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:
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
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
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.
Our Beautiful French Market Under Fire
Samantha MacNally brought it to the community’s attention that the wonderful Le Marche Market held at historic Laurelbank every fortnight was under threat:
email@example.com – 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.”