Local Economy

Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA) is strategically located in the northern part Sydney’s ‘Global Economic Corridor’, which runs from Macquarie Park through Chatswood and St Leonards, North Sydney, the Sydney CBD and through to the airport. Chatswood, in the heart of the Willoughby LGA, is 10 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, and connected by the Gore Hill Freeway, Sydney Harbour Bridge and North Shore train line.

The commercial, retail and industrial precincts of Willoughby are the key employment concentrations in the local government area.


Chatswood boasts a number of retail centres including Chatswood Chase, Westfield Chatswood, Mandarin Centre and Lemon Grove together with a multitude of specialty centres, arcades and numerous single shops.

The Willoughby LGA also contains a variety of retail centres, ranging from the Northbridge village centre to small village centres such as Naremburn, Willoughby and Castlecrag. Northbridge shops, particularly the Plaza, serve the local area as well as a wider district catchment.


The Artarmon industrial precinct is strategically significant given its location, including proximity to the St Leonards strategic centre, the Royal North Shore Hospital and superior arterial road and rail access. It is one of the few relatively unconstrained and intact areas of industrial land within the subregion. The precinct contains a wide variety of industries of employment and has experienced growth in a number of these industries.

The East Chatswood industrial precinct contains a cluster of integrated office/warehouse uses including wholesale and retail employment.

The portion of the Lane Cove West industrial precinct which is located in Willoughby LGA contains a cluster of heavy industry and manufacturing land uses which accommodate manufacturing and wholesale employment.