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Willoughby City Council has recently completed $500,000 worth of upgrades to Hallstrom Park Playground, located in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.
Five local high school students have curated their first professional art exhibition through a Willoughby Council initiative, The Young Creators.
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.
Bestselling Australian author, Belinda Alexandra, will speak about her latest novel Southern Ruby on Wednesday 22 February at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Willoughby Symphony's ravishing 2017 Season, Enduring Passion, opens with the dazzling GENIUS concert featuring masterworks by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Effervescent composer and pianist extraordinaire, Daniel Rojas will showcase his virtuosic talents as guest soloist in the Willoughby Symphony’s GLORY concert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Award is in recognition for service Councillor Mustaca has provided to the Italian community, but especially to disadvantaged children, over his lifetime
Bring the whole family along to enjoy Autumn Afternoons from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 April at The Concourse lower outdoor space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spoil your loved one this Mother’s Day with a Willoughby Symphony Gift Package, featuring four beautiful concerts from the 2017 Season, Enduring Passion.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Families with young children are invited on a thrilling journey through Ancient Persia at Willoughby City Library’s Dads Read event this July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following consultation, Willoughby Council finalised and adopted its Operational Plan and Budget for 2017/18 last night.
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.
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.
Award winning Australian author, Michael Robotham, returns to Chatswood Library to speak about his gripping new psychological thriller, The Secrets She Keeps.
More than $72,000 worth of community grants have been awarded to 26 community groups and individuals as part of Willoughby Council’s 2017 Small Grants program.
Green thumbs of all ages are invited to join Willoughby City Council’s National Tree Day activities on Sunday 30 July at Warners Park, Northbridge.
Willoughby Council is reminding residents and non-resident owners, occupiers and rate paying lessees of rateable land in the Willoughby City Council area to ensure their enrolment details are up to date in the lead up to Local Government elections.
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM leads the full Willoughby Orchestra and Choir in a celebration of masterpieces in Last Night of the Proms, performing beloved works as the Dambusters March, Jerusalem and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March.
Willoughby Council is moving forward with plans to bring the former Artarmon Bowling Club site into community use, by establishing a Citizens Panel that will consider future options for the Artarmon Bowling clubhouse building. Willoughby Council purchased the former Artarmon Bowling Club site, located at 1A Burra Rd in February 2016, on condition that the site must remain a community recreation facility.
The NSW State Government announced on Thursday 27 July that council mergers will no longer proceed.
Former BBC Reporter Roger Maynard will speak about his book, Hero or Deserter? Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of 8th Division.
Willoughby Council has extended the Chatswood CBD Smoke-Free Zone to include Post Office Lane, which now acts as a major pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the eastern entry/exit of the Chatswood Interchange to Victor Street.
Willoughby Council has adopted (Council Meeting of Monday 7 August) a revised Code of Meeting Practice that will allow for the implementation of webcasting of Council Meetings.
Kevin Kwan is the author of the international bestsellers Crazy Rich Asians, soon to be a major motion picture, and China Rich Girlfriend. Born in Singapore, he has called New York's West Village home since 1995.
Willoughby City Council has adopted its updated Long-Term Financial Plan (LTFP) 2017 - 2027 at the final Council meeting for the current term (Monday 7 August).
An exciting program of more than 30 events has been announced for the North Shore’s much loved Emerge Festival this September.
Two great pianists on two grand pianos will fuse jazz and classical music in The Painted Piano & The Golden Flute, the fourth concert of popular Live at Lunch concert series at The Concourse.
Upgrades worth $2.5M to Chatswood High School Oval are now complete, with the new synthetic sportsground open for use.
The Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial will transform the Chatswood CBD with sculpture, sound and video installations, as well as pop up art activities and ‘happenings’ in public places and art spaces across the Willoughby area from 6 – 24 September.
Algorithmic Pareidolia, an exhibition by leading Australian media artist Wade Marynowsky is one of the stand out events of this year’s Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial.
The City of Willoughby has elected its Council for the next three years returning Gail Giles-Gidney as Willoughby’s 51st Mayor.
Thirteen Councillors, including returning Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, were officially sworn in last night as part of the first meeting for the new Council.
Willoughby Leisure Centre is hosting a free Community Open Day at Tyneside Tennis Courts, North Willoughby on 22 October.
Sit back with some popcorn and settle in for an evening of outstanding short films at the Willoughby Shorts Film Festival - Sydney’s fastest growing student film festival – from 6pm, Friday 27 October at The Concourse, Chatswood.
A six month update on the progress of Willoughby Council’s Delivery Program 2013-17, during the 2016/17 financial year, shows Council is well on track to deliver intended projects and works, and improve services for the benefit of the community.
Willoughby Council has partnered with Service NSW as part of the Easy to do Business program, which aims to benefit small businesses within the Willoughby Local Government area by cutting through the red tape.
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.
Willoughby Council is calling on the local community to be a part of a continuing conversation about how we manage and plan for this future growth - particularly of local centres - as part of the Willoughby Planning Strategy 2036.
Willoughby City Council is seeking nominations for the 2018 Willoughby Australia Day Awards, to be presented at the Australia Day Ceremony on Friday 26 January at The Concourse Civic Pavilion, Chatswood.
Kick start the festivities with a range of fun events for the whole family!
A new, state-of-the-art stormwater harvesting and reuse system, estimated to save upwards of $10,000 per year, is now in use for irrigation of the sports oval at Artarmon Reserve.
Willoughby City Council hosted a special celebration and presentation ceremony for the winners of the Our Local Wildlife Short Story Competition on Thursday 9 November.
Federal Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman MP and Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney turned the sod to mark the start of construction of the Gore Hill Park redevelopment – a major regional sport and recreation hub for the lower North Shore.
Willoughby City Council has approved four applicants for The Concourse Performing Arts Subsidy Grants program, totalling an amount of $12,000.
Experience an extraordinary voyage of astounding music with the Willoughby Symphony’s 2018 Subscription Series, Soaring Spirit, featuring six concerts of beloved classics and innovative new music.
The Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse is back in 2018, offering a jam-packed program of fun activities and events for the whole family to get involved in.
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