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Willoughby City Council is continuing to lay the building blocks for a sustainable future by calling on the community to give feedback on its ten year sustainability action plan Our Green City Plan.
This summer, Chatswood’s Year of the Pig Festival is offering a range of sensational attractions and fun experiences for kids to enjoy.
As another Lunar New Year comes around this February, people across the world will be letting go of the old and welcoming in the new by purchasing new clothes, food, homewares and more in preparation for the New Year.
Chatswood will transform into a hub of cultural festivities with the inaugural Lunar New Year Twilight Parade. The festive parade will showcase the exciting fanfare of a traditional Chinese New Year street parade and its meaning of good fortune for the New Lunar Year ahead.
Jane Caro launches another exciting Talks@Willoughby program for 2019, speaking on her latest book Accidental Feminists at Chatswood Library.
Dr Nicola Gates – author of the best-selling A Brain for Life - will speak at Chatswood Library about how understanding the brain–hormone connection can help women through menopause.
Willoughby seniors are invited to take part in the annual Seniors Festival, featuring more than 30 free or specially discounted events and activities.
Back by popular demand, the Willoughby Symphony’s Mini Maestros series returns to The Concourse these school holidays with the interactive mini-symphony concert, Musical Opposites.
Celebrate everything that is great about Australia by joining the Mayor and Councillors of Willoughby City for a free Australia Day community event.
Willoughby City Council is one of ten NSW councils lending support to the Save Our Recycling campaign, echoing calls from the Local Government of NSW (LGNSW) for the state government to urgently address the deepening recycling crisis enveloping NSW.
You’re invited to join the exciting festivities to celebrate the new year by being part of a Lunar New Year Parade or hosting a stall at the Golden Market.
There has been discussion and questions in our community about Councillors’ Code of Conduct and how they’re investigated and managed. Particularly, Councillor Coppock has published a four page newsletter that outlines his point of view on complaints against him.
A silent disco, theatre shows, Aussie family films, arts and crafts and circus workshops are just some of the highlights of the Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse when it returns 3 – 27 January 2019. There’s a world of fun to be had!
Willoughby City Council has given the green light to replacing 1,799 street lights with more cost efficient and environmentally friendly LED lights.
Attention foodies! This summer, it’s time to celebrate the flavours of the world with a journey through the delectable food hot spots participating in the Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival 2019.
This summer, Sydneysiders and visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the sensational New Year festivities of Asia without leaving Sydney
Willoughby City Council joined 17 other NSW councils to sign a landmark agreement that will see 20% of council’s retail electricity from renewable sources from 1 July 2019.
Bring your deck chairs and blankets and settle in for a night of festive family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park!
Plastic bags and soft plastic remain the largest problem items in recycling bins, a survey of 1,500 bins in Willoughby City Council has found.
Popular journalist and radio personality, Richard Glover, returns to Chatswood Library to speak about his latest book – The Land Before Avocado on Wednesday 14 November at 12.30pm.
Award winning historian Paul Ham, will speak about his latest book New Jerusalem and the short life and terrible death of Christendom's most defiant sect on Friday 16 November 2018 at 12.30pm at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
The Willoughby Symphony presents their spectacular end of year concert, The Magic of Christmas at The Concourse this December.
Councillor Judith Rutherford is Willoughby City Council’s new Deputy Mayor, elected unopposed at the Council meeting on 24 September, 2018.
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s last subscription concert for 2018 DISCOVERY will see the inimitable Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM join two of Australia’s most accomplished musicians, irresistible violinist Dimity Hall and phenomenal cellist Julian Smiles.
Opera star Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright AO and the four virtuoso saxophonists of the Nexas Quartet join international flautist Jane Rutter to perform Composers in Exile.
Parents can kick back and relax these school holidays while the children are entertained for free in a special kids zone at The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council invites you to a preview of award winning documentary movie BackTrack Boys on 27 September at the Zenith Theatre. The exclusive preview and fundraiser, before it appears in cinemas, will also feature a Q&A with director Catherine Scott.
Susanna de Vries will give an uncensored account of bizarre royal marriages when she speaks about her book Royal Marriages: Diana, Camilla, Kate and Meghan and princesses who did not live happily ever after at Chatswood Library.
Do you have an idea for a gripping crime novel? Discover the essential techniques every crime writer needs at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
International flutist Jane Rutter, ARIA Award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin pay tribute to the life of the brilliant but eccentric French composer in Unsent Love Letters: Meditations on Erik Satie.
The Willoughby City Council has passed a historic motion to remove single-use plastics from all Council operations. Each year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans and over 90% are single use items.
More than $70,000 worth of community grants have been awarded to 25 community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2018 Small Grants program.
Incinerator Art Space presents Flame Seed, a free Willoughby City Council curated group exhibition exploring contemporary surrealism and fantasy.
Free activities, excellent parks, outdoor spaces and art centres, are among the list of things council is doing well, with scores well above the state average, according to a residents’ survey.
Willoughby Symphony’s PASSION concert will see Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM joined by virtuoso pianist David Fung for a performance of Shostakovich’s second piano concerto.
The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra proudly presents the 2019 Subscription Series, Rhapsodic Journey, a six concert program that will take you on a magical odyssey including a mix of new compositions and favourites.
Movie buffs and classical music fans will be delighted as the iconic film Babe is presented on the big screen and accompanied by a live performance of the score by Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
Gore Hill Park is set to become the jewel in the crown of the lower north shore’s sporting community...
The North Shore’s biggest street party will explode with new features and events including music, cooking, gaming and kids activities.
A children’s paradise will emerge this September and October for a new, colourful and entertaining experience at the Emerge Festival.
The delicious delights of Chatswood and surrounds will be served up during the Emerge Festival with beer, local produce and a food tour on offer.
The North Shore’s premiere spring festival ‘Emerge’ brings an exciting, colourful and flavoursome zing to September, with a huge line up of new events and activities over four weeks.
Will Davies, bestselling author of Beneath Hill 60 and Somme Mud, will speak about his new book The Last 100 Days and the Australian contribution to the end of the First World War.
Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio, will speak about his memoir Turmoil: Letters from the brink
The full Willoughby Orchestra and Choir present their highly anticipated Last Night of the Proms concert, under the baton of the inimitable Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM.
The Sydney Resilience Strategy, developed in collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities will aid the city in strengthening its ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of increasing global uncertainty and local shocks and stresses.
A new water filtration system – the first of its kind in Australia - saved Willoughby Leisure Centre more than $14,000 and 1 million litres of water in a year.
As the supermarkets ban plastic bags, north shore locals are being asked to say bye-bye plastic and hello to BYO!
Willoughby City Council adopted the annual plan and budget, four year delivery program and 10-year long term vision at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting (Monday 25 June)
The bravery and level headedness of Willoughby Leisure Centre lifeguard Clayton Smith in saving a drowning pre-schooler was recognised this week when he was awarded the prestigious Royal Life Saving Society NSW Lifeguard of the Year award.
Australian author Christian White will speak about his remarkable debut novel, The Nowhere Child as part of Chatswood Library’s Talks@Willoughby program.
Best-selling author, Michael Robotham returns to Chatswood Library to speak about his latest edge-of-your-seat thriller, The Other Wife.
Renowned photographic artist, Richard Batterley will take you through the history of the camera and showcase his personal collection of antique cameras in a special Talks@Willoughby event this July.
The Willoughby Symphony’s FREEDOM concert will see Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM lead the orchestra through the verdant landscapes of Scotland in Mendelssohn’s haunting tribute. Resplendent with heavenly melodic turns and delectable harmonies, the work is awakened by an orchestration that is endlessly varied and striking.
Live at Lunch presents The Great Romantics: Schubert, Schumann & Brahms, featuring brilliant pianist Simon Tedeschi, international flutist Jane Rutter and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist, Roger Benedict.
Acclaimed Congolese-Australian playwright, Future D. Fidel will speak about his powerful debut novel Prize Fighter as part of Chatswood Library’s Talks@Willoughby program.
Vivid Ideas comes to Chatswood for the first time with Tech Shift Exponential, lifting the lid on how sustainability challenges are being solved through inventive ideas.
Children are invited on an extraordinary journey across the wild and verdant landscapes of Scotland at the Willoughby Symphony’s Scotland the Brave Children’s Concert this July at The Concourse, Chatswood.
After taking a break to concentrate on composing, Australian guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske has kicked off a world tour to introduce his brand new album, Six String Anthology.
Fine Music 102.5 and Willoughby City Council are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Young Composer of the Year award is Daniel Dean, for his work "Quadrivial Concertino".
Give your senses a full workout at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood by experiencing Light Market, a pop up international food market created from recycled materials and lit by lasers.
Join us for a fascinating evening of neuroscience, programming and design with Light, Art and the Brain on Thursday 31 May at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Families across the North Shore and beyond are invited to attend the Your Side Child & Family Expo at The Concourse this May, featuring a wide variety of entertainment, activities and information on local services including Your Side health and wellness service, Chatswood Dental Centre and the Northern Sydney Family Referral Service.
In an unassuming corner of The Concourse car park, an Aladdin’s Cave is coming to life in preparation for the Light Market - a pop-up international food market part of Vivid Sydney at Chatswood. An enthusiastic band of 38 volunteers is helping artists weave their magic to turn everything from industrial waste, chairs and even microwaves into unique art for the market stalls.
Learn how to reduce anxiety and improve your health through breathing at Change the Way You Breathe, presented by Australian physiotherapist and author, Tess Graham.
International flutist Jane Rutter and Australian musician John Huie reunite onstage with former Chamber group POSH to present Third Culture.
Spoil your loved one this Mother’s Day with a Willoughby Symphony Gift Package, featuring four beautiful concerts from the 2018 Season, Soaring Spirit.
Furry friends of all shapes and sizes are getting excited as they count down to Willoughby City Council’s Billy + Margot Pet Festival. The lively free festival promises to be a pawesome day out full of activities for pets and their human companions on May 20 at Artarmon Reserve.
In the 100th anniversary year of the end of World War I, the Willoughby Symphony presents REMEMBRANCE, a riveting and emotionally charged concert event.
Chatswood is renowned as an exciting hub of Asian cuisine and culture, offering a mouth-watering variety of traditional and modern, authentic and fusion foods for every visitor.
Travel back in time with Ghouls Night Out, a historic ghost tour that explores the spookier side of our city’s history. From the building of the North Shore Line and the harsh realities of life in William Gore’s Convict Farm, hear stories that will run chills down your spine and leave you with the adrenaline rush of a good, fun, scare!
Willoughby City Council and Harris Farm present My Food Culture, My Story Exhibition, a showcase of ten deliciously beautiful photographs of cuisines created by the Heritage Festival Recipe Competition finalists.
The Willoughby Symphony presents "Tall Tales", the second concert of their newly launched Chamber Music Series at the Zenith Theatre.
Australia’s freshest import and neoteric comedian, Kevin Fraser will bring his incredible live act, "Club Can’t Handle Me" to the Zenith Theatre this April.
Willoughby City’s Council’s creative and interactive approach to community consultation saw business groups, sporting clubs and families offer their ideas for the new community strategic plan on Saturday.
The ‘Archipaws’ Pet Portrait competition launches today with great prizes and the opportunity to have your superstar pet portrait become a 2-meter tall flag in the Chatswood CBD.
Who would have thought sharp card playing skills would be the centre piece of community consultation? That’s exactly the creative approach that Willoughby City Council is taking to its community strategic plan that will form the basis of council’s policies and activities for the next 10 years.
Residents aged 55 and over are invited to take part in Willoughby’s annual Seniors Festival, featuring more than 30 free or specially discounted events and activities.
Incinerator Art Space presents Grit! an exhibition that investigates sport and physical endurance in contemporary art.
Share your family recipe and story behind it in our Heritage Festival Recipe Competition and you could have your food styled and photographed by a professional food stylist. Ten finalists will have professional photos and recipe featured on the Harris Farm Markets website and in the “My Food Culture My Story” art exhibition. You could also win Harris Farm Market vouchers.
Be inspired, motivated and uplifted by four outstanding women who will share their stories in an exclusive International Women’s Day event.
Keep in touch with council meetings from anywhere in the world with our new live streaming service.
Welcome in the Year of the Dog at the annual Chinese New Year Festival...
The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to Zarouhi Manoukian for her outstanding contribution to the Willoughby community. The award recognises community members who live and/or work in Willoughby, and contribute significantly to the betterment of the Willoughby community.
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