About Willoughby

About Willoughby

The electorate of Willoughby lies on Sydney's lower north shore. It includes most of the Willoughby City Council area along with northern parts of the neighbouring North Sydney City Council area.

Willoughby is one of the state's most compact electorates covering just 23.6 square kilometres. The electorate covers the suburbs of Cammeray, Castlecrag, Chatswood, Middle Cove, Naremburn, Northbridge and Willoughby as well as parts of Artarmon, Chatswood West, Cremorne, Crows Nest, Lane Cove North, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, Roseville and St Leonards. At the next election in March 2023 it will include Castle Cove.

Bounded by Middle Harbour to the east and Lane Cove River to the west, Willoughby is a place of spectacular natural beauty. Its scenic waterfronts, natural bushland, parks and reserves are a major drawcard for the 55,000 residents who call Willoughby home. The beauty of its shores and biodiversity of its bushland makes Willoughby a popular destination for bushwalking, birdwatching, picnicking, fishing and boating. 

Home to the Cammeraygal people for thousands of years, Willoughby has a rich cultural history. Its Indigenous inhabitants were joined later by British settlers and successive waves of immigrants from around the world, making Willoughby the culturally vibrant community that it is today. More than 20% of the electorate has Chinese heritage and Willoughby is home to citizens from all around the world including many of Armenian, Korean, Nepalese, Japanese and Indian background, together with earlier generations of European migrants and their descendants.

Willoughby is a centre for culture, education, commerce and enterprise. It boasts strong public and independent schools of high academic standing, together with excellent public libraries. Willoughby is known for its bustling commercial and retail centre of Chatswood, as well as its many local shopping strips and villages featuring mostly small and family-owned businesses. Willoughby’s thriving enterprises contribute greatly to our local and state economy.

Above all, Willoughby is a strong community of people who contribute richly to our society and state. Sporting clubs, churches and faith groups, RSL clubs and veterans’ groups, progress associations, chambers of commerce, musical societies, art centres and charities give Willoughby its enduring sense of community and civic pride.

I am proud to represent the people of Willoughby. I will work hard to champion its heritage, natural beauty and cultural diversity, together with supporting the schools, enterprises and organisations that make up our wonderful community.

For more information about Willoughby, please visit: https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/District-profiles/Willoughby