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  • 8. Sydney Watergate- The Anatomy of a Crisis

    #Sydneywatergate- The Anatomy of a Crisis The Lane Cove Council area, North Ryde and other lower north shore suburbs was impacted by a major Sydney Water outage that left some locals unable to shower or flush their toilets for up to four days.  The issue started on Saturday 10 September 2022 and was resolved on 14 September 2022, The Sydney Water crews worked around the clock, and once they realised they could not quickly fix the burst water pipe, they had to take steps to reroute the water to other pipes to restore water to impacted locals. The main problem is that Sydney Water did not communicate this to the public.The problem first started at around 6.45 am on Saturday, 10 September 2022.A water main burst so loudly it sounded like an explosion, and water started gushing onto Epping Road. Traffic on Epping Road was a nightmare, and some Lane Cove locals told ITC that they were stuck in traffic for over 2 hours on Saturday.The traffic congestion only got worse on Monday morning when everyone was returning to work, and as the bus lane was flooded, Sydney buses were also impacted.Sydney Water’s Managing Director, Roch Cheroux, said the replacement of the damaged pipe was complex, and crews worked around the clock to return normal water supply as soon as possible.“This was not an ordinary water main break. Crews have told me it’s one of the largest blow-outs they’ve ever seen and that the impact of the break was so powerful, it created a 12 metre long, seven-metre deep and 10-metre wide excavation site.”“This was a complex and unfolding situation. The size and scale of this event and the full extent of how widespread the incident was on our customers changed rapidly over the course of the weekend,” Mr Cheroux said.Jacky Barker from In the Cove will be speaking to a cross section of people from local business, residents, and locals involved in the political process (at both state and local level). How were they impacted and what did we learn?Joyce Aimond – Bakers Delight Lane Cove -13:07Madeleine (Hinchy) Huston – Lane Cove Local and works in local government in communications - 29:20Rory Burke – Electorate Office for the Member for Lane Cove and Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts - 45:21Denise Shrivell– Chatswood West Local and part of the advisory committee for the formation of LINA and involved in North Sydney’s Independent (NSI) - 1:03:40Marianne Bastiani – Lane Cove North Resident - 1:13:42Andrew Zbik – Lane Cove Mayor - 1:29:37Recorded on 15 September 2022

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  • 7. Helping in Lismore

    Welcome to the In The Cove Podcast. This month we tell you about local events on the horizon and speak to local Kolya Miller who is in the Army Reserves and was recently deployed to Lismore to help after the recent floods.Federal ElectionIf you have been to the Lane Cove Plaza lately, you will have no doubt seen candidates for the May 21 2022 Election speaking to locals.  Federal Election – 4th December 2021 – Meet the North Sydney Candidates ForumIn the Cove is holding a North Sydney Candidate Information Night on Zoom – Monday 9th May at 7.30 pm. All candidates have been invited. The following have agreed to attend Trent Zimmerman, Kylea Tink, Catherine Renshaw, Victor Kline, Robert Nalbandian, Heather Armstrong, and Lesley Kinney.To register GO TO Cove Fun Run The Lane Cove Fun Run is Back! Flash SALE on now!The Lane Cove Fun Run is an amazing community event and raises money for the local community and 10% of net proceeds go to Sydney Community Services. The inaugural event was held in 2016 and it was such a success it became an annual event. In fact, the event was so successful journalist and noted author Peter FitzSimmons wrote an article about the Lane Cove Fun Run in the Sydney Morning Herald. Peter wants other suburbs to get out there and do the same. Covid restrictions sadly meant the 2020 & 2021 were cancelled. 2022 is going to be a huge year… let's make up for lost time!The Lane Cove Fun Run is 100% organised by volunteers and its sponsors are all local businesses who believe in the importance of giving back to their local community.Lane Cove Rotary FairLane Cove Rotary Fair is on!Rotary Lane Cove is pleased to announce that we are working with Lane Cove Council for the 2022 Lane Cover Rotary Fair. Stall registrations will open 1 August 2022. In the meantime, if you have any further queries, please email and they will respond to you shortly.Date: Sunday 9 October 2022Meet Kolya MillerWe speak to Kolya Miller who is a member of the army reserve and find out about his recent deployment to Lismore. Kolya has been active in the Lane Cove Community for years and at one stage was the president of the Lane Cove Public School P & C.  We ask Kolya about the army reserve, his work in Lismore and how others can get involved in the army reserve. It's fascinating to learn how an expert in cyber security took time off work to help NSW residents impacted by the flood.
  • 6. Tofugate and Events are back!!

    Welcome to the In The Cove Podcast – it has been a while but we are back, back, back.  ITC has been very busy keeping our loyal readers up to date on all things COVID-19, Events, and Lane Cove Council news.  It has been a very active period for Lane Cove Council with three meetings in the first two months of the year. At the March 2022 meeting, TOFUgate popped up.  What is TOFUgate?Greens Councillor Rochelle Flood asked Lane Cove Council to consider options to reduce meat consumption and promote plant-based alternatives at Council functions and events, as well as in Council managed facilities, to improve environmental, as well as human health and animal welfare outcomes.  Just as a side note ITC was at a Lane Cove Council workshop only a few weeks ago and one of the participants remarked that there were no vegetarian options provided.Councillor Flood made it clear that the notice of motion was to ensure that there were options for vegetarians and vegans at council events and it was not an attempt to remove meat from the menu.  Councillor Flood stated numerous times it is about having options.The motion had an extended discussion after Councillor Bennison asked three questions and moved the following amendment:“An amendment was moved by Councillors Bennison and Brooks-Horn that Council undertake consultation with the community to determine if they would like plant-based proteins included in catering for all Council events and venues.”During his speech in support of the amendment, he referred to UK literature about Tofu being no good for developing brains and making them smaller.ITC has done an extensive literature search and cannot find anything to back this up.   ITC has written to Councillor Bennison and asked him to provide a link to the research he cited – we have not received a reply.He also stated he was not keen on “farting cows causing climate change”.Councillor Bennison’s amendment motion was lost.  The original motion was carried with a unanimous vote. After we published our article on TOFUgate, we were contacted by Andrew May (who grew up in Lane Cove and is part of the famous May family).  He is now working with V2 food.  In our podcast we speak to Andrew about what is plant-based protein, and it is not just TOFU.   Andrew May is the chief Taste-a-tarian & Chief Growth Officer at v2food We are on the run down to the Easter vacations and ITC will have all your Easter news and information on what’s happening around Lane Cove (and most importantly where can you get that coffee fix on Good Friday and Easter Sunday).Help Lane Cove raise some money for those who have been impacted by the floods.Christine Anu and Miriam Lieberman Trio Friday 29 April, 6:15 pm - 9:00 pmThis is a $10 ticketed event with the proceeds being donated to GIVIT to support people impacted by the recent storms and floods across New South Wales6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Miriam Lieberman Trio7:45 pm – 9:00 pm Christine AnuChristine Anu is one of Australia's most popular artists of all time who uses her voice and reputation to spread a message of unity and hope. With 17 ARIA nominations, including the APRA AMCOS award-winning My Island Home and her platinum album Stylin' Up, she has one of the country's most enduring and recognisable voices.Tickets for this event are $10 (+ ticketing fee). Click here to book.
  • 5. Local Elections

    Welcome to our podcast. Today we give you the run down on the Lane Cove Council elections. Everything from pre polling to polling stations. The Lane Cove Council elections will be held on 4 December 2021.Listen to the podcast here (on your desktop or via Spotify or apple)Lane Cove Council has 3 WardsThere are three wards Central, East and West - a map of the wards is here.Where to Pre Poll in Lane CoveIn Lane Cove, you can pre-poll at the Lane Cove Council Chambers from 22 November to 3 December 2021.Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 mean that voters will have a longer period in which to apply for, receive and return postal voting packs.Postal vote applications are open from today, Tuesday 26 October, and postal votes must be received by 6 pm, 17 December.All polling places will be run in line with COVID-safe election guidelines including physical distancing, mask-wearing, single-use pens and queue management. Signage and staff will direct voters to check-in and comply with NSW Health advice.Where to Vote in Lane CoveOne of the most popular polling stations in Lane Cove is usually the Lane Cove Public School. However, due to the hall fire, Lane Cove Public School will not be a polling station at this election. Check out this article to see where the polling stations are in Lane Cove.Note that due to the fire at the Lane Cove Public School it is NOT a polling station.Who Has Nominated for Lane Cove Council?After 4 December 2021, there will be a new Mayor as our current Mayor Pam Palmer is not standing for re-election. A list of people who have nominated is here.Current Councillors are below. The following sitting Councillors have nominated for re-election.Scott Bennison – LiberalDavid Brook-Horne – LiberalAndrew Zbik – LaborFrancis Vissel - IndependentDaniel Strassbourg - IndependentA list of their voting records on the big Lane Cove issues is here.Support Local NewsMany of you have asked how you can support In the Cove.In The Cove is all about Lane Cove. We take great pride in delivering you Lane Cove local news, events, and business updates. We also take great pride in our community advocacy. In the Cove is funded by our fabulous local businesses. However, we made the decision to keep advertising affordable for our local businesses. For us to grow and take on more staff and provide you with more, we need more revenue, and that is where you can help. We now have a mechanism for you to support us with a monthly payment or an off one payment. It is up to you. If you have ever been helped by In the Cove or found out some information that has made your life easier, then we would love your support.  Support Us Here.
  • 4. ITC - Still in Lockdown

    Welcome to our podcast. Today we will be discussing how to find out about COVID19 Local information. We also talk to In the Cove's running expert Andy Smith from North Shore Outdoor Running and Fitness.  He has some brilliant tips on how to exercise in our own LGA.Locally Acquired CasesYou can find out about locally acquired COVID19 cases by visiting this site published by NSW Health.The Lane Cove LGA, includes all suburbs with a 2066 postcode and Greenwich. These stats do not include that part of Lane Cove North located in Willoughby City Council (for those who live on the Mowbray school side of Mowbray Road). This data is all COVID19 cases recorded for people living in the Lane Cove LGA of locally acquired cases in the last four weeks.  The tables show the location of residence by Local Government Area (LGA) or local health district (LHD) of locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the last four weeks. It is based on the date the person first developed symptoms. When no date of symptom onset is available (it is either under investigation by public health staff or the person tested positive without showing symptoms), the date of the positive test is used. Infections are not always acquired in the place of residence as people often travel outside their area for many reasons (e.g. work, school and shopping). Cases without a NSW residential address and people who were exposed interstate or overseas are not shown. Case counts may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case reviews.Source: CasesYou can find the active cases here.Vaccination StatsThere are appointments available at local pharmacies for the AZ vaccine.Burns Bay Medical Practices, Lane Cove Doctors, and Lane Cove Family Medical Practice are also now offering Pfizer.Get jabbed soon. Lane Cove LGA has the 7th highest vaccination rate (Ku ring gai Council is number one).NSW Health has now published Vaccination rates by LGA. A Link to the stats here. The official vaccine booking link is here.There are also various other tools available such as Covid Queue and Covid-19 Near me – which show you vaccinations and testing locations and availability.Mask UpJust a reminder to mask up and scan in. We have been advised that one apartment block in Lane Cove has two positive COVID19 CASES in their block. Their body corporate has sent emails to all the residents and is keeping them up to date on what is happening. All common areas have been deep cleaned.50% of Lane Cove lives in apartments, and it is so important that when you are in common areas, you wear your mask and comply with lift restrictions.Also, get vaccinated. Lane Cove has a great vaccination rate, but it can be improved. If you have a relative over 60 who has not been vaccinated, please ask them to speak to their doctor about getting vaccinated and let them know there are many places where they can be vaccinated locally.Local vaccination info here:Local Testing info here:How to Wear a Mask Properly here:Andy Smith's Running Tips Andy has put together some bush trail runs, hill runs, and stair climbs and they are all LOCAL.Run a Lap of Lane CoveTop 10 Stair Runs in Lane CoveTop 10 hills to run in Lane CoveTop 8 trail runs for more details.As a bonus, Andy has also put together some local bike-riding routes for you. More details hereAndy is the Running Coach for the North Shore Running and Fitness Group and Personal Trainer at the affiliated Sydney Performance Lab.Whilst heavily immersed in the running concept of “longer is better”, with numerous marathon, Ironman Triathlon and trail ultramarathon finishes, Andy still thrives on testing his performance with races of any distance and loves to share his passion for running, health and fitness with everyone around him!Contact DetailsWebsite: 0412 522 047Facebook: Cove Council Election SurveyThe Lane Cove Council elections will be held this year. We would like your feedback on what issues candidates should be talking about and also if you want us to hold a zoom candidates meeting. We held a forum last time, and it was packed, and residents got to ask some excellent questions. Help us by filling out this survey, and you could go into the draw to win a $50 Lane Cove Gift Card.Fill out the Survey Here. Help During COVID19 LockdownDuring the last lockdown, ITC told our readers to let us know if they need any help during lockdown. We had very few people contact us about issues.However, we have been contacted by locals who have been impacted financially by the lockdown during this lockdown, and both income earners have lost their jobs. We have referred them to Sydney Community Services who run a food bank.Sydney Community Services would like Lane Cove residents to know the following:"Supporting our CommunityThe current lockdown is taking its toll on everyone. All families and individuals feel the effects in some shape or another, and the financial burden is also hitting those who can normally rely on a steady and sustaining income. Sydney Community Services is open to people from all walks of life who find themselves in need of help. The generous community food drives keep us well stocked.Our staff is here not only to provide tangible support such as wellness packs, and energy & water vouchers, but to also help you connect with further supports available. All requests for help are treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.You can reach us by calling 9427 6425.Please reach out to SCS if you need help."If you need help, please reach out to Sydney Community Services.If you need other help, let us know, we have so many people who are offering help that we can assist you in some way. It does not have to be financial; it could be an issue that you just need a kind voice on the end of the phone.If you are not feeling ok, or a friend or family member isn't, there is support is available.// BEYOND BLUE CORONAVIRUS WELLBEING SUPPORT //It's natural to experience feelings of uncertainty and anxiety right now. If you're not feeling ok, you might want to check out the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service.Call 1800 512 348 to get support now or chat with someone on their website: don't need to be in crisis to seek support – the service is available to everyone, no matter your situation.// LIFELINE TEXTLINE //Some people don't want to talk on the phone. But sometimes nighttime is hard.You can text with someone from Lifeline. They provide short-term support for people who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping.Text: 0477 13 11 14 from midday to midnight.--- SUBBIES UNDER FIRE PODCAST that Rob Produced is availble here  
  • 3. Special COVID19 Lockdown 2.0 Podcast

     Welcome to our special COVID19 Lockdown 2.0 podcast.  Lane Cove Testing Sites As of 29th June 2021, there are no exposure sites in the Lane Cove Council area. However, there are exposure sites in nearby suburbs like North Ryde, Macquarie Park and Drummoyne. If you have any symptoms, get tested.   The closest testing centres with the quickest turnaround times information can be found here. Please note that before this latest lockdown, results were coming back from private testing centres within six hours – they are now taking longer to come back. Where Can I get Vaccinated for Astra Zeneca? The Ryde Respiratory Clinic has vaccination spots available for Astra Zeneca. They are now vaccinating under 60’s if you provide your informed consent. One ITC follower (who is under 30) booked at 8.30 am in the morning and was vaccinated that morning. What about Pfizer? One Lane Cove Medical Practice has told their patients that they will be able to offer the Pfizer vaccination for  patients aged 40 – 59 years from 21 July 2021. This consists of 2 vaccines, 3 weeks apart. Check with your Doctor to see if they will be able to book you in for Pfizer.   What Are Your Lockdown tips – Contact us on WhatsApp? Do you have some lockdown tips? ( no tip too big or too small) We want to hear from you, and you can leave us a voice message on our ITC's WhatsApp.Just record a message on WhatsApp and it will be included in next week's special Lockdown Podcast - you will be a star. Leave you message - start it with Hi this is [insert name] and my lockdown tip is (we already know you are planning to leave a message saying this is insert my name LOL). Just link up with us on WhatsApp - the good thing about ITC having WhatsApp is it will be easier to send us pictures and photos.  Put this number into your phone under In The Cove 0478 254 122 ITC on TV You can see ITC on ABC's brand new current affairs trivia show Win the Week. A trivia/comedy show about current affairs and ITC is a contestant as we are bona fide a big Trivia nerd (come and play with me at one of our local trivia nights at The Alcott Lane Cove or Longueville Hotel). Link to iView here. The show is on at 8.00 pm on Wednesday on ABC or you can stream on iView if you miss it. Please watch and have a laugh at me or with me (either is acceptable). It is all about having a go.PS ITC will be hosting charity trivia nights at The Alcott Lane Cove for local charities soon - The Alcott and ITC and lane cove locals raised over $10 000 for drought-stricken Cobar and Gunnedah two years ago and The Alcott wants to help fundraise again. Chalk It Up Lane Cove All you need to do is a drawing on your driveway or the footpath outside your home/apartment that brings joy to others – rainbows, unicorns, butterflies, hearts and positive messages. It does not matter if you live in a house or apartment. Everyone has a footpath outside their building. So go ahead and chalk up your driveway or footpath. Please ensure that kids are supervised.ITC wants to get the whole family involved with making a work of art that will bring a smile to faces. Once you have created your masterpiece, please put it on your publicly displayed Instagram page (we can’t access private Instagram accounts) with the hashtags #inthecove and tell us what age group/category.We will be contacting local businesses to provide prizes in the following categories:Under 5 years6 – 12 years13 – 17 yearsOver 18/AdultFamily Entry (parent plus child/s) Find out more here Help Out Our Local Businesses It is a tough time for our local cafes, eateries and retail stores. ITC has put together a list of offerings from our local buisnesses. Read our article here – bookmark the article as we have included specific links which enables you to click on the link next to the businesses and go straight to their booking sites. Find our more here.  Do You have a Question About Lockdown? We have your lockdown questions answered here – including the Lane Cove Council Services that have been closed during the lock down. Find out more here. Library To Your Door If you want to order some books during lockdown – then you can use Lane Cove Library’s Library to Your Door – details here  Sydney Community Services If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour who needs help – please ask them to contact Sydney Community Services as they provide services such a Meals on Wheels and help with online grocery shopping. You can contact them on (02) 9427 6425 or email at support@sydneycs.orgListen to our podcast interview with CEO of Sydney Community Services here. In the Cove Face Masks If you would like to support ITC in bringing you free local news, you can become an ITC Member for an annual fee of $50 and you get a free ITC face mark – which are very comfortable.  Join here. 
  • 2. In The Cove- Special Edition

    This month our podcast focuses on the decision by Facebook to ban news content in Australia.  This has impacted all news organisations in Australia, including In the Cove.In the Cove may have started on Facebook but we are now a multi-platform organisation and you don’t need to access Facebook to read local news.  The best place to start is our website website has numerous articles that provide interesting and informative local information and you can search for information by using the search function on our website.We are often told by readers that they no longer see In the Cove articles in their Facebook feed.  That is because Facebook decides what stories it places into your newsfeed based on what you’ve interacted with in the past and what’s popular with other users. This is the ‘algorithm’ you hear about that determines what goes ‘viral’ on Facebook. This is why ITC encourages all readers to sign up to receive our news emails or visit regularly to check out our articles – you never know what you’re missing out on!The Media Bargaining Code will not help independent publishers like In the Cove.  We are solely funded by local businesses.  We do not receive any government funding, grants or assistance.  In the Cove is a hyperlocal website run by a Lane Cove local for Lane Cove residents.  Thank you for your support.