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Willoughby Council is seeking community feedback on proposed plans for a new stage at the Haven Amphitheatre in Castlecrag, with a preferred design now on public exhibition.
Willoughby City Council is encouraging its community to have their say about the State Government’s amalgamation proposal for Willoughby and North Sydney Councils, following a meeting today where next steps and key dates were outlined for the process by nominated Delegate, Ian Reynolds.
The Willoughby Symphony's highly anticipated 2016 Season, Pure Elation, opens with the powerhouse concert GALA, a glorious celebration of romantic arias by opera’s greatest lovers.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps - a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!
Willoughby Council has been informed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet that the State government has decided not to progress the Unsolicited Proposal by the St Leonards Consortium (Brookfield Multiplex/Alto Group) for the ‘St Leonards Central’ development in and around, St Leonards Station.
The glamorous story of Australian fashion photography is revealed in Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this January.
The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra's own Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton, has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the arts, particularly to classical orchestral music performance, as a musician, conductor and artistic director.
Tuesday 26 January 2016: The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to three outstanding individuals in the community, Barney Flanagan, Judy Brady and Noel Cislowski.
Enjoy an evening of bush poetry, ballads and music by the campfire at Willoughby’s annual Bush Poetry Reading event this Valentine’s Day.
Willoughby Citizen of the Year Noel Cislowski has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the performing arts, particularly to speech and drama, to music, and to a range of community organisations.
The streets of colonial Sydney were full of entrepreneurial businesswomen earning a living in a variety of small and sometimes surprising enterprises. Hear the fascinating details of these women’s successes and failures (and the occasional juicy scandal!) when historian Catherine Bishop speaks about her book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney.
Welcome in the Year of the Monkey at the annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, from 10am - 5pm, Saturday 13 February at Chatswood Mall and The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March at Secret Women’s Business - an intimate evening of discussion with special guest speakers on topics of women’s health, beauty and empowerment.
The North Shore’s ever popular Fauna Fair returns in 2016 with a day of family fun on all things animals and nature, including demonstrations, talks, stalls and activities at the new location of Chatswood’s Currey Park.
Willoughby City Council is proud to present Modernity’s End: Half the Sky – Two Australians in China by leading Australian contemporary artist, John Young, with invited artists Pei Pei He and Cyrus Tang and music by Theodore Wohng.
Willoughby Council is introducing changes to its Council meeting governance, and increasing the time available for the community to consider items on Council’s agenda. The changes aim to improve business efficiency, transparency, and the flow of information between community, Councillors and Council officers that will ultimately result in sounder decision making on behalf of the community.
Calling all Willoughby residents! Celebrate Neighbour Day 2016 by hosting a neighbourhood event during the month of April and help do your part in growing a stronger, more connected community.
Get set for a smouldering night of French and Latin music with La Musique, La Musica, featuring Toronto based cabaret singer Patricia O’Callaghan and French concert pianist Francois Gassion.
Willoughby Council endorsed its submission in response to the State Government’s merger proposal of Willoughby City Council and North Sydney Council at its meeting held on 22 February, and has delegated authority to the General Manager to finalise the report.
Willoughby Council has adopted a revised Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) 2015-2025, which confirms Council's current strong financial position, and cements a sound future that projects a cumulative Annual Operating Surplus of $87.377M over the next 10 years.
The Willoughby Heritage Photo Competition returns in 2016 with #DiscoverWilloughby, celebrating the special places, experiences and people of our diverse area.
A new merger proposal for Willoughby, North Sydney and Mosman councils was released yesterday on the NSW’s Government’s Council Boundary Review website.
Join Meg and Tom Keneally in conversation about their intriguing novel The Soldier’s Curse – Book One of The Monsarrat Series. Originally envisioned as a 12 book series, Tom enlisted the help of his daughter Meg, a former journalist, to bring the first novel to fruition.
The Artarmon Bowling Club site has been secured exclusively for future community recreational use, with the sale of the land to Willoughby City Council.
Community organisations and groups are encouraged to apply for Willoughby City Council’s 2016 round of Community Grants.
Shoreshocked, Northern Sydney’s largest free music festival, has announced an exciting line-up of bands set to perform at this year’s event on Saturday 16 April at St Leonards Park, North Sydney.
Experience the purity and transcendence of INSPIRATIONS, the Willoughby Symphony’s second concert of the series, guest-starring the renowned Caro String Quartet in a mesmerising performance of works by this unusual yet glorious combination of instruments.
Willoughby City Library continues its commitment to helping local teenagers and their families ‘Survive the HSC’ with two inspirational seminars in 2016.
Willoughby City Council is inviting residents to express their views on the State Government’s Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby merger proposal at a public meeting from 4pm - 5.45pm on Monday 21 March, 2016 in the Council Chambers at 31 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Two hundred thousand dollars worth of themed landscape improvements have been given the go ahead at Castle Cove Park Playground, Castle Cove and John Roche Playground in Northbridge, especially aimed at providing safe and fun play spaces for Willoughby’s youngest residents and their families.
Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, will return to Chatswood in 2016 for a second year. During Vivid Sydney, the bustling Chatswood CBD will be transformed into ‘WildLight - The Bio-Kinetic City’, an amazing collection of engaging installations and activities inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana.
Residents aged 55 and over are invited to take part in Willoughby’s annual Seniors Celebrations! Sponsored by Willoughby City Council and supported by local community organisations and businesses, the 2016 programme features more than 30 free or specially discounted events and activities for seniors this April.
Beloved Australian artist Ken Done speaks about his vibrant memoir, A Life Coloured In, at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this April.
Willoughby Council last night (Council Meeting of 29 March) resolved to not support the State Government’s three-council merger proposal of Willoughby City Council, Mosman Municipal Council and North Sydney Council.
Willoughby Council is moving forward with long term plans to determine the best future use for the former Northbridge Bowling Club facilities and Warners Park Centre (Warners Park, Northbridge) and bring the site into vibrant community use.
Australian author and former editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Alexandra Joel will speak about her latest book, Rosetta: A Scandalous True Story at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this April.
Willoughby Council is progressing proposed plans for the Haven Amphitheatre in Castlecrag, with Council (Tuesday 29 March Council meeting) endorsing baseline works that will make the site safe and publicly accessible.
The Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to The Concourse with an exciting line-up of events and programs including Madga Szubanksi: Reckoning, popular student program Secondary School Days, author talks by renowned Chinese author Ye Xin and author/antiquarian book expert Stuart Kells, and the popular Reading Corner.
ARIA Award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and internationally acclaimed composer/pianist Elena Kats-Chernin star in Russian Rhapsodies: Four Hands and a Flute, the second concert of the popular lunchtime concert series, Live at Lunch.
Willoughby City Council presents a mixed media exhibition of selected 2015 HSC artworks by students from Chatswood High, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner, Mercy Catholic College, St Pius X College and Willoughby Girls High.
Twenty thousand dollars worth of upgrades to the BMX track at Bonds Corner, Northbridge have been completed in time for the school holidays, with the track now open again to cycling and BMX enthusiasts.
Spoil your loved one this Mother's Day with a Willoughby Symphony Gift Package, featuring four irresistible Willoughby Symphony concerts that will leave you glowing with pure elation.
Winners of the Willoughby Heritage Photo Competition, #DiscoverWilloughby, were announced last week following a record number of entries.
In their very own special concert, the Willoughby Symphony Choir will perform Mendelssohn’s glorious Elijah at the world class Concert Hall on The Concourse this May.
You can win the opportunity to switch on the lights at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns to Chatswood from 27 May - 13 June.
The countdown is on to Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney will return to Chatswood for a second time from 27 May to 13 June, with the bustling CBD transforming into ‘WildLight – The Bio-Kinetic City’, an amazing collection of engaging installations and activities inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana.
Learn more about making your will and estate planning with Making Your Will, held at Chatswood Library on The Concourse to celebrate National Law Week 16 - 20 May 2016.
Willoughby Council offers a second sneak peak at some of the amazing light installations, projections and hands on technological experiences that will delight visitors to this year’s Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, from 27 May to 13 June.
Australian writer and naturalist, John Blay, will speak about his search for the ancient Bundian Way track at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this June.
Willoughby City Council will host a series of events as part of this year’s Guringai Festival. Held from Thursday 26 May to Tuesday 12 July, the Guringai Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal Culture and Heritage, raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People living in the northern Sydney region.
With the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney, only 18 sleeps away, Willoughby Council is releasing its final sneak of the Chatswood CBD precinct, which will be transformed into WildLight - The Bio-Kinetic City - inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana - from 27 May to 13 June.
Willoughby Council last night received the draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan and Budget for 2016-2017, and gave approval to place the plan on public exhibition. The plan incorporates the services and projects to be delivered in what will be the final year of the 2013-2017 Delivery Plan. Estimates of income and expenditure and a schedule of fees and charges are also included.
Under the baton of renowned conductor, Stephen Mould, BRILLIANCE opens with Mozart’s sparkling Haffner Symphony, followed by Nielsen’s intensely beautiful Symphony No. 6 with its exquisite orchestral writing and a fascinating palette of incredible colours and textures.
North Shore resident, Michael Moor has been named as the lucky winner of Willoughby Council’s Lights On competition, winning the opportunity to switch on the lights at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns to Chatswood from 27 May - 13 June.
Visitors to Vivid Sydney at Chatswood are encouraged to a stay and play in the vibrant Chatswood CBD after viewing ‘WildLight – The Bio-Kinetic City’, an amazing collection of engaging installations and activities inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana – from 27 May to 13 June.
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 27 May - 13 June.
Willoughby Council has recently completed three playground projects, as part of its $ 1.7 million funding for park and playground upgrades in the 2015/16 financial year.
The Land and Environment Court yesterday (Thursday 26 May) joined Willoughby Council into Mosman Council and North Sydney Councils’ legal proceedings against the State Government regarding proposed Council mergers.
Stunning soprano Amelia Farrugia sings her favourite songs from opera, operetta, and the Great American Songbook in The Songbird, the third concert of the popular lunchtime series, Live at Lunch.
Design and urban planning experts from around the globe will transform The Concourse, Chatswood into a digital media technology hub, for the fifth international Media Architecture Biennale 2016 from 1 June to 4 June.
Hugh Mackay, one of Australia’s most respected authors, returns to Chatswood Library on The Concourse to speak about his new book, Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion this June.
While this year’s Vivid Sydney at Chatswood features an amazing collection of engaging installations and activities inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana, there’s nothing prehistoric about Willoughby Council’s commitment to ensuring the event is as sustainable as possible.
Keen gardeners from across the community are getting involved in Willoughby City Council’s Time to Grow Garden Share project.
More than $10,000 dollars has been awarded to local community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2016 Event Seed Funding Grants. The grants will help fund cultural, artistic and performing arts projects and events that will directly benefit the cultural life of the Willoughby Community.
Children are invited to enter the magical world of classical music with the Willoughby Symphony’s Boom Box, a special concert experience just for families.
Under the baton of Conductor and Musical Director, Peter Ellis, the Willoughby Symphony Choir presents a concert of translucent beauty in And On Earth, Peace.
Willoughby Council (Council meeting of Monday 27 June) has adopted the Delivery Program, Operational Plan, Budget and Fees and Charges for 2016-2017, the updated Long Term Financial Plan 2015-2025 and 2016-2017 Workforce Plan, incorporating all activities of the final year of the 2013-2017 Delivery Program.
Willoughby City Council’s Yuki Takahashi-Braybrook has taken out the National award for Early Childhood Educator of the Year at the recent 2016 Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards Gala.
Popular ABC Radio broadcaster, Richard Fidler, will speak about his new book, Ghost Empire at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this July.
Willoughby Council is calling on the Department of Planning and Environment to establish a Community Consultative Committee for the Sydney Metro - Chatswood to Sydenham project, to ensure residents directly impacted by the major infrastructure project are adequately consulted and informed.
Willoughby Council is calling on the lower North Shore community to have their say on the draft Plan of Management and Concept Plan for the future redevelopment of Gore Hill Park, St Leonards - set to meet the needs of a growing and changing population in the St Leonards CBD and the wider Willoughby, North Sydney and Lane Cove areas.
The Willoughby Symphony’s fourth concert of the year, DESTINY, will open in an exhilarating eruption of sirens as an expanded percussion section performs Matthew Hindson’s explosive Boom Box.
Tickets to the Willoughby Symphony’s ever popular Last Night of the Proms concerts are selling fast – with Sunday’s performance already sold out!
Willoughby City Council is calling on the community to go plastic free this July and help reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans.
Prolific Australian artist Digby Webster’s exuberant works will be showcased in in the special exhibition, Eye Flowers, held from Friday 15 July to Friday 2 September at Blend Café, 7 Victor Street Chatswood.
Ignite your imagination at Chatswood Library this August with National Science Week! Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, National Science Week is held from 13 to 21 August and features more than 1000 events held around Australia.
More than $63,000 worth of community grants have been awarded to 29 community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2016 Small Grants program.
ANZ has commissioned Archibald Finalist Luke Cornish (aka E.L.K.) to portray Dr Nicholas Milton AM as part of the ANZ Street Portraits Project, which sees a series of murals recognising local people with inspiring stories on unused walls across Sydney.
Join award-winning poet Tony Davidson and a panel of special guests to celebrate the life and work of Francis Webb, one of Australia’s most prodigious poets and former resident of Willoughby.
An exciting program of more than 30 events has been announced for the North Shore’s much loved Emerge Festival this September – from the new and exciting, to many popular annual events.
Virtuoso cellist Susan Blake, concert pianist John Martin and internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter join forces in London, Spring & The Immortal Beloved: Beethoven & Hadyn at The Concourse.
Tony Hill, Managing Editor of ABC News 24, will speak about his latest book Voices from the Air, the remarkable stories of the first ABC war correspondents to broadcast from the battlefields.
Chatswood Library will host a special presentation and exhibition during History Week 2016, 3-11 September, offering a unique opportunity for the community to learn more about the rich and fascinating history of Willoughby.
The Willoughby Symphony have launched their highly anticipated 2017 Subscription Series - Enduring Passion, featuring six magnificent concerts that traverse a sublime musical landscape of beloved classics and innovative new music.
Willoughby Council is set to deliver a major regional sport and recreation hub for the lower North Shore. Council adopted the ‘Draft Gore Hill Park Plan of Management 2016’ and the ‘Draft Gore Hill Park Concept Plan 2016’ at its meeting on Monday 22 August.
The Willoughby community are invited to celebrate the re-opening of Willoughby Park Centre with an Open Day from 10am-2pm on Saturday 10 September.
The Willoughby Symphony will cast a spell over The Concourse this September in MAGIC, a sparkling Spanish-themed concert conjuring images of glorious sun-drenched Mediterranean vistas and exotic flavours of Latin America.
Willoughby Council is reminding electors enrolled within the Willoughby City area that they do not need to vote at the council elections on 10 September 2016.
Chatswood Library will host a Supercalifragilistic Storytime for the whole family at a special evening event this September. Featuring members of Willoughby Theatre Company’s production of Mary Poppins, both children and adults will adore hearing the special tale of the Banks family and their magical nanny.
Improving and creating rewarding volunteering opportunities that will benefit the local community is at the heart of a new volunteering focus for Willoughby Council.
There’s less than two weeks left to submit your film to this year’s Willoughby Short Film Festival, with entries to Sydney’s fastest growing student film festival closing on Friday, 23 September.
Discover how you can keep native bees, build a hive and extract your own sugarbag honey with Dr Tim Heard and his latest book, The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey.
The NSW Land and Environment Court today handed down judgement in North Sydney Council and Mosman Council’s challenge to the State Government’s merger proposal with Willoughby Council, finding there was a ‘defect’ in the Delegate’s report to the Boundary Commission and Minister for Local Government.
Local children are being encouraged to enter Willoughby Council’s Festive Flag Competition, for a chance to have their festive drawings displayed on street flags throughout the Chatswood CBD.
Learn how you can keep your brain healthy for life with Neuropsychologist, Dr Nicola Gates at a special Talks@Willoughby event on Friday 28 October at Northbridge Library.
Willoughby Council has objected to the Modification request for the existing Concept Plan for development at 6-30 Artarmon Road, Willoughby (the former Channel 9 site), submitted by JBA Planning on behalf of LEPC9 to the Department of Planning and Environment.
Willoughby Councillor, Mandy Stevens was presented with an Outstanding Service Award at Monday evening’s Council meeting, to recognise her service to the community through Local Government NSW, covering a period of 20 years as a member of Willoughby City Council.
Bring the whole family along to celebrate Grandparents Day at the Dougherty Community Centre!
Enjoy a magical start to the festive season with the Willoughby Symphony’s spectacular end of year concert, The Magic of Christmas.
Revel in the unforgettable melodies and glorious harmonies of an expanded orchestra and choir in the Willoughby Symphony’s 2016 Season Finale concert, JOY.
Get your friends, family and co-workers together and sign up to Willoughby Swim for a Cause - a community swimming relay held in support of White Ribbon and Delvena Women’s Refuge.
Willoughby City Council’s strong and stable financial position has been confirmed with Annual Financial Statements reporting a surplus operating position of $13.142M ($35.536M inc capital items), significant cash and cash reserves (increase of $14.172M from 2015 to $104.284M in 2016), and with all financial indicators exceeding benchmarks.
Popular lunchtime concert series Live at Lunch presents the 2016 Season finale concert, The Vampire Diaries, starring brilliant pianist Simon Tedeschi and international flautist Jane Rutter.
Author and host of The Drum, Julia Baird will be speaking about her fascinating new biography of Queen Victoria at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Dust off those manuscripts and find out how to get your work published at So you want to be an author? a free workshop presented by Lisa Hanrahan, Director of Rockpool Publishing.
Forty local children have won the chance to have their festive drawings displayed on street flags throughout the Chatswood CBD as part of Willoughby Council’s annual Festive Flag Competition.
Willoughby City Library is hosting a range of free digital literacy programs this November as part of the Go Digi Pop-Up Festival, giving the community an opportunity to learn about everything from basic internet skills to video editing! An initiative of InfoExchange and Australia Post, Go Digi is a national digital literacy program advocating digital skills and online confidence.
Award-winning writer and actor, William McInnes returns to Chatswood Library to speak about his latest book, Full Bore this November.
Children are invited to connect and create through colour and play with Creative Connections, a special program of fun events and activities presented by Chatswood Library and Aura Parker’s From Sketches to Stories exhibition.
Mark Tedeschi QC will speak about his latest book, Murder at Myall Creek, the story of the most sensational trial of mass murder in Australia’s legal history.
On Monday 14 November 2016 Council endorsed the commencement of a community consultation following recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grant councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.
Speedo Junior Ambassador and World Junior Relay Champion, Lucy McJannet will show her support for White Ribbon at community fundraising event Willoughby Swim for a Cause on Friday 18 November at Willoughby Leisure Centre.
Willoughby residents can now utilise a free collection and re-homing service run by The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre, an environmental charity and cooperative committed to reducing waste going to landfill.
Visit Chatswood Mall on Saturday 3 December and purchase a gift for your loved one at the Fair Trade Christmas Market, presented by Every Product Has A Story (EPHAS).
Treat your loved one this Christmas with a subscription to the Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2017 Season, Enduring Passion.
A Willoughby City Council and NSW Department of Education collaboration will see upgrades worth $2.5M to Chatswood High School Oval commence mid December.
Willoughby Council (Council Meeting of Monday 28 November) has endorsed a new Parking Strategy, which aims to achieve a balance between the demand for, and supply of, on street parking spaces within the Willoughby area.
Get set for a night of festive family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park! Now in its ninth year, the event will kick off at 4pm with kid’s rides on the oval, market stalls selling a wide range of delicious food.
Back by popular demand, the Willoughby Symphony’s Mini Maestros series returns to The Concourse this January with the hilarious Beethoven vs. Mozart!
Willoughby Council has approved (Council Meeting of Monday 12 December) a Development Application for works at the much loved Haven Amphitheatre, Castlecrag, including stage replacement with a storeroom, accessible ramps, terrace, amenities, gully stabilisation and associated works.
Tickets to the Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2017 season, Enduring Passion are officially on sale!
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