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Christmas lights may be turning on across the North Shore, but residential electricity consumption in Willoughby City has fallen by a massive 18.6 per cent since 2006/07.
Spoil your loved one this Christmas with a subscription to the Willoughby Symphony’s 2015 Season, Electrifying Intensity.
Tickets to Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2015 season, Electrifying Intensity, are officially on sale!
Leading investigative journalist Ross Coulthart will speak about his biography of one of Australia's earliest embedded war reporters, Charles Bean, as part of the Talks@Willoughby program at Chatswood Library.
Get set for a night of family, festive fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park - presented by Hyecorp.
Light Up Chatswood has everything to get you into the holiday mood! Carol singing around the Christmas tree on The Concourse, free Festive Family movies on the Urban Screen, Christmas markets and to really get you in high spirits for the silly season, join in some Festive Photo Fun. The event runs from 20 November to 23 December on The Concourse and in Chatswood Mall.
All The World’s A Stage, a delightful theatre production celebrating International Day of People with Disability, will showcase performers of all abilities in a range of dance, drama, comedy, song and physical theatre performances.
This Christmas, support local Willoughby and North Shore artists, while finding a unique and special gift for your loved ones.
Join us for a tasty Talks@Willoughby with Maeve O’Meara at 1pm on Monday 8 December at Naremburn Library.
Willoughby City Council, in collaboration with Active Opportunities, has brought two new ‘3 on 3’ sports programs to Chatswood Youth Centre - Active Street Heat (basketball) and Run the Streets (soccer).
Willoughby City Council is calling for nominations for the Willoughby Australia Day Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement and/or contribution to the community in three categories: Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year and Cultural and Community Building.
Willoughby City Council’s Sustainability Education Coordinator, Leonne Donnelly has received the Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW Chapter’s Government Education Award 2014 for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Education in NSW.
Willoughby City Library will join public libraries across the state on Monday 3 November to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NSW Library Act, the landmark legislation that led to the provision of free public library services in NSW. The celebrations are part of a state-wide program led by the State Library of NSW to commemorate this milestone and recognise the important role public libraries play.
Award-winning author Blanche d’Alpuget will speak about her captivating new novel, The Lion Rampant, on Wednesday 26 November at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Two bronze plaques, commemorating the Northbridge servicemen who gave their lives in World War I and World War II, will be unveiled by Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles Gidney.
The Willoughby Symphony's final concert for 2014 will showcase the extraordinary talents of Australia’s rising music stars in this monumental climax to a stellar season.
A representative of Willoughby City Council attended the Land & Environment Court on Monday 20 October and secured Class 4 Orders in relation to illegal brothel activity at 218/ 1 Katherine Street, Chatswood.
Park Art, Willoughby Park Centre’s annual art exhibition, will be held from 10am to 3pm, Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November at Willoughby Park Centre, corner of McClelland Street and Warrane Road, Willoughby.
Willoughby City Council is calling for nominations for the 2014/2015 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards. The Awards recognise, encourage and reward young individuals, aged 12 to 28 years, who display high achievement and exceptional dedication to their local community, town, or region.
Internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter presents a fiery showcase of Latin American works and an Indian Raga in Tango! Raga! Habanera! the final concert of the popular Live at Lunch concert series on The Concourse.
On the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the landings, Peter FitzSimons will speak about his latest book, Gallipoli at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Tickets for the Willoughby Symphony’s Baby Proms: The Conductor and the Clown, part of next year’s highly anticipated 2015 Season, are officially on sale.
The North Shore’s popular Child and Family Expo returns to The Concourse this October for a fun and informative day out for the whole family.
Castle Cove Library and Community Learning Centre, located within the Watermark Building at 8b Deepwater Rd, Castle Cove, will temporarily close to allow repair work to be undertaken.
Willoughby Council has taken action against an illegal brothel operating out of Suite 2 / 7 Help Street, Chatswood, under the trading name of ‘Queen’s Sauna’.
Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney is encouraging residents to have their say on the NSW Rural Fire Service’s formal review of the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Rule Code.
Award winning author Graeme Simsion will be speak about his highly anticipated sequel to The Rosie Project as part of the Willoughby Library’s Talks@Willoughby program this November.
Willoughby Band will honour the origins and spirit of the ANZAC tradition in Willoughby Remembers, a stirring concert featuring marches and timeless classics that commemorate the efforts and sacrifice of the men and women in the Australian Service.
October at Willoughby City Council is all about food for your waste-line. Council is hosting three workshops to help residents reduce their food waste, save money and be inspired in the kitchen.
Epicentre Theatre Company presents Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom thriller, 12 Angry Men, starring Willoughby’s own Brett Joachim in the role of the quiet sycophant, Juror No. 2.
There was a great turnout of Willoughby residents for the first meeting of a brand new Parkcare group on Monday 22 September, with 12 volunteers toiling away in Beauchamp Park, Chatswood.
The red carpet will be rolled out and the aroma of fresh popcorn will fill the air for the 2014 Willoughby Shorts Film Festival, Sydney’s fastest growing student film festival, on The Concourse Urban Screen.
Fresh from the success of his bestselling memoir, Lazarus Rising, former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, has turned his attention to one of the most extraordinary periods in Australian history - The Menzies Era.
A new and exciting event at this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival is the Festival Oasis on The Concourse (409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood) – Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 September.
Registrations for this year’s Willoughby Fun Run are NOW OPEN.
The Space Between: Mark-making as Meditation brings together two young Sydney-based artists, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen and Phoebe Rathmell, whose process-driven practices are informed from Buddhist philosophy.
Australian opera diva Taryn Fiebig will guest star in the intimate Strauss, Ravel, Canteloube, part of the popular Live at Lunch concert series on The Concourse.
Willoughby Council will begin preparing its response to the State Government's Fit for the Future Package with the review sitting alongside the Council's own internal service review.
Join bestselling author and recipe developer Rena Patten at the next Talks@Willoughby event and discover the amazing health benefits of cooking with ‘superfoods’ - grains, vegetables, lean meats and dairy products that are loaded with nutrients, fibre and antioxidants.
Experience the dynamic thrill of the Willoughby Symphony's highly anticipated Rhapsody in Blue – An Evening with George Gershwin, a concert spectacle showcasing the treasured works of George Gershwin.
Willoughby City Councillors have called for a report seeking exemptions from the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code that came into effect this month in an effort to ensure the preservation of harbour-side bushland.
A solution for the heavily utilised and degrading Northbridge Plaza Car Park is on track with the first stage of community consultation completed and feedback results now available.
The North Shore’s biggest and best street party, the not-to-be-missed Willoughby StreetFair will be held on Saturday 6 September from 10am in the Chatswood CBD.
HOME GROWN: The Printmakers marks the first in an exciting series of exhibitions that will provide a platform for home grown resident artists of Willoughby City, or those who have developed their practice within the Willoughby area, to exhibit their artwork.
Find out how to help your child get the best start to their education at Ready for School, a free workshop on Friday 19 September at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Journalist Roger Maynard will speak about his latest book Ambon, a compelling account of the little-known story of one of the most brutal Prisoner of War camps in World War II.
Willoughby City Council and Sustainable House Day are calling for owners of environmentally friendly homes to open their doors to inspire and educate others on Sunday 14 September.
Australia’s leading vocal quartet, ARIA award-winning The Idea of North, will present an astounding a cappella concert in Smile: It Feels Like Spring, part of the popular Live at Lunch concert series on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Library will celebrate History Week 2014, 6 - 14 September, with a special exhibition and talk that will commemorate the beginning of the Great War and the many Willoughby men who gave their lives to the cause.
Willoughby residents are invited to lend the bush a hand and receive a motivational address from former Prime Minister, and Bushcare advocate, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC at the annual Bushcare’s Major Day Out, held from 9am to 12noon, Sunday 7 September at Tunks Park, Northbridge.
The Willoughby Symphony has officially launched the highly anticipated 2015 Subscription Series, Electrifying Intensity. Set to be their biggest and best season yet, the series offers a thrilling programme of classic orchestral favourites, modern musical delights, international guest soloists and the innovative works of Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin.
The program for this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival, the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney’s North Shore, has been announced.
Willoughby City Council is a signatory to a new memorandum of understanding with Sydney Water which aims to improve the time, cost and quality aspects of road reserve restoration work.
Sydney’s fastest growing student film festival, the Willoughby Shorts Film Festival, gives young film makers a chance to see their own short film on the big screen at a special outdoor film event.
Strata managers, members of owners corporations and building managers of apartment complexes can benefit from the Water Wise in Willoughby program and use Willoughby City Council’s step-by-step guide to saving water and money.
Award-winning journalist Steve Sailah will speak about his debut novel, A Fatal Tide as part of the Talks@Willoughby program at Chatswood Library.
Experience the glitz and glamour of the 1920s with Roaring Twenties on The Concourse, a free outdoor program celebrating the incredible jazz music and breath-taking silent films of the early 20th Century.
Willoughby families will flock to Chatswood Library on Tuesday 19 August to celebrate The Reading Hour with acclaimed children’s author, R.A. Spratt, who will introduce her exciting new series Friday Barnes: Girl Detective!
Former hostage negotiator and homicide detective, Belinda Neil will speak about her courageous memoir Under Siege as part of Willoughby City Library’s Talks@Willoughby program.
It’s all about wings and wild things at the 2014 Willoughby Fauna Fair, 10am to 3pm, Sunday 24 August at Willoughby Park, corner of McClelland Street and Fourth Avenue, Willoughby.
Prepare to be lifted from your seat in a spellbinding performance by the Willoughby Symphony and sensational guest soloist, Ji Won Kim, in Pictures at an Exhibition - The Russian Masters.
Willoughby Council and the local Artarmon community are again concerned for the future of the local neighbourhood following an appeal lodged by Channel 9 with the Land and Environment Court of NSW against the NSW Planning Assessment Commission's (PAC) determination for their proposed Concept Plan.
Willoughby Shorts Film Festival is your chance to see your own short film on the big screen at a special outdoor film event.
Carol Baxter, “The History Detective”, will speak about The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable - an electrifying true story of passion, poison and pursuit at 12.30pm, Wednesday 16 July at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Council is very pleased to announce that Dr Keith Suter and Dr Paul Collins will lead a panel discussion about sustainable populations to mark World Population Day.
From the Land is an exhibition affirming the extraordinary spiritual and cultural nourishment Aboriginal people gain from, and the one-ness of their existence with, this vast land.
Willoughby City Council is seeking community feedback on its proposed Draft Street Parking Strategy, which aims to optimise street parking, and offer greater choice to residents, visitors and workers about how, why and where they park.
Sydney’s avant-garde string ensemble, the Acacia Quartet, will present an intimate take on the world’s best-loved Baroque piece in Vivaldi Four Seasons and a Goldfinch - the third concert of popular Live at Lunch series.
Willoughby City Council is thrilled to announce that Ed Halmagyi will present a live cooking demonstration as part of council’s World Environment Day celebrations, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday 5 June, Centre Court, Level 3, Westfield Shopping Centre, Chatswood.
Willoughby Leisure Centre’s pool, spa and sauna will close for routine remedial maintenance works for a four week period, from 23 June to 20 July.
Meals on Wheels volunteers Gail Giubin and Joe Falco were recently awarded the Chatswood Rotary 2014 Community Service Award for their outstanding services to the Willoughby community. The award ceremony was held on Wednesday 7 May at the Roseville Memorial Club.
The immortal story of two star-crossed lovers will be brought to life at The Concourse this June in a mesmerising performance of Hector Belioz’s rarely heard choral masterpiece, Romeo and Juliette.
The Willoughby Symphony has released a brand new promotional video for their 2014 Season, Symphonic Connections, featuring the incredible music from their sold out concert, Night at the Opera: Verdi Gala and narration by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton.
Willoughby Council has developed three potential solutions to repair and upgrade the Northbridge Plaza Car Park and is seeking community feedback on the options.
Children are invited to explore the magical world of classical music with Willoughby Symphony’s Pictures at an Exhibition – Children’s Concert at 2pm, Saturday 9 August at The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby City Council is calling on members of the community to take the Fatality Free Friday pledge on Friday 23 May in Chatswood Mall.
Willoughby City Library will celebrate National Law Week 12 - 18 May with a special Talks@Willoughby series on Strata Living at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Richard Blacklock has been named the winner of the Your Journey photo competition, part of this year’s Willoughby Heritage Festival (3 April - 31 May). Highly Commended prizes were awarded to Philip Morris, Marianna La Grassa, Rob Landsberry and Charles Jaggers.
The Electoral Commission NSW has confirmed Gail Giles-Gidney as Mayor of the City of Willoughby following the Mayoral by-election held Saturday 12 April 2014. Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney is now the City's second popularly elected Mayor and the 50th Mayor of the City of Willoughby.
The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2014 is coming to the North Shore, with four fantastic events being hosted by The Concourse, Chatswood this May.
Make Mother's Day Musical this year with a Willoughby Symphony Gift Package, featuring four beautiful Willoughby Symphony concerts led by internationally renowned conductor, Dr Nicholas Milton.
Exquisite soprano Amelia Farrugia pays tribute to Joan Sutherland, June Bronhill and Nellie Melba in Home! Sweet Home! Aussie Opera Divas, the second concert of the popular Live at Lunch series. Featuring favourites by Lehar, Delibes, Offenbach, Verdi, Puccini and Massenet, Amelia will be joined by pianist Chris Cartner and flautist Jane Rutter.
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Australia World Orchestra, Alex Briger, will lead the Willoughby Symphony and international flautist, Jane Rutter, in a sublime program of beauty and grace in Majestic Mozart, held on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May at The Concourse.
One of Australia’s best-loved radio presenters, Emma Ayres, will speak about Cadence, a provocative, intelligent and funny account of her journey cycling from England to Hong Kong to raise money for music therapy.
Crime author P.M. Newton will speak about her gripping new novel, Beams Falling, at a special Talks@Willoughby event with Walter Mason.
The Willoughby community are invited to celebrate the re-opening of Naremburn Library with a Community Open Day from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday 3 May.
Willoughby City Council is now part of the Food Lovers’ Republic. This new website is helping residents save money and time, and reduce food waste.
Willoughby will celebrate the 34th National Trust Heritage Festival, one of Australia’s largest and longest running community festivals, with a range of events from Thursday 3 April through to Sunday 25 May.
Willoughby City Council is delighted to be a part of the inaugural Sydney Sustainable Living Festival, offering Sydneysiders the opportunity engage in a fun-filled week of activities that are making a real contribution to creating a more sustainable city from 22 to 30 March.
Professor Jocelyn Chey and Jessica Milner Davis will speak about Humour in Chinese Life and Culture at 12.30pm, Tuesday 25 March at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Australian classical music stars Simon Tedeschi and Jane Rutter join forces in a sublime musical duet for The French Connection, the first of six intimate lunchtime concerts for Live at Lunch.
Willoughby City Council is offering some wise ways to whittle away your watery wastage at the upcoming Smart Pools workshop, 6.30pm to 8pm, Wednesday 26 March at the Sustainability Hub, 34 Devonshire Street, Chatswood.
Two of Sydney’s leading retail outlets, Westfield Chatswood and Chatswood Chase Sydney have joined together with Willoughby City Council’s Visit Chatswood tourism brand to put the sartorial spotlight on Chatswood’s style offerings, using the tagline, ‘Fashion starts at Chatswood’.
Celebrate Harmony Day with a colourful concert featuring exciting traditional and contemporary performances from Willoughby’s diverse multicultural communities.
Close to $5,000 has been donated to the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Transplant Institute in the name of Willoughby’s late Mayor Emeritus, Pat Reilly.
Pedestrians are being urged to zone in before stepping off the kerb in a new safety campaign launching today, 10 March.
Popular concert series Live at Lunch returns to The Concourse this April following a highly successful debut season in 2013. Directed for a second year by internationally renowned flautist and instrumental artist, Jane Rutter, the series has gained recognition as a major Sydney music event.
More than 120 local residents rallied together in opposition to the proposed Concept Plan for the redevelopment of the Channel Nine site in Artarmon at a public meeting held this week (Wednesday 19 March, Uniting Hall Church). The public meeting hosted by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) saw more than 40 residents speak against the existing proposal with criticism of the NSW Department of Planning's recommendations.
Willoughby City Council’s 2014 Seniors Week celebrations, includes a program of more than 40 free or specially discounted events for seniors over a three week period - Monday 10 to Sunday 30 March.
Willoughby Symphony's internationally renowned conductor, Dr Nicholas Milton has been appointed General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Theater of Saarland, Germany (Saarländischen Staatstheater). The appointment followed a rigorous and comprehensive international search process which saw him selected as the overwhelming favourite from a huge field of international conductors.
This pet-friendly event will feature expert advice, family entertainment, a dog obedience demonstration, and a movie screening on the giant outdoor Urban Screen.
SMART EXPRESSIONS, an exciting exhibition of selected Year 12 artworks from local Willoughby high schools, will be hosted at the Art Space on The Concourse for the first time, 26 March - 13 April.
The popular Chatswood Mall Market returns every Thursday and Friday from this Thursday 13 February.
Join special guest speaker, Jane Flemming, one of Australia’s most loved sporting legends, for a delicious sit down breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Willoughby City Councillors have resolved not to apply to IPART for an increase in rate revenue. The decision was made at last night's council meeting (3 February) following a Mayoral Minute from Acting Mayor, Councillor Gail Giles-Gidney.
Willoughby’s annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, will be held from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 8 February in Chatswood Mall, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
More than 1,000 community members, residents and Willoughby Council staff packed Our Lady of Dolours Church, Chatswood and spilled onto the streets to say goodbye to the late, great Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly.
More than 1,000 people are expected tomorrow (Tuesday 28 January) to pack Our Lady of Dolours Church, Chatswood to say goodbye to the late, great Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly.
Sunday 26 January 2014: The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to two outstanding people in the community, Don Wilson and Diana Jones.
The late Willoughby Mayor, Pat Reilly, will be laid to rest on Tuesday 28 January at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Chatswood. The service will be followed by a tribute concert at The Concourse from 2pm.
Willoughby City Council Announcement from Willoughby General Manager Nick Tobin and Deputy Mayor, Cr Mrs Gail Giles Gidney: It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of the passing of our magnificent mayor, Pat Reilly.
Enjoy free anime films and pop up entertainment every Tuesday on The Concourse (409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood) with Terrific Tuesdays, Tuesday 4 February to 11 March.
Willoughby residents can have their say on Willoughby Council’s proposal to apply for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) at a Public Meeting at 7pm, Tuesday 4 February, at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Enjoy a bush poetry reading by the flickering campfire from 6pm, Sunday 9 February, at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.
Residents of Willoughby are invited to celebrate Australia Day 2014 on The Concourse outdoor space from 10am, Sunday 26 January, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Tickets to Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2014 season, Symphonic Connections, are officially on sale!
North Shore artist Kenneth McGuire will present Willoughby’s Musicians, an exhibition of prints and drawings of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Choir, and the Sydney Youth Orchestras from Friday 3 to Friday 27 January, at Willoughby City Council’s Foyer Exhibition Space, Chatswood.
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