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13 August 2019

Discover how the Sydney Metro projects will benefit Willoughby at community information seminar

Willoughby locals are invited to hear firsthand how the Sydney Metro projects will benefit them at Willoughby City Council’s first Community Information Session at 6.30pm on Monday 26 August at Council Chambers, Level 6, 31 Victoria Street, Chatswood.

Chaired by Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, the information seminars are an innovative new way for Council to engage with the community. They are a forum for people to hear about significant issues and projects and to ask questions.

The Sydney Metro focused seminar will feature a presentation by Stuart Hodgson, Sydney Metro’s Acting Director Sustainability Environment and Planning. It will provide residents with an opportunity to find out more about the metro concept and how it complements existing public transport.

Mr Hodgson will provide an update on the Sydney Metro Northwest which, since its launch in May, has seen thousands of extra commuters pass through Chatswood train station and brought additional people to Chatswood CBD.

He will give a progress update on the Sydney City & Southwest project which will extend the Sydney Metro rail under Sydney harbour, through new underground city stations and beyond to the south west in 2024, benefiting North Shore residents and commuters.

The presentation will feature a map of other metro projects including Sydney Metro West, Greater West and four potential extensions under investigation

The seminar will also lift the lid on the NSW planning system in a presentation by Greg McDonald, Director Planning and Infrastructure, Willoughby City Council. He will explain the State legislation and how Council manages the planning process, from city plans and zoning through to lodging a development application.

Held up to ten times a year on the fourth Monday of each month, seminars will feature topics presented by an expert from Council, state government or other agency.

The community information seminars have been introduced as part of Willoughby City Council’s commitment to ensure the community is informed and will create an opportunities for dialogue.

A video of each presentation will be available to download from Council’s website for those who are unable to attend.

To find out more about the Community Information Sessions visit

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