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16 April

  1. 31 Mar 2020

    $1.66 million Business Support Plan Approved

    Willoughby City Council’s Business Support Plan, worth up to $1.66 million over six months, was approved at an extraordinary meeting last night.

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15 March

  1. 12 Mar 2020

    Talks@Willoughby presents Adam Courtenay speaking about The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter

    Adam Courtenay will discuss his latest work of Australian history The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter – the story of William Buckley, John Batman, the birth of Melbourne and the theft of Kulin country

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14 February

  1. 9 Mar 2020


    You’re invited to experience a stunning concert of uplifting choral works at the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and Choir’s Dreamscape concert this April at The Concourse, Chatswood.

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  2. 17 Feb 2020

    Talks@Willoughby presents Caroline Overington speaking about Missing William Tyrrell

    Hear from one of Australia's leading journalists, Walkley Award-winner Caroline Overington, as she discusses Missing William Tyrrell

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  3. 14 Feb 2020

    How to prepare for emergencies

    This summer we have experienced several extreme situations to test our resilience. Getting prepared for emergencies can make living through them more bearable when disaster hits.

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13 January

  1. 26 Jan 2020

    Willoughby’s Citizens of the Year announced

    A tireless volunteer involved in fundraising and building a sense of community is Willoughby City Council’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

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  2. 20 Jan 2020

    Gee whizz! Willoughby Symphony Season to open with USA themed GALA

    Don’t wait for the fourth of July! Start with year with a bang with Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM and brilliant soloists from Pacific Opera in the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s thrilling GALA, kicking off the 2020 season with a celebration of music from the USA.

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  3. 9 Jan 2020

    Enjoy a great day out at the Child & Family Expo

    Families across the North Shore and beyond are invited to a fun and informative day out at the Child & Family Expo at The Concourse.

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  4. 7 Jan 2020

    Ten Things to do at Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival

    The three-week Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival is bursting with immersive and colourful experiences, designed to transport guests on a journey through Asia in Sydney’s very own Lower North Shore.

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12 December

  1. 13 Dec 2019

    The Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse: Entertainment for the whole family this summer!

    A huge family fun day, theatre show, sports workshops and arts and crafts are just some of the highlights of the Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse when it returns in January 2020. There’s a world of fun to be had!

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11 November

  1. 22 Nov 2019

    Singing their praises: Willoughby Symphony wins Community Awards

    Willoughby Symphony and their legendary 92-year-old principal bassoon player Mr John Cran have each been awarded a 2019 North Sydney Community Award from Mr Trent Zimmerman MP

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  2. 22 Nov 2019

    Make Christmas ethical at the Fair Trade Christmas Markets

    Make a difference this Christmas by doing your shopping at Willoughby City Council’s Fair Trade Christmas Markets

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  3. 19 Nov 2019

    Festive fun at Carols in Willoughby Park

    Bring your deck chairs and blankets and settle in for an evening of festive family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park! Now in its 12th year, the event is bigger and better than ever with an enhanced musical experience and the opportunity to help those in need with Lifeline’s Christmas Hamper drive.

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  4. 15 Nov 2019

    Find out how to run your business better

    It’s a small business owner’s dream as everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to run your business better is at your fingerprints at Willoughby City Council’s next community information seminar

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  5. 4 Nov 2019

    Year of the Rat celebrations to take over Chatswood in 2020

    Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2019, Willoughby City Council’s Lunar New Year celebrations will return with the exciting and immersive Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival in 2020

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10 October

  1. 18 Oct 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Dr Karl’s Random Road Trip Through Science

    The intrepid Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM, Australia's favourite science guru, will take you on a free technikolour trip through science at Chatswood Library

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  2. 16 Oct 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Tony Jones speaking about In Darkness Visible

    Tony Jones, one of Australia’s most admired journalists, will discuss his new political thriller In Darkness Visible at Chatswood Library

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  3. 15 Oct 2019

    Experience Willoughby Council’s year in review at Community Information Seminar

    Willoughby locals are invited to join Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and CEO Debra Just for a year in review at the next community information seminar on 28 October. Together with the executive team they will take a deep dive into what makes Willoughby City unique, what Council delivers for the community and its achievements in the 2018-2019 financial year.

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09 September

  1. 27 Sep 2019

    Willoughby Symphony presents TITAN

    One of the most sought after violinists in the Australia, Alexandre Da Costa, will join Grammy-nominated Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra as they round off the 2019 symphony season with a bang in a titanic concert featuring Mahler’s Symphony No 1 in D major.

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  2. 23 Sep 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Chris Hammer speaking about Silver

    Silver is Chris Hammer’s new, enthralling and propulsive sequel to his bestselling novel Scrublands.

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  3. 17 Sep 2019

    Hear about Willoughby’s green future at community information seminar

    Following the success of Willoughby City Council’s first community information seminar, the series continues Monday 23 September in the Council Chambers. Willoughby locals can hear firsthand about Council’s plans to protect the environment.

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  4. 17 Sep 2019

    Discover how Willoughby will prepare to make local responses to global shocks and stresses

    Willoughby City Council’s innovative new series of Community Information Seminars continues Monday 23 September in the Council Chambers. Willoughby locals can hear firsthand about how communities can better prepare for the shock, challenges emergencies of modern living.

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  5. 11 Sep 2019


    One of Australia’s most highly-awarded young pianists Tony Lee, will join Grammy-nominated Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dr Nicholas Milton AM and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra to present a concert including Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2.

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08 August

  1. 27 Aug 2019

    Willoughby Symphony’s 2020 Season an exhilarating inspiration

    A celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, an outstanding emerging composer, a superstar clarinettist and partnership with Lior are just a few of the highlights of Willoughby Symphony’s 2020 season.

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  2. 27 Aug 2019

    The best day out for your pet

    Willoughby City Council’s Pet Festival that will come alive with activities for pets and their human companions on Saturday, September 21 at OH Reid Oval, Chatswood West from 10am to 3pm.

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  3. 26 Aug 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Kate McClymont speaking about Dead Man Walking

    Award-winning investigative journalist, Kate McClymon will talk about the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich at Chatswood Library next month.

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  4. 19 Aug 2019

    Six weeks of art, music and workshops

    The North Shore’s premiere festival ‘Emerge’ brings an exciting, colourful and creative flare to Spring, with a huge line up of events and activities – including plenty of new activities to tempt you.

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  5. 19 Aug 2019

    Keep your kids busy at Emerge Festival

    Children are spoilt for choice this spring with a collection of creative, colourful and entertaining events, workshops and activities at the Emerge Festival.

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  6. 19 Aug 2019

    It’s time to party at StreetFair

    StreetFair, the North Shore’s biggest street party, returns for its 22nd year on Saturday 7 September in Chatswood.

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  7. 16 Aug 2019

    Discover how the complex world of planning affects you

    Willoughby locals are invited to find out how the world of planning affects their suburb as Willoughby City Council unpacks the complex world of the NSW planning system at its first Community Information Seminar this month

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  8. 13 Aug 2019

    Discover how the Sydney Metro projects will benefit Willoughby at community information seminar

    Willoughby locals are invited to hear firsthand how the Sydney Metro projects will benefit them at Willoughby City Council’s first Community Information Session.

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  9. 8 Aug 2019

    Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial explores community resilience

    A public art walk, video art and exhibitions will bring Chatswood and Willoughby to life for the third Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB), The Tenacious Realm.

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  10. 2 Aug 2019

    Join the cheering crowds for Proms

    Experience an unforgettable night of unbridled enthusiasm as a gigantic Willoughby Orchestra and Choir present their highly anticipated Last Night of the Proms concert, under the baton of their inimitable Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM.

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07 July

  1. 31 Jul 2019

    Innovative new approach to community engagement creates increased dialogue

    Willoughby City Council will introduce monthly information seminars, providing the community with a forum to hear about significant issues and projects.

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  2. 25 Jul 2019

    Local Government Week in Willoughby

    Local Government Week 2019, 29 July – 2 August, offers the chance to reflect on the major role council plays in improving Willoughby as a place to live, work and visit.

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  3. 23 Jul 2019

    Willoughby Symphony Chamber Series Bows of Youth

    After a wonderful season, the Willoughby Symphony 2019 chamber series concludes with its third concert, Bows of Youth on Sunday 4 August, 2.30pm in the plush and intimate surrounds of the Zenith Theatre.

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  4. 12 Jul 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Mike Munro speaking about The Last Bushrangers

    Television host and reporter, Mike Munro, will speak about his book The Last Bushrangers - the story of the murderous Kenniff gang in August at Chatswood Library.

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  5. 11 Jul 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Michael Robotham speaking about Good Girl, Bad Girl

    Award-winning crime writer, Michael Robotham returns to Chatswood Library this August to speak about his latest pyschological thriller, Good Girl, Bad Girl.

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  6. 9 Jul 2019

    Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents A Tribute to George Michael

    A Tribute to George Michael

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  7. 9 Jul 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Adele Ferguson speaking about Banking Bad: How corporate greed broke our trust and failed Australia

    Adele Ferguson, the journalist who did most to bring about Australia's banking royal commission, will discuss the shocking truth about Australia's financial institutions, on Friday 9 August at Chatswood Library.

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  8. 8 Jul 2019

    Make your pet famous: Archipaws Pet Portrait Competition

    The ‘Archipaws’ Pet Portrait competition launches today with great prizes and the opportunity to have your superstar pet portrait become a three-meter tall flag in the Chatswood CBD.

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06 June

  1. 28 Jun 2019

    Website aims to reduce Chatswood congestion

    A new parking website makes it easier for drivers to find parking in Chatswood, reducing congestion and making trips more efficient.

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  2. 25 Jun 2019

    Council budget delivers for Willoughby community

    Willoughby City Council unanimously adopted the Operational Plan and Budget 2019-20 at last night’s Council Meeting

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  3. 24 Jun 2019

    Investigate an ENIGMA with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

    Willoughby Symphony’s ENIGMA will see its inimitable Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM lead the orchestra for a performance of one of the most glorious English works of the symphonic repertoire, Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

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  4. 19 Jun 2019

    Gore Hill Park wins national award for women

    Willoughby City Council has scooped a prestigious national award for women in local government for the major redevelopment of Gore Hill Park at St Leonards.

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  5. 12 Jun 2019

    Crowns and Tiaras: Children’s Concert

    Children are invited to experience a musical fairy tale adventure at the Willoughby Symphony’s children’s concert Crowns and Tiaras this July at The Concourse, Chatswood.

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05 May

  1. 30 May 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Dan Box speaking about Bowraville

    Dan Box, creator of the Walkley Award-winning podcast Bowraville, will speak about his recently published book at Chatswood Library in July.

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  2. 24 May 2019

    Gore Hill Park lands highly commended for innovation

    Willoughby City Council’s $10.5 million Gore Hill Park redevelopment was recognised for its innovative design in last night’s Parks and Leisure Awards

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  3. 23 May 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Jessica Rowe speaking about Diary of a Crap Housewife

    Being a crap housewife is a badge Jessica wears with pride, and invites other women to embrace

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  4. 21 May 2019

    Young composer outclasses strong field

    A 22-year-old emerging composer has beaten a strong national field to scoop the Young Composer of the Year Award and $5000 prize money

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  5. 17 May 2019

    Willoughby City Council applauded for supporting small business

    Willoughby City Council has been commended for its leadership in making it easier for local businesses to start and grow at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in Sydney on 16-17 May

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  6. 15 May 2019

    Classical and rock music collide at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood - The music of 1969

    In a special celebratory event, the worlds of rock and classical music collide as the inspiring Willoughby Symphony Orchestra joins forces with rock legends 1969 Band

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  7. 8 May 2019

    Willoughby Symphony Chamber Series - Shattered Restraint(s)

    The Willoughby Symphony chamber series returns for its second concert, Shattered Restraint(s) in the plush and intimate surrounds of the Zenith Theatre

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  8. 6 May 2019

    Live at Lunch Concert - Butterfly Lovers, Jasmine Nights and The Silk Road

    Internationally acclaimed virtuoso composer/pianist Daniel Rojas joins world music group Third Culture in a lunch time concert set to delight.

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  9. 3 May 2019

    'Co-Existence' at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

    Taking inspiration from Chatswood’s diverse culture and history has delivered a spectacular projection for Chatswood from Hungarian 3D projection mapping leaders “Limelight”

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04 April

  1. 30 Apr 2019

    Let Their Imaginations Run Wild at Family-Friendly Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2019

    Among the streets, laneways and public spaces you’ll find interactive artworks perfect for little ones with huge imaginations and for the big kid inside us all

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  2. 30 Apr 2019

    Legendary Award-Winning Musicians to Perform at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

    Vivid Sydney at Chatswood will showcase incredible international and local performing artists with a program set to bring the house down.

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  3. 30 Apr 2019

    Australian-first GIRLGAMER Esports Festival to Take Place at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2019

    The GIRLGAMER Sydney Festival is an exciting and unique event celebrating the achievements of women in gaming, esports and industry

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  4. 12 Apr 2019

    Representing diversity: Australia’s most significant music event of the year

    Mahmood Khan will be the first Asian artist to record original songs with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra when the musical powerhouses combine for a recording on 16 April at Trackdown Studios.

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03 March

  1. 29 Mar 2019

    Maths teacher Eddie Woo to headline Sydney Writers Festival on The Concourse

    Sydney maths teacher and international YouTube sensation Eddie Woo will headline The Sydney Writers’ Festival on The Concourse this year.

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  2. 26 Mar 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Duncan McNab speaking about The Snapshot Killer

    Former police detective, Duncan McNab, will speak about his latest book The Snapshot Killer - a chilling journey into the life and mind of serial killer Christopher Wilder – at Chatswood Library next month.

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  3. 25 Mar 2019

    Turn back time: Willoughby City 2019 Heritage Festival

    Turn back time at Willoughby City Council’s 2019 Heritage Festival, featuring more than ten unique events and activities from 18 April to 19 May 2019.

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  4. 25 Mar 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Noel Braun: Searching for Meaning in the Camino de Santiago

    Hear author Noel Braun share his experiences walking the Camino de Santiago of north-western Spain at Northbridge Library next month.

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  5. 19 Mar 2019

    Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2019 Steps into the Future with Love, Peace and Harmony

    Inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock, Vivid Sydney at Chatswood runs from 24 May to 15 June and will reflect iconic values of love, peace and harmony through installations of light, symphonies of music and an exploration of challenging ideas.

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  6. 19 Mar 2019


    Rising star Benett Tsai will join the Willoughby Symphony to present Dvořák’s concerto for cello alongside Kate Moore’s new Requiem in an Australian premiere.

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  7. 15 Mar 2019

    Discover your local wildlife at the Fauna Fair

    Wildlife is everywhere, from birds and bugs in your backyard to the wallabies and owls in local bushland. Willoughby City Council presents a celebration of local wildlife, bushland and community at the ever popular Fauna Fair when it returns on 31 March.

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  8. 13 Mar 2019

    RiverBlue: Free Movie Screening and Q&A

    Mark The Fashion Revolution with Willoughby City Council’s FREE film screening of the award-winning documentary RiverBlue on Thursday 4 April.

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  9. 11 Mar 2019

    Willoughby City Council Employs Four TAFE NSW Event Management Graduates

    Four local TAFE NSW graduates have been recognised for their hard work and dedication, and secured employment in the events team at Willoughby City Council.

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02 February

  1. 28 Feb 2019

    Immerse Yourself in a Different Side of Sydney’s Art Scene

    Following a successful first year in 2018, Art Month Sydney presents yet another stunning exhibition showcasing the work of artists without commercial gallery representation. This time, the show takes place at Incinerator Art Space, in partnership with Willoughby City Council, to highlight must-see artists.

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  2. 22 Feb 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Meg and Tom Keneally speaking about their latest novel The Ink Stain

    Father daughter writing duo, Meg and Tom Keneally, speak about the fourth novel in their popular ‘Monsarrat’ series at Chatswood Library next month.

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  3. 21 Feb 2019

    Symphony unveils 2019 Chamber Music Series

    Willoughby Symphony is delighted to announce its 2019 Chamber Music Series, set in the plush and intimate surrounds of the Zenith Theatre.

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  4. 21 Feb 2019

    Inspiring Women at Chatswood Library

    Celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday 7 March at Chatswood Library with not one, but two inspiring and thought-provoking presentations.

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  5. 20 Feb 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Caro Llewellyn on her memoir Diving into Glass

    Hear Caro Llewellyn speak about her emotional and inspiring memoir – Diving into Glass - at Chatswood Library next month.

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  6. 18 Feb 2019

    New $10.5 million Gore Hill Park opens

    Up to 3000 people a week are expected to use the new $10.5 million Gore Hill Park sports and community facilities after it opens in March.

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  7. 5 Feb 2019

    The most liveable region of Australia – northern Sydney

    The northern Sydney region is set to become the most liveable region in Australia, with eight proactive councils joining a landmark conference to map a path to success.

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01 January

  1. 30 Jan 2019

    Willoughby Symphony Season to open with GALA

    Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM opens the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra 2019 season with GALA, a dazzling concert celebrating the music of Vienna’s iconic opera house.

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  2. 26 Jan 2019

    Willoughby’s Citizens of the Year announced

    The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to Anne Iuliano for her outstanding contribution to the Willoughby community.

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  3. 21 Jan 2019

    Willoughby City Council – leading the way for a green future

    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.

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  4. 14 Jan 2019

    Take the kids to experience the wonders of Lunar New Year festivities without leaving Sydney

    This summer, Chatswood’s Year of the Pig Festival is offering a range of sensational attractions and fun experiences for kids to enjoy.

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  5. 14 Jan 2019

    Shop your way into the Lunar New Year at the Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival

    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.

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  6. 14 Jan 2019

    Chatswood is bringing the true meaning of Lunar New Year to Sydney

    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.

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  7. 9 Jan 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Jane Caro speaking about her book "Accidental Feminists"

    Jane Caro launches another exciting Talks@Willoughby program for 2019, speaking on her latest book Accidental Feminists at Chatswood Library.

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  8. 9 Jan 2019

    Talks@Willoughby presents Dr Nicola Gates speaking about her book "The Feel Good Guide to Menopause"

    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.

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  9. 4 Jan 2019

    Have a laugh and meet new people at Willoughby Seniors Festival

    Willoughby seniors are invited to take part in the annual Seniors Festival, featuring more than 30 free or specially discounted events and activities.

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  10. 2 Jan 2019

    Mini Maestros: Musical Opposites

    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.

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  11. 2 Jan 2019

    Celebrate Australia Day in Chatswood

    Celebrate everything that is great about Australia by joining the Mayor and Councillors of Willoughby City for a free Australia Day community event.

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