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Proceeds from The Village Observer support residents in need from Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, Ryde, Willoughby and North Sydney areas, through Sydney Community Services. ISSUE 313


MAY 2022





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10 Life’s Rich Pattern 11

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12 Interview: Trent zimmerman MP


18 Feature story: Lane Cove Fun Run


38 What I watched on TV 39 C ook with Bern 42 Sydney Community Services message from Gill Batt CEO

27 Wellbeing 30 Historical: The early history of Austin Street 32 Plant with Rachel 35 Review

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There are a few important calendar days this month that you no doubt have in your diaries already. My son will tell you it’s May the 4th. I’m half-inclined to go for May 8th as I have my heart set on a day of no cooking. The majority will say it’s May 21st, including my Mum, who also celebrates her birthday then. It’s a big month for her, that’s for sure. It’s a three-week countdown to the election and the noise is up to 11 already. You can virtually smell the sausage sizzle already. To get a handle on who the candidates are and what they stand for, you can tune in to a Zoom discussion – hosted by In The Cove - where many of those standing, including current Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, will be taking questions. Full details can be found inside. In this month’s issue, we pay tribute to long-time resident and founder of Dingle Dell Pre-School Loma Denshire who passed away late last year. We are delighted to feature some news about local 14-year-old tennis champ, Natalie Gaft, while we also have some news about this year’s Lane Cove Fun Run which raises money for Lane Cove Public School. We also had a chat to Mike Taylor who, along with Lane Cove Council, runs the ‘Get That Job’ workshops. It’s a great service that boasts many successes. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. The local area is brimming with some great eating out options on the day, so get in quick. And enjoy your sausage on the 21st!

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news Local girl Natalie Gaft wins big at NSTA championships Local girl and star tennis player Natalie Gaft has won the prestigious 2022 NSTA championships. Natalie won the Women’s Singles Championships, despite only turning 14-year-old in February this year. She has become the youngest ever winner of the NSTA Women’s Singles Championships since they began more than 100 years ago. Previous NSTA Women’s Singles Championships winners include Wimbledon champion Yvonne Goolagong. Natalie is one of the top juniors in Australia. She has won eight tournaments in Australia in the last 12 months and will play overseas this year. Natalie was born in Lane Cove and attended Lane Cove Public school and is now in Year 9 at Riverside Girls High School. She started playing tennis when she was four years old and has had the same coach, Andrew Scanlan, since she turned seven.

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Federal Election candidates Find out more about the North Sydney candidates for the upcoming Federal Election

Raine & Horne expands Raine & Horne has increased its presence across the Lower North Shore with the opening of a new office in Willoughby. Meanwhile, the Mosman office has joined the Raine & Horne Lower North Shore group. The new offering gives local homeowners access to a previously unattainable database of premium buyers.

In the Cove is holding a North Sydney Candidate Information Night on Zoom – Monday 9 May at 7.30pm. All candidates have been invited. At time of press, the following have agreed to attend: Trent Zimmerman, Kylea Tink, Catherine Renshaw, Victor Kline, Robert Nalbandian, Heather Armstrong, and Lesley Kinney. To register, log on to:

THE CANDIDATES FOR NORTH SYDNEY ARE: 1. William Bourke (Sustainable Australia – Stop Overdevelopment and Corruption) 2. Robert Nalbaldian – United Australia Party 3. Heather Armstrong – The Greens NSW 4. Victor Kline – TNL 5. Lesley Kinney – Informed Medical Options Party 6. Dajen Tinkler – Liberal Democratic Party 7. Trent Zimmerman – Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 8. Kylea Jane Tink – Independent 9. Michael Walls – Pauline Hanson’s One Nation 10. Catherine Renshaw – Labor

Five steps to be rate-rise ready Amid the biggest global pandemic in a century, house prices in Australia have risen by 22.4 per cent (the highest increase in 32 years). Coupled with inflationary hikes dominating the finance headlines and speculation about looming interest rate rises, it pays to be rate-rise ready. Home loan lender ME Bank and many of its contemporaries are urging borrowers to prepare themselves for future rate hikes later this year. “The (initial) rate rise may occur sometime between the fourth quarter of this year and mid next year — and possibly earlier. This depends upon domestic inflation and wages outcomes, as well as what happens to global interest rates, particularly in the US.” To help ease the burden of extra repayments and offset potential rate rises, ME has devised some handy hints on how to be rate-rise ready: 1. Be aware that repayments can rise and fall

3. Consider locking in a fixed-rate loan

2. Ensure that your home loan is competitive

5. Scale back other debt

4. Ramp up extra repayments now

House prices could experience a drop when the cash rate rises so homeowners may want to consider selling earlier than anticipated. For assistance with preparing your property for sale or finding out what it's worth in the current market, call me today on 0402 913 537

Hyecorp opens applications A retirement for community grants

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The Rotary Club of Lane Cove Fair will be back bigger and better in 2021. Mark your calendar now

SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER and keep this day free for all the fun and excitement of the fair. Hazel McNamara - Awarded Agent of the Year

With lockdown restrictions having slowly been eased, most of us still have more time at home. That’s why now is a great time to prepare to sell your home. With the property market tipped to start gaining momentum soon, it’s important to have your property ready for interested buyers. According to industry researcher, Core Logic, house prices around the country have not plummeted, despite the number of transactions that took place during the CoVid-19 lock-down. There were sellers who pulled their properties off the market, and are likely to consider re-listing them in the coming months, so it’s important that you ensure your property stands out from the competition. My first open for inspection in early January had over 50 groups through the property. Attendance has continued to be very extremely high at each open for inspection, at every property, since then. With interest rates at an all time low and an abundance of buyers searching for their dream home, it makes sense to start planning now. .

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HH Council publishes latest progress report Increased maintenance of streets, parks and reserves and delivery of footpath and cycleway improvements are among highlights in the latest progress report for Hunter’s Hill Council’s Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Report highlights included increased maintenance of parks and reserves, in particular in response to extreme wet weather. Conditions and weather patterns would continue to be monitored to ensure areas were maintained in line with expected service standards, the report said. An annual footpath renewal and upgrade program is near complete, with works on one remaining street due for completion this month (April). Projects to foster the protection and enhancement of the natural environment were also highlighted in the report.

It showed that 80 active Bushcare volunteers worked across 11 sites, collectively contributing 182 hours of their time to local environmental projects. In the area of sustainability, Council’s partnership with collection service RecycleSmart resulted in 177 collections from residents’ homes, comprising 441 bags weighing a total 1235 kilograms and including clothing, soft plastics and e-waste. The quarterly report highlights progress towards the achievement of Council’s objectives and actions – the projects, programs and services that Council is delivering to the community.

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How EWON can help with solar energy issues Solar energy is gaining popularity and the Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) can investigate a range of solar complaints if one of our members is involved. We have helped customers resolve solar complaints including:

• Delays in new meter installations

Doing your homework around solar energy

• Billing delays

Switching to solar energy can be complicated, so we recommend doing your research to ensure you are aware of the approval and connection process. Consider how much sun your roof gets, shade factors, and the benefits compared to the cost of installation. Be mindful that with some systems, it can take many years to reap any financial benefit.

• Application of feed-in tariffs and incorrect feed-in tariffs • Compliance and other meter issues • Payment plans, disconnections and issues with transferring to a new retailer. Please note that EWON doesn’t have jurisdiction over the purchase of the products and services – if you have a complaint about these please contact NSW Fair Trading. They also provide good information on how to choose an installer.

If you’re having issues with solar energy, contact your provider first. If you’re not satisfied with their response, reach out to EWON. How to get in touch:

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NATIONAL ECONOMIC INNOVATION KYLEA TINK. NORTH SYDNEY’S FEDERAL INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE. Kylea Tink believes in urgent climate action led by facts, not politics. This is the critical decade for climate action and the decisions made in the next three years will fundamentally affect our

children’s and their children’s future. A forwardfocused economy that ensures no one is left behind is also one of Tink’s highest priorities.

READ MORE ABOUT KYLEA TINK’S POLICIES AT KYLEATINK.COM.AU Authorised by Kylea Tink Independent Limited, Level 14, 275 Alfred St, North Sydney 2060 TVO 9


Read the Fine Print by Liz Foster

When I worked for a large confectionery company in the 1990s, we Marketers always clashed with the legal department. Legal had the final say on our packaging design and ‘claims’ – those ubiquitous shout outs you see everywhere. You know the kind of thing – ‘healthy AND great tasting!’ Or ‘100% natural and sugar free!’ To make matters worse, the minimum legal size for packaged ingredient lists was 8-point font. The poor Lifesavers brand manager had a hell of a time trying to fit all the legalese, the address and barcode on the miniscule label, along with the brand and flavour variation. If we could have got away with 4-point, we would have. A trip to the Legal department to secure essential signoffs was usually accompanied by a slow hand clap, shoulder slaps and a peppering of ‘good lucks.’ Hapless marketers invariably returned drooping and bowed, their whole launch campaign derailed with a swipe of the pen. These knock-backs always seemed entirely unreasonable and non-law based. No, the legal peeps would say, you can’t call your snack bar ‘healthy’. Pressing the point got you short shrift - it contains oats, doesn’t it? And it’s due to launch in two months and the ad campaign’s ready to go and I need this artwork signed off today or I’ll miss my launch date… But then the lawyer would point out the whole heap of extra sugar, chocolate, honey, and artificial colours, not to mention being unable to accurately define what ‘healthy’ means in the context of food. Picky, picky, picky. To make matters worse, this was in pre-digital days, when you had to hawk around your original, board mounted artwork for signoffs on labels stuck to the back. Attempts to shortcut the whole palaver, by faxing a copy through in advance were no good. Because the signed ‘faxed’ 10 TVO

Illustration by Grace Kopsiaftis version didn’t cut it process wise, Legal peeps came up with other objections once you turned up with your original. No amount of protesting while waving the pre-faxed comments would cut it. Such was the power the legal team wielded. Fast forward thirty years and I am now that person with allergies, managing not just my health but my family’s. I’m forever squinting at every label in the supermarket. Let me tell you, I can’t read half of them. Not even with reading glasses. I sigh wistfully at the folly of my youth, when I had no consideration or knowledge of others not possessed of youthful clear sight. And don’t get me started on misleading product names. Like rye bread. As a non-wheat eater, I need rye bread to be made with rye. Not 97% wheat with a few rye grains thrown in for flavour. How is it legal to call this product rye bread, I wonder darkly? My long-held low opinion of the Legal team, wrangling with marketers daily in a company producing over 2,000 brands worldwide, has undergone a drastic review. Nowadays when grocery shopping, I’ve become that person – the one who grumbles cheerily to anyone in aisle three that cares to listen about hard-to-read print, poor shelf placement and confusing claims. I reckon I’d be perfect for a consultant job in the Legal department at a food manufacturer.

Liz Foster is a local writer and author. You can find more Life’s Rich Pattern features and more at


Where: The Canopy

When: Monday 25 April

The crowd was huge this year for the wonderful ANZAC memorial service in Lane Cove. Thank you to Luke Torrevillas for the photographs

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interview: Trent Zimmerman MP Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman has held the seat since a by-election in 2015. Counting Lane Cove in its suburbs, the seat covers a population of more than 110,000 people enrolled to vote. We fired off some pertinent questions to the Liberal Party incumbent, ahead of the election later this month.

Climate  How would you go about reassuring residents who are concerned that net zero by 2050 is too late? The net zero by 2050 commitment is so important because it provides an end point for our efforts to reduce emissions. I am pleased to that our emissions reduction projections have now increased to 35 per cent by 2030, and if reelected I will make it my priority to pursue more ambitious emissions reduction targets for 2035. We are seeing significant investment in technology which will help Australia to achieve net zero emissions. We’re investing more than $20 billion in low emissions technologies between now and 2030. This will lead to more than $80 billion total investment (through public and private sources) and support an estimated 160,000 jobs. Australia is leading the way in the deployment of renewable energy and we are a world leader in areas like solar with one in four homes now having solar panels. So I think Australia is well placed to take the economic and environmental opportunities provided to us by the net zero by 2050 commitment.

Small businesses  Rising cost of living is threatening post-Covid success of local businesses. Outside of one-off payments, what will be done to help buffer them? Small and family businesses are at the heart of our economy and local communities employing nearly 8 million Australians. The federal government has backed small businesses with the lowest tax rates in 50 years and record investment incentives. The Federal Budget included a suite of measures to kickstart our local businesses. Small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million can now claim a bonus 20 percent deduction for the cost of expenses and depreciating assets, up to $100,000 of expenditure per year. Eligible expenditure includes items such as portable

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payment devices, cyber security systems and subscriptions to cloud-based services. This is just so important to allowing small businesses to compete, both against bigger businesses, but also on the global stage, as well. I think in the medium term this will be one of the most significant elements of the budget. There is also a similar deduction available for training as well.

Aged care  The area has a high proportion of aged care homes. Staffing them by all accounts has not been easy. Are there immediate remedies to address this? I really want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication from all the staff at our local aged care facilities, especially during the height of the pandemic. Over the last 18 months I have kept a close dialogue with constituents whose family members have been in aged care facilities and with constituents who staff these facilities, so I know how trying it has been for staff and residents. Since we came to government, funding for aged care has more than doubled - from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $30.1 billion in 2022-23. It will increase to an estimated $34.7 billion by 2025-26. We have also provided 33,000 new training places for personal carers and a new Indigenous workforce as well as retention bonuses for nurses. But further to that I am really pleased that our government has committed a record $17.7 billion investment in our aged care sector in last year’s budget. As this funding has started being rolled out over the country and in North Sydney, we are working to ensure respect, care and dignity for every senior Australian.

The cost and availability of childcare are such important issues families on the north shore.

I have particularly welcomed the 80,000 additional home care packages announced, which empowers senior Australians to have more control and choice in their care arrangements. Clearly there is still more to do, and I’m determined to ensure we will implement the recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission which was established by our government to provide a pathway to improve care and support.

Sustainability  Lane Cove is ahead of the curve, but there are calls for more to be done. What can you deliver for North Sydney that will help bolster its thirst for sustainability? I am very focused on protecting our local environment and I am working to secure support for our harbour foreshores and bushland. I also have been able to deliver support for community organisations seeking to deploy solar power and batteries – for example, I recently visited the North Shore Rowing Club as they began installing solar panels funded by the federal government. I am also working to ensure that our area has access to more fast charging stations for electric vehicles.

Supporting families in the workforce

I am pleased that in the Budget we made a significant change to provide a Child Care subsidy for second and subsequent children. The federal government is enhancing Paid Parental leave so families have more choice and flexibility. Working parents can now share up to 20 weeks of Government funded fully flexible leave. Single parents also benefit with an additional two weeks leave. It helps families, particularly women, who want to return to work or work more. It is an important economic measure as omen’s workforce participation has reached a historic high!

Development  Often left to the state government, how does the Federal MP add their voice, and represent the electorate, when it comes to development issues, particularly in an area like Lane Cove that is constantly evolving? Planning and development issues are primarily the responsibility of state and local councils and the ability of the federal government to influence these decisions is limited. However, I am always willing to raise issues of concerns with my state colleagues.

 Places at childcare facilities in Lane Cove and the surrounding suburbs are very hard to obtain and childcare costs are often deemed too high. Is this on the agenda?

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Other candidates

Your focus

 It’s hard to have a conversation about North Sydney without acknowledging that independents are putting themselves forward for your seat - one that has always been represented by the Liberals. It suggests some of the electorate is shifting away from the Liberal Party. Is that your perception?

 What would another term allow you to achieve for North Sydney?

Firstly, I would never discourage anyone from running for elected office, I think contest of ideas like the one we are seeing right now in North Sydney is a really good thing for our democracy and our nation. I have never taken the seat of North Sydney for granted and I believe I have delivered a lot for our community locally while reflecting the views of my electorate in the parliament so I am very willing to stand on my record and for what I have delivered for our local area. I however don’t think it is in Australia’s interest to have a hung parliament and the instability that would bring. I stand on my record delivering for our community and representing our values within the parliament and the government. It is far easier to achieve results as part of a team than outside.

I am seeking re-election to continue serving residents in our local area. We live in a wonderful part of Sydney, and I have a track record of delivering for our community to protect and improve what makes our area so special. I bring experience, genuine local community involvement for almost two decades, and a commitment to compassionate and effective leadership to represent the views and values of residents. My priorities are to ensure the federal government focuses on delivering a strong economy to allow us to provide opportunities to all Australians and to fund essential services like health, education and aged care. Australia faces many challenges: the economic recovery from the pandemic, the growing international threats to democratic nations and our values, and the path to a net zero emissions economy. We also have new opportunities like making Australia one of the top ten digital economies and developing Australia’ capacity to develop and export low emissions technology. We need effective and stable government to deliver these.

Locally, our strong economy means we can provide more support to our community. It allowed me to successfully fight for projects like better sporting facilities, more federal funding for our local hospitals, the protection of our harbour foreshores and environment and support for local Emma Grimes, Michael Fitzgerald & Peter Louridas community groups. A family business, now in our 48th year in Lane Cove




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Howdy y'all Well, we made it. Alas only to the US and not to Europe + the US as planned but I’m cool with that. Getting to the US turned out to be challenging enough without the extra burden of excessive, potentially risky social contact in Europe. By Adrienne Witteman.


e all know that the rules, they keep a’changing. To enter the US you need to have registered a negative PCR test, no more than 24 hours old, on arrival. Practically speaking, this means you test the night before or the day of departure in Australia. The testing site at the airport is super-efficient and your test status is confirmed to you approximately 90 minutes later. 90 excruciating minutes later, especially in our case since our son whom we had shared dinner with only 3 nights prior, called enroute to say he’d been in bed the last 2 days and presumed it was Covid. It turns out it was. And it turned out we were negative but it did certainly demonstrate how quickly one’s plans can be sent awry. In fact, as I write, the husband of one of our party remains bereft in Australia, due to a positive test, while his wife is enjoying a gran’ole time along the mighty Mississippi. I digress. With all the right paperwork to hand, getting through check-in, then Customs and Immigration, was trouble free. Onboard, there were some obvious differences - the need to wear masks when not eating or drinking, of course, and non-operational onboard wi-fi. The menus appeared abbreviated, or perhaps that is simply two years of lost muscle memory! The processing lines in Dallas were still long but with efficient processing we were through in around 30 minutes. Luggage located, we were off on our first overseas adventure since March 2020. Texas immediately felt like Australia did pre-Covid: a

confident populace roaming mask free, restaurants buzzing and shopping centre carparks full. However, there Covid casualties are plentiful, most obviously in the hospitality industry. All of our three hotels did not offer housekeeping (nor a discount on the room!). Yes, you could request fresh towels but a room clean was out of the question. In the fine dining restaurant of The Guesthouse at Graceland there was one server and 6 “busboys”, with English speaking skills ranging from none to a few words, to serve a restaurant seating 120. Poor Candace. She was doing her best and couldn’t do any more. “It has been this way for 8 months” she said. Like Australia, the hospitality industry is desperate for staff. There is a definite lack of people wanting to wait tables and clean rooms. Where there is a full complement, prices are noticeably higher – and wages have increased. I am told though that it is not just the money but the availability of jobs that one can now do remotely and with more flexibility. Clearly, massive changes are underway in America, just as in Australia. So it was with some trepidation that I escorted our group onboard this third leg of our journey, a cruise from Memphis to New Orleans onboard the American Heritage. Would we be hostage to desultory service for the next 7 days? Glory be! We’ve checked into paradise and the onboard experience is way beyond my expectations, and beyond what we experienced pre-Covid. I could not be happier.

Smart young staff, ever smiling and helpful. Terrific food. Excellent included wines. Refurbished rooms and public spaces. A significantly expanded range of shore excursions. Professional entertainment. It’s a completely new ship, a completely enhanced experience. A true story, as told to me by the Hotel Manager today, was that when the ship went into drydock, the whole crew stayed onboard to be involved in the refurb process. She painted all the architraves and mouldings. Others painted too while some helped remove the old furniture, pull up the carpets, clean and polish the lighting, and more. It would never happen thus in Australia and more’s the pity for as Tammie told it, the project created a team that has bonded over creating this “new” ship, this “new” product. And they are so, so proud. It points to the post-Covid resilience that can and will happen, albeit differently, in every place. For me, it cannot come quick enough. And while travel is not without its issues, it is safe to get out there and explore. Many rely on your support, and you will be the richer for the experience.


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Dan Murphy’s Cellar has opened in Lane Cove; the first of the drink retailer’s new super-premium concept stores, complete with a curated range of hard-to-find bottles displayed in a sophisticated, high-tech setting. “We know that customers are drinking better, which is why we wanted to create destinations where wine lovers can discover and access some of the best wines from Australia and the world,” said Dan Murphy’s Managing Director Alex Freudmann. Dan Murphy’s Cellar in Lane Cove ranges some of the world’s rarest wines, including a bottle of 1951 Penfolds Grange, which was the first Penfolds Grange ever made, and retails for $160,000. There are estimated to be around 35 bottles of the first vintage of Penfolds Grange in existence in the world. The Cellar also ranges Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, widely considered to produce the world’s best Pinot Noir, with some drops at $20,000 per bottle. In total, the Cellar has a range of over 2,800 different products, however, about 350 of these are so rare that the Cellar only has one or two bottles available. The Cellar’s most premium wines can be found in its Icon Room, which houses fine wines starting from $150. All team members at Dan Murphy’s Cellar are educated or experienced in wine, with some having been sommeliers at some of the best restaurants in Sydney, or having worked in wineries. 16 TVO

Customers will also be able to connect with them directly when they’re not in store thanks to the Merchant’s Signature Service, a personalised virtual service which is new to Dan Murphy’s. “Customers will be able to live-chat with the Cellar’s experts directly from our cellar during opening hours, which will help us to offer a highly trusted and personalised service digitally,” Store Manager Walter Henao said. Discovery is at the heart of the Cellar, with on-demand tastings available any day of the week. The Cellar will also host a range of events, including wine masterclasses, winemaker hosted tasting, new vintage releases and food and wine pairing tastings. “As a wine professional, I’m excited to be part of this new amazing concept! My team and I look forward to helping customers find the perfect wine at all price points, whether that’s $20 or $200,” Walter said. The new store concept is inspired by Dan Murphy’s founder Daniel Francis Murphy’s love and passion for wine, as he would travel the world to bring his customers new tastes and discoveries.

Dan Murphy’s Cellar is located on 231 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove. OPENING HOURS: • Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 8pm • Thursday to Saturday 10am to 9pm au/storelocator/NSW-LaneCove-1490

Wurley Court 8 Passy Avenue, Hunters Hill

Karen Paull

Community Chaplain

Maternal Love Six months after adopting an adorable pup, we added a kitten to our family, hoping they would bond. Our hearts melted when they curled up together to sleep. Alas, six months later, the pup was killed on the road – and we mourned her deeply. Our young cat, Gemma, was clearly grieving too. Hence, we soon brought another pup home, hoping that, again, the two would become friends. Gemma cautiously approached the new pup, sniffed her, and drew back in horror! This one smelt awful! This behaviour continued until day three, when Gemma slapped a firm paw on Minka and licked her clean. Their relationship blossomed immediately. Soon after, her mothering instincts became even more pronounced. Minka would regularly plop down five wide steps from landing to backyard, to discover she couldn’t get back up. Seeing Minka’s plight one day, Gemma responded. With her extended arm outstretched behind Minka’s back, she guided the hapless pup up the steps! What an intrinsically selfless mothering instinct this young cat possessed. Examples abound of inter-species, parent-like relationships. We wonder at them, intrigued by the innate love displayed. They remind me of some biblical images of God – often described as masculine – which show this maternal side.

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Sixty years creating communities within communities.

Jesus said, ‘…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings’ (Matthew 23:7 NIV) The caring love of a parent for the young is embedded by the Creator, whose own parental love is unconditional. That sacrificial love dwells within us, waiting to bring mutual joy. Being the biological parent isn’t necessary, although it sharpens our instincts quickly. Foster, or adoptive, parents are a precious gift to those little ones who lack them. Grandparents have the privilege of repeating the process and sometimes to contribute wisdom into the intergenerational mix. A wider network of loving ‘aunts’ and ‘uncles’ provides a rich benefit, especially for those who lack their immediate relatives nearby. An appropriate response to the unconditional love offered to us is to foster loving connections, where they are needed and welcome. I hope to facilitate some intergenerational mixing where this can naturally occur. Let me know if you are interested in connecting in this way. It is important for everyone to love and be loved for just who they are. Happy Mother’s Day to all mums - and to all those who nurture younger ones with love. Thank you for your contribution towards a hopeful future for all. Correct as at April 2022. 6497HH

Contact details: Rev Karen Paull 0400 299 751 LANE COVE COMMUNITY CHAPLAINCY

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We run for fun! The lowdown on the Lane Cove Fun Run Back on September 11 2022


Lane Cove Fun Run is back!

fter a two-year break, the Lane Cove Fun Run is back! The 5km event starting at 7:30am, and the 2km event starting at 8:30am, will see participants start their run or walks at Kingsford Smith Oval, Longueville. The Fun Run embodies what the true community spirit of Lane Cove is all about. All ages and abilities (and dogs) can join in the fun and walk or run on the day. Beth Croft, a local elite athlete, will be running again this year; she was first placed female and second place overall in the 5km event in 2017 with a time of 17 minutes, 22 seconds. The Fun Run relies on local volunteers to organise the run, and the support of local businesses to fund the run and the prizes. The gold sponsors are local real estate agency Raine & 18 TVO

Horne North Shore, and we are so grateful to have them on board. We still have spots for more silver and bronze sponsors so get in touch with if you would like to be involved. We have also introduced a new level of support for the run this year with community supporters, who can contribute $450 towards the run and officially become Lane Cove Fun Run Community Supporters. The Lane Cove Fun Run is organised by volunteers on behalf of Lane Cove Public School P&C. By entering the run, you will be participating in a great community event as well as supporting a local public school. Race fees cover the cost of extensive road closures, RMS safety marshals, St John’s Ambulance and official race


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timing and bibs. Any remaining proceeds will go towards providing extra teachers and learning support staff at Lane Cove Public School. Furthermore, it donates 10% of the proceeds to Sydney Community Services – local charity and owner of this very magazine! We had a bumpy start to the planning of this year’s event with the original website being deleted due to the break, but thankfully a Lane Cove local from Active Digital Web has volunteered to rebuild the website from scratch.

Lane Cove Council is also a huge supporter of the Fun Run providing much needed resources. We are pleased to have In the Cove as our official media partner and Active Digital Web as our digital partner. This year there will be a pre-race warm up with North Shore Running and Fitness our running partners, and we will have post run activities and stalls on Kingsford Smith Oval so bring the family and dogs along to enjoy a lovely morning out.

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Mike Taylor is the founder of the Lane Cove-based ‘Get That Job’ program where he assists people getting back into the workforce.


orn in the UK in West Hampstead, Mike studied at the University of Essex and the London School of Economics, where he undertook a Masters in Industrial Relations. A keen skydiver, he was often in search of blue skies. Following his studies, he spent a year travelling. It was this trip that ignited his love for Australia – along with socialising with antipodeans in their famous London hang-out, Earls Court. “Australia had the weather for skydiving and I fell in love with the larrikin ‘can do’ attitude. It was such a stark contrast to how it was in the UK at the time.” In 1972, he had a skydiving accident that led to four months recovery and two further years before he could get back into the air again. In his working life, he joined British Airways and later BP Australia that led to work around the world, joined by his wife Angela who he married in 1975. Ultimately Mike, Angela and their three daughters landed in Lane Cove. Making a change of direction himself, Mike joined PWC in a career management consulting role. Upon retirement in 2009 Angela led the couple to Oman where she taught English for four years and Mike gave tours of the mountains in his 4WD.

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On their return, Mike said whilst enjoying the odd conversation at his favourite Lane Cove coffee shop; when people found out the sort of work he had been involved in, they would ask for tips on how to find a job. “I realised there was a group of people in Lane Cove who had been made redundant, or who were looking for a career change, who were struggling with how to go about it and realised that I could be useful,” he said. Mike explained that he approached Lane Cove Council, and proposed they jointly, provide a workshop and program for people wanting to improve their chances of landing the right job, or could see a way of transitioning to a new career. “Lane Cove Council was and is very supportive of the program, providing me with a space to bring people together and the marketing so people can learn about what is available,” Mike said. Susan Heyne, Manager Community Services at Lane Cove Council runs the logistics side of things and Mike said she does a terrific job. The program offers more than straight workshops. Mike explains that the attendees – normally eight people at a time – also meet for a Monday morning coffee, have the opportunity for individual meetings and take part in Zoom sessions; a new development

that came out of the lockdowns. Until recently Mike was assisted with the Zoom meetings by a younger Human Resources specialist, Katrina Digby. “I know about the world of work, but Katrina, who is now moving overseas, knew about what is happening now: we really complemented each other well. “The program has proved very successful, and has now been running for the last four years. “I’ve been particularly proud of helping new immigrants, or people whose first language isn’t English find suitable employment that fits their skills.” Anyone in the local area who is finding it difficult getting back into the workforce is encouraged to join. The next program commences with the workshop on Thursday 2 June. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Lane Cove Council’s Susan Heyne, Manager Community Services (

Loma Dorothea Denshire 9.11.1925 – 19.12.2021 Loma Denshire died peacefully on 19 December, 2021 at the age of 96. Daughters Sally and Jayne reflect on the legacy of Loma’s community involvement.


ong-time resident Loma Denshire contributed to community cohesion and wellbeing for more than two generations, setting up Dingle Dell Pre-kindergarten and then advising on early childhood services. Neighbours and relations turned to her for support and advice and she was active on working bees for Osborne Park Kindergarten, Scouts and various Progress Association committees. And Loma was a model for Elizabeth Fern Dress Shop at evening fashion parades to raise funds for the Scouts and the Kindergarten.

Ecology at UWS. Following the death of her husband, Harry, in 1976, Loma secured full-time positions as a Family Day Care Coordinator in Eastwood and Waitara. She was interviewed in the media about the status of childcare services and helped shape the face of Family Day Care in its early days. With Cr Ros Baxter, Loma advised on setting up Kindy Cove Child Care Centre and Possums’ Corner Long Day Care Centre with director Sandra Cheeseman. Grandchildren Tim and Holly were among the first intake.

The daughter of Malvenia (Molly) and Herman and sister of Warwick, Loma Peters grew up in Neutral Bay and attended NSGHS. Loma Peters met Harry Denshire of Mosman playing tennis and they married in 1952. They made a home in Osborne Park for their four children: Sally-Anne, Warwick, Jayne and Matthew who all went to Lane Cove Public. Loma and Harry were keen home gardeners, entering camellias and gladioli in the annual Flower Show at Osborne Park and supplying Miss Parks’ Florist at Waverton and The King Green Grocer with pumpkins. Loma and Harry would play tennis on Sundays at Osborne Park and the family would holiday at Currawong on Pittwater. Retiring in 1992 Loma joined the art group of artist Eva Barry at the Desiderius Orban studio in Northwood and exhibited locally. In 1996, following the accidental death of Matthew, she downsized to 8/18 Fourth Avenue around the corner from the family home in Second Ave. The villas received their own 266 bus stop right outside. Loma’s petition, showing many residents on both sides of the street were older, moved the stop from down in the dip to the crest of the hill.

Loma opened Dingle Dell pre-kindergarten at Osborne Park in 1966, initially for families working at the ABC at nearby Gore Hill. This was visionary for the times as the Centre was to focus on children who were 18 months to two-and-a-half years old – a first. Her youngest child Matthew was her first pupil, being 16 months old when Dingle Dell opened. Later Loma and Elsa Ford founded a support group for care and help for unmarried mothers (CHUMS) and successfully campaigned in Canberra for a pension for single mothers. Loma completed a Child Care Certificate at North Sydney College of TAFE and, later, a Graduate Diploma in Social

She maintained long-term interests in ageing and positive mental health and was one of the founding members of the Institute of Group Leaders, having facilitated Healthy Lifestyle Programs, teaching relaxation, conflict resolution and communication skills with NSW Health at Pallister in Greenwich. She was a member of Adventures in Relaxation (AIR), a self-education group of retired health promotion leaders. Always active in her community, Loma sat on the board of Lane Cove Community Aid during the 1990s and was honored with a Lane Cove Council award for community service. Loma continued to facilitate discussion groups for U3A Lane Cove well into her 80s. A celebration of Loma’s remarkable life was held on Saturday 30 April, 2022 at Lane Cove Community Hub.

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"We have known Debbie from our previous sales and purchases. This time, we had a very challenging house to sell and Debbie came to the fore to bring the house for sale eventually. She went beyond all expectations, and faced every obstacles that made a seemingly impossible task, possible. The result of the sale is a testament to her work ethic, guidance and determination. We are, once again, indebted to Debbie for having helped us sell our house and to a new family who will now make it their home." - George (Vendor)

"Debbie was the sixth real estate agent I spoke with about selling my apartment. I chose her because she was very approachable. She has great knowledge and experience selling in the Lane Cove and surrounding areas. Debbie is a good communicator and kept me fully informed throughout the campaign. Highly recommended." - Cathy (Vendor)

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Have Your Say We’re asking for the community’s feedback on a range of topics which may be of interest to you - from parking to financial assistance, to building an inclusive community and our long- term plans. You can find full details of each consultation on the Have Your Say section of Council’s website. To be notified of emerging consultations, subscribe to our News and Events e-newsletters by visiting Community Assistance Grants - closes 7 June

We’re proposing a range of financial assistance to local organisations which provide much-needed support to our community. The exhibition highlights the funds proposed for each organisation for the 2022/23 financial year. Council’s Plans, Budget, Fees and Charges - closes 7 June

Throughout early 2022 Council worked with our community to review its Community Strategic Plan - Liveable Lane Cove: 2035. This plan will guide us towards 2035 and help maintain a long-term focus in planning for the future of Lane Cove. The preliminary engagement process focused on a phone survey, an online survey, interactive workshops with community members, Councillors and Council staff. During these discussions we've heard many thoughts and ideas about the future of Lane Cove, about what's important to you and about what our priorities should be over the next 10 years. Community feedback during the first round of consultation has enabled Council to refine the Community Strategic Plan, Liveable Lane Cove 2035. This revised plan is now on exhibition along with the Delivery Program and Operational Plan which outlines the specific strategies, actions and new initiatives required to achieve the long-term goals and objectives of the Liveable Lane Cove 2035 and a budget that supports those strategies, actions and new initiatives. Some of the key projects identified in our plans include: • A new Council website which incorporates contemporary design and functionality, including mobile compatibility.

• Renewable Energy Future Fund to reduce community emissions to achieve a 20% reduction in emissions and water use by 2024 and a 80% reduction by 2036 (based on 2016/17 levels). • Finalisation of the over rail plaza and public open green space at St Leonards. • Roads, Footpaths, Drainage asset renewal works across the LGA valued at over $4.4m. • Bob Campbell Oval Revised Masterplan and delivery of works. • A Bicycle Facilities Program that includes a new Cycleway along Burns Bay Road, Linley Point. • Building renewal/upgrade works are earmarked for the Greenwich Baths, Greenwich Community Centre, the Civic Centre and Lane Cove Aquatic Centre. • Sustainability Projects and Programs valued at almost $1m. • Playground upgrades are scheduled for Henninghams Playground, Best Street Reserve, Alder Avenue Reserve and Shaw Park. • Conversion of a Council building at 47 Burns Bay Road to a facility capable of housing a Toy Library, a Library of Things and a Men's Shed. Stage 2 of Lane Cove Village and St Leonards Parking Study - closes 30 May

Council is currently undertaking a parking study of the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards area. The study includes extensive on-site data collection and consultation with the Lane Cove community. The objectives of the study are to: • Provide an efficient, fair and equitable use of available on-street parking for all users;

parking spaces while ensuring that future parking demands are met in the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards in line with Council's Community Strategic Plan; • Consider the opportunity to provide sustainable transport options such as car share and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. Stage 2 of the study has now commenced and involves an online survey which seeks community feedback and recommendations for on-street parking in the Lane Cove Village and St Leonards areas. Council’s website includes the background details, survey instructions and link to the online survey and map. Disability Inclusion Action Plan - closes 15 May

All members of our community share responsibility towards creating an accessible and inclusive community and we are inviting you to tell us how well you think Council encourages our community and supports staff with disability, chronic health conditions or caring roles. Help us make Lane Cove a more inclusive and accessible place to live by completing Council’s online survey. If you are unable to access the survey online, hard copies are available at the Lane Cove and Greenwich Libraries as well as Lane Cove Civic Centre. Alternatively, you can call (02) 9911 3593 to have a hard copy mailed to you. Other consultations about to wrap up:

You can visit Council’s Have Your Say page to find out more about the following: • Draft Lane Cove Community Land Plan of Management (Crown Reserves with Council Manager) closes 13 May 2022 • Shortlisted Names for St Leonards New Green Space - closes 13 May 2022

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ENERGY AND WATER SAVING PROGRAMS Looking to save energy and water? As part of Council’s commitment to sustainability we have a range of free programs to help residents and businesses looking to do their bit to improve efficiencies. Greener Apartments Program We’re helping apartment owners and tenants reduce their energy and water by providing: • • •

Free energy and water efficiency assessments performed by industry specialists A detailed report illustrating the financial case for upgrades Advice on products to increase building efficiency

To apply to improve the sustainability of your common areas, reduce energy costs, emissions, water costs and usage visit greenerapartments

Water Efficiency in Apartments Program Council is collaborating with Sydney Water’s WaterFix@ Strata program to deliver large scale, cost-effective water savings to residential strata-managed buildings. Sydney Water has achieved water savings of up to 30% . Buildings selected to participate receive a complimentary site inspection and expert advice. To apply visit waterefficiency

Solar for Business Program This free Council initiative helps commercial buildings reduce their energy consumption. By joining the program, you receive independent expert advice and a solar feasibility study to identify opportunities to lower running costs and be more sustainable. To apply visit solarforbusiness

Building Upgrade Finance Program Did you know that local small businesses have the opportunity to access funds to upgrade and improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency of their building? These upgrades include solar panels, LED lighting, efficient air conditioning, water efficient fixtures and more. To find out more and to apply visit

GreenPower Switching to 100% GreenPower is one of the most powerful actions you can take for a better environment. When you opt for a GreenPower electricity plan from your electricity provider, your money goes to getting more renewably-sourced energy into the electricity grid. To find out more visit greenpower

Sustainable Building Advisory Service Planning to build or renovate your house? The Sustainable Building Advisory Service is a free program which provides sustainable building advice from a qualified architect. Houses incorporating sustainable design can benefit from: • •

Reduced operating costs and environmental impacts through a decrease in energy and water consumption Improved occupant comfort and health

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These programs contribute to Council’s commitment to reduce emissions and water use and meet our targets, which are: • • •

A 20% reduction in emissions by 2024* An 80% reduction in emissions by 2036* No additional water usage* *based on 2016/17 levels

For more information visit emissionsreductionpathway

Councillor Andrew Zbik, Mayor of Lane Cove P 0411 894 788


MAY 2022 National Volunteer Week falls 16 – 22 May. With the 2022 theme being ‘Better Together’ I couldn’t agree more. Whether it be through formal volunteering roles with schools, charitable and community organisations and sporting/cultural groups or informal hours given to help others in need, Lane Cove is a better place because of our volunteers. A heartfelt thank you to the time, energy and sacrifices made by each and every volunteer. Later this month we’ll be recognising individuals who have contributed to our community through the annual Citizenship and Neighbour Day Awards. I look forward to sharing the details in next month’s TVO as part of our ongoing recognition for locals who give back to our community.

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Council Meeting Dates: Council meetings will now be held on the Thursday after the third Monday of each month following a motion passed at our April Council meeting. This change will give Councillors and the community more time to review the Agenda prior to discussing items at the Council meeting. The next Council meeting will be held on Thursday 18 May with the list of dates for the remainder of 2022 available at

Proposed Playground Upgrades: Those reviewing the current draft budget will notice that currently upgrades are scheduled for Henninghams Playground, Best Street Reserve, Alder Avenue Reserve and Shaw Park. Works are estimated to take place over the next 12 months and have a combined value of $360,000. If you are interested in Council’s plan for the provision of well located, well designed, fun and accessible playgrounds for the next five years and beyond, you can visit playgrounds to review Lane Cove’s playground strategy.

Library grant success: Council recently applied for a Public Library Infrastructure Grant. Recently the Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Ben Franklin, approved a grant of $500,000 for the new library coming to St Leonards in 2022. Our project ‘St Leonards Library - a library for urban renewal’ will help bring a brand new library to St Leonards to service the current and future residents of the area. LED Lighting Upgrades: Council will be participating in the next stage of upgrades to LED street lighting which will see street lights along regional roads updated to LED lights. This follows on from Council’s recent work to upgrade all local streets to LED lights, a project completed in 2021. In 2022/23 Council has allocated $185,000 from the sustainability levy to upgrade the lights at Blackman Park to LED lights as well as securing a $500,000 grant to assist.

New public artwork: A new artwork now adorns the extra ping pong table recently installed in Helen Street Reserve with two more small artworks coming up over the next month including a new Traffic Signal Box artwork and new Street Library installation. If you’re keen to explore some more of Lane Cove’s street art then you can complete a guided bike tour on Sunday 5 June. Run by Council this three hour bike ride is for those aged 16 years and up – find out more at events 25 years of Lane Cove’s Childrens Voices for Reconciliation: This iconic performance opportunity for local school children will be held in the Plaza on Friday 27 May from 10:30am. This year’s Reconciliation Week theme is ‘Be Brave. Make Change’. We wish all students (and teachers) success in their performances on the day.

Stay Connected Are you over 55 and interested in staying connected to local services, programs and events? Council’s Lane Cove Connection is a monthly Seniors Newsletter that lists programs and information for seniors in the Lane Cove area. You can sign up online to receive a copy straight to your inbox each month: au/enews

Did you know? You can report noise issues related to air conditioners, pool pumps, barking dogs, construction noise, industrial/ commercial noise and neighbourhood noise using Council’s Online Services page. Visit onlineservices and follow the prompts to log your concerns with Council staff. TVO 25

What’s on Lane Cove May 2022 For more information and to book, please visit Live Music in the Village • Friday 6 May, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, The Canopy • Saturday 14 May, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza • Friday 20 May, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, The Canopy Regenerating Australia - brought to you by Northern Sydney Councils • Wednesday 11 May, 6:30pm - 7:30pm, online via Zoom What would Australia look like in 2030 if we simply listened to the needs of its people? Join us for a screening of Regenerating Australia (PG), an uplifting and solutions-based film from Damon Gameau, the award-winning director of 2040 and That Sugar Film. It is a story of empowerment. A story of solutions. A story of regeneration. The film will be followed by a panel discussion on the steps we can take together to regenerate Australia over the next eight years. Proudly run in partnership with seven Northern Sydney Councils: Hornsby Council; Hunters Hill Council, Ku-ringgai Council, Lane Cove Council, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council and Willoughby Council. Book online: The Elusive Echidna • Thursday 12 May, 7:00pm – 8:15pm, online via Zoom Join researcher Dr Tahlia Perry from Echidna CSI for a fascinating look at Echidnas, their biology, behaviour and their amazing ability to survive climates ranging from the arid desert to alpine heights. Book online: Tech Savvy Seniors: Introduction to NSW Transport Apps • Tuesday 17 May, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Lane Cove Library This class will explore using Transport for NSW Trip Planner and Opal Travel to make public transport much easier and potentially cheaper. You are welcome to bring your own smart phone or tablet. Book online: Senior Drivers Workshop • Wednesday 18 May, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Meeting Rooms, Lane Cove Library, Library Walk This free workshop will detail specific risk factors for Senior Drivers, low risk driving strategies, what you need to know about new car technology, road rules and understanding the NSW Older Driver Assessment. To book, call Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 or email Nature Walk in Riverview • Thursday 19 May, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Loop walk through Warraroon Reserve Enjoy this tree trail and nature loop walk through the landscape of Riverview. From the café at Yorks Corner, view the magnificent trees along the streets before you enter the diverse natural world of Warraroon Reserve. Follow the shoreline and creek and discover the biological diversity of this hidden oasis. This hike is approximately 4 kilometres 26 TVO

long, covering both streets and bush paths, uneven surfaces and several sets of steps. A good level of fitness is required. Book online: Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers • Thursday 19 May, 6:00pm – 7:15pm, online via Zoom The free workshop supports parents and supervisors of learner drivers to be confident and effective teachers. Topics include information and licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, tips for using the learner driver log book and the importance of providing constructive feedback. Book online: Child Car Seat Safety Checking Clinic • Saturday 21 May, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Lane Cove Council car park, 48, Longueville Road, Lane Cove (next to Lane Cove Aquatic Centre) Make sure your child is safe with a free inspections by Authorised Restraint Fitters. You can have your child car seats, harnesses and booster seats checked for safety and fit. Service is available to Lane Cove Council residents only and excludes family day carers. To book, call Council's Road Safety Officer on 9911 3576 or email Ben's Book Club: Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson 'Larrimah' • Tuesday 24 May, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, online via Zoom Join us for an online event presented by Overdrive (Libby). Authors and journalists Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson will discuss their collaborative novel 'Larrimah', the story of a missing man, an eyeless croc and a dying outback town of 11 people who mostly hate each other. A Shorelink Libraries Event. Book online: Children's Voices for Reconciliation • Friday 27 May, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Lane Cove Plaza Lane Cove's Children's Voices for Reconciliation is celebrating its 25th year! This year's event will feature performances by local school children inspired by the Reconciliation Week theme 'Be Brave. Make Change'. No bookings required. Introduction to Bushcare workshop • Sunday 29 May, 9:00am – 12:00pm Council Depot, Lane Cove West This workshop explains the guiding principles in bush regeneration and includes a plant identification session and walk to a field site to discuss Bushcare concepts and ideas. This workshop is particularly useful for new Bushcare volunteers or those wanting to know more about the Bushcare program. Book online:

Talking Dentistry This month we’re talking restorative dentistry with Dr Andrew See who combines passion, artistic flare and extensive knowledge of dentistry to answer any questions you may have. He has advanced training in aesthetic and implant dentistry. DR ANDREW SEE

BDS Hons (Syd), FRACDS, MSc(Lond), PGDipDentImplantology, MFGDP(UK), FICOI, MFDS RCSEng

Reader’s question: “I have small cone

shaped upper lateral incisor teeth that makes me look like dracula. Is there anything I can do about it?”


Dr See says: Superb topic. This ties in really well with our topic last month about congenitally missing adult teeth. Other anomalies that can happen with adult teeth is that they come out in an abnormal shape. What you’re referring to are peg-lateral incisors or microdontia. A meta-analysis of the literature shows that it is a relatively common occurrence seen in 1.8% of the population. It most frequently occurs in the maxillary (upper) lateral incisors and is largely caused due to congenital reasons or in some systemic conditions.

Dr Andrew See has dedicated the last 19 years to Aesthetic Dentistry and has unique qualifications in cosmetic dentistry and rehabilitation. This includes a three year Masters in Aesthetic Dentistry from the prestigious King’s College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology.

Upper peg-shaped lateral incisors often become a problem aesthetically because they look significantly smaller and pointier compared to the surrounding teeth. However, in most cases, they are structurally the same as a normal tooth. Let’s look at a recent case that we completed with improving the shape of peg lateral incisors with veneers. Scarlett came to see us because she didn’t like smiling due to her peg-lateral incisors. She had just finished orthodontics, which placed the teeth in their correct positions, but she wasn’t happy because the lateral incisors were so pointy. This meant that she didn’t like smiling in public or in photographs. After further investigation, we discovered that the teeth were sound and that restoratively we could improve the aesthetics with veneers. After careful diagnosis and planning; composite resin veneers were completed in one visit with view to move to porcelain veneers as the dentition matures. THE PROBLEMS: • Peg-lateral incisors and small central incisors • Disharmony in shape and size • Tooth wear

Dr See completed his Fellowship by primary and secondary examinations for The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS). FRACDS is the mark of professional achievement in dentistry and demonstrates attainment of an advanced level and skill in Dentistry.

THE SOLUTION: • 4 x Composite resin veneers

Advanced qualifications and experience ensured that we achieved the results that Scarlett wanted. Visit to see a similar case. ** Any surgical or invasive procedure caries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner **

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One of the joys and privileges I have in my job is being able to see newborn babies.


s a younger paediatric doctor, I would be on-hand and on standby once babies were literally just born to help provide immediate care should the need arise. Nowadays I have given up the hospital work (I certainly don’t miss the overnight work shifts!) and whilst I may not be there at those initial birthing moments anymore, my involvement now as a GP revolves around those next ‘baby steps’, particularly those first three months of life – a special but often nervewracking time especially for the first-time parent! I remember when my wife and I had our first child, it was all uncharted territory. There were all the common issues of breastfeeding, baby settling and routines. There was a barrage of advice from well-meaning family and friends – some valuable, whilst others were more-so “old wives’ tales”. In saying all of this, I will tell new parents that there are multiple ways to the same destination, and work out what’s best for you and your family. The advice I offer is from professional (and personal) experience but in no ways absolute. If there is even just one tip that I can provide that make your parental journey a happier and less stressful one, then I have done my job.

is happening, then your baby’s feeding will likely be going well. • Crying – learn to recognise the various types. Hunger, tired, sickness, colic-types all have their own tell-tale signs. Babies take time to learn to self-soothe, so managing the cause of the crying before they get worked up is the key. • Early growth baby spurts occur at 2 weeks, 6-8 weeks and at 3 months of age, concurring with sudden increased feeding demands; consider demand-feeding at these times. • Colic – a fancy word for developmental crying, peaking at 6-8 weeks age. It usually occurs in the late afternoon/early evening, and settles by three months age. Medications are not necessary. Settle your baby with your preferred way – pram ride, harness carry etc. • Regularly burp your baby – every 10-15 minutes on the breast or every 30mLs on the bottle, to reduce abdominal bloating.

• Read the ‘Blue Book’ that comes with every newborn – a great guide

• Avoid the common trap of letting your baby fall asleep whilst feeding. Tickle toes, use cold compresses and nappy changes to keep your baby awake and therefore feeding effectively. Learn to watch their suck/swallow rhythm as a more reliable way of the feed end. If it slows down then they are likely done.

• As parents, be kind to yourself. Those first three months are tiring! Concentrate on the simple things – good sleep, eating well, spending time with your new baby. Make use of supportive friends and family to help with household tasks/ errands and preparing frozen meals for quick dinners.

• Remember you are not alone, and reach out for help as a parent if you are struggling. ‘Baby blues’ often occur between day 3-10 after birth but settle. Ongoing postnatal depression occurs in about 1 in 7 mothers (and up to 1 in 10 dads). See your local doctor for immediate help and support.

• Immunisations – be familiar and keep up-to-date with routine age-related child vaccinations (tabs section of the Blue Book or download the Save the Date to Vaccinate app), including your own whooping cough, COVID and influenza jabs for the upcoming winter season. Vaccinations are currently available for above 6 months age for influenza, and from 5 years age for COVID-19.

There are also many things seen in a newborn baby which are considered just variable ranges of what is normal, though may cause parental worry. These include: skin marks on the nape of the neck (‘stork bites’), white spots on the nose, red spots on the face/trunk, dark patches over the bottom, dry skin, puffy eyelids, sucking lip blisters, breast buds, hiccups, snuffling, belly-button swellings, vaginal skin tags, prolonged jaundice in a well, breast-fed baby, bent feet from being squashed in mum’s womb and funny head shapes from a moldable head/sleeping routines. Most of the above will settle over time and reassurance. See your GP for any of the above for more information.


• Visit your local early childhood healthcare centre. Tap into their wealth of knowledge and many services, such as breastfeeding clinics. • Join a parent’s group – a supportive network for any new parent. • Breastfeeding vs bottle-feeding vs combination. Sure, breast-feeding has its benefits but it is not always possible nor necessary. As long as the baby is growing and thriving, that’s all that matters. As a guide, aim for baby weekly weight gains of 120-200 grams in the first few months. If this 28 TVO

Having a new baby is an exciting time and hopefully information from this article may help you in your journey. Congratulations on your new little one and enjoy this precious time!

What to do if you start feeling knee pain We provide physiotherapy treatment for knee pain in our Lane Cove clinic along with shoulder, neck, and back pain, all of which are the most common physiotherapy complaints that we hear from our patients. Knee pain is a very common thing for people to experience throughout their lifetime, and an experienced physiotherapist can provide a range of physical treatment solutions to help alleviate the pain as well as advise you about how to prevent it happening again in the future. Generally speaking, knee pain is caused by something active such as sports, a twist or movement that is unusual, physical issues that are associated with aging or a misalignment of the foot, ankle, knee and hip. Many of our patients will tell us they feel pain behind the knee, they are unable to bend their knee freely without feeling pain, or they believe that their arthritis is the cause of their sore knees. It is estimated that around 19% of the Australian population suffers from knee pain, which makes it an exceptionally common condition.

What are the most common causes of knee pain?

DIRECT TRAUMA - This can be from a sporting injury such as a rugby tackle or blow to the knee of some sort. This sort of injury can stress the ligaments, tendons and or meniscus of the knee. INDIRECT TRAUMA - Generally this is a twisting, hyperextension, hyper-flexion or pivoting motion. Again, this mechanism of injury can damage the stability structures of the knee such as ligaments, tendons and or meniscus of the knee. MAL-ALIGNMENT OF THE KNEE - Poor alignment through the foot/ankle and or the hip creates uneven pressure on the knee. This can cause knee mal-tracking and if not resolved can cause overuse type injuries such as patella tendenopathy and patella femoral pain. DEGENERATIVE ISSUES - Arthritis and degenerative knee pain can impact the space between the knee and cause pain.

Can you experience knee pain without sustaining an injury?

Knee pain can be caused without major trauma or mechanism of sustaining an injury. This is caused by the structures above and below the knee. As the knee is a hinge joint, it is a bi-product of the hip and ankle. Issues with either or both of these joints / muscles will cause pain in the knee. So the most common examples where you can feel knee pain without having sustained an obvious injury are under the knee, back of the knee, knee cap, inside the knee.

How long does knee pain last?

There is no specific time period for knee pain to last and of course the severity of that pain will also depend on the initial cause. Sometimes it could be a slight twist that lasts a day or so. In more extreme cases knee pain can take between 8-10 weeks to reduce the symptoms and treat the cause of the actual pain, especially if it is a significant injury that has damaged ligaments or tendons.

If you get knee pain once, will it come back again?

Well yes and no. Typically once the pain has gone and the advised rehab program is followed the pain most likely won’t return again. Although this will depend on how closely the rehab program provided by a physiotherapist is followed and if further injury isn’t sustained.

How can you relieve knee pain at night time?

There are two main ways you can relieve knee pain at night time to help you sleep better. Our physio’s in Sydney will advise to either; a) Use ice or heat before you go to bed. b) Put a pillow under your knees so that you can sleep on your back.

Is ice or heat better for knee pain?

Whether you use ice or heat to relieve knee pain will really depend on the type of injury that has been sustained that is causing the actual pain ICE - Best used for initial treatment of a muscle or ligament injury to help reduce the swelling and pain. Ice should not be used for knee osteoarthritis as it is not effective in improving pain, function, or quality of life in people with this condition. HEAT - Not to be used on a muscle or ligament tear as it may increase the swelling at the site of injury. Heat is best for knee Osteoarthritis as it is proven to help alleviate muscle tension and soreness and improves blood flow to the area.

What is the best exercise for knee pain?

Our physiotherapists will often recommend these exercises for knee pain, broadly speaking any exercise is good to help the body recover • Strength training. • C ardiovascular training such as swimming and cycling that are low impact. • Strengthening of the muscles around the knee will help to offload the pressure on the knee joint. • Stretching and rolling out tight muscles may also help to reduce risk of future injuries.

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The early history of Austin Street WORDS: Margaret for the Streets Team, Lane Cove Library.


illett Street was the original name for the top part of Austin Street in Lane Cove, and was situated between Longueville Road and the roundabout at the intersection of Austin Street and Austin Crescent. Local oral history has always linked the renaming of the street with Robert Austin, an early resident of Centennial Avenue. Austin Street (between River Road and the present roundabout) was first mapped in the Longueville Tramway Terminus Subdivision plan of 1909. It was listed in Lane Cove rate books from 1911 and the Sands Directories from 1916. The naming of Millett Street was probably after prominent banker John Edwin Millett, who owned the first block of land in Millett Street from 1911 until circa 1915. The area around Millett Street was mainly occupied by Kennedy’s dairy from the 1880s to 1923 and the sight of cows wandering across the street was not uncommon. John and Bridget Kennedy purchased a house and adjoining land next door to Lane Cove Public School in the 1880s. Initially, Bridget started a small dairy behind the house with two cows and one milking bail. When the Tramway Terminus Subdivision was offered for sale, the Kennedys purchased an additional four blocks in Millett Street. Over time, Bridget’s milking herd increased to at least 15 cows covering an acre of ground. The family also operated a milk cart for deliveries, mostly done by their son, while the daughters did the closer deliveries on foot. In 1922, Bridget Kennedy also purchased the shop on the corner of Longueville Road and Millett Street that was adjacent to the dairy. Bridget died in 1923 and by 1928 the Education Department had resumed all of the dairy’s land for Lane Cove Public School to expand. The plaque in the school grounds facing Austin Street reminds us that the

The first shop in central Lane Cove, on the corner of Longueville Road and Millett Street, circa 1920. At one stage, the shop was owned by Bridget Kennedy. (Courtesy of D. Ford)

area was once the ‘Bullring’ or mustering paddock for Kennedy’s dairy. The renaming of Millett Street to Austin Street occurred around 1923 and seems to coincide with the death of Robert Austin (or Austen) in 1922. Austin had operated two horse buses between Fig Tree and Gore Hill between 1905-1909. One carried twelve passengers and the other carried eight passengers. Ernest Radke recalled going to school on one and said “if the driver didn’t see his usual passengers, he would blow his whistle and wait for them to appear”. Austin kept his horses in his Fig Tree Street stables and after he sold them, he turned the premises into a laundry. This is listed in the Sands Directories between 1914 and 1918. On August 15 1922, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Robert Austin a 63-year old laundryman, fell while alighting from a motorbus in Burns Bay Road. He lost his footing and fell heavily to the ground resulting in a badly fractured skull. The Civil Ambulance conveyed him to Royal North Shore Hospital, but he died on the way. The Council meeting of the same day was adjourned in order for Councillor Graham to take a phone call, which informed him of Mr Austin’s death. The Council then resolved to send a letter of sympathy to the relatives of Mr Austin.

COMMUNITY ● Longueville Uniting Church

Pizza + Movie night, 6.30pm Tuesday 7 June @ Longueville Uniting Church Hall, 47A Kenneth St, Longueville. Breathe (M) (2017). An inspirational biographical drama about polio and the life of Robin Cavendish. Starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Hugh Bonneville. BYO drinks. All welcome. Cost: $10.00. Bookings essential: 9428 4287

● LANE COVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY LCHS AT THE PODIUM Lane Cove Library AT THE PODIUM - 7pm, 24 May, 7pm May 24 Lane Cove Library: Holtermann's Gold - Geoff Huntington. Geoff Coffee and chat follows. Huntington 0418 276 365 www.lanecovehistorical

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The Lane Cove Women’s Action and Information Group a community-based organisation which supports and connects women and is committed to achieving social justice for women. WAIG offers: a Monday morning discussion program which includes topics of wide interest to women and covers social, cultural, political and economic issues and regular book reviews. Meets in the library during school terms on Mondays, 10.30am-12.30pm. If you are interested in attending a meeting, email:

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Every Wednesday @ 10am. Friendly and fun mornings with home made morning tea in St Andrew’s Uniting Church Hall, 47A Christina St, Longueville. We are currently re-visiting rural towns with the fascinating ABC series “Backroads”. 10am – noon, $5discussion. Enquiries: Frank: 9427 3215 Cost $5.00

Lane Cove MP faces protests against anti-environment policies WORDS: LANE COVE’S BUSHLAND & CONSERVATION SOCIETY Despite the current deadly environmental disasters tearing apart NSW, the Minister for Planning, Industry and the Environment, Anthony Roberts, also the Member for Lane Cove, has scrapped a ministerial directive – the Draft Design and Place SEPP formulated by his predecessor Rob Stokes – that would safeguard Sydney and towns from killer urban heat; flood and fire; and direct them to expand tree canopy and green spaces. The move has provoked outbursts of protests from environmental organisations, concerned that urban developers will no longer abide by rules that would take into account more extreme weather events whether flood, fire or heat waves – that put people’s lives at risk. On Monday 4 April, members of the Lane Cove’s Bushland & Conservation Society and Sustainability Action Group, together with the Nature Conservation Council, the Total Environment Centre and the Better Planning Network, protested outside Mr Roberts’ office in Gladesville. Shauna Forrest, President of the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society, presented a letter that stated

urban development should not override principles of sustainability. The protesters called for the SEPP to be re-introduced with a focus on reducing energy wasted by buildings, making urban environments more liveable and increasing tree canopy and green spaces. Protesters demanded that these should be prioritised over the short term aims of developers. Planning and Environmental groups are hopping mad that the Minister dumped his own department's significant body of work, announced to rapturous applause at a lunch put on by the developer’s lobbying organisation. Lane Cove’s Bushland and Sustainability Groups, along with the NCC, the TEC and BPN ask you write a letter to the newspapers, the Premier and Anthony Roberts MP expressing your disgust at this “short-sighted” capitulation. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: and BetterPlanningNetwork

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Adding a little Winter Whimsy to your garden

The winter months are almost upon us and often the falling leaves and cooler temperatures tend to dampen our enthusiasm for spending time outside. If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor space, take advantage of the winter sun (with no humidity or mosquitoes!). Lots of items (from both in and outside) can be used to add variety and interest to your garden. Don your woollies and get out and create a winter refuge for yourself, family and friends! Most of us love a little mystery. Creating areas or 'rooms' in your garden encourages exploration and the search to discover more. Adding small touches such as meandering pathways that lead to something interesting. This could be a mirror reflecting the visitor or an arch framing a fountain; chair or simply a pot plant. • Mirrors - Create illusion and depth dramatic effects, enhance & make your garden look larger. • Arches/arbors - can create an entrance to a garden room, add interest to the end of a pathway or frame a view, object or mirror. • Decorative metal - such as gates, panels, old measuring or even an old typewriter, can add charm and interest. Metal chairs (with their base removed) make great planters. • Water - whether it be trickling, a fountain or simply a large saucer, water often brings a sense of calm & serenity .If you do not have power for a pump nearby, solar powered pumps are simple to install and available from hardware stores. 32 TVO

• Whimsical characters - such as fairies, gnomes and garden statues can added a themed character to your garden. Mini villages can nestle in amongst plants. • Hanging objects - add vertical appeal and extra space hanging baskets, teacups, teapots add vertical appeal and extra space to display your plants. Hang a birdcage with faux moss and eggs. A Vintage light fitting also looks wonderful when used as a planter. So now that its cooling down, start warming up on ideas to add a little winter whimsy!

happy gardening!

Where are people travelling?

Top destinations people are booking Top destinations people are booking Top destinations people are booking Top Travel Destinations 1: Hawaii

In a stark contrast to two years ago, Aussies are travelling like never before. It has not only been a sharp restart to the travel industry; it’s levels of travel significantly over and above comparable times in 2019.

36 minutes! Flights are still being cancelled and that means making changes on the run, something that just isn’t easy.

This is - of course - because people are both less fearful of travelling thanks to vaccinations, as well as the tolls of two years of homeschooling, working from home, cancelled events and generally feeling locked up, tired and even lonely.

Of course, booking through a travel agent means by-passing much of this frustration and the wait times. Travel agents are specifically engineered for making these changes and we have the systems to do so.

The best hotels and stays are now consistently running at close to capacity; as an example, there isn’t a room to be found in Positano for at least the next six months. We are already making bookings into 2024 and have the ability to find rooms when no-one else can, working closely with many trade suppliers.

At Helloworld Lane Cove, we predicted the sharp industry restart. Lucky enough to have had core, long-term staff and loyal clients over our 25 years of operation who kept us going through the past two years: we are now slowly taking on new clients by appointment only.

Queues at airports have reached capacity. You might have seen the social media complaints about Qantas, with an average call wait time of 5 hours and

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Gallery Lane Cove celebrates the varied range and scale of the print medium in two very different exhibitions opening on 18 May He Took My Beautiful is a power solo exhibition of linocut prints by regional NSW artist Raeleen Pfieffer on the theme of sexual violence. Autobiographical in nature, the suite of works depicts the artist’s journey on a terrible quest with no justice, created during a stressful time when she decided to report to authorities about her childhood experience of sexual assaults. While the specific artmaking process of cutting on the lino is therapeutic, the artist’s aim in devising this project is to reach out to others who might have suffered similar experiences and to encourage them to seek professional help in trauma counselling. The monotone black and white palette of the linoprints, presented as 2D works and site-specific installations tell a harsh, challenging and raw personal story, emphasising the importance of vocalising such unfortunate experiences and simultaneously seeking support through community. The significance of this exhibition is underscored by the support it has received through government bodies, including the NSW government’s Quick Start-Up Grant and Eastern Riverina Arts. In contrast to the confronting reality of Rafleen Pfieffer’s linocut prints, The Blue Hour’s Floriana is a contemplation on the beauty of Australian flora. A counterbalance in mood and focus, this exhibition is a collective of established and emerging photography artists (known as The Blue Hour), mentored by renowned photographer Janet Tavener. Together, they present a diverse and dynamic

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Black and White Linocut Prints – Raeleen Pfeiffer, Image courtesy of the artist

new series of photographic artworks capturing their personal response to the Australian flora, both native and exotic. Each artist brings their unique expertise to the exhibition and group, with an array of contemporary styles: minimalism, surrealism, wearable art and grand historic compositions - to mention some of the genres that unite to explore the photographic subject matter, which is flora. It would be very difficult for all not to admit to a fascination in the diversity within the flora found in Australia. Although united by a theme, the strength of this exhibition celebrates the artist’s investigation of nature, through the lens, to create a fascinating and unique artwork. Every artwork has a distinct point of difference, with each interpreting the

subject matter in one’s own inimitable style. Photographic artists in this exhibition are Janet Tavener, Susan Buchanan, June Lahm, Jilly Perrin, Carolyn Pettigrew, Kirry Toose, Adrienne Watson and Carmel Wellburn. He Took My Beautiful and Floriana both open to the public on the evening on 18 May 6pm. Please visit the gallery website www. to register your attendance for the opening reception and accompanying public program events. Opening night reception and exhibition entry are free. He Took My Beautiful and Floriana are on view till 11 June 2022. Photography: - Janet Tavener, Image courtesy of the artist


Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos Andrew Pippos’s sweeping family saga, Lucky’s, expertly explores the experience of the extensive population of Greek migrants who came to Australia and made a living in their new country by running cafes and milk bars, working long hours and relying on their entrepreneurial instincts and their hardworking family members to run a profitable business. The exquisitely-drawn migrant experience provides a solid backdrop for a heartrending story which spans decades from 1913 to 2002 and is, by turns, funny and tragic, heart-warming and heartbreaking. The narrative shifts between multiple timelines providing early background to the Asproyerakas family from 1913 and snippets of the characters’ lives through the war years and the aftermath, the 60s, 70s, 90s and early 2000s. By 2002, where the novel opens, Lucky is in his 70s, having lost his entire café franchise and his marriage. He is keen to re-establish a single café for himself and rebuild what is left of his life. Lucky’s determined optimism and unceasing industry are trademark characteristics. Emily, an English born journalist with her own traumatic past, seeks answers to her dead father’s secrets and hopes that writing an article to tell Lucky’s story will reveal a link with her father. Vasilis “Lucky” Mallios, an American-born Greek soldier, is posted to Australia in the 1950s and meets a GreekAustralian girl, Valia Asproyerakas, in Sydney one night by chance. Their marriage sees Lucky settle into learning the family restaurant business. The depiction of Valia’s family provides a series of insights into the migrant experience. Valia’s violent, tormented father, Achilles, has been displaced from his homeland and is full of rage at the world. Her silent suffering mother, married to Achilles by arrangement is desperately lonely in her marriage and her life. Valia provides a common-sense courage and strength which sustains the core of the family and her younger sister, Penny is frustrated by the restrictions of her father’s expectations. A family tragedy results in Lucky and Valia leaving Achilles and branching out on their own, eventually establishing an extensive network of franchised “Lucky’s” restaurants. A tragic shooting at a café in 1994 sees the turn of Lucky’s fortune and his descent into penury and loneliness. Though the novel is a work of fiction, Pippos has clearly drawn on his own experience after spending time in his childhood in a family-owned Greek-Australian café.

The complex Greek-Australian experience is drawn with tenderness and unflinching honesty. The writing demonstrates a sympathetic understanding of all these people displaced from their homes after the war and forced to live in a new, often racist environment, with limited language and frustrated by the options available to them. It also shows the strength of their community and the loving adherence to traditions of food and culture that held them together and helped them to feel at home. Lucky’s tells a sad but beautiful story of multiple lives intersecting in a complex weave. Each character has their own individual story; their hopes and dreams, their love and pain. But Pippos deftly demonstrates the impacts that these people have on each other – from chance meetings to long-term family relationships – that profoundly impact the trajectory of their lives.

Lucky’s tells a sad but beautiful story of multiple lives intersecting in a complex weave.

•W INNER OF - The Readings Prize For New Australian Fiction 2021 • SHORTLISTED FOR - The Mud Literary Prize 2021 • SHORTLISTED FOR - Abia Matt Richell New Writer Of The Year 2021 • SHORTLISTED FOR - The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 • SHORTLISTED FOR - The Prime Minister's Literary Awards For Fiction 2021 • HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR - 2021 Ara Historical Novel Prize

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Lane Cove Art Society embraces the future

WORDS: Diana Hallowes for Lane Cove Art Society

On a brand new online portal, entries are open for ArtXtra!, Lane Cove Art Society’s annual members’ exhibition. Resurgent after the pandemic, the Society has a new website which will showcase members’ paintings, publicise events, demonstrations and workshops and make every activity easier. This year Opening Night will be Thursday 16th June. It will mark the 57th year of the Society’s existence. 1965 was the year when four friends, Lloyd Rees, Guy Warren, William Pidgeon and Reinis Zusters, all of whom lived in the Municipality of Lane Cove, got together to start an art society. Lloyd Rees was the first president and remained so until 1988. Guy Warren celebrated his 100th birthday last year with his superb exhibition ‘Of Man and Nature’ at Gallery Lane Cove.

Prizewinners at ArtXtra! in 2021

Many members remember celebrating the Society’s 50th Anniversary in 2015. The Society still welcomes new members warmly, and anyone joining now will be eligible to enter ArtXtra!! Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at The Longueville Sporting Club, ”The Diddy”, starting at 7.00pm.

Winner of Lloyd Rees Award in 2021: ‘Moody Morning’ by Vicki Radcliffe

Prizes for ArtXtra! total over $6,500 Closing date for entries is Friday 3rd June All information about the Society and how to become a member is easy to access on the website,

Archive file on Guy Warren compiled by Lane Cove Art Society Archivist Margaret Vickers

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Writer’s Workshops

100 Words

Ever thought of writing your own memoir? The memoirist’s lived experience provides the raw material for their writing. But how do you shape that material into something greater than a series of recollections? How do you craft a cohesive, compelling narrative arc from messy and possibly long ago events, and the quiet moments our lives often turn on? Join author Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of How To Be Australian, for a practical workshop filled with writing exercises, analysis of memoir extracts, and discussion. You’ll learn strategies for getting your first draft down and approaches for tackling the serious task of revision, including what narrative structure is and how it works when writing from real life.

In the dim light of the basement apartment, beneath the Grecco house…they danced. Mrs Caminiti and her teenage daughter Debbie, escaped their mundane existence, moving their feet to the sound of, “Jailhouse Rock”. The posters adorning the wood-panelled walls of Mrs Caminiti’s bedroom were all Elvis, in white, bedazzled jumpsuits. Debbie preferred The Bay City Rollers.

By the end, you’ll have new insights into the craft of memoir, and a variety of tools and resources to support you.

They had been saving up for years, to visit Graceland. The goal was nearly in sight, when on 16 August 1977, Mrs Caminiti’s little world crumbled, with just one glance at the headline of the New York Post: The King was dead.

• The Writer’s Workshop – Writing NSW

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• Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am-4pm • Full Price: $210 • Member: $155 • Writing NSW, Callan Park, Balmain Rd, Lilyfield

Join author Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of How To Be Australian, for a practical workshop

They met once a month at The Anchor; the only pizzeria for 30 kilometers and the only book club for many more. Lyndsey’s daughter, she told them, had moved to Alice Springs and the AVO against her ex was useless. It was years since any of them had read Agatha Christie, but they started to pull the “hows” from their memories: stabbing; drowning; crowbars. “Give me a decent bottle of poison,” Christie apparently said, “and I'll construct the perfect crime.” They packed Lyndsey off to Alice, bottle in her bag, heading for the pub where he propped up the bar. Robyn, LANE COVE


Its Fun!

LaVoce back live! Come and sing with us and have fun while improving your health.

It activates numerous areas of the brain that control speech, movement, memory and emotion. Its an excellent form of exercise. Great way to meet new friends. The bonds you form singing with others can be profound. After two years singing on Zoom, LaVoce, a Lane Cove Community Choir is back singing every Tuesday evening at the Lane Cove Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road. For those who cannot come live we Zoom from each rehearsal Come join us. No audition, popular songs. We just sing for fun.

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What I watched on TV… While somewhat hard to believe, May is already upon us, and there is some excellent telly around. Our TV critic Stephen Miller reveals some of his favourite programs from the last four weeks.

This Japanese reality show follows children as young as two while attempting to complete everyday tasks alone without the help of their parents. Old Enough was released in Japan in 1990 as My First Errand and has proven to be a hugely popular show. You could be forgiven for having safety concerns for the toddlers, but much preparation goes into inspecting the routes, and a hidden safety team follow their every move. Episode one sees two-yearold Hiroki travel a kilometre each way to buy flowers, sweet curry and fish cakes for his mum. Then, waving her goodbye, he sets off for the market, where 25 minutes later, he arrives to complete his task. ★★★★ Why you should watch: It’s fun!

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – a New York Times Bestseller – is one of Mrs M’s favourite books. This sweeping TV melodrama from Apple beautifully captures the history and enduring bonds of family over its eight immaculate episodes. Profoundly moving, it’s a tale about a matriarch’s perseverance to maintain her national identity and colonialism’s devastating, long-lasting effects. ★★★★★ Why you should watch: One of the best tv series of recent years.

Pachinko (Apple TV+)

The Dropout (Disney+)

DNA (SBS OnDemand)

UFO (Paramount+)

Russian Doll (Netflix)

Old Enough (Netflix)

Excited to watch this Danish crime thriller as it starred Charlotte Rampling playing a chic, older French investigator. This is an excellent solid Nordic noir crime thriller where good and evil play the long game of cat and mouse. Once a respected detective on the Copenhagen police force, Rolf Larsen has his life brutally upended when his baby daughter goes missing in a tragic accident. Five years after the tragedy, a new lead emerges when a serious flaw is uncovered in the Danish police’s national DNA database, and he believes his daughter could still be alive. ★★★★ Why you should watch: After an unlikely beginning, it does get quite gripping. 38 TVO

This four-part docu-series explores our fascination with UFOs and what motive government and the military may have in hiding the truth from us. Not to be confused with the usual “…Ancient Alien theorists say yes.” twaddle, this is a grown-up examination of the subject. It begins with the bombshell the Pentagon has been tracking UFOs for years and examines the history of this phenomenon from both cultural and political perspectives. Then, it asks why do we believe what we believe? And what is the elusive truth beyond this decades-long mystery? ★★★★ Why you should watch: One of the best documentary series, I’ve watched on the topic.

The Dropout follows the rise and fall from grace of Elizabeth Holmes, founder of tech company Theranos. Amanda Seyfried’s portrayal of Elizabeth nails the problematic role of a relatively shallow but multifaceted sociopath. The storyline is pretty accurate for a mini-series and is based on the excellent podcast by Rebecca Jarvis and ABC Audio of the same name. Money, romance, tragedy, and deception make for a highly watchable show as we follow one lie after another. Spoiler alert… Elizabeth’s pyramid of lies eventually comes crashing down, reducing her personal net worth of $4.5 billion to virtually nothing. ★★★★ Why you should watch: This series makes for a terrific binge watch.

If you haven’t binged Netflix’s Russian Doll yet, you should. Trapped in a surreal Groundhog Day homage time loop, Nadia keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. She begins to question her own sanity as she strives to understand the mystery of her situation. Russian Doll is clever, intriguing, and amusing. Later episodes become more profound and darker, with several vital details left to our imagination by the powerful ending. Series 2 is on now. ★★★★ Why you should watch: The acting is excellent, the humour is terrific, and the mystery is engrossing.



Winter is almost upon us. Time to rug up and think warm, comfort dishes. I’ve seen the first boxes of quince in the markets, so I’m itching to get a batch on to cook. Quince have an amazing fragrance, so they are marvelous used as a fragrant centerpiece indoors, and will happily scent your dining area for at least a week or before cooking. Cooking large batches makes wise use of your time, as they are quite laborious: try three to four kilos at once. Quince are a part of the rose family, hence the perfume. Ripe when they are hard, choose unblemished bright golden yellow fruit. Find an hour or so, a strong knife and a robust chopping board to prepare them. Start by rinsing in cold water and checking for worm holes. Fill a large pot or bowl with cold water, peel a lemon (keep this peel for the cooking process) and squeeze the juice to acidify the water and prevent browning. - Cut into quarters, remembering that quince are hard harder than carrots, so a steady hand, and a cook’s knife help. Once cut into halves, place the flat cut side flush with the chopping board for maximum safety. A small knife to peel the skin and pare out the pips, then slide into the lemon water. - Drain and lay out on a roasting tray. Cover with 1 cup of sugar for each kilo of fruit. Add the lemon peel, and one split vanilla bean. Add water to 2 cm up to the side of the dish. - Cover with baking paper and foil and slide into an oven set at 140 degrees. Cook for four hours. Check that a sharp knife slides in easily and leave in the oven to cool (overnight is perfect). - When cool, spoon out carefully into clean glass jars and pour the gorgeous reddish blush syrup over the top. Keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Quince loves hanging out with honey, vanilla, fortified wine, ham/bacon & pork, chicken & duck. Soft white cheese - ricotta, quark, mascarpone. - On a cheese plate with your favourite blue, brie & cheddar. Rosemary, sage, thyme & lavender partner well, along with oranges, lemons & lime. - For spices, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger & star anise all love to party with quince.

Use as is for dessert with custard or cream. Lovely in a crumble, half half with Granny Smith apples and an oat crumble. Try a sweet shortcrust tart case blind baked: add 1 cup of sliced cooked quince. Whisk 3 eggs with ⅓ cup of caster sugar, 300 grams of mascarpone & a splash of brandy. - Pour this custard mix over the quince and bake for 30-35 minutes at 170 degrees, ‘til the custard is just set. Cool and dust with icing sugar & cinnamon. Add ½ a cup of cooked quince to the pan juices after cooking pork or chicken for a luscious sweet & savoury sauce with a few sage leaves or sprigs of rosemary. For breakfast, they marry very well with thick yoghurt, baked into muffins or added to raw grated apples & oats for a decadent bircher muesli.



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Gladesville Shopping Village located in the heart of Gladesville We provide all the essential shopping, fresh food, health, and fitness needs of our local community. With a range of specialty stores, pharmacy, cafés and takeaway shops, Gladesville Shopping Village has all your wellbeing needs covered.

PREMIER EYE CARE Contact the professional and helpful team OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK: • Mon: 9am-5pm • Tue: 9:30am-5pm • Wed: 9am-5pm • Thu: 9am-6pm • Fri: 9:30-5pm • Sat: 9am-4pm • Sun: Closed


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Need a coffee pick-me-up? Make sure to grab a fresh brewed takeaway coffee and delicious snacks from Café Gladesville. Open every day from 7:00 am to 5:00pm.

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he Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety brought to light evidence that many of us found shocking and confronting.

Unfortunately, I have to say some of us weren’t that surprised. Standards of care have been noticeably inconsistent. The lack of appropriately experienced and qualified staff across the sector has created gaps in care that even the most kind-hearted and dedicated staff cannot meet. A lot of the stories were about experiences in residential care but there were some distressing examples in home care. In particular, there was a lot of emphasis placed on the number of older people living independently who were waiting for high level packages of care. To explain this simply there are a finite number of packages of care (in dollar value). So even if someone was assessed as needing substantial support, say to the dollar value of $52,377.50 a year to remain living safely and with dignity in their own homes, they were sometimes waiting for up to 18 months for that amount of care to be provided. Many died whilst on the waiting list. Whilst waiting they had to be supported by programs of basic care supplemented by families, friends and volunteer services. At SCS, under the Commonwealth Home Support Program, we are only funded to provide “entry level support” judged to be one or two services, or in dollar value to about $8,800 a year. At times, I would say that the majority of the 40 or so nursing patients in our care were on a waiting list for a home care package – at one of four levels - and nearly all required significant support. We provided that support and put in place other services. Did we say to someone frail and poorly that they could only receive two weekly services, from a of meals, showers, nursing and social and emotional support, and which of the two would they do without that week? Of course not. We have committed staff with a strong duty of care and, in any case, we are a quality, trusted local community organisation established more than 60 years ago to provide exactly that support. With our block funding we were able to manage our budget flexibly whilst remaining within the constraints of our contracts and with additional funding from our local Lane Cove, Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils. On 6th January this year, the Department of Health released a document describing the new Support at Home Program to replace the three programs of care for seniors who need support to continue living at home. This was

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in direct response to the recommendations from the Aged Care Royal Commission. This outlines a program without the current four package levels, but describes a proposal where individuals are assessed using a single system and have a personalised plan for the support they need. It also describes a significant, prescribed set of regulations and guidelines and policies, procedures and standards for any organisation seeking to be a provider. It also proposes a national price list. The assessed individual and/or their family then approaches providers of services to get quotes for what they can get, in the plan they have been given. This is very sensible and appears to remove the “waiting list” problem. The new program will also introduce payment in arrears for the providers. Providers will claim once the support is done. At the moment we have three-year contracts and payments are in blocks in advance. This means we can budget annually, employ staff on permanent contracts and therefore ensure that people see the same nurse or support worker every time. This is one of the main aspects that our clients love about us. From August 2022, our funding becomes monthly in arrears and from July 2023, with the introduction of the Support at Home Program, we will only be paid in arrears for services provided. When NDIS introduced the same payment system, we operated that aspect of our service at a loss for the first two years and had only started breaking even before COVID hit us. This was partly because the support workers were engaged on permanent and not casual contracts. The proposed changes to the aged care system will challenge many organisations small and large community based, locally respected organisations. Similar policy changes overseas have resulted in the number of small community providers being significantly reduced, resulting in just a small number of nationally and mainly profit-focussed organisations surviving. SCS will always work to ensure services are delivered at the highest level of quality and consistency for each and every member of our community.



Activities Table Tennis

• Fridays • 1.00-5.30pm. $5

Book Club

• Monday: 17 May • 1.30-2.30pm. $5 Includes afternoon tea and loan of book.

Movement Matters

• Tuesdays + Wednesdays Book now for Term three


• Mondays • 10.00-11.00am. $5

Services SCS Village Bus

• Wednesday weekly door-to-door. • 9.00-12pm. $7pp We collect you from home and drop you off in the village. Enjoy coffee with a friend, attend doctors appointments, or go to the hairdresser. If you shop at Woolies, we have a friendly volunteer to help you with your bags.

Social Bridge/Solo/ Rummikub • Thursdays • 12.30-3.30pm. $5 Includes afternoon tea


• Fridays: 6 + 20 May • 10.30-12.30pm. $5 Includes morning tea.

Mah Jong

• Wednesdays • 1.00-3.45pm. $5 Includes afternoon tea NEW PLAYERS: please call prior for registration



P: 9427 6425 E: 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove. 3 hours free parking.

● MEETING HOUSE EVENTS IN PURPLE P: 9427 1841 E: 23-25 Stokes St, Lane Cove North

Gardening Volunteers wanted Sydney Community Services is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our gardening service. FOR SPECIFIC HOURS AND MORE DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT YVONNE: e: p: 9427 6425

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Home Maintenance

Flexible Respite

Is your path, driveway or pavers slippery? With all the recent rain you may be in need of a pressure clean. This is just one of the services we can offer when you are registered with My Aged Care for Home Maintenance. The first step is to call My Aged Care at 1 800 200 422 and register. Once you are registered please call our office for details to proceed. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Our team of highly trained Support Workers offer in home flexible respite to carers by providing supports to the care recipients in the Lane Cove, Hunters Hill and Ryde areas. The Service is tailored to the consumer’s interests and care needs, with activities such as accompanied walks, cooking, puzzles, going out for coffee or just social companionship with a chat. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

The Home Maintenance Team E: P: 8459 7178

Caitlin Campion Community Care Coordinator E: P: 8598 7051

Invitation to join our Different Degrees Drama Ensemble

Reconnect with the Lane Cove Choristers

We’re looking for new members to join our experienced and supportive group Our weekly sessions include creative play, improvisations, physical and vocal exercises and performance making. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

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Join us for a lovely concert of popular classic songs, and a delicious morning tea.




Morning tea starts at 10.30am followed by the Concert at 11am - 12 noon. WHEN: Tuesday 31 May TIME: 10.30am - 12noon COST: $5 donation WHERE: Parkview Room, Sydney Community Services, 1 Pottery Lane, Lane Cove. 3 hours free parking in underground carpark RSVP: by Friday 27 May for catering purposes P: 9427 6425 E:


Different Degrees is an all abilities theatre group



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Taking care on our streets and roads

Lest we Forget

The village atmosphere of Hunters Hill attracts many people to live and visit here. From our tree-lined streetscapes to our boutique local centres and waterfront public reserves, there is much to appreciate.

This ANZAC Day I was fortunate enough to again lay a wreath in honour of our Diggers at the memorial service in Lane Cove.

How we feel when we move around Hunters Hill is also an important part of making our area an attractive destination. Safety is a big part of this, and during May, several local and national initiatives are reminding us of the need to get the message out about taking care on our streets and roads. Through our Council’s road safety program, we are hosting a free workshop for residents tasked with teaching a learner driver how to safely get behind the wheel. The online session on 19 May will support parents and supervisors of learner drivers to be confident and effective teachers. Workshop topics include information about licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, tips for using the learner driver log book and the importance of providing constructive feedback. We are working with Transport for NSW and Lane Cove Council to deliver this program.

I want to thank both Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove RSL Sub-Branch for all the hard work that they do in putting together such an outstanding service, and it is their hard work which causes the attendance at the Service to grow year after year. I can say that there is rarely a prouder moment for me as Member for Lane Cove when I look around at this Service and there are men, women and children as far as the eye can see. One of the aspects that is quite unique to the Lane Cove Service is the annual Address. Every year we hear the story of a Digger from Lane Cove. This year we were privileged to hear the story of Sergeant Archie Cunningham as told by his son Lindsay. The story of Sergeant Cunningham’s life is one of devotion. His devotion to his country during wartime, his devotion to his family and his devotion to the Lane Cove community.

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The story of Sergeant Cunningham mirrors that of his fellow service men and women, whose life stories set the benchmark for what it means to be a truly great Australian.

You can contact our Road Safety Officer via or 9911 3576, to access a voucher that must be redeemed by 28 May.

The NSW Government recognises how important it is to immortalise the stories of our local heroes, which is why we will be partnering with Lane Cove Council to build a brandnew Library in St Leonards.

Our programs also coincide with: National Road Safety Week (15 to 22 May); Walk Safely to School Day (20 May); and Fatality Free Friday (27 May), a campaign aiming to have a fatality free Friday on Australian roads and to encourage long-term community change.

The Government recognises that local libraries are more than just a collection of books. They are a community space in which we gather to share and learn, and they do important work in preserving local history, such as the story of Sergeant Cunningham.

Red Shield Appeal

I would just like to end on a rather with this quote from the poet and author John Maxwell Edmonds:

Residents of our Council area can also access free child car seat safety checks with an authorised restraint fitter.

I have had the privilege of hearing directly from local representatives of The Salvation Army about the important work they do and why the charitable organisation’s major fundraiser is so important. The Red Shield Appeal will be being held in May.

“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today”

Lest we Forget

If you find yourself with a few hours to spare, you may consider volunteering to door knock for donations. Or if you are able to give a donation. Natural disasters, COVID and increased cost of living pressures have created greater demand for the Salvos’ services. This fundraising will assist the most vulnerable members of our community. For details go to:

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SOLD prior to auction

SOLD prior to auction

20 Avian Crescent, Lane Cove 4 bed | 3 bath | 2 car

4/2 Taylors Drive, Lane Cove 3 bed | 2 bath | 2 car

Set on the high side with elevated views across Lane Cove National Park, this stunning, architecturally designed residence delivers an ultra-modern lifestyle with an emphasis on family entertaining.

Set in one of the hidden gems of the North Shore, the resort-inspired Lane Cove North Estate, this enormous apartment, spanning approx. 173sqm of living space is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds.

If you're looking for a move, have a confidential conversation with Debbie today.

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AUCTION - Light Filled One Bedroom Apartment

12 Glenview Street, Greenwich 4 Bed 2 Bath

3/143-145 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove 1 Bed 1 Bath 1 Car

A beautifully maintained California bungalow in a private bushland setting offers multiple living across two spacious levels. Enjoy wonderful peace and privacy within an enclave off Glenview Street shared with only four other properties. Inspection by appointment - Bernadette Hayes 0431 558 505

This one-bedroom apartment is set at the rear of the well maintained “Greenview” security complex. Offering plenty of natural light with sunny balcony overlooking Lane Cove West Bowling Club. Conveniently located near the vibrant Lane Cove village with a vast choice of cafes, restaurants and supermarkets. Inspection by appointment - Hanny Japri 0423 053 180

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VIEW: AS ADVERTISED ONLINE 54 Moore Street, Lane Cove 5 Bed 2 Bath 1 Car 1 Pool Occupying an ultra-private 1031sqm elevated position in one of Lane Cove’s most coveted cul de sac pockets, this spacious single-level home provides an idyllic indoor/outdoor lifestyle designed for growing families. Rebecca Mitchell 0412 257 625

VIEW: AS ADVERTISED ONLINE 27 Godfrey Road, Artarmon 3 Bed 1.5 Bath 2 Car



16 Lihon Street, Lane Cove West

5 Bed 3 Bath 1 Car

Offered to the market for the first time since its 1927 build, ‘Hamlyn’ is a Californian Bungalow steeped in history. Massive 752sqm level parcel with expansive manicured gardens. Relish in its coveted location and capitalise on the exceptional potential. Oscar Nicholls

0466 901 442

20 Henley Street, Lane Cove West

6 Bed 3 Bath 2 Car

Expansive character family home, on level block, located in quiet cul-de-sac.

A generously-proportioned home providing an opportunity for multi-generational families.

Hazel McNamara 0402 913 537 E:

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6 Upper Cliff Road, Northwood

5 bed 3 bath 2 car

86 Riverview Street, Riverview 5 bed 3 bath 2 car





• Timeless Hamptons style luxury with magnificent city skyline views • Sun soaked open plan living and dining flowing to balcony • Huge eat-in kitchen, timber benches/cabinetry, oven and cooktop • Vast approx. 1126sqm block with a prime north rear aspect • Family friendly neighbourhood opposite Burns Bay Reserve • Beautiful entertaining pavilion and solar heated salt water pool Simon Harrison 0433 100 150 E: Kim Walters 0499 014 886 E:

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Belle Property Hunters Hill 3/52-56 Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill 9817 7729 Belle Property Lane Cove 162 Longueville Road, Lane Cove 9087 3333

Raine & Horne Lower North Shore The number one selling agency on the Lower North Shore We’re excited to announce the expansion of offices across the Lower North Shore. One team, three offices in Lane Cove, Willoughby and Mosman - all strategically located to increase our offering and service to our clients.

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After the success of our Lane Cove office, we have now officially opened our Willoughby office. The established Mosman office has also joined our Raine & Horne Lower North Shore group, strengthening our position as the number one selling agency on the Lower North Shore whilst being the only group to have sold properties across all price ranges including in excess of $20 million. This unique offering now allows local homeowners access to a previously unattainable database of premium buyers.

If you’re thinking of selling and want to have first class service and achieve the best price possible, contact the team at Raine & Horne Lower North Shore today.

Lane Cove 85 Longueville Road, Lane Cove 02 8318 7888

Willoughby Terrace 3, 183-191 High Street, Willoughby 02 8318 7888

Mosman 145 Middle Head Road, Mosman 02 9960 3144

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