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Willoughby Council has negotiated a reasonable outcome for the Channel Nine site, following Channel Nine’s appeal to the Land and Environment Court against the Planning Assessment Commission’s concept plan approval.
Willoughby City has appointed highly experienced local government professional, Debra Just to the role of General Manager at Willoughby City Council. The unanimous decision was made by Willoughby City Councillors following a rigorous recruitment process with more than 75 applicants.
Families across the North Shore will flock to The Concourse this summer for The Chatswood Family Festival (Friday 9 – Monday 26 January) which will feature a wide range of events and activities for the whole family.
The Willoughby community is invited to share their views on how the city should pay tribute to former mayor, Emeritus Mayor, Pat Reilly who passed away 20 January 2014 after serving on council for 27 years, the last 17 as mayor.
Talks@Willoughby returns in 2015 with award-winning author, Alasdair McGregor, speaking about his biography of Australia’s first government architect, Francis Greenway.
Treat your loved one to an elegant experience this Mother’s Day at High Tea with the Orchestra at 11am, Sunday 10 May at The Concourse, Chatswood.
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra's highly anticipated 2015 Season will open with the dazzling Grand Opera Gala, an epic concert spectacle featuring Australia’s most electrifying community orchestra, massed symphonic chorus and a glittering cast of sensational soloists.
The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to two outstanding individuals in the community, Peter McNair, and Sophia Huang.
Settle in for an evening of bush poetry, ballads and music by the campfire from 6pm, Sunday 8 February, at the Henry Lawson Cave in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.
Welcome in the Year of the Goat at the annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, from 10am – 4pm, Saturday 21 February at Chatswood Mall and The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
Internationally renowned flautist and instrumental artist Jane Rutter returns to The Concourse this April for the third season of popular lunchtime concert series, Live at Lunch.
Chatswood Library will host a free screening of the Sydney International Festival of Films by Children (KidzFlicks), 6pm, Monday 23 March.
Artists, performers, groups, schools and the like are invited to be a part of the Willoughby Spring Festival in 2015 with applications for event organisers and grants now open.
Celebrate Harmony Day in Willoughby with an afternoon of dance and comedy performances at The Concourse, Chatswood, 4pm – 6pm, Saturday 21 March.
Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere's largest festival of light, music and ideas, is coming to Chatswood in 2015! During Vivid Sydney, the Chatswood CBD will be transformed into a mesmerising water-world with light projections and installations featuring an underwater experience, giant sea creatures and an animated aquarium, culminating with a giant animation set over the façade of The Concourse. Vivid Sydney, on from 22 May – 8 June, is owned and managed by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s major events and tourism agency.
International music stars Simon Tedeschi and Jane Rutter join forces to open the 2015 Live at Lunch series with a sublime musical duet in Gershwin, Cole & Co at the Agonquin, the first of six delicious lunchtime concerts.
For the second year, The Concourse Art Space on will host a mixed media exhibition of selected Year 12 artworks from local Willoughby high schools: Chatswood High, Mercy Catholic College, St Pius X College, Willoughby Girls High, and for the first time Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner.
The Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to The Concourse this May with three sensational events – featuring two author talks by renowned Chinese author Xinran and Major Michael Mori, who represented Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, as well as comedian David Walliams in The Whopping World of Walliams.
The Chatswood Youth Centre and Willoughby Council are hosting a range of events for local young people as part of National Youth Week 2015.
Could it be? Yes, it could. Something’s coming, something good! Get set for a riveting performance of high drama and soul-searing excitement at the Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated West Side Story. Framed by Bernstein’s intoxicating score, the concert will feature a magnificent selection of 20th century classics from the orchestra repertoire.
Motorists can no longer enter Spring Street, Chatswood from Victoria Avenue, with the road closure aimed at improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety through Chatswood’s CBD.
Willoughby Council’s Small Grants programme and the 2015 ClubGrants are now open for applications, closing 15 May.
Chatswood Library has been selected as one of the public libraries across New South Wales that will offer technology training to culturally and linguistically diverse seniors, with sessions available in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Join local musician Graham Ball for a fascinating talk about the relationship between the First and Second World Wars and popular music of the time, and how this connection played an important role in victory for the Allies.
Noah’s Ark Toy Library has relocated to Artarmon Kids’ Cottage at 18 Broughton Road, Artarmon, after residing at Artarmon Library at 2 Elizabeth Street, Artarmon, for more than 30 years.
Following outstanding ovations for this concert in Paris, international flautist Jane Rutter is joined by superb harpsichordist Erin Helyard, solo violinist Matt Bruce and cello virtuoso Susan Blake in La Folia and the Beauty of the Baroque: Vivaldi, Corelli Telemann, Bach and Couperin.
Hear the insightful and entertaining recollections of one of Australia’s pre-eminent economic journalists when Ross Gittins speaks about his new book, Gittins: a life among budgets, bulldust and bastardry at Chatswood Library this June.
Fresh from hosting the Interstate Croquet Eire Cup, members of Chatswood Croquet Club have praised Willoughby City Council for their high standard of croquet competition lawns.
Willoughby City Council’s Devonshire Street Children’s Centre has been nominated for two Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards - Service of the Year and Educator of the Year for centre teacher, Yuki Takahashi Braybrook. The nominations were made by parent Tamzyn Bartlett, whose daughter Freya attends the centre.
As part of National Law Week 2015, Willoughby City Library will host a Talks@Willoughby legal series on Buying and Selling Property at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
You can win the opportunity to switch on the lights at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood when the Southern Hemisphere's largest festival of light, music and ideas comes to Chatswood for the very first time, 22 May - 8 June.
Australian author Carol Baxter will speak about her intriguing new book, Black Widow: the true story of Australia’s first female serial killer, at Chatswood Library this June.
Experience the sensational musical imagination of Elena Kats-Chernin, Willoughby Symphony’s 2015 Composer-in-Residence, in the mesmerising concert experience, Bohemian Tango.
Willoughby Council is in search of photos of 78 past Councillors for a photographic mural to be installed at The Concourse as part of Council’s 150 year celebrations.
It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of the passing of former Willoughby Mayor, Greg Bartels AM on Thursday 7 May, 2015.
Locals and visitors are being encouraged to use the free shuttle bus, and public transport to visit Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, when it comes to Chatswood for the very first time from 22 May - 8 June 2015.
Local resident Saman Shad of Willoughby will turn on the lights at the very first Vivid Sydney at Chatswood on Friday 22 May, after winning the exciting opportunity through a Willoughby Council run competition.
The Chatswood CBD will come alive with a special pop-up food and entertainment offering as part of Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, adding to the city’s already diverse mix of dining, shopping and recreation.
Ample Projects, the award winning design team behind the new Chatswood precinct of Vivid Sydney, and last year’s popular Urban Tree Project projection in Martin Place, will deliver a free masterclass exploring the behind-the-scenes making of the Chatswood underwater experience from 6pm to 8pm, Wednesday 27 May at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Willoughby Council wants the local community to have their say on the leisure and recreation needs of people who live, work, study or play in the Chatswood CBD.
Willoughby Council is reminding residents that community consultation on the Fit for the Future proposal closes on Friday 5 June.
Fine Music 102.5, in association with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir, is proud to support a new generation of Australian composers with the annual Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award.
Due to overwhelming demand, the Willoughby Symphony have announced they will perform a special one-hour twilight concert for Last Night of the Proms from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Friday 23 October at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood.
Willoughby Leisure Centre is offering an additional 20 free places for its popular Multicultural Swim School for Term 3, starting Monday 13 July.
Willoughby City Council is proud to present Illuminate, an exhibition as part of the 2015 Guringai Festival, with works curated in response to the theme, ‘Story of Place’.
Willoughby Council is calling for residents to have their say on a planning proposal for 65 Albert Street, Chatswood, with the first round of community consultation closing on Wednesday 10 June.
Willoughby Council will host a series of events as part of this year’s Guringai Festival – on now until 12 July – to encourage residents to engage in and celebrate Aboriginal culture.
The countdown is on to this year’s Better Business Awards - a night to celebrate and recognise businesses on the North Shore working towards success through sustainability.
Willoughby City Council’s Family Day Care scheme is holding an Open Day from 10am – 2pm, Saturday 27 June at Artarmon Kids Cottage Community Centre, 18 Broughton Road, Artarmon.
Blend Café, Chatswood’s new coffee, food and art hotspot, will officially open its doors at 10am, Thursday 18 June at the Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Willoughby Park Centre will temporarily close on Friday 26 June 2015 to undergo renovations that will improve access and centre facilities for the community. Located on the corner of McClelland St and Warrane Rd, Willoughby, the centre is scheduled to re-open in 2016.
Get set for an adrenaline-charged evening with Mosman Musical Society’s production of The Who’s Tommy, an electrifying rock opera based on the original chart-topping album released in 1969.
Archaeologist and ABC TV presenter, Adam Ford, will share stories from his recent book My Life in Ruins, at 12.30pm on Thursday 16 July at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Earth Kids in North Turramurra have been named the Better Business of the Year at the Better Business Awards, held at The Concourse, Chatswood on Friday 12 June.
Tickets to the Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated children’s concert, Firebird, are now on sale!
Willoughby Council will undertake asset condition inspections of the facilities at Warners Park, Northbridge, that currently house the Northbridge Bowling Club, to help determine next steps and the long term future use of the site.
Learn how you can support and encourage bilingualism in your child at this free talk at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Willoughby City Library Services continues to be one of the most popular in NSW and has the fourth highest circulation levels of metropolitan library services over 2013/2014 (these statistics were recently released from the State Library NSW).
Experience the tremendous power and raw intensity of the Willoughby Symphony in the epic blockbuster concert, Carmina Burana, this August at The Concourse.
In a special Talks@Willoughby evening event, Tone Wheeler, founder of award winning architectural practice environa studio, will speak about environmental architecture at Chatswood Library this July.
Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney is calling on green thumbs of all ages to don their gardening gloves and join Willoughby City Council’s National Tree Day activities from 10am to 12pm, Sunday 26 July, in the bushland surrounding Chatswood Rotary Memorial Athletics Field.
Join the award-winning Willoughby Band on a journey through harsh Russian winters, to the penguin-populated South Pole, to the picturesque snowfields of North America in A Winter’s Tale.
Willoughby Council says the Sydney Metro could provide easy access to public transport for an estimated 500,000 passengers if Transport for NSW pursues the option for new underground stations between Crows Nest and the Artarmon industrial area.
Author and screenplay writer Martin Edmond will speak about his latest book, Battarbee and Namatjira at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this August.
Gordon District Cricket Club Secretary, Jim Cattlin and Senior Vice President, Paul Stephenson, will present a special History@Willoughby on the early days of the Gordon District Cricket Club and its legendary players, Victor Trumper and Charles Macartney.
The ever popular Willoughby Fauna Fair returns in 2015 (10am to 3pm, Sunday 23 August at Willoughby Park) with a jam-packed day of all things fauna - including demonstrations, talks, stalls and activities for the whole family.
Australian operatic star David Hobson shows his sensitive side in the sumptuous concert If Music be the Food of Love: Elizabethan Love Songs in the Exquisite Hour, part of popular lunchtime concert series, Live at Lunch.
A free one-day workshop and discussion for budding student filmmakers will be held at Chatswood Youth Centre, 10am - 3pm, Sunday 2 August, in the lead up to this year’s Willoughby Shorts Film Festival.
Hear about the funny and delightful adventures of an unlikely farmer in Dirty Chick, a memoir from award-winning journalist, author and adventurer, Antonia Murphy, at Northbridge Library this August.
Willoughby Council's 2015 Small Grants programme applications have been reviewed and Council announced approval of 15 grants at the General Council meeting yesterday.
Damith Herath, CEO and founder of local award-winning tech company Robological, will discuss the future of robotics in a special presentation at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this August.
Willoughby Council will stage the very first Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial, 5 - 26 September 2015, with the theme Imagining Place.
The program for this year’s Willoughby Spring Festival, EMERGE, the largest cultural and entertainment celebration on Sydney’s North Shore, has been announced.
Willoughby City Council has received the R.H. Dougherty Award for Excellence in Communication for the Willoughby Symphony 2015 Marketing Campaign.
The Willoughby Symphony has officially launched their highly anticipated 2016 Subscription Series, Pure Elation, featuring six spectacular concerts that will astound the senses and captivate the imagination. Revered as one of Australia’s finest community orchestras, the Willoughby Symphony is led by international orchestral icon, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton.
Willoughby Council’s independent review of The Concourse‘s operations indicates the precinct is on track as the North Shore’s premier performing arts venue.
Join the conversation on the ethical climate of mainstream media in Australia today with The Conversation Series: Media Ethics at 6.30pm, Tuesday 15 September at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
Australian author and journalist Indira Naidoo returns to Chatswood Library this August to speak about her new book, The Edible City.
This year, EMERGE, The Willoughby Spring Festival will focus on new and emerging artists, showcase performances and talent development.
Willoughby City Council and Fine Music 102.5 are pleased to announce 19 year-old Solomon Frank as winner of the Young Composer Award 2015 with his work, Spectre.
Journey to the realms of the unknown in the Willoughby Symphony’s Myths and Legends concert, an evocative program featuring the innovative works of 2015 Composer-in-Residence, Elena Kats-Chernin and guest soloist, cellist Ruben Palma.
Celebrate the life and work of much loved Australian poet and former local resident, Francis Webb, with Poetry Out Loud at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.
The Willoughby Museum will host placemarking, an exhibition by its very first artist-in-residence, Rhonda Pryor, from 5-27 September.
Symposium: Imagining Place is a highlight of the extensive Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial public program, developed in response to the theme of the Biennial, Imagining Place.
Direct from sold-out seasons in Los Angeles and Palm Springs; join one of Australia’s finest comedians, Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, for his award winning show, Man About The House.
Pop into the Sustainability Hub on Sunday 13 September for Sustainable House Day and learn how to incorporate efficient, comfortable and stylish sustainable living into your home.
Popular media personality Richard Glover returns to Chatswood Library on The Concourse to speak about his memoir Flesh Wounds, a story for anyone who wonders if they have the oddest family on the planet.
241 smart thinking businesses on the North Shore have already accessed the Better Business Partnership (BBP) Waste Saver Service and are saving money and waste. Now, thanks to new funding awarded to local Councils from the NSW EPA, more local businesses can now access this free service.
Willoughby residents have collectively saved more than $345,300 on their power bills by recycling their second fridge with Fridge Buyback.
The annual Willoughby Fun Run will take place on Sunday 8 November this year and registrations have already opened. Starting and finishing at the Willoughby Leisure Centre, the 1.5km, 5km and 10km events all take advantage of the picturesque backdrop of Bicentennial Park.
The brilliant Acacia Quartet will join international flautist and Live at Lunch Artistic Director, Jane Rutter, for Mozart Quartets, an intimate lunchtime concert featuring the divine Flute Quartets and String Quartet in D Minor.
Hailed as ‘the queen of greens’, discover the benefits of cooking with kale with best-selling author Rena Patten, at Naremburn Library this October.
Award-winning writer, social commentator and author Jane Caro returns to Chatswood Library on The Concourse to speak about her revealing new memoir Plain-speaking Jane.
Peter FitzSimons will recount two of the bitterest battles of World War I in The Battles of Fromelles & Pozières, brilliantly illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan.
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.
Due to sold out success for Last Night of the Proms, the Willoughby Symphony will perform a special one-hour Twilight concert on Friday 23 October.
Australian author David Hill will discuss the intriguing relationship that Australians have with the British Royal Family in Australia and the Monarchy as part of Chatswood Library’s Talks@Willoughby program.
Calling all keen gardeners! Willoughby City Council’s Time to Grow - Garden Share Project is a new community initiative aimed at linking those interested in gardening with older residents who have extra garden space to share, or can no longer care for a garden on their own.
Take a stroll through time with Willoughby Walks, a free interactive walking tour app available through Willoughby City Library Services.
Bestselling author, Michael Robotham, returns to Chatswood Library to speak about his chilling, new psychological thriller Close Your Eyes.
Chatswood Musical Society brings beloved musical West Side Story to the Zenith Theatre this November.
Following discussion with the Department of Education, Willoughby Council closed Northbridge Oval (effective 14 October) to protect the safety of users, in particular school children.
Willoughby City Council’s DV-alert Awareness Session aims to raise community awareness on the issue of domestic and family violence. An initiative of Lifeline since 2007, DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training) has delivered these sessions across Australia including remote and rural locations.
It’s not where you live, it’s how you live. After speaking to packed out audiences on his best-selling book The Good Life, social researcher Hugh Mackay returns to Chatswood Library to carry on the conversation with The Art of Belonging.
Sensational guitar virtuosi, the ARIA award-winning Slava Grigoryan and his gifted younger brother Leonard Grigoryan will join renowned flautist Jane Rutter for the final Live at Lunch concert for 2015.
Northbridge Oval is now re-opened to the public in a fully operational capacity, following the planned installation of a replacement safety fence between Northbridge Oval and Northbridge Golf Club.
Willoughby City Council and Lane Cove Council are proud to present the return of unique theatre production, All The World’s A Stage, celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
Willoughby City Council is opening a new recreational school holiday program for children aged 11 - 14 years, featuring a jam-packed program of fun activities to keep the boredom at bay over the summer holidays.
Enjoy a magical start to the Festive Season with the Willoughby Symphony’s spectacular end of year concert, The Magic of Christmas.
Willoughby City Council has been awarded a $9,000 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund the preservation and rehousing of part of Council’s Building and Subdivision Plans Collection (1890s to 1984) held within Willoughby City Library Services.
Kids of Willoughby are invited to learn about computer coding and make an animated Christmas card at the Hour of Code, hands-on class run by Code Rangers, Willoughby’s local coding heroes.
Get set for a night of festive, family fun at this year’s Carols in Willoughby Park! Now in its eighth year, the event will kick off at 4pm with kid’s rides on the oval, market stalls selling a wide range of delicious food, as well as a special performance by students from AIPA.
Willoughby Council wants to hear the community’s thoughts on possible future uses of the former Northbridge Bowling Club site at Warners Park, Northbridge.
Popular lunchtime concert series Live at Lunch returns to The Concourse for a fourth season in 2016, featuring a host of internationally renowned musicians including opera superstar, Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
Tickets to the Willoughby Symphony’s highly anticipated 2016 season, Pure Elation are officially on sale!
More than $600,000 worth of renewal works to buildings at six local sportsgrounds will commence in January 2016, as part of Willoughby Council’s commitment to bringing, and maintaining, assets and infrastructure up to standards expected by the local community.
Back by popular demand, The Chatswood Family Festival returns to The Concourse in 2016 with an exciting range of events and activities for the whole family to get involved in!
The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra's own Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton, has been nominated for a Grammy, the world's most revered music award.
Back by popular demand, the Willoughby Symphony’s Baby Proms series returns this January with Mini Maestros: The Conductor and the Clown.
Willoughby Councillor, Judith Rutherford was presented with an Outstanding Service Award at Monday evening’s Council meeting, to recognise her service to the community through Local Government NSW, covering a period of 20 years as a member of Willoughby City Council.
Willoughby Council is making changes to its affordable community transport service - CouncilCab, after being advised by the Road and Maritime Services that its bookings system no longer complies with current legislation.
Noah’s Ark Toy Library are extending the borrowing times at Artarmon Kids’ Cottage, located at 16 Broughton Road, Artarmon. In 2016, the Toy Library will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10am to 12:30pm, during the school term.
Today the State Government announced the proposal to merge Willoughby City Council and North Sydney Council as a result of the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future reform of Local Government.
The Delvena and Bringa Women’s Refuges presents Escaped, an exhibition of artworks by members of complex trauma recovery groups who have escaped domestic or family violence.
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