2018 Media Releases

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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02 February

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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.

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03 March

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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04 April

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 16 Apr 2018


    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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05 May

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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06 June

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 18 Jun 2018


    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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  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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07 July

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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08 August

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 27 Aug 2018


    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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  11. 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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09 September

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 20 Sep 2018


    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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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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11 November

  1. 1 Nov 2018

    Recycling audit shows plastic not fantastic

    Plastic bags and soft plastic remain the largest problem items in recycling bins, a survey of 1,500 bins in Willoughby City Council has found.

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  2. 2 Nov 2018

    Carols in Willoughby Park

    Bring your deck chairs and blankets and settle in for a night of festive family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park!

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  3. 2 Nov 2018

    Willoughby City Council joins landmark renewable agreement to cut emissions and costs

    Willoughby City Council joined 17 other NSW councils to sign a landmark agreement that will see 20% of council’s retail electricity from renewable sources from 1 July 2019.

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  4. 16 Nov 2018

    A trip to Asia without leaving Sydney - Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival 2019

    This summer, Sydneysiders and visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the sensational New Year festivities of Asia without leaving Sydney

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  5. 28 Nov 2018

    Find foodie heaven at the Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival 2019

    Attention foodies! This summer, it’s time to celebrate the flavours of the world with a journey through the delectable food hot spots participating in the Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival 2019.

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  6. 28 Nov 2018

    Willoughby City Council – lighting the way for savings

    Willoughby City Council has given the green light to replacing 1,799 street lights with more cost efficient and environmentally friendly LED lights.

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  7. 29 Nov 2018

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

    A silent disco, theatre shows, Aussie family films, arts and crafts and circus workshops are just some of the highlights of the Chatswood Family Festival on The Concourse when it returns 3 – 27 January 2019. There’s a world of fun to be had!

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12 December

  1. 5 Dec 2018

    Code of Conduct – Information

    There has been discussion and questions in our community about Councillors’ Code of Conduct and how they’re investigated and managed. Particularly, Councillor Coppock has published a four page newsletter that outlines his point of view on complaints against him.

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  2. 14 Dec 2018

    Be part of Year of the Pig Festival at Chatswood

    You’re invited to join the exciting festivities to celebrate the new year by being part of a Lunar New Year Parade or hosting a stall at the Golden Market.

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  3. 19 Dec 2018

    Willoughby City Council pledges support for state-wide Save Our Recycling campaign

    Willoughby City Council is one of ten NSW councils lending support to the Save Our Recycling campaign, echoing calls from the Local Government of NSW (LGNSW) for the state government to urgently address the deepening recycling crisis enveloping NSW.

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