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Posted 23 July 2018

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Posted 6 November 2017



The North District Draft Plan can be found here. For the other district plans, see here.

The revised draft Plans take into consideration the feedback gathered from community members, local government, government agencies, industry and local businesses.

These Plans are designed to be read in conjunction with Our Greater Sydney 2056– A Metropolis of Three Cities (draft Greater Sydney Region Plan) which was launched on 22 October.

You can read the draft Plans and provide your feedback through a submission by visiting our website. You can also register for community events and online discussion forums.

The draft Plans will be on exhibition until 15 December 2017.

Posted 11 May 2017

Willoughby City Council is seeking feedback from the community regarding the future use of the former Artarmon Bowling Club site, located at 1A Burra Rd, Artarmon.

As a condition of Council’s purchase of the site in February 2016, the site must remain a community recreation facility. A building audit of the 70 year old weatherboard building indicates that an estimated $1.5M would be required for building upgrades to meet current building standards.

There will be two opportunities for the community to participate in the consultation process:

  1. A short survey online at until Friday 16 June, 2017.
  2. An Open Day from 10am – 12noon, Sunday 21 May at the Artarmon Bowling Club site. The event will include a free sausage sizzle, pickling and fermenting food demonstrations and seed planting activities.

All feedback received from the community will form the basis of a Draft Artarmon Reserve Master Plan, which will be put on exhibition for further public feedback.

“Community feedback will play a vital role in ensuring this site will meet the needs of our current and future community,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “I encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation and help Council continue to fulfil the changing needs of its residents as the community grows and develops,” she said. For further information, please phone 9777 1000 or visit

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