Media Releases

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

 

 

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06 June


  1. 28 Jun 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Bret Harris speaking about his book "Tour de Oz"


    You’ve heard of the Tour de France, but have you heard of Tour de Oz? Former sports journalist Bret Harris will tell the fascinating story of the first bicycle race around Australia at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this July.

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  2. 27 Jun 2017

    Council seeks feedback on live webcasting proposal


    Council resolved at its meeting on 13 June 2017 to place on public exhibition the changes required to the Code of Meeting Practice to enable webcasting or podcasting of Ordinary Council meetings.

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  3. 27 Jun 2017

    Council approves Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban Design Strategy: Sets the course for a green commercial core with residential periphery


    Willoughby City Council has approved its Chatswood CBD Planning and Urban Design Strategy (Council Meeting of Monday 26 June), aimed at strengthening the status of Sydney’s sixth largest commercial office centre, finding a balance between commercial and residential development, and improving the overall design and attractiveness of the CBD.

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  4. 27 Jun 2017

    Council adopts Operational Plan and Budget for the coming year


    Following consultation, Willoughby Council finalised and adopted its Operational Plan and Budget for 2017/18 last night.

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  5. 27 Jun 2017

    Community to benefit from Council’s grants program


    Willoughby City Council has awarded $8,000 to local community groups as part of The 2017 Event Seed Funding Grants program. The grants will assist with funding cultural, artistic and performing arts projects and events that will directly benefit the Willoughby Community.

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  6. 26 Jun 2017

    Upgrades completed at Chatswood playgrounds


    Parks, playgrounds and sports fields across the Willoughby Local Government Area have received more than $2.7m in upgrades as part of Council’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading assets including parks, sportsgrounds and outdoor living spaces for current and future community use. The most recent upgrades include those at Greville Park and Campbell Park in Chatswood.

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  7. 26 Jun 2017

    Chatswood Library hosts Comic Con-versation 2017


    Celebrate Comic Con-versation 2017 at the Chatswood Library this July, featuring an exciting range of events and activities including exhibitions, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the most talented Australian comic creators.

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  8. 21 Jun 2017

    1001 Nights Children’s Concert


    Children are invited to go on an exciting journey through Ancient Persia with the Willoughby Symphony’s 1001 Nights Children’s Concert, this August at The Concourse.

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  9. 15 Jun 2017

    Willoughby Council supports marriage equality


    Following lengthy debate in the Chamber, Willoughby Council resolved to support a change in the Marriage Act to allow marriage equality between two people irrespective of sex, gender identity or sexual characteristics.

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  10. 8 Jun 2017

    What wet weather? Vivid Sydney at Chatswood still doable and viewable


    Don’t let the rain and cold dampen your experience at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, with many of the fantastic steam punk inspired interactive installations and experiences still doable and viewable from undercover or inside.

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  11. 5 Jun 2017

    Live at Lunch presents: Nocturnes & Songs to the Moon


    Leading Australian soprano Amelia Farrugia and internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter praise the light of the moon in Nocturnes & Songs to the Moon, the third concert of the popular lunchtime series, Live at Lunch.

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  12. 5 Jun 2017

    Dads Read: Be their Reading Legend!


    Families with young children are invited on a thrilling journey through Ancient Persia at Willoughby City Library’s Dads Read event this July.

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05 May


  1. 30 May 2017

    Castle Cove Park path named in honour of James White


    A special ceremony was held on Friday 26 May, to officially name the newly completed perimeter path at Castle Cove Park in honour of former Castle Cove resident, the late James ‘Jim’ White.

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  2. 26 May 2017

    Willoughby Symphony performs a MIRACLE


    Internationally acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes guest stars in the Willoughby Symphony’s MIRACLE concert, a glittering performance of beloved works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Dr Daniel Rojas.

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  3. 26 May 2017

    Solar power helps reduce community centre power bills and greenhouse emissions


    Willoughby Council has installed three new photo-voltaic (PV) rooftop systems at the Naremburn Community Centre and Castlecrag Community Centre, with the assistance of Federal Government Solar Communities Program grants from the Department of the Environment.

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  4. 24 May 2017

    New boat trailer parking restrictions to soon apply: Council gives go ahead to new powers


    Willoughby Council has endorsed (Council Meeting of Monday 22 May) new powers relating to boat trailer parking throughout Willoughby City Council, designed to discourage the nuisance caused by the long-term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads, often caused by people who do not live in the local area.

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  5. 24 May 2017

    Council adopts new Disability Inclusion Action Plan, Setting the path for a truly inclusive and welcoming Willoughby


    Willoughby Council has endorsed its Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 (Council Meeting of 22 May 2017), which outlines Council’s long-term vision and actions for the next five years that embrace and embody Council’s commitment to ensuring a truly inclusive and welcoming Willoughby.

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  6. 22 May 2017

    Vivid Sydney at Chatswood: Getting There – Plan Your Visit


    Locals and visitors are being encouraged to use public transport to visit Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, when it comes to Chatswood from 26 May - 17 June. A variety of other transport options, including accessible tours and parking are also available.

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  7. 22 May 2017

    Vivid Sydney at Chatswood – run on 100 per cent GreenPower


    The Chatswood precinct of Vivid Sydney, ‘Future City, Smart City’, will be run on 100 per cent GreenPower when it lights up from 26 May to 17 June.

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  8. 22 May 2017

    Fantastic dining to fuel up for your journey through Vivid Sydney at Chatswood


    Visitors to Vivid Sydney at Chatswood will be spoilt for choice with a range of dining options available to fuel up for their journey through the futuristic, steam-powered light installations in Chatswood CBD.

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  9. 22 May 2017

    Family Fun at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood 2017


    Vivid Sydney at Chatswood’s family friendly offerings return from 26 May to 17 June, featuring a special daytime installation at Chatswood Chase Sydney, night time installations open from the earlier time of 5.30pm, robotics and lantern making workshops, and plenty of easily accessible, interactive installations and dining options.

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  10. 10 May 2017

    Lights On Competition!


    Tell us your vision for Chatswood as a ‘Future City, Smart City’ and win the opportunity to switch on the lights at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

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  11. 9 May 2017

    Have your say on Council’s Operational Plan and Budget for the coming year


    Willoughby Council’s Draft 2017-2018 Operational Plan, Budget, Revenue and Pricing Policies - Schedule of Fees and Charges will be available for public consultation from 11 May, following approval for public exhibition at last night’s Council meeting (Monday 8 May).

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  12. 5 May 2017

    Council seeks feedback on former Artarmon Bowling Club site


    Willoughby City Council is seeking feedback from the community regarding the future use of the former Artarmon Bowling Club site, located at 1A Burra Rd, Artarmon.

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  13. 2 May 2017

    Live at Lunch presents Monet: The Flowers of War 1918


    Experience a delicious feast for the senses at Live at Lunch’s Monet: The Flowers of War 1918, featuring the exquisite music of WWI French composers as the masterworks of Impressionist Monet are projected onto a big screen.

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  14. 1 May 2017

    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 2017 Season, Enduring Passion.

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  15. 1 May 2017

    Community Grants – closing soon!


    Community organisations and groups are encouraged to apply for Willoughby City Council’s 2017 round of Community Grants. Applications will close at 5pm, Friday 12 May.

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04 April


  1. 24 Apr 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Nikki Gemmell and Caroline Baum In Conversation


    Join authors Nikki Gemmell and Caroline Baum as they discuss their recent family memoirs and mother-daughter relationships at a special Talks@Willoughby at Chatswood Library this May.

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  2. 21 Apr 2017

    Learn how to stay safe in and around the water


    Bring the whole family along to Willoughby Leisure Centre’s Family Water Safety Day and find out how to stay safe in and around the water.

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  3. 19 Apr 2017

    New Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre


    Willoughby residents can now recycle various types of problem waste free of charge, at the newly opened drive through Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre, in Artarmon.

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  4. 19 Apr 2017

    #MyWilloughby Photo Competition now on display


    Finalists in this year’s #MyWilloughby Photo Competition are now on display in an exhibition at Willoughby Council’s Foyer Exhibition Space (9am - 5pm weekdays, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood) until Tuesday 16 May.

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  5. 18 Apr 2017

    Autumn Afternoons at The Concourse


    Bring the whole family along to enjoy Autumn Afternoons from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 April at The Concourse lower outdoor space.

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  6. 12 Apr 2017

    Councillor Anthony Mustaca OAM awarded Italian Knighthood


    The Award is in recognition for service Councillor Mustaca has provided to the Italian community, but especially to disadvantaged children, over his lifetime

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  7. 11 Apr 2017

    Business improvements result in award win and wins for the community


    Willoughby Council has been recognised for its successful internal Business Improvement Program, winning the Excellence in Operational and Management Effectiveness award at the prestigious Local Government Awards, held last Thursday.

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  8. 7 Apr 2017

    The Sydney Writers' Festival returns to The Concourse in 2017


    Literary lovers are invited to attend the Sydney Writers’ Festival on The Concourse from 22 – 28 May, featuring an exciting line-up of author talks including David Hunt and Stephen Dando-Collins, student program Secondary School Days, and popular chill-out zone, The Reading Corner.

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  9. 3 Apr 2017

    Student art talent showcased in SMART EXPRESSIONS: An exhibition of HSC artworks


    Willoughby City Council presents Smart Expressions, a mixed media exhibition of selected 2016 HSC artworks by students from five local High Schools: Chatswood High, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner, Mercy Catholic College, St Pius X College and Willoughby Girls High.

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03 March


  1. 28 Mar 2017

    Willoughby on track to deliver key projects, improvements and services


    A six-month update of Willoughby Council’s 2016/17 Operational Plan shows Council is well on task to deliver key projects, business improvements and day to day services that will benefit, and are expected by local community. The update, presented at last night’s Council meeting (Monday 27 March), forms part of Council’s overall Delivery Program 2013-17.

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  2. 28 Mar 2017

    Willoughby Council responds to draft amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act


    Willoughby Council last night (meeting of Monday 27 March 2017) endorsed a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment regarding draft amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act), 1979 - highlighting key concerns around the unknown full impact of the changes, and potential for increasing the range of development to be assessed as Complying Development.

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  3. 28 Mar 2017

    Willoughby Council calls for clarity on delivery and its role in Greater Sydney Commission’s Draft Northern District Plan


    Willoughby Council last night (meeting of Monday 27 March 2017) endorsed a submission on the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) Draft North District Plan, which largely supports the vision of the Plan but calls for more clarity on how it will be delivered and Council’s role in the process.

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  4. 24 Mar 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Susi Prescott speaking about her book Where Hummingbirds Dance


    When a traumatic event changed Susi Prescott’s seemingly perfect life, she packed up her things and set off for an adventure of a lifetime. From a well-planned life as a wife, mother, teacher and writer, to the unexpected end of her thirty year marriage, Susi decided to turn tragedy into opportunity by dedicating her life to helping others in need.

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  5. 21 Mar 2017

    Council Delivers with Infrastructure Levy


    Willoughby Council’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading the city’s parks, playgrounds and sports fields is paying off for the local community, with more than $2.7m in upgrades completed across the Willoughby Local Government Area in 2016, and a significant portion of funding coming from the Infrastructure Levy.

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  6. 20 Mar 2017

    Symphony’s moment of GLORY


    Effervescent composer and pianist extraordinaire, Daniel Rojas will showcase his virtuosic talents as guest soloist in the Willoughby Symphony’s GLORY concert.

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  7. 16 Mar 2017

    Councillor Rutherford received Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government


    Willoughby Councillor, Judith Rutherford has received a prestigious Ministerial Award in honour of her outstanding service to the community, being presented with the Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government, held at NSW Parliament House.

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  8. 14 Mar 2017

    Willoughby Leisure Centre Award Win: Swim School Supervisor honoured with AUSTWIM award


    Willoughby Leisure Centre’s Aquatic Programs Supervisor Kaylyn Tomkinson has been awarded the 2016 NSW AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award at this year’s AUSTSWIM Water Safety Awards.

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  9. 14 Mar 2017

    North Shore’s own ‘French Knight’ leads fifth season at The Concourse


    Legendary Australian Flautist, Jane Rutter leads the return of the popular Live at Lunch concert series for its fifth season at The Concourse – commencing with the enchanting Flute Spirits & the Seasons.

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  10. 14 Mar 2017

    Fauna Fair 2017


    The North Shore’s ever popular Fauna Fair returns in 2017 with a fun day for family and friends on all things animals and nature, including demonstrations, talks, stalls and activities at Chatswood’s Currey Park.

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  11. 14 Mar 2017

    Chatswood gets (steam)punk’d for Vivid Sydney 2017


    The buildings, streets and laneways of Chatswood will be reinvented as a funky, retro-futuristic smart city as technology and light fuse with 19th Century steam-powered machinery during Vivid Sydney at Chatswood from 26 May to 17 June.

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  12. 1 Mar 2017

    Herbs for a Healthy Home: Celebrating Harmony Day 2017


    Celebrate Willoughby’s rich cultural diversity at "Herbs for a Healthy Home" on Friday 24 March in Chatswood Mall, with a range of activities and demonstrations as part of Chatswood Mall Market.

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02 February


  1. 24 Feb 2017

    Transitions Film Festival comes to Chatswood


    The Transitions Film Festival, Australia’s largest sustainability film festival, is coming to Chatswood this March with an inspiring line-up of films about health and wellness, energy revolutions, ethical fashion and creative innovation.

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  2. 21 Feb 2017

    Grow Young with Indira Naidoo


    Join Indira Naidoo and the Time to Grow Garden Share team at Grow Young on Thursday 9 March and learn more about growing plants in small areas, cooking and pickling with home grown produce and organic solutions to gardening problems.

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  3. 20 Feb 2017

    International Women’s Day: Celebrate Willoughby’s extraordinary women


    Celebrate International Women’s Day at Willoughby Women Inspired and hear the remarkable success stories of inspiring women in the community, including special guest Pat Evans from Dress from Success Sydney, who will speak about her efforts to help women thrive in life and in work.

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  4. 15 Feb 2017

    Willoughby’s Seniors Festival 2017


    Residents aged 55 and over are invited to take part in Willoughby’s annual Seniors Festival. Sponsored by Willoughby City Council and supported by local community organisations and businesses, the 2017 programme features more than 30 free or specially discounted events and activities for seniors this March.

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  5. 15 Feb 2017

    Local resident recognised in naming of Castle Cove Park Path


    Willoughby City Council will recognise the life and community contributions of the late James ‘Jim’ Ernest White in the naming of a new path at Castle Cove Park.

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  6. 10 Feb 2017

    Season-opening concert is a stroke of GENIUS


    The Willoughby Symphony's ravishing 2017 Season, Enduring Passion, opens with the dazzling GENIUS concert featuring masterworks by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

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  7. 9 Feb 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Dr Nicola Gates speaking about her book A Brain for Life


    Back by popular demand, Dr Nicola Gates returns to Chatswood Library to speak about her book, A Brain for Life, as part of the Talks@Willoughby programme.

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  8. 8 Feb 2017

    The Future of Willoughby: Have your Say in Planning our Future


    Willoughby City Council is planning for the future and is inviting you to be involved. By 2036 the population of Willoughby is estimated to increase by 18 per cent to nearly 90,000 people. Over the same period, household size is expected to fall. The number of people living alone will increase as will the number of people aged 70 and above and there will be a need to create more than 19,000 additional jobs.

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  9. 6 Feb 2017

    Council seeks community consultation for Flood Study


    Willoughby City Council is undertaking a study to develop a Floodplain Risk Management Plan for the Flat Rock Creek Catchment, in accordance with the NSW Government’s directive.

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  10. 2 Feb 2017

    Important information for Willoughby residents: Delivery of new domestic bins


    Willoughby residents will soon have brand new red and yellow lidded bins when the old models are replaced over the months of February and March this year.

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01 January


  1. 31 Jan 2017

    Willoughby welcomes Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year Festival 2017


    Welcome in the Year of the Rooster at the annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, from 10am - 5pm, Saturday 4 February at Chatswood Mall and The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

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  2. 26 Jan 2017

    Willoughby’s Citizens of the Year


    The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to two outstanding individuals in the community, Janet France and Grant Sheldon.

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  3. 24 Jan 2017

    Celebrate Banjo Paterson’s birthday at the Henry Lawson Cave


    Artists and creatives are being called to submit ideas to be part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB) from 6 – 24 September 2017, with proposed artworks and ideas responding to the theme, Kaleidoscope.

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  4. 19 Jan 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Belinda Alexandra: speaking about her novel "Southern Ruby"


    Bestselling Australian author, Belinda Alexandra, will speak about her latest novel Southern Ruby on Wednesday 22 February at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.

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  5. 19 Jan 2017

    Have Your Say - New Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions


    Willoughby residents are being encouraged to have their say on the proposed introduction of new boat trailer parking restriction across the entire Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA) through a community consultation process. This follows recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grants councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.

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  6. 12 Jan 2017

    Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial call for artists and creatives: event set to reinvigorate underutilised spaces in Chatswood CBD


    Artists and creatives are being called to submit ideas to be part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB) from 6 – 24 September 2017, with proposed artworks and ideas responding to the theme, Kaleidoscope.

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  7. 10 Jan 2017

    The Young Creators: local students curate professional art exhibition


    Five local high school students have curated their first professional art exhibition through a Willoughby Council initiative, The Young Creators.

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  8. 5 Jan 2017

    Hallstrom Park Playground refreshed and refurbished


    Willoughby City Council has recently completed $500,000 worth of upgrades to Hallstrom Park Playground, located in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.

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