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Posted 5 December 2016

A Willoughby City Council and NSW Department of Education collaboration will see upgrades worth $2.5M to Chatswood High School Oval commence mid December. This follows Willoughby Council last night (Council meeting of Monday 28 November) giving tenderer approval for the installation of a new synthetic sportsground surface.

The works, funded from Council's 2016/2017 budget (Voluntary Planning Agreement funds), will include: . renovation of existing change rooms for public use . installation of the synthetic sportsground surface to a full size playing field . upgraded cricket practice nets, cricket wicket, asphalt multi-sport courts and new floodlighting . renovation of the western car park for public use

Managed and maintained by Council for the last 30 years, the sportsground is one of Willoughby's busiest. It serves Chatswood High School students during school hours, and is used for community cricket in summer and district football training and competition in winter.

The conversion from turf to synthetic grass will allow the oval to take up to 70 playing hours per week in all conditions while other ovals are 'rested' due to rain or general wear and tear. This will provide local sports groups with an invaluable facility that will also attract sports competitions and other events into the area.

"This is a great joint project between Council and the Department of Education that benefits both Chatswood High School students and our local sporting community. The upgrades are much welcomed and will help address the increasing demand for quality sports facilities across the lower North Shore," said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

Council's focus on improving and maintaining recreation facilities was also seen with Council endorsing playground upgrades at Campbell Park Playground ($150,000) and Greville Street Reserve Playground ($80,000) in Chatswood. The improvements include new play equipment, seating and refurbishments to barbeque areas.

Posted 10 June 2016

The NSW Government has released a new draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill, a Local Land Services Amendment Bill, and information about proposed land clearing codes.

The proposed law and policy package propose the removal of many of NSW¹s long-held environmental protections.

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Posted 6 June 2016

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Contrary to the general understanding we held, it appears the new owners of the site have some ability to gain approval for amendments to the previously approved Concept Plan, with increased heights and total number of units. Please read the information below and visit the website link so you can better understand the proposed changes - we need your support (again) to repel this advance on the previously agreed plan.

Channel 9 site redevelopment - community consultation sessions 25th & 26th May Following the sale of the Channel 9 property, the new owners have now lodged a modified Concept Plan with the NSW Department of Planning (DoP). The Planning Act allows them to do this. The modified plan greatly changes the Concept Plan that was signed off by Channel 9, Willoughby Council (WCC) and the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) in January, 2015, after much involvement of the local community, Progress Associations and the Willoughby Area Action Group.

The Land & Environment Court finally approved a maximum of eight storeys height with 400 apartments and 500 sq m of commercial space. However, while there are positive design aspects to the modified Concept Plan, the new plan is for increased height up to 12 storeys, and 510 apartments. An Environmental Statement for the modified Concept Plan has been submitted to the DoP who will call for submissions from the community and WCC.

Posted 6 June 2016

"We are pleased to announce that today the next stage of Sydney Metro City & Southwest is underway with the community asked to provide input to the Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS provides a first look at Sydney Metro's seven new stations that extend from Chatswood to Waterloo - providing detail on how the new stations will be constructed and how we plan to minimise impacts on the community, businesses and other stakeholders.

As we move forward with the project's design and development, feedback from the community and stakeholders is critically important in helping us shape the delivery of Stage 2 of Sydney Metro, Australia's biggest public transport project.

Sydney Metro will provide a fundamental shift in how people will get around the city by taking 30 million cars off the road every year by 2036 and moving more people across the Harbour in the busiest hour of the peak than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined. A metro trip from Chatswood to Central will take 15 minutes, about 10 minutes faster than the existing suburban railway system.

During the EIS period we encourage you to review the detailed information available regarding the Chatswood to Sydenham component of the project This information can be found at

The EIS will be on public exhibition until Monday 27 June, 2016 submissions must be made to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment by this date.

During the EIS exhibition period a series of community information sessions will be held between Chatswood and Sydenham. You are invited to attend these sessions and meet expert members of the Project team who will be there to answer any question you may have. There is no need to make a booking.

Details on how to make a submission and information session details can be found in the newsletter attached.

We will be back talking to the community later this year regarding the Sydenham to Bankstown EIS.

This is an exciting new phase of the project and we thank you for your ongoing interest."

Sydney Metro City & Southwest Transport for NSW T: 1800 171 386

Posted 2 May 2016

Gondwana_Light_Lab.jpgYou can win the opportunity to switch on the lights at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood when the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns to Chatswood from 27 May - 13 June.

One lucky person will switch on the lights in a special event on Vivid Sydney at Chatswood’s first night at 5.30pm, Friday 27 May and also be able to take a special preview tour through some of this year’s amazing light installations.

During Vivid Sydney, the bustling Chatswood CBD will be transformed into ‘WildLight – The Bio-Kinetic City’, an amazing collection of engaging installations and activities inspired by the fascinating creatures of Gondwana. Visitors to Chatswood will take a technology-led journey into the past – stepping off the train at Chatswood Interchange into a world of projection, lighting effects and fantastic avian creatures. Continuing on to Westfield Chatswood, visitors will be bedazzled by the vibrant digital animations of Neon Dino Nights. Prehistoric creatures in futuristic 3D animations will play across the façade of The Concourse and members of the public can become part of the experience by taking control of interactive mechanical dinosaur frames. Discover the Primordial Pond and see what’s lurking beneath. Vivid Sydney’s youngest patrons can create their own unique deep-sea adventure, playing with luminescent sea creatures in the Luminarium at Chatswood Chase Sydney by day.

Visitors are encouraged to stay a while to enjoy great shopping, dining and market stalls on offer as they wander through the Chatswood CBD, which is increasingly becoming known as a hotspot for Asian dining experiences.

“I’m incredibly excited that Vivid Sydney is coming back to Chatswood again this year with our special pre-historic theme. The Lights On Competition is a fantastic opportunity and a great way for the community to be involved,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

To enter the competition, visit the ‘Visit Chatswood’ facebook page and click on the ‘WIN Vivid Sydney at Chatswood’ post, then let us know in 25-50 words what you're looking forward to most about Vivid Sydney at Chatswood this year.

Posted 2 May 2016

Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
FREE event

Learn more about making your will and estate planning with Making Your Will, held at Chatswood Library on The Concourse to celebrate National Law Week 16 - 20 May 2016.

Three sessions will be held in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and will be presented by the NSW Trustee and Guardian. The NSW Trustee and Guardian is a State Government instrumentality whose role is to act as an independent and impartial Executor, Administrator, Attorney and Trustee for the people of NSW.

Making Your Will sessions

  • English: Tuesday 10 May, 10am – 11.30am
  • Mandarin: Wednesday 11 May, 10am – 11.30am
  • Cantonese: Friday 20 May, 10am – 11.30am

Bookings are essential, please visit

威樂比圖書館講座 – 遺囑訂立

為慶祝全國的法律週(2016年5月16至20日),卓士活圖書館舉辦一系列有關遺囑訂立的法律講座, 讓大家認識更多有關怎樣訂立你的遺囑及安排產業事宜。

The NSW Trustee and Guardian 將會分別以英語,普通話及廣東話主持三場講座。 The NSW Trustee and Guardian是新州政府的一個媒介。新州居民可以委任該媒介成為他們的獨立和公正的執行者,行政者,律師及受託人。

每場講座均在卓士活圖書館舉行 (Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood)。


  • 英語場:5月10日(星期二) 上午10 時至11時30分
  • 普通話場:5月11日(星期三) 上午10 時至11時30分
  • 廣東話場:5月20日(星期五) 上午10 時至11時30分


Posted 12 April 2016

LaneCove-SES.JPGWilloughby – Lane Cove State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers promoted to Team Leader positions.


Recognising their professional, diligent and dedicated service to the community we are proud to announce the promotion of the following SES volunteers:

  • Andrew Hurley – promoted to Team Leader
  • Darren Hannah – promoted to Team Leader
  • Rob Page – promoted to Deputy Team Leader
  • Andrew Dowley – promoted to Deputy Team Leader
  • Doug Tapp – promoted to Deputy Team Leader
  • Jeff Ng – promoted to Deputy Team Leader
  • Myra Tustian – promoted to Deputy Team Leader

Willoughby – Lane Cove SES Local Controller Brad Nathan commended the new Team Leaders outlining the importance of their new role to the Unit “these volunteers will be taking on the important role of co-ordinating and leading teams of SES volunteers”. He congratulated and thanked the new team leaders for taking on the additional workload and responsibility. SES Team Leaders are essential to ensure an efficient, safe and quick emergency response for the community.

They respond round the clock to storm and flood emergencies and manage field crews on the ground. Team leaders also manage the local SES operations centre, co-ordinate resources during major events and organise visits to schools and community events.

Remember Wednesday 11 May is “Wear Orange Wednesday” (WOW Day) to support SES volunteers across Australia. Get involved and wear something orange on WOW day to say “thank you to SES volunteers”. Visit for more information. #thankyouSES Residents who require emergency assistance during floods and storms should contact the SES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies, call 000. Willoughby - Lane Cove SES is looking for volunteers to assist the community during emergencies. For further information please call the Willoughby - Lane Cove unit on 1300 728 599.

Posted 11 March 2016

A Public Inquiry will be held for the new merger proposal for Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby following the recent announcement by Local Government Minister, The Hon Paul Toole MP, of a community initiated boundary proposal to create a Northern Beaches council which includes Warringah, Pittwater and Manly but excludes Mosman.

Two meetings will be held at which members of the community can address the Willoughby/North Sydney Delegate, Ian Reynolds, regarding their views on this second merger proposal.

5pm - 10pm, Tuesday 22 March at The Chatswood Club, 11 Help Street, Chatswood 5pm - 10pm, Wednesday 23 March at The Mosman Club, 719 Military Road, Mosman

Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register at

or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the public inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

Submissions are invited from members of the community and can be made online at<http://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.go> or by mail to GPO Box 5341, Sydney NSW 2001

The closing date for submissions is 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

Willoughby City Council will keep the community informed of this process via its website, press and social media releases as more information becomes available.

For more information contact 1300 813 020 or visit

Posted 23 February 2016

12.30pm, Thursday 25 February
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Minding her own business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney

The streets of colonial Sydney were full of entrepreneurial businesswomen earning a living in a variety of small and sometimes surprising enterprises - confectioners, butchers, ironmongers, undertakers, taxidermists...

Hear the fascinating stories of these women's successes and failures, achievements and tragedies (and the occasional juicy scandal!) when Catherine Bishop speaks about her book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney.

Bookings for Talks@Willoughby events are essential, please visit

Posted 14 January, 2016

7pm, Saturday 13 February & 2pm, Sunday 14 February
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

The Willoughby Symphony's highly anticipated 2016 Season, Pure Elation, opens with the powerhouse concert GALA, a glorious celebration of romantic arias by opera’s greatest lovers.

Under the baton of internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Dr Nicholas Milton, with special guest soloists, soprano Taryn Srhoj, tenor Michael Butchard and mezzo-soprano Jermaine Chau, the magnificent Orchestra and Choir will perform a selection of heart-wrenchingly beautiful duets from Puccini’s La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, as well as the beloved Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakmè,

"GALA will be an emotional journey that will pierce your heart with the visceral beauty of these unforgettable works," said Dr Nicholas Milton. “Watch in awe as the Willoughby Symphony create the inexpressible moments in opera that will shake you to the core in this stunning concert spectacle for the romantic at heart,” he said.

Experiencing sold-out success in previous years, the GALA concert is an instant classic of the season. Don’t miss this incredible opening to another spectacular year.

Purchase your tickets now at 1300 795 012 or visit

Posted 17 December, 2015

2pm, Tuesday 19 January & 10am, Wednesday 20 January
The Concourse Civic Pavilion
409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood

Tickets $26, Baby in arms free (0 - 11 months)

Back by popular demand, the Willoughby Symphony’s Baby Proms series returns this January with Mini Maestros: The Conductor and the Clown.

Tailored for children aged 4 – 12 years, The Conductor and the Clown is a mini symphony production designed to introduce children and families to the joys and wonders of symphonic music.

Conducted by the charismatic George Ellis and George Washingmachine, two of Australia's most celebrated children's concert presenters, children will learn about the instruments of an orchestra and get their first taste of classical music in a relaxed and engaging environment.

“Mini Maestros: The Conductor and the Clown is a wonderful opportunity for young children to experience classical music for the first time in a fun, colourful and intimate setting,” said Willoughby Symphony Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton. “A perfect fusion of entertainment and education, this 45 minute concert will delight and inspire a lifelong love of symphonic music,” he said.

Tickets are $26 and seating is general admission, which will allow the concert to be informal and interactive.

Purchase your tickets now at 1300 795 012 or visit

Posted 2 September, 2015

DV-alert Awareness Session
10am – 12pm, Thursday 19 November
Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood
FREE event

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.

The session will include:

  • How to identify the different signs and forms of abuse that constitutes domestic and family violence
  • Information on the Cycle of Violence and Duluth Wheels
  • Reflecting on what you can do to help
  • Networking with other individuals
  • Receiving tools and references for domestic and family violence support and referral

“Domestic and family violence is never acceptable or excusable and it is critical that our community members know more about the complexities of this issue. I urge everyone to come along to this event and learn how to recognise the signs, respond with care and seek appropriate support.” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

DV-alert is funded by the Department of Social Services and is supported to contribute to one of the outcomes of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Bookings are essential, please book online at

Posted 2 September, 2015

12.30pm, Thursday 24 September
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
FREE event

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.

Richard's favourite dinner-party game, Who's Got the Weirdest Parents? is a game he thinks he will always win. His mother, a deluded snob, invented an aristocratic past and ran off with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. Richard's father, proud newspaper man turned distant alcoholic, ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams.

And then there was Richard himself, the confused, pretentious teenager, vulnerable to strangers, trying to find a family he could belong to. Richard's touching and hilarious memoir illustrates the only way to make sense of the present is to go back to the past.

Lindfield Bookshop will have copies of the author's books available on the day for sale.

Richard Glover is the author of a number of books, including the bestsellers The Mud House, In Bed with Jocasta and George Clooney's Haircut and Other Cries for Help. He writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald as well as presenting the Drive show on ABC Radio in Sydney.

Bookings for Talks@Willoughby events are essential, please visit

Posted 2 September, 2015


7pm, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September
Incinerator Art Space
2 Small St Willoughby
$59 per person

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

For the last two years, Rosso and musician Kit Warhurst have taken over iconic Modernist buildings across the globe and inventively turned them into temporary performance spaces, where design, comedy and music collide.

The unique concept of this show began in 2012 with the assistance of Sydney Living Museums, when Rosso and Kit performed at Rose Seidler House, the first house Harry Seidler built in Australia in 1949. In 2014, Man About The House received the National Trust Heritage Award for its role in raising awareness about the importance of conservation of heritage - specifically through buildings.

Man About The House is part of the Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial, 5 - 26 September 2015, a vibrant festival engaging artists to start us thinking about how we imagine our place - past, present and future.

Bookings are essential on 9777 1000 or visit

Posted 7 August, 2015


5 - 27 September 2015
Official Opening:
2.30pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 5 September
Willoughby Museum ‘Boronia’
58 Johnston Street, Chatswood


The Willoughby Museum will host Placemaking, an exhibition by its very first artist-in-residence, Rhonda Pryor, from 5 – 27 September.

Inspired by the Museum’s lace and embroidery collection, Rhonda created a photographic and textile installation that contemplates and identifies the changing contemporary world and its effects on sensitivity and awareness of time and its material effects.

The exhibition will be opened by Mr John Vaughan, former President of the Willoughby District Historical Society.

Placemarking is one of five exhibitions held in Willoughby in September as part of the inaugural Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial. The theme of the Biennial is ’imagining place’ and each exhibition addresses this theme from a different perspective and through different mediums.

Public programs held at the Museum:
Postcard Embroidery Workshops
10am – 12noon, Saturday 12 and 19 September
Cost $15 per person
For ages 10+
Numbers are strictly limited to six people per workshop. All materials provided.
Booking essential:

Artist Talk
2pm – 3pm, Sunday 13 September
Free Event
Rhonda Pryor, artist-in-residence, will speak about the exhibition and explain how she interpreted the lace collection to investigate ideas about place, belonging and the effects of time.

Posted 7 August, 2015

6.30pm - 7.30pm, Tuesday 18 August
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
FREE event

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.

Growing up in the 80's, robotics were a part of Damith's imagined landscape with many films and TV series promising a variety of robot helpers imminent for the 21st century.

Having worked over the years with all sizes and manner of robots, Damith will reflect on where robotics is now, where it may head in the near future, and talk about Robological's work with the human-centred robot Baxter.

Damith Herath holds a PhD in Robotics from the University of Technology, Sydney for his research work at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS) on robotic mapping and navigation. He has worked as a Research Fellow at CAS and as the lead Research Engineer on the ARC funded Thinking Head project at the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney.

Damith has more than a decade of experience leading multidisciplinary robotic research projects and is the founding chair of the International Workshop on Robotics & Art held in 2011 and 2014 alongside two key robotics conferences. His company, Robological, was chosen as one of the 23 most innovative young technology companies in Australia to present at Tech23 in 2014.

Bookings for Talks@Willoughby events are essential, please visit

Posted 7 August, 2015

Official Opening:
4.30pm - 6.30pm, Saturday 5 September
Incinerator Art Space
2 Small St Willoughby
A fire ritual run by artist, Robyn Backen will accompany the opening

Willoughby Council will stage the very first Willoughby Visual Arts Biennial<>, 5 - 26 September 2015, with the theme Imagining Place.

The Biennial is a vibrant festival engaging artists to start us thinking about how we imagine our place - past, present and future. It considers the roles of history, progress, nature, art, architecture, multiculturalism and urban planning in the way we transform space into place.

The Biennial includes five exhibitions across various locations, all addressing the theme from a different perspective and through different mediums. The public can also engage in the public program and explore fresh ideas through stimulating symposiums, insightful artist talks, sound walks, comedy events, hands-on workshops for all ages and other inspiring events.

A major highlight of the Biennial is the experiential exhibition, If You Do Not Speak, Do I Speak For You? by renowned interdisciplinary artist, Robyn Backen at the Incinerator Art Space Willoughby (10am - 4pm, Saturday 5 to Saturday 26 September).

In a mentoring role with local Northbridge artist, Sarah Fitzgerald, Backen will transformed the art space with immersive sound, projection and form. Responding to the physical and poetic history of the building, calling up scientific knowledge to expand upon why and how we imagine or understand the phenomena of fire, we are led to remnants of understanding – what might have been and what might still be.

“Architectural reverberations and the phantoms of its previous life are the foundations of my engagement with the Incinerator, and the first Visual Arts Biennial is the perfect opportunity to repurpose this site that is so deeply embedded in collective memory,” Robyn Backen said.

“The artwork created continues my art practice of investigation into morphic resonances and whispering architecture.

“The process of mentoring local resident and emerging artist Sarah Fitzgerald, is resonant of the Incinerator Art Space itself co-operating with the community to be a transformative element in Willoughby,” Robyn Backen added.

Other standout Biennial exhibitions and public program events include:

HOME GROWN: The Ceramicists
Incinerator Art Space
2 Small Street, Willoughby
10am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday
Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 September
HOME GROWN: The Ceramicists showcases local artists who like to get down and dirty with clay. A medium that has experienced a huge resurgence, the artists will present works that draw from the historic pottery industry of Willoughby to exploring ideas about place and belonging.

Recollections of Place
Foyer Exhibition Space, Chatswood
31 Victor Street Chatswood
9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday
Recollections of Place is a rare chance to view selected works from Council’s corporate and art collections that help define our place.

It’s Subjective
Urban Screen on The Concourse
Victoria Ave, Chatswood
1pm and 6pm, 5 - 16 September
11am and 5pm, 17 - 19 September
1pm and 6pm, 20 - 26 September
Projected from Chatswood’s towering Urban Screen, several video artists will present diverse cultural perspectives on the notion of place. The informative, emotive and sometimes challenging video works will represent other ways of knowing and experiencing place.

Willoughby Historical Museum
10am - 4pm, Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 September placemarking is a photographic and textile installation interpreted from a selection of lace material in the Willoughby Historical Society’s collection by artist-in-residence, Rhonda Pryor. By the interplay of ideas about place and belonging, the influences of exquisite antique lace and vintage underclothes are brought into the present day.

SYMPOSIUM - Imagining Place: creativity in transforming cities 6pm - 7.30pm, Thursday 10 September Incinerator Art Space for Incinerator Café 2 Small St, Willoughby
A topical symposium discussing the unique role of art, architecture and creativity in redefining cities and making great living spaces.
Speakers include: Artists Robyn Backen and Sarah Fitzgerald, Director of Design Computing at the University of Sydney Dr Martin Tomitsch, Director of Place Partners Kylie Legge and Scentre Group Curator Talia Keyes. Chair: Tamara Winikoff, Executive Director of NAVA.

Man About The House
7pm, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September Incinerator Art Space
2 Small Street, Willoughby
Join one of Australia’s finest comedians for his award winning and ground-breaking show where design, comedy and music collide. For the last two years, Rosso has taken over iconic Modernist buildings across the globe and inventively turned them into temporary performance spaces. Direct from sell-out seasons in Palm Springs and the Seidler Penthouse in Sydney, this time they are inviting you to Walter Burley Griffin’s Willoughby Incinerator.

For the full program of Biennial events, visit


Posted 28 July, 2015

Sunday 23 August
10am to 3pm
Willoughby Park, (cnr McClelland Street and Fourth Avenue, Willoughby)
FREE event

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.

Enjoy long-time favorite attractions, like wildlife shows and kid's craft activities, or come and be inspired by special guests, Costa Georgiadis from TV's Gardening Australia and Martyn Robinson, naturalist from the Australian Museum as they explore the world of wildlife in the Aussie backyard.

Costa and Martyn will take a down-to-earth look at soils and some of the mega diversity that's essential for healthy soils. You can bring along a sample of your garden soil for Costa and Martyn to explore.

Browse information stalls and displays about local fauna, habitat hollows, fauna-friendly gardens, termites, big trees and vegetable patches.

There will be talks by experts including Megan Halcroft, Dr Holy Parsons and Marian Anstis, about the diversity of wildlife in our gardens - from nocturnal visitors like bats and owls, to blue wrens, native bees and bugs and the humble frog.

You can also find out more about how to volunteer to look after the bigger backyard, either in our local bushland, or through other upcoming events like Bushcare's Major Day Out.

The Fauna Fair is a pet friendly event. Bring your dog on a lead for free dog obedience lessons, or a microchip check, and visit the local vet stall for free canine care advice. Kids can win great prizes in the pet drawing competition at the companion animals stall.

There will also be healthy vegetarian food on offer from The Veggie Patch Van, coffee from Forsyth's, a Scouts BBQ and the delicious pre-school cake stall.

"The Willoughby Fauna Fair promises to be a fun day out for the whole family, even for your four-legged family member. The fair is a great way to learn about all kind of animals - our domestics pets, as well as local wildlife - and how we can improve our immediate environment to ensure the long term survival of some of our remarkable native animals," said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

For more information about the Willoughby Fauna Fair, contact Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or visit

Posted 17 July, 2015

The Naremburn Matters Newsletter was not published in June. The next edition is due out in September

Posted 2 July, 2015

7pm, Saturday 8 August and 2pm, Sunday 9 August
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

Experience the tremendous power and raw intensity of the Willoughby Symphony in the epic blockbuster concert, Carmina Burana ,this August at The Concourse.

Opening with Stravinsky's masterful Firebird Suite, audiences will marvel at the shimmering colours and delicate textures of this extraordinary score as the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra take full flight of dance under the baton of the irrepressibly charismatic Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton.

An enlarged Willoughby Symphony Choir will deliver a dynamic interpretation of Carmina Burana, one of the most recognised works of the choral repertoire, accompanied by three remarkable soloists, soprano Jolene Griffith, tenor Kanen Breen and baritone David Hidden, whose performances will glow with white-hot energy and smouldering verve.

"Carmina Burana will be a powerhouse performance of high emotion that will take you on a harrowing journey into the essence of creativity," said Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton. "Revel in this soul-stirring musical experience that will shake you to the core and leave you utterly breathless," he said.

The Willoughby Symphony's 2015 performance of Carmina Burana was a milestone event that sold out within two days of going on sale and featured more than two hundred choral and orchestral performers on stage. Don't miss your opportunity to experience this grand masterpiece live on stage at The Concourse.

Purchase your tickets now at 1300 795 012 or visit here

Proudly managed by Willoughby City Council, the Willoughby Symphony celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2015.

Posted 2 July, 2015

At its meeting on 18 May 2015, North Sydney Council resolved to exhibit the draft Hume Street Park Concept Design Options. Three draft concept design options have been prepared in response to the St Leonards / Crows Nest Planning Study – Precinct 1 (2012) which identified need to provide more open space in the St Leonards area and proposed that Hume Street Park be expanded.

Consistent with that planning study, the three concept design options all involve the partial closure of Hume Street and the creation of a new urban plaza and link to Willoughby Road. Concept Design Options 1 and 2 propose different locations for a relocated Kelly’s Place Children’s Centre but each include over 3000m² of additional open space (over 6,000m² in total). Concept Design Option 3 represents a whole of block redevelopment outcome that includes over 5,000m² of new open space (over 8,000m² in total).

Council is seeking community feedback regarding each concept design option. Feedback regarding the individual components of each option would also be welcome. This will allow refinement of the concept design options and identification of a preferred option. The concept design options will be on public exhibition from Thursday 11 June 2015to Friday 10 July 2015.

Learn more