Media Releases

Read the latest news and media releases below. You can also read archived media releases.

 

 

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10 October


  1. 4 Oct 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Richard Glover speaking about his book The Land Before Avocado


    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.

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  2. 4 Oct 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Paul Ham speaking about his book New Jerusalem


    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.

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09 September


  1. 27 Sep 2018

    Symphony brings the Magic of Christmas to Chatswood


    The Willoughby Symphony presents their spectacular end of year concert, The Magic of Christmas at The Concourse this December.

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  2. 25 Sep 2018

    New Deputy Mayor Elected


    Councillor Judith Rutherford is Willoughby City Council’s new Deputy Mayor, elected unopposed at the Council meeting on 24 September, 2018.

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  3. 20 Sep 2018

    DISCOVERY


    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.

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  4. 19 Sep 2018

    Composers in Exile


    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.

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  5. 19 Sep 2018

    An oasis for kids and parents these school holidays


    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.

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  6. 13 Sep 2018

    Take a first look at award winning new movie BackTrack Boys


    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.

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  7. 12 Sep 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Susanna de Vries speaking about her book


    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.

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  8. 12 Sep 2018

    Murder You Wrote: Do you have an idea for a gripping crime novel?


    Do you have an idea for a gripping crime novel? Discover the essential techniques every crime writer needs at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.

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  9. 6 Sep 2018

    Unsent Love Letters


    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.

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  10. 5 Sep 2018

    Willoughby City Council plastic free


    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.

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  11. 5 Sep 2018

    Council grants supporting the community


    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.

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  12. 4 Sep 2018

    Emerge from the flames


    Incinerator Art Space presents Flame Seed, a free Willoughby City Council curated group exhibition exploring contemporary surrealism and fantasy.

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08 August


  1. 30 Aug 2018

    Residents agree Willoughby Council excels at customer service


    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.

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  2. 27 Aug 2018

    PASSION


    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.

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  3. 21 Aug 2018

    It’s not the destination, it’s the journey…


    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.

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  4. 13 Aug 2018

    Enjoy Babe on the big screen with a live orchestra


    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.

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  5. 10 Aug 2018

    Gore Hill Park – a new sporting field takes shape


    Gore Hill Park is set to become the jewel in the crown of the lower north shore’s sporting community...

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  6. 10 Aug 2018

    Emerge StreetFair – the North Shore’s biggest street party


    The North Shore’s biggest street party will explode with new features and events including music, cooking, gaming and kids activities.

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  7. 8 Aug 2018

    Emerge Festival – a kids’ paradise


    A children’s paradise will emerge this September and October for a new, colourful and entertaining experience at the Emerge Festival.

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  8. 8 Aug 2018

    Eat & drink your way through 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.

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  9. 8 Aug 2018

    A month of music, food and art – Happy Birthday Emerge Festival!


    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.

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  10. 6 Aug 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Will Davies speaking about his new book The Last 100 Days


    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.

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  11. 5 Aug 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Robyn Williams speaking about his memoir Turmoil: Letters from the brink


    Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio, will speak about his memoir Turmoil: Letters from the brink

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07 July


  1. 27 Jul 2018

    Join the cheering crowds for Proms


    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.

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  2. 24 Jul 2018

    Sydney Unveils First Ever Comprehensive Metropolitan Scale Resilience Strategy


    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.

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  3. 17 Jul 2018

    Willoughby Leisure Centre’s waterfall of savings


    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.

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  4. 9 Jul 2018

    It’s time to say bye-bye plastic and hello BYO!


    As the supermarkets ban plastic bags, north shore locals are being asked to say bye-bye plastic and hello to BYO!

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06 June


  1. 27 Jun 2018

    Council on track to deliver targets set by community


    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)

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  2. 25 Jun 2018

    Willoughby Leisure Centre lifeguard awarded Lifeguard of the Year for heroic save


    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.

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  3. 25 Jun 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Christian White speaking about his novel: The Nowhere Child


    Australian author Christian White will speak about his remarkable debut novel, The Nowhere Child as part of Chatswood Library’s Talks@Willoughby program.

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  4. 19 Jun 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Michael Robotham speaking about his new thriller: The Other Wife


    Best-selling author, Michael Robotham returns to Chatswood Library to speak about his latest edge-of-your-seat thriller, The Other Wife.

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  5. 18 Jun 2018

    Richard Batterley - A Photographic Journey


    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.

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  6. 18 Jun 2018

    FREEDOM


    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.

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  7. 7 Jun 2018

    Enjoy a little romance at Lunch


    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.

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  8. 6 Jun 2018

    Talks@Willoughby presents Future D. Fidel speaking about his debut novel 'Prize Fighter'


    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.

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  9. 4 Jun 2018

    Shift your thinking with Vivid Ideas at Chatswood


    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.

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  10. 1 Jun 2018

    Scotland the Brave: Children’s Concert


    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.

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05 May


  1. 30 May 2018

    Guitar virtuoso launches a world first at the Zenith Theatre


    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.

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  2. 28 May 2018

    Winner of 2018 Young Composer Award announced


    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".

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  3. 14 May 2018

    Ignite your taste buds at Light Market


    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.

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  4. 11 May 2018

    Light, Art and the Brain: Where neuroscience meets art and design


    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.

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  5. 8 May 2018

    Your Side Child & Family Expo


    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.

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  6. 8 May 2018

    Volunteers make Vivid Sydney at Chatswood come to life


    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.

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  7. 1 May 2018

    Change the way you breathe


    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.

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04 April


  1. 24 Apr 2018

    Live at Lunch presents Third Culture


    International flutist Jane Rutter and Australian musician John Huie reunite onstage with former Chamber group POSH to present Third Culture.

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  2. 23 Apr 2018

    Make Mother’s Day Musical!


    Spoil your loved one this Mother’s Day with a Willoughby Symphony Gift Package, featuring four beautiful concerts from the 2018 Season, Soaring Spirit.

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  3. 18 Apr 2018

    Give your pet the best day of its life at the Billy + Margo Pet Festival


    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.

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  4. 16 Apr 2018

    REMEMBRANCE


    In the 100th anniversary year of the end of World War I, the Willoughby Symphony presents REMEMBRANCE, a riveting and emotionally charged concert event.

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  5. 9 Apr 2018

    Experience a Taste of Asia in Chatswood


    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.

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  6. 5 Apr 2018

    Have a ‘Ghouls Night Out’ on this Ghost Tour


    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!

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  7. 4 Apr 2018

    My Food Culture, My Story Exhibition


    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.

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  8. 3 Apr 2018

    Willoughby Chamber Music Series presents "Tall Tales"


    The Willoughby Symphony presents "Tall Tales", the second concert of their newly launched Chamber Music Series at the Zenith Theatre.

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03 March


  1. 28 Mar 2018

    Kevin Fraser LIVE


    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.

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  2. 23 Mar 2018

    Willoughby City Council deals up a new engagement experience


    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.

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  3. 16 Mar 2018

    Make your pet famous: Billy + Margo Pet Festival


    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.

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  4. 16 Mar 2018

    Community has their say with five card draw


    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.

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  5. 12 Mar 2018

    Willoughby Seniors Festival 2018


    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.

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  6. 5 Mar 2018

    Artists show their true GRIT!


    Incinerator Art Space presents Grit! an exhibition that investigates sport and physical endurance in contemporary art.

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02 February


  1. 23 Feb 2018

    Do you have a family recipe that is to die for?


    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.

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  2. 21 Feb 2018

    Women of Willoughby: Local Women, Global Change


    Be inspired, motivated and uplifted by four outstanding women who will share their stories in an exclusive International Women’s Day event.

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  3. 8 Feb 2018

    Council meetings now live streamed


    Keep in touch with council meetings from anywhere in the world with our new live streaming service.

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  4. 6 Feb 2018

    Willoughby welcomes Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Festival 2018


    Welcome in the Year of the Dog at the annual Chinese New Year Festival...

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01 January


  1. 26 Jan 2018

    Willoughby’s Citizens of the Year announced


    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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