The Concourse Chatswood Sydney
The pictures below are ( top left ) Pat Reilly former Mayor of Willoughby, in the new Concourse main room, and who opened the Concourse at Chatswood in 2011 (centre top picture is opening day ) which replaced the new Town Hall built in 1972 which are the two pictures lower Left and Centre. Picture on the top right is the original town hall built early in the 1903 which was demolished in 1972 to build the 1972 Modern one. Lower Right picture shows Pat Reilly and former PM Bob Hawke in 2007 at the turning of the first sod ceremony. Pat was the longest serving Mayor in Willoughby Council, second longest serving Mayor in local government in Australia. It was Pat Reilly who was the driving force to get the Concourse up and running. At the time the most expensive public works
project ever undertaken by any local council ever in Australia, and at
the time was very risky to do. There were people saying it was too big and too risky and too expensive to do. Pat Reilly pushed ahead, finally getting approval, and it's turned out to be an amazing achievement over 10 years later. A drummer in the local High School Band in the 1960's, Pat lived locally all his life, known as "Mr Willoughby" and his Elvis Impersonation act was very popular. He was a much loved and very popular person, always having time to talk to people. Pat left an amazing legacy to Chatswood, sadly passing away in 2014.