Well, this month is starkly different to where we were last month. We hope all our residents and businesses are coping okay with the significant changes that are happening all around us. By the time you read this, I’m sure more things will have changed. Our local chamber member, Keryn Stack from Accounts all Sorted, has written a report on the recently announced government support for small businesses and sole traders.

If you haven’t already, you can download the Coronavirus Australia App from the app store or sign up for the Government’s What’s App group by typing oz.gov.au/whatsapp. into Whats App. Both will give up to date information.

The 24 hour news coverage can be a bit overwhelming. These apps just give you the updated information to read in shortened form.With the lock-down, some businesses have got really innovative in keeping their doors open. Cafes/Restaurants have moved to Takeaway options. Please try to support them. Here is a list of those who are open (if we missed anyone, email us and we’ll include you in our online list).

Check their facebook pages for a copy of their menus. Don’t forget our smaller fruit shops, bakeries and specialist stores are also open and often have more supplies than the big supermarkets.

Takeaway Menu Options

ANNANGROVE

Kashi Restaurant

Meze Me

Vanilla Cream Cafe

CHERRYBROOK

Lil Cilantro

The Brook Eatery

The Burrow

DURAL

Bel Fiore Woodfired Pizza

Billy the Greek

Biviano’s Italian Restaurant

Cosy Nook

Hills Organics

Pirates Grill

SirCulo

S.A.L.T Cafe

The Wren

Wild Pear Cafe

GLENHAVEN

Entrata

The Tuckshop

KENTHURST

Hidden Jem Cafe

Please keep an eye out for your neighbours, particularly if they are older or live alone. Pop a note in their mailbox, or give them a call to check they are okay. Just to be able to talk to someone means someone cares.

For adults and children who want to play some games with their friends and other family members, check out www.boardgamearena.com.

They have lots of current games available for free.

For catching up with friends and family online using video, there are a number of free options including Skype, Google Hangouts Meet (enterprise edition now free. go to meet.google.com) and Zoom.us. Why not try them out.