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A brief look at the important local issues, and amazing stories and images that have been lighting up the Willoughby Living Facebook Group this month. Below are the latest top five posts by engagement, just in case you missed anything…


New Curry Business Receives Red Hot Reception

It’s incredible to hear of businesses pivoting during lockdown, and even better when they manage to do well. WL member Natasha Yazdabadi and husband Nige hoped the community might enjoy their Indian food, made from her dad’s recipes, home delivered:

Dear Friends,

My husband and I missed our British Curries so much that we finally mustered up the courage to start our own Indian Family Food Delivery Business 4 weeks ago! We deliver freshly made and sealed curries made with dad’s recipes in our Commercial Kitchen on the Northern Beaches . They come ready to heat and eat or freeze!

We use the freshest veggies and leanest cuts of meat. Our Curries are Gluten Free and we have plenty of Vegan and Dairy Free Options too xxx

The family weren’t expecting the overwhelming response from the community – selling out in record time!

“Sold out for Saturday” wrote Natasha. “You’ve beaten us! Thank you for such an overwhelming response to our food. Thanks to you we have been able to give 8 people jobs so far and open dad’s kitchen which had shut due to the current circumstances.”

You can follow them here: https://www.facebook.com/chachusathome/


Sealed with A Kiss

Local artist Ralph Serle brightened everyone’s lockdown days with an update to a heart-warming image he shared last year:

“Last year I posted a shot of two fur seals romancing on the stairs of the wharf at Chowder Bay.

…and today we see the result. A Chowder Baby! Here’s the Chowder Bay family of fur seals with their 6 month old offspring relaxing on their front steps. Enjoy.”‘

Request to Keep Kids at Home from School

A huge community discussion ensued over one member’s request to keep kids home from school during restrictions:
Hi guys this post is coming from a place of fear and anxiety so please be kind.
It’s really upsetting to receive an email from the primary school my son attends in this area to inform of an increase in attendance rates that are significantly higher than other schools.
Please keep your children home if you are able to. I understand that working from home with a child is tough however if you are able to work from home, then technically you should be keeping your children home too. This delta variant is not one to take a chance on. It’s nasty to kids too and the best way to avoid it is by limiting exposure. Think of the teachers who are also putting themselves on the frontline & risking taking it home to their families & loved ones. If you can work from home, keep your children home too.

Big Thanks for 45 Years of Local Service

Mayor Gail posted to congratulate Vahé from Anderson Chemist on Penshust St Willoughby for an incredible 45 years of service.

Another wonderful front line worker. Thank you Vahé from Anderson Chemist Penshurst St for your 45 years of service to our community. Oh, and congratulations on your milestone birthday! 


Local Area Leads the Way with Vaccinations 

Ross Dickson announced that AstraZeneca jabs would soon be made available at Anderson Chemist (mentioned above): “Heyyyyy WILLOUGHBY people…. PHARMACY ON PENSHURST NEAR DAN MURPHY Is starting AstraZeneca jabs on Thursday.  Let’s get it done Willoughby.  Let’s kick Covid to the kerb.”
The news was met with lots of gratitude (including one member who mentioned they were grateful for Dan Murphy’s being the navigation point as everyone would clearly know where that is!).
It was also mentioned that the North Sydney area already had the highest vaccination record in the State.

Local Swimming Star Tiffany Thomas Kane Headed for Tokyo

Proud dad, Trevor Kane, let the community know recently that local Paralympian Tiffany Thomas Kane has once again made it onto the Paralympic swim team for Tokyo. The 2020 Paralympics will be held there in August this year after being postponed last year due to COVID.

There was an outpouring of congratulations from WL members with Richard Nichols summing up how we all felt: “What an amazing girl and magnificent inspiration you are Tiffany. Have a wonderful trip to Tokyo. You are taking a little piece of every Australian with you and we are all right behind you!”

According to Swimming Australia, “at the age of 13 Thomas Kane was the youngest Australian swimmer selected to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow. Bursting on the international swimming scene in her first outing, she won a gold medal in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke (SB6) in a world record time. Training in NSW under Jon Bell at Monte, Thomas Kane recently won gold as part of the 4x100m freestyle team at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns, while also taking home a gold in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke Multi-Class event at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series.”

Tiffany also featured as a Human of Willoughby, and you can click through here to read her story in her own words.

The Great Italian Food Giveaway

Local Italian restaurant favourite La Botte decided to make restrictions a little tastier for locals by giving away 10 x $50 vouchers to spend on their delicious food.

“La Botte restaurant would like to give back to the community by giving away ten $50 vouchers to spend with us on takeout. Go to labotte.com.au to check out our menu. Good luck.”
The winners have been drawn: Mary Jenkins, Bernee Lee, Gunilla McPherson, Annika De Bruijne, Gilli Kinect, Kylie A Williams, Kim Strode, Tam Zielinski, Kerry Berry, Shauna McStraw – so get in touch if you’re one of the lucky recipients!

Our Beautiful French Market Under Fire

Image of Laurelbank with thanks to @kruggsy

Samantha MacNally brought it to the community’s attention that the wonderful Le Marche Market held at historic Laurelbank every fortnight was under threat:

“As a resident in Willoughby Council area – I am devastated that the French Markets held at Laurelbank House on the corner of Penshurst Street and Laurel Avenue are in danger of being stopped because of an objection by Dan Murphy’s. This gorgeous little market that provides french foods and produce and artisan goods (think Truffles, Pate, Rilletes, Berets, Croissants, Coffee, Breads, Brie and other yummy goods – may not be alllowed to go ahead all because Dan Murphy says that its car park could be used by people visiting the market! What a crock – you could fire a gun through the car park on a Sunday morning and not hit anyone. If you could support the market to stay – can you email the council on

email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au – and tell them that you want the market to stay. It makes Willoughby so much more interesting having the market there – and I love walking down Laurel Avenue to sit in the sunshine with my plate of Raclette and coffee. Don’t let it go -…..PLEASE!!!”

Market founder Solveig Coulon-Legay updated the community a short time after, and the news wasn’t good. “After the ranger being called by our lovely neighbour, to inspect our markets on Sunday 13th June, Willoughby City Council has now issued a STOP USE ORDER and has requested for us to STOP OPERATING THE MARKETS. Therefore, until our DA is approved, we will be trading at CLUB WILLOUGHBY where we have a DA in place. This is an emotional roller coaster to say the least.”

Lockdown Letter Lifts Spirits

Sharon Snir shared this heart warming post giving us all a lift during lockdown:
“I received this letter in my letter box a few days ago. Having been unwell for a week and living alone it was the sweetest gesture I could have received. What a beautiful person she is. She has just taken my dog for a walk and I’m feeling deeply thankful for my wonderful community.”

What Spider is That? 

Eva Syne brought a collective community smile with her extraordinary pic – asking ”OK, gang. What kind of spider is this?” It’s possibly the first ‘spider’ post on WL to receive so much positive engagement.

Stay tuned for next month’s top posts which will be added above!