including 2 paid fast charging)

  • 4 in the Little Street car park

  • 5 at Market Square Car Park

In early 2023, 4 free and 2 paid EV charging stations will open in Council's new car park at St Leonards." 

"Council's own fleet of cars includes 3 EVs as a pilot project, with plans to further expand this under development. 

"Our Sustainability Lane event on Sunday 4 December is our second event where we have invited our community to meet with EV owners and explore opportunities to be more sustainable." 

"We're at an important tipping point for the adoption of EVs and Council can support our community through increased access to charging." 

The Lane Cove/St Leonards parking study earlier this year examined current and future parking needs, including the recommendation that an EV parking strategy be developed. See more details here. 

2021 census data shows 8,750 people or 56.7% of the Lane Cove LGA are unit dwellers. 

Find out more about Sustainability Lane on Sunday 4 December.  

See www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/parking for details, costs and parking times. 

Find out more about the project.

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Golf Course Trees

Lane Cove Council regrets the extent of tree loss at the Lane Cove Golf Course due to recent tree management works. 

The works were in response to issues raised by golf players and the course operator in relation to player safety due to overhanging trees, which also impacted the playability of the course.

The trees had not been managed or trimmed for approximately 20 years. Many trees had grown at an acute angle over the fairway and become unstable. The works are permissible in the E2 zoned areas which adjoin parts of the golf course. Trees in this zone sometimes require maintenance and tree management. 

Contractors were engaged by Council, who worked under the instruction of a Council arborist. Initially the trees were intended to only be pruned, however once the works commenced it became apparent that extensive pruning was required and a large number trees needed to be removed. Selective tree pruning to address safety issues can often lead to trees requiring removal due to instability being created by the removal of the dangerous limbs. If left in an unstable condition there is a high likelihood that they would have fallen over, creating an even larger safety risk than the one that was initially being addressed. 

Notwithstanding the  above, Council accepts  that  the works have resulted in an unacceptable loss of tree canopy and apologises for this outcome. Council is reviewing its processes to ensure that this does not occur in the future. At a minimum, this will include dual signoff of any tree management in a public place where more than 3 trees are proposed  to  be removed or heavily pruned as part of tree management works. 

Council staff are currently determining additional works to be undertaken to accelerate the regeneration of the tree canopy.

Support the Socceroos!

​Support your Socceroos!

Bring your green and gold to The Canopy on Sunday 4 December from 6:00am to watch what is going to be a thrilling match between Australia and Argentina, live and free on the big screen!

Stick around for Sustainability Lane from 9:00am. We'll be setting up in the area from 7:00am.



A work of art

​A new mural in St Leonards has been completed by Sydney-based artist, Helen Proctor (pictured below left). Located on Christie Street near the new library and new green space, the artwork is inspired by the local bushland, parks and waterways. 

The road the mural is located on is still closed due to construction but you can catch a glimpse when walking down Christie Street.

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Weekly update

Monday 28 November 2022

Join Councillor Andrew Zbik, Mayor of Lane Cove, for this week's Council update. Watch below:

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  • The stunning new mural at Christie St, St Leonards is now complete! The design and artwork of the 530 square metre mural is by Sydney-based artist, Helen Proctor.

  • The minutes from last week's Council meeting will be available online later this week: www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/meetings

  • Have your say on the Draft Masterplan for Bob Campbell Oval: www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay

  • Shop small and support local businesses this festive season with the Lane Cove Gift Card, redeemable at more than 90 local retailers: www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/lovewhereyoushop

A new library!

We're building a new library in St Leonards! ​The new space will include a children’s reading area, study spaces, meeting rooms and more.

The Library is expected to open in the first half of 2023 and will be near Coles, specialty shops and the new park and playground.

Enjoy these sneak peek photos...

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Spread joy this Christmas

​Santa’s elves have been busy putting up the Tree of Joy in the foyer of Council’s Civic Centre and Library!

If you’d like to spread generosity and joy this festive season, please consider taking a tag from the tree and donating an unwrapped gift by Thursday 8 December at Lane Cove Civic Centre or Lane Cove Library.

These gifts will be distributed to local children and families in need. We appreciate your kindness and generosity.

For more information, please contact Council’s Seniors and Disability Programs Officer on 9911 3555.

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Christmas in Lane Cove

Download your 2022 Christmas program today!

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Friday 2 December, 3 shows at 3:00pm, 3:40pm & 4:40pm

Get ready to play Veranda Santa, Keepy Uppy and more with Bluey and Bingo. No bookings required.

We recommend getting public transport to this event. If you drive, parking is available at The Canopy, Market Square or Little Street car parks. Find out more about parking in Lane Cove.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Friday 2 December, 3:30pm - 8:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

The annual Christmas celebration in Lane Cove for the whole family!

Featuring free kids activities, entertainment and some very special performances finishing with the Mayor lighting the Plaza Christmas Tree. Free event. 

Christmas Tree of Joy

17 November – 8 December Civic Centre Foyer and Lane Cove Library

The Tree of Joy highlights our community's generosity. You're invited to bring an unwrapped toy. We'll pass along these toys to charities who are supporting families doing it tough. 

Lane Cove Public School Concert 

Wednesday 30 November, 9:30am – 10:15am, Lane Cove Plaza

Join the Lane Cove Public School strings ensemble for a performance of festive music. Free event.

Mystery Christmas Craft

From 1 December, available at Lane Cove Library, Greenwich Library and The Yarn Hunters Hill

Be inspired this silly season with free mystery craft bags for kids, young people and adults. Choose your Christmas themed craft bag to fill your Christmas holidays with fun festivities!

Christmas in the Park

Sunday 4 December, from 6:00pm, Hughes Park, Waterview Drive, Lane Cove West

Join the Lane Cove Concert Band as they perform festive music and carols. Features the Burns Bay Big Band, Karingal Concert Band and Turrumburra Concert Band. Free event.

LaVoce Community Choir Carols

Thursday 8 December 6:30pm – 7:30pm Lane Cove Library

Enjoy listening to the LaVoce Community Choir's annual Christmas performance.

Book online.

Saturday Sounds: Cam Atkins 

Saturday 10 December, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Join Cam Atkins as he brings festive cheer to the Plaza. Grab your morning coffee, bring your friends and sing along to Christmas classics. Free event.  

Child Car Seat Safety Check 

Saturday 10 December, Civic Centre Car Park

Make sure your child is safe this holiday season with a free inspection. Bookings essential via Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 3536.

Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute

Saturday 10 December, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Canopy, $10

Sydney's best Fleetwood Mac tribute show, capturing the sound from the legendary Rumours album and more! All proceeds to go towards Delvena Women and Children's Refuge.

Bookings essential 

Carols at The Canopy

Sunday 11 December, from 6:00pm, The Canopy

Get into the Christmas spirit and sing along to your favourite carols under the stars. Presented by LCM and C3 Combined Churches in Lane Cove. Free event

Christmas Crafternoon Tea 

Tuesday 13 December, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Greenwich Library

Enjoy afternoon tea while making Christmas themed craft or working on your latest craft project. No bookings required. Free event.

Christmas Card Making for Kids

Wednesday 14 December, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Lane Cove Library

Decorate your own Christmas cards and gift tags for your friends and family. No bookings required. Free event. 

Christmas Storytime

Thursday 15 December, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Lane Cove Library

Join us for our annual Christmas Family Storytime featuring festive stories & songs.

Book online.

Sydney Mandolin Orchestra 

Saturday 17 December, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Lane Cove Plaza

Join the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra for this regular Christmas event in Lane Cove. Listen out for your favourite carols and sing along. Free event.

Chanukah in the Plaza 

Monday 19 December, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza

You are invited to celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. Enjoy free kids activities, live music and a donut giveaway. Free event.

Register for your free donut.

Christmas Storytime

Wednesday 21 December, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Lane Cove Library

Join us for our annual Christmas Family Storytime featuring festive stories & songs.

Book online.


Soft plastic recycling

​Do you usually recycle your soft plastics at Coles or Woolworths through REDcycle? You might have heard that this program been suspended due to unforeseen challenges. This also means RecycleSmart can no longer collect your soft plastics.

Our Sustainability Team has put together some tips to help you reduce your soft plastics:

  • Bring your own reusable bag to the supermarket or borrow a bag from a Bag Share library.

  • Find alternative products that are packaged in recyclable materials or use reusable packaging such as bulk food stores or returnable jars.

  • Find a great homemade recipe for those items that you can't find in alternative packaging? (Tip: share the recipe – your friends and family will thank you!)

  • Select fruit and vegetables without plastic wrap.

If you do need to use soft plastics, please dispose of them in your red bin. 

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Park upgrades

Central Park

Works to upgrade the amenities block (pictured below left) at Central Park, Longueville will continue throughout November and December. It includes an accessible toilet and two ambulant toilets. The accessible footpath begins construction in December. 

We expect works to be completed by the end of 2022 and a temporary portaloo will be provided in the meantime.

​Blackman Park

The fields, basketball area and cricket nets will get new poles and LED lights, thanks to funding from the federal government. The fields, basketball area and cricket nets will be closed while works take place.

 Read more details on Blackman Park.

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Live concert at The Canopy

​Sydney’s best Fleetwood Mac tribute show features a talented seven-piece band. They capture the sound from the legendary Rumours album plus songs from the early blues period to Fleetwood Mac's contemporary hits.

Bring your own picnic or purchase delicious takeaway from local businesses and enjoy a summer evening in Lane Cove. Please bring a picnic rug or low chair (no spikes permitted).

December 10, 2022

6.30pm

Get your tickets

Proceeds from this event will go to Delvena Women and Children's Refuge.

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Single-use plastic ban

​From 1 November 2022, supply of the following items will be banned in NSW:  

  • Plastic single-use cutlery (spoons, knives, forks, sporks, chopsticks – any utensil used for consuming food)

  • Plastic single-use plates and bowls (excludes bowls with a spill proof lid whether separate or attached)

  • Plastic single-use stirrers

  • Plastic single-use straws (with exemptions for people with a disability or medical need)

  • Plastic single-use cotton buds

  • Expanded polystyrene food ware including bowls, cups, clamshell containers and plates (includes any plastic item made in whole or in part of expanded polystyrene used to serve food or beverages)

  • Plastic microbeads in rinse off personal hygiene products

The ban applies even if they are made from biodegradable, compostable, or bioplastics. This includes those made from Australian certified compostable plastic.   

Find out more.

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Following the single-use plastic ban, you might be wondering how you can dispose of your excess unused single-use banned plastic items. 

Good news! Council has partnered with the Great Plastic Rescue to become a collection hub for rescuing excess single-use plastic from landfill. 

Simply register what banned items you would like rescued online. Please note the items must be unused and clean. Council will then be in touch with you to organise when and where you can drop-off these items. The final day to drop off items will be Wednesday 16 November. 

Great Plastic Rescue will then be able to recycle and remanufacture these items into sustainable products with longer, useful lifespans. 

Find out more and register the banned items you would like to recycle.

Tantallon Oval Pavilion

​Council was recently joined by Federal Member for North Sydney, Kylea Tink, Member for Lane Cove, Anthony Roberts MP, and local sporting groups at the official opening of Lane Cove's newest community facility, Tantallon Oval Pavilion.  

The winning features of the fully accessible venue include: 

  • ​A 60kw solar PV system and two 101kWh lithium-ion batteries 

  • LED lighting for the Pavilion and Oval

  • 20,000 litre rainwater harvesting tanks to irrigate the Oval

  • A rain garden featuring native plants

  • BBQ area

  • Community meeting room

  • Kiosk

  • ​Change rooms

  • Bathrooms

  • Storage

  • Umpire room

  • Water station

  • Covered viewing area

  • Accessible ramp 

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, NSW Government, Lane Cove Council, Lane Cove Junior Rugby Union, Lane Cove Cricket Club and Lane Cove Tigers Junior Rugby League. 

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Longueville Road upgrades
Free pavers – own a piece of Longueville Rd!

This is your chance to pick up some free pavers and own a piece of Longueville Rd, Lane Cove. We’re replacing the pavers on Longueville Rd as part of a streetscape upgrade and we’re offering the old pavers free to Lane Cove Council residents and businesses – either pick up or free delivery. 

They’re in good condition and would be perfect for an outdoor entertaining area or any other projects around your home or business. They’re 230mm x 110mm x 40mm in earthy tones.

Email us ( service@lanecove.nsw.gov.au ) with the subject heading “pavers – Longueville Rd”, including the below details 
• Your Name
• Phone Number
• Email
• Home/business address in Lane Cove
• Required square meters
• Whether you want to pick up from Blackman Park or your delivery address



October 1

We're upgrading the streetscape in Longueville Road, starting this month (October). It will include new flexible outdoor dining options, parklets and seating. The new paving will match that in the Plaza. Some sections of parking on the eastern side will seamlessly change from parking to outdoor dining to public seating/park areas and back again. It will improve the streetscape for pedestrians and businesses and provide a fresh new look. 

Our contractor will complete the work in stages so that only smaller segments of paving are replaced at any one time. The first area to be repaved is Birdwood Avenue between Birdwood Lane and Longueville Road. We'll maintain access to businesses during the works and make sure that the community is aware that the area remains 'open for business'. 

In summary: 

  • Shared Spaces - Longueville Road.jpgWorks will commence on Birdwood Avenue and once this section is completed, it will progress to the Lane Cove Library to take advantage of the reduction of foot traffic during September school holidays

  • In October, works will begin near Central Avenue before being staged along Longueville Road

  • Businesses can nominate timeframes that are most convenient, otherwise they will receive notification of the works approaching their business about 7 days before the works begin.

  • In areas where there are underground services (water, electric etc) the works may take more time – businesses in those areas will be notified

  • Signage will provide regular updates and will help promote the area as open for business

We'll update this webpage as the project progresses. If you have any questions, contact (02) 9911 3555 to speak with our Open Space & Urban Service Team.

Part of this project is funded by the ‘Streets as Shared Spaces’ project, an initiative of the NSW Government. 

RecycleSmart is here!

​Recycling just got easier with our partner, RecycleSmart.

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To help empower our residents to improve their recycling practices and make it more convenient to live sustainably  we've launched an on-demand collection service with RecycleSmart.

The service, known as a 'Power Pickup', offers residents in Lane Cove an on-demand collection of tricky-to-recycle items - items that are recyclable but cannot be placed in the yellow or blue bins (i.e. soft plastics, e-waste, clothing and misfits such as batteries and bulbs).

The Power Pickup – How it works

Recycling the tricky stuff (like soft plastics, e-waste and clothing) is now even easier:

  1. Scoop up all those tough-to-recycle items and pack your own bag (or order a RecycleSmart bag).

  2. Book a pickup in three clicks from the RecycleSmart app or website and pick a date that suits you. They collect Monday to Friday and you don't even need to be home.

  3. Your  options:

    1. Subscribe for a free monthly Power Pickup. Council covers the cost for RecycleSmart to collect up to two bags from your residence every month. You can skip, edit or cancel anytime until 4:00pm the day before, and you can add additional bags for $5 per bag.

    2. Or book a one-off Power Pickup for $5 per bag.

  4. Place the bag/s outside your house on the pickup date before 8:00am. The RecycleSmart team will come to your doorstep and ensure your waste is properly recycled.

Want to know more about how to pack your waste, what bags to use and how the collection works? Visit RecycleSmart's website to find out more. If you have any questions get in touch with the friendly RecycleSmart team by email at hello@recyclesmart.com.

Accepted Waste

  • Soft plastics: Plastic that can be scrunched (place in a closed plastic bag)

  • E-waste: Small electronics, appliances, batteries and mobile phones

  • Textiles in good condition including clothing, shoes, bags, towels, bed linen

  • Textiles in non-reusable condition: clothes and bed linen that cannot be reused (separate and clearly label your wearable and non-wearable textiles)

  • Sneakers and other sports shoes (separate and clearly label your wearable and non-wearable shoes)

  • Takeaway coffee cups and lids emptied, rinsed and separated

  • Books, toys and CDs/DVDs in good condition

  • Aluminium coffee pods in a sealed plastic bag

  • Empty cosmetics and skincare or haircare packaging

  • Lightbulbs, paint (sealed), gas bottles, fire extinguishers, x-ray films, printer cartridges and all other items usually accepted by our Community Recycling Centre.

  • And more, find the full list on the Recycle Smart website here.

Please note, Recycle Smart DO NOT collect polystyrene, blister packs, perfume bottles, nail polish bottles, nail polish remover bottles and needles/syringes.

View the full list of acceptable items.


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