Municipality of Lane Cove

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This article is about the local government area. For the suburb, see Lane Cove, New South Wales.
Municipality of Lane Cove
New South Wales
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Coordinates 33°45′S 151°09′E / 33.750°S 151.150°E / -33.750; 151.150Coordinates: 33°45′S 151°09′E / 33.750°S 151.150°E / -33.750; 151.150
Population 31,510 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,864.5/km2 (7,419/sq mi)
Established 11 February 1895
Area 11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Mayor David Brooks-Horn (Liberal)
Council seat Lane Cove
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) North Sydney
Website Municipality of Lane Cove
LGAs around Municipality of Lane Cove:
Ryde Willoughby Willoughby
Ryde Municipality of Lane Cove North Sydney
Hunter's Hill Canada Bay Inner West / Sydney

The Municipality of Lane Cove is a local government area located in the south-west corner of the north shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The administrative seat of Lane Cove is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north-west of the Sydney central business district. On the western and southern borders is the Lane Cove River with the Ryde and Hunter's Hill, across the river on the western and southern banks respectively. To the north is the Willoughby and to the east is North Sydney.

The Mayor of the Lane Cove Municipal Council is Cr. David Brooks-Horn, a member of the Liberal Party.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Municipality of Lane Cove merge with the councils across the river. The government proposed a merger of the Hunter's Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde Councils to form a new council with an area of 57 square kilometres (22 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 164,000.[2] The outcome of an independent review is expected by mid–2016. However, it is generally believed that the Lane Cove Council would be better served by merging with the councils that are on the same Peninsula that is North Sydney Council, the City of Willoughby and Municipality of Mosman, as it shares no land borders with Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils.

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs in the Municipality of Lane Cove are:

Localities in the municipality are:


At the 2011 Census, there were 31,510 people in the Lane Cove local government area, of these 48.4% were male and 51.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.3% of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Lane Cove was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.4% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.2% were married and 9.2% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Municipality of Lane Cove between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 0.29%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 3.44%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Lane Cove local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[3] The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Lane Cove was significantly higher than the national average.[1][4]

Selected historical census data for Lane Cove local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 30,340 30,427 31,510
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.81%
% of Australian population 0.27% Decrease 0.26% Steady 0.26%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 21.2%
English 23.7%
Irish 9.9%
Scottish 7.0%
Chinese 6.5%
top responses
(other than English)
Cantonese 3.1% Steady 3.1% Steady 3.1%
Mandarin 1.6% Increase 2.3% Increase 2.9%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 1.1%
Japanese 0.9% Increase 1.0% Decrease 0.9%
Italian 1.2% Decrease 0.9% Steady 0.9%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 29.4% Steady 29.4% Increase 29.6%
No religion 17.1% Increase 19.5% Increase 24.8%
Anglican 20.7% Decrease 19.3% Decrease 17.5%
Uniting Church 4.6% Decrease 3.9% Decrease 3.1%
Buddhism n/c n/c Increase 2.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$811 A$970
% of Australian median income 174.0% 168.1%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,729 A$2,637
% of Australian median income 168.4% 178.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,295 A$2,181
% of Australian median income 196.0% 176.7%


Lane Cove council office

Current composition and election method[edit]

Lane Cove Municipal Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each ward electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5][6][7]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 6
  Independents 3
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Central Ward[5]   Deborah Hutchens Liberal
  Soo-Tee Cheong Liberal Deputy Mayor[8]
  Brent Karola Independent
East Ward[6]   David Brooks-Horn Liberal
  Pam Palmer Independent
  David Karpin Liberal
West Ward[7]   Scott Bennison Liberal Mayor[8]
  Marc Gold Liberal
  Daniel Strassberg Independent

Notable former or current residents[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lane Cove (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Merger proposal: Hunter's Hill Council, Lane Cove Council, City of Ryde Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Lane Cove (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Lane Cove (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Vote Tracker: Central Ward" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Lane Cove Municipal Council. 11 September 2012. p. 39. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Vote Tracker: East Ward" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Lane Cove Municipal Council. 11 September 2012. p. 53. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Vote Tracker: West Ward" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Lane Cove Municipal Council. 11 September 2012. p. 60. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Chen, Torin (18 September 2013). "Councillor David Brooks-Horn elected new Mayor of Lane Cove Council". North Shore Times. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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