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04 April

  1. 24 Apr 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Nikki Gemmell and Caroline Baum In Conversation

    Join authors Nikki Gemmell and Caroline Baum as they discuss their recent family memoirs and mother-daughter relationships at a special Talks@Willoughby at Chatswood Library this May.

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  2. 21 Apr 2017

    Learn how to stay safe in and around the water

    Bring the whole family along to Willoughby Leisure Centre’s Family Water Safety Day and find out how to stay safe in and around the water.

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  3. 19 Apr 2017

    New Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre

    Willoughby residents can now recycle various types of problem waste free of charge, at the newly opened drive through Northern Sydney Community Recycling Centre, in Artarmon.

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  4. 19 Apr 2017

    #MyWilloughby Photo Competition now on display

    Finalists in this year’s #MyWilloughby Photo Competition are now on display in an exhibition at Willoughby Council’s Foyer Exhibition Space (9am - 5pm weekdays, 31 Victor Street, Chatswood) until Tuesday 16 May.

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  5. 18 Apr 2017

    Autumn Afternoons at The Concourse

    Bring the whole family along to enjoy Autumn Afternoons from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 April at The Concourse lower outdoor space.

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  6. 12 Apr 2017

    Councillor Anthony Mustaca OAM awarded Italian Knighthood

    The Award is in recognition for service Councillor Mustaca has provided to the Italian community, but especially to disadvantaged children, over his lifetime

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  7. 11 Apr 2017

    Business improvements result in award win and wins for the community

    Willoughby Council has been recognised for its successful internal Business Improvement Program, winning the Excellence in Operational and Management Effectiveness award at the prestigious Local Government Awards, held last Thursday.

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  8. 7 Apr 2017

    The Sydney Writers' Festival returns to The Concourse in 2017

    Literary lovers are invited to attend the Sydney Writers’ Festival on The Concourse from 22 – 28 May, featuring an exciting line-up of author talks including David Hunt and Stephen Dando-Collins, student program Secondary School Days, and popular chill-out zone, The Reading Corner.

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  9. 3 Apr 2017

    Student art talent showcased in SMART EXPRESSIONS: An exhibition of HSC artworks

    Willoughby City Council presents Smart Expressions, a mixed media exhibition of selected 2016 HSC artworks by students from five local High Schools: Chatswood High, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner, Mercy Catholic College, St Pius X College and Willoughby Girls High.

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03 March

  1. 28 Mar 2017

    Willoughby on track to deliver key projects, improvements and services

    A six-month update of Willoughby Council’s 2016/17 Operational Plan shows Council is well on task to deliver key projects, business improvements and day to day services that will benefit, and are expected by local community. The update, presented at last night’s Council meeting (Monday 27 March), forms part of Council’s overall Delivery Program 2013-17.

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  2. 28 Mar 2017

    Willoughby Council responds to draft amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act

    Willoughby Council last night (meeting of Monday 27 March 2017) endorsed a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment regarding draft amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act), 1979 - highlighting key concerns around the unknown full impact of the changes, and potential for increasing the range of development to be assessed as Complying Development.

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  3. 28 Mar 2017

    Willoughby Council calls for clarity on delivery and its role in Greater Sydney Commission’s Draft Northern District Plan

    Willoughby Council last night (meeting of Monday 27 March 2017) endorsed a submission on the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) Draft North District Plan, which largely supports the vision of the Plan but calls for more clarity on how it will be delivered and Council’s role in the process.

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  4. 24 Mar 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Susi Prescott speaking about her book Where Hummingbirds Dance

    When a traumatic event changed Susi Prescott’s seemingly perfect life, she packed up her things and set off for an adventure of a lifetime. From a well-planned life as a wife, mother, teacher and writer, to the unexpected end of her thirty year marriage, Susi decided to turn tragedy into opportunity by dedicating her life to helping others in need.

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  5. 21 Mar 2017

    Council Delivers with Infrastructure Levy

    Willoughby Council’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading the city’s parks, playgrounds and sports fields is paying off for the local community, with more than $2.7m in upgrades completed across the Willoughby Local Government Area in 2016, and a significant portion of funding coming from the Infrastructure Levy.

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  6. 20 Mar 2017

    Symphony’s moment of GLORY

    Effervescent composer and pianist extraordinaire, Daniel Rojas will showcase his virtuosic talents as guest soloist in the Willoughby Symphony’s GLORY concert.

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  7. 16 Mar 2017

    Councillor Rutherford received Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government

    Willoughby Councillor, Judith Rutherford has received a prestigious Ministerial Award in honour of her outstanding service to the community, being presented with the Special Achievement Award at the 2017 Ministers’ Awards for Women in Local Government, held at NSW Parliament House.

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  8. 14 Mar 2017

    Willoughby Leisure Centre Award Win: Swim School Supervisor honoured with AUSTWIM award

    Willoughby Leisure Centre’s Aquatic Programs Supervisor Kaylyn Tomkinson has been awarded the 2016 NSW AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Award at this year’s AUSTSWIM Water Safety Awards.

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  9. 14 Mar 2017

    North Shore’s own ‘French Knight’ leads fifth season at The Concourse

    Legendary Australian Flautist, Jane Rutter leads the return of the popular Live at Lunch concert series for its fifth season at The Concourse – commencing with the enchanting Flute Spirits & the Seasons.

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  10. 14 Mar 2017

    Fauna Fair 2017

    The North Shore’s ever popular Fauna Fair returns in 2017 with a fun day for family and friends on all things animals and nature, including demonstrations, talks, stalls and activities at Chatswood’s Currey Park.

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  11. 14 Mar 2017

    Chatswood gets (steam)punk’d for Vivid Sydney 2017

    The buildings, streets and laneways of Chatswood will be reinvented as a funky, retro-futuristic smart city as technology and light fuse with 19th Century steam-powered machinery during Vivid Sydney at Chatswood from 26 May to 17 June.

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  12. 1 Mar 2017

    Herbs for a Healthy Home: Celebrating Harmony Day 2017

    Celebrate Willoughby’s rich cultural diversity at "Herbs for a Healthy Home" on Friday 24 March in Chatswood Mall, with a range of activities and demonstrations as part of Chatswood Mall Market.

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02 February

  1. 24 Feb 2017

    Transitions Film Festival comes to Chatswood

    The Transitions Film Festival, Australia’s largest sustainability film festival, is coming to Chatswood this March with an inspiring line-up of films about health and wellness, energy revolutions, ethical fashion and creative innovation.

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  2. 21 Feb 2017

    Grow Young with Indira Naidoo

    Join Indira Naidoo and the Time to Grow Garden Share team at Grow Young on Thursday 9 March and learn more about growing plants in small areas, cooking and pickling with home grown produce and organic solutions to gardening problems.

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  3. 20 Feb 2017

    International Women’s Day: Celebrate Willoughby’s extraordinary women

    Celebrate International Women’s Day at Willoughby Women Inspired and hear the remarkable success stories of inspiring women in the community, including special guest Pat Evans from Dress from Success Sydney, who will speak about her efforts to help women thrive in life and in work.

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  4. 15 Feb 2017

    Willoughby’s Seniors Festival 2017

    Residents aged 55 and over are invited to take part in Willoughby’s annual Seniors Festival. Sponsored by Willoughby City Council and supported by local community organisations and businesses, the 2017 programme features more than 30 free or specially discounted events and activities for seniors this March.

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  5. 15 Feb 2017

    Local resident recognised in naming of Castle Cove Park Path

    Willoughby City Council will recognise the life and community contributions of the late James ‘Jim’ Ernest White in the naming of a new path at Castle Cove Park.

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  6. 10 Feb 2017

    Season-opening concert is a stroke of GENIUS

    The Willoughby Symphony's ravishing 2017 Season, Enduring Passion, opens with the dazzling GENIUS concert featuring masterworks by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

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  7. 9 Feb 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Dr Nicola Gates speaking about her book A Brain for Life

    Back by popular demand, Dr Nicola Gates returns to Chatswood Library to speak about her book, A Brain for Life, as part of the Talks@Willoughby programme.

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  8. 8 Feb 2017

    The Future of Willoughby: Have your Say in Planning our Future

    Willoughby City Council is planning for the future and is inviting you to be involved. By 2036 the population of Willoughby is estimated to increase by 18 per cent to nearly 90,000 people. Over the same period, household size is expected to fall. The number of people living alone will increase as will the number of people aged 70 and above and there will be a need to create more than 19,000 additional jobs.

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  9. 6 Feb 2017

    Council seeks community consultation for Flood Study

    Willoughby City Council is undertaking a study to develop a Floodplain Risk Management Plan for the Flat Rock Creek Catchment, in accordance with the NSW Government’s directive.

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  10. 2 Feb 2017

    Important information for Willoughby residents: Delivery of new domestic bins

    Willoughby residents will soon have brand new red and yellow lidded bins when the old models are replaced over the months of February and March this year.

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01 January

  1. 31 Jan 2017

    Willoughby welcomes Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year Festival 2017

    Welcome in the Year of the Rooster at the annual Chinese New Year Festival, one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, from 10am - 5pm, Saturday 4 February at Chatswood Mall and The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

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  2. 26 Jan 2017

    Willoughby’s Citizens of the Year

    The Willoughby Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to two outstanding individuals in the community, Janet France and Grant Sheldon.

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  3. 24 Jan 2017

    Celebrate Banjo Paterson’s birthday at the Henry Lawson Cave

    Artists and creatives are being called to submit ideas to be part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB) from 6 – 24 September 2017, with proposed artworks and ideas responding to the theme, Kaleidoscope.

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  4. 19 Jan 2017

    Talks@Willoughby presents Belinda Alexandra: speaking about her novel "Southern Ruby"

    Bestselling Australian author, Belinda Alexandra, will speak about her latest novel Southern Ruby on Wednesday 22 February at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.

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  5. 19 Jan 2017

    Have Your Say - New Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions

    Willoughby residents are being encouraged to have their say on the proposed introduction of new boat trailer parking restriction across the entire Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA) through a community consultation process. This follows recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grants councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.

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  6. 12 Jan 2017

    Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial call for artists and creatives: event set to reinvigorate underutilised spaces in Chatswood CBD

    Artists and creatives are being called to submit ideas to be part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial (WVAB) from 6 – 24 September 2017, with proposed artworks and ideas responding to the theme, Kaleidoscope.

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  7. 10 Jan 2017

    The Young Creators: local students curate professional art exhibition

    Five local high school students have curated their first professional art exhibition through a Willoughby Council initiative, The Young Creators.

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  8. 5 Jan 2017

    Hallstrom Park Playground refreshed and refurbished

    Willoughby City Council has recently completed $500,000 worth of upgrades to Hallstrom Park Playground, located in Bicentennial Reserve, Willoughby.

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