Willoughby in COVID-19: let's capture this moment in time

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How has life changed in Willoughby? What are you doing differently during the COVID-19 pandemic? Have you seen positive responses to the pandemic in the Willoughby Community?

We want you to share how the pandemic has affected you to help us document this extraordinary moment in our history for future generations.

You have two ways to contribute a post at the bottom of this page - comments can be added to these

  1. Post a short story below with/without any number of photo/s or video/s. Video requires a link through an existing video channel such as YouTube. OR
  2. Leave a short contribution by jumping into the Short Message area below. You can only upload one image here and videos cannot be added here.

Posts can be fun, humorous and entertaining. Or they could be on a more serious note about struggles you or your family may have faced.

Our Library Local Studies Team will be collating your contributions into an online historical showcase of stories and images to reflect the experiences of the Willoughby community during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These resources will become part of Willoughby City Library’s Local Studies Collection. Enquires to library@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Registration at this site is required to participate. You can do that here. Remember that your user name will appear on the post.

Comments are welcome and short posts can be liked however....

  • Please be respectful of others and ensure your posts and comments are family friendly and helpful to others. Distasteful posts or comments will be removed.
  • This site will be monitored. Personal remarks about others or any offensive comments will be removed instantly. Please report anything you see against guidelines to Tania.Stark@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Here's some isolation food for thought to get you thinking

  • How have you adapted your business or profession to survive and connect with your customers or stakeholders?
  • What acts of kindness have you seen in our community?
  • Do you have images of chalk art or teddy bears and the like to share?
  • Do you have stories about our community heroes helping others or looking out for neighbours and our vulnerable community members?
  • How are you coping with working from home (WFH)?
  • How is schooling at home going?
  • How is juggling WFH with home schooling managed?
  • How did your Easter weekend work out this year?
  • How did you remember the fallen this Anzac Day?
  • Are you or a family member working at the front line of this crisis in Health, Education or the food supply chain or other work? We'd love to hear about your experiences.
  • Are there language issues with home school or other virtual interactions?
  • Have you experienced a wedding or a birth?
  • Have you lost someone during this time?
  • Have you had COVID-19?
  • What does life in isolation look like in a small city apartment V's a larger residential property.
  • How do you keep you and your family entertained?
  • How do you stay connected with your family and friends?
  • Have you started any isolation traditions?
  • Do you have stories to share about panic buying? Don't forget to include both the anxiety and the fun that came from toilet paper shortages...
  • What innovative outdoor exercise activities have you come up with to get moving while staying within the rules?

With the strength of our community, you're not alone. We can do this!

Your Privacy

Willoughby City Council takes the privacy of the participants using this site very seriously.

Please note all contributions will be public and content may be made available or reproduced in Council public documents and media.

For further information regarding your privacy please refer to Bang the Table Privacy Policy at https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/privacy or Willoughby Council Privacy Management Plan at file:///C:/Users/presenter/Downloads/Document_3085645%20(4).pdf

How has life changed in Willoughby? What are you doing differently during the COVID-19 pandemic? Have you seen positive responses to the pandemic in the Willoughby Community?

We want you to share how the pandemic has affected you to help us document this extraordinary moment in our history for future generations.

You have two ways to contribute a post at the bottom of this page - comments can be added to these

  1. Post a short story below with/without any number of photo/s or video/s. Video requires a link through an existing video channel such as YouTube. OR
  2. Leave a short contribution by jumping into the Short Message area below. You can only upload one image here and videos cannot be added here.

Posts can be fun, humorous and entertaining. Or they could be on a more serious note about struggles you or your family may have faced.

Our Library Local Studies Team will be collating your contributions into an online historical showcase of stories and images to reflect the experiences of the Willoughby community during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These resources will become part of Willoughby City Library’s Local Studies Collection. Enquires to library@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Registration at this site is required to participate. You can do that here. Remember that your user name will appear on the post.

Comments are welcome and short posts can be liked however....

  • Please be respectful of others and ensure your posts and comments are family friendly and helpful to others. Distasteful posts or comments will be removed.
  • This site will be monitored. Personal remarks about others or any offensive comments will be removed instantly. Please report anything you see against guidelines to Tania.Stark@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au

Here's some isolation food for thought to get you thinking

  • How have you adapted your business or profession to survive and connect with your customers or stakeholders?
  • What acts of kindness have you seen in our community?
  • Do you have images of chalk art or teddy bears and the like to share?
  • Do you have stories about our community heroes helping others or looking out for neighbours and our vulnerable community members?
  • How are you coping with working from home (WFH)?
  • How is schooling at home going?
  • How is juggling WFH with home schooling managed?
  • How did your Easter weekend work out this year?
  • How did you remember the fallen this Anzac Day?
  • Are you or a family member working at the front line of this crisis in Health, Education or the food supply chain or other work? We'd love to hear about your experiences.
  • Are there language issues with home school or other virtual interactions?
  • Have you experienced a wedding or a birth?
  • Have you lost someone during this time?
  • Have you had COVID-19?
  • What does life in isolation look like in a small city apartment V's a larger residential property.
  • How do you keep you and your family entertained?
  • How do you stay connected with your family and friends?
  • Have you started any isolation traditions?
  • Do you have stories to share about panic buying? Don't forget to include both the anxiety and the fun that came from toilet paper shortages...
  • What innovative outdoor exercise activities have you come up with to get moving while staying within the rules?

With the strength of our community, you're not alone. We can do this!

Your Privacy

Willoughby City Council takes the privacy of the participants using this site very seriously.

Please note all contributions will be public and content may be made available or reproduced in Council public documents and media.

For further information regarding your privacy please refer to Bang the Table Privacy Policy at https://www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au/privacy or Willoughby Council Privacy Management Plan at file:///C:/Users/presenter/Downloads/Document_3085645%20(4).pdf

Post your COVID-19 story here

Post your stories with optional photos or video footage here. This information will be used to illustrate the day-to-day life in Willoughby during COVID-19 on our History at Willoughby library website pages. A video would need to be hosted on an exiting video channel link such as YouTube.

Don't forget to show some love for other stories you like. You can also make a comment but please keep it family friendly and kind. This site will be monitored. Personal remarks about others or any offensive comments will be removed.





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    The following is being shared on Facebook as a reminder of some of the impacts during this time

    3 days ago

    COVID-19

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison started lockdown on the evening of 22nd of March, 2020 with non-essential services including pubs, clubs and restaurants closed.Later that week, states shut their borders to non-essential travellers.

    By end of March more severe restrictions were put in place, including the two-person rule and a law banning people from being outside their homes except for four essential reasons (work, groceries, exercise and medical reasons).

    The Queen addressed her nation at 8pm on 5th April

    6th April Beaches around Australia have started to close.

    Community support groups established, to support the vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised and people... Continue reading

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    The Corona Crag

    by lindyb, 7 days ago

    For the first time, the local magazine The Crag has been published online. It features lots of local lockdown stories and photos. Here's the link https://castlecrag.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Crag-No-208-Corona-May-2020.pdf

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    Ukulele Group- BUSK

    9 days ago

    Hi we are continuing to meet with our Ukulele Group- BUSK during the outbreak. Our usual Dougherty Centre monthly meetings have been replaced with on line Zoom sessions. Steve Lockwood our intrepid leader and his son Tim have complied all our individual recordings of the same song into one cohesive song. Its is very challenging as not everyone is in time! We have done two parodies so far the first one was My Gov ( to the tune of My guy) and I wanna wash my hands ( too the tune of I wanna hold your hand).

    He has put... Continue reading

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    Living in the midst of a pandemic - Surekha Ayyagari- Resident of Chatswood

    17 days ago

    Living in the midst of a pandemic has been a very new, strange and bit unsettling to begin with. I somehow thought I couldn’t find the words or visuals to describe my experience but slowly as I delved into it I could put the complexities of the sudden unfolding of events into simple prose which defined my account of witnessing these unprecedented times.

    I had heard of Covid 19 and saw some grim images of it’s devastation in Wuhan China on Television but it remained too far fetched to affect my life! We were beginning to get a bit cautious... Continue reading

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    LifeSource Church moves online

    by Anne Iuliano, 22 days ago


    LifeSource Christian Church had to adapt all its services and programs online. Services were streamed live, lots of content was recorded and uploaded onto media platforms, , groups met via zoom or other platforms, and suddenly the congregation had participants joining in from all around the globe. The current challenge has expanded our reach and we are eagerly anticipating what it will look like when the pandemic is officially over.

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    We shall remember them

    about 1 month ago

    The dawn service in front of our residence was different but no less heart felt this year. One by one a few neighbours joined us as we listened and watched the live streamed service - from a social distance. As an officer that still serves my husband would only ever wear formal attire out of respect for the fallen no matter how or where the service was held. In the silence of the morning it was a moving experience to hear the last post coming from a number of households around the neighbourhood. Lest we forget.




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    Celebration of a graduation

    by janecoz, about 1 month ago

    With universities postponing all graduation ceremonies we thought we would celebrate Caitlin’s completion of her Masters‘ Degree isolation style. Our acedemic neighbour went through what a graduation ceremony would entail from the safe distance of her front yard. Our family donned in academic gowns attended over the fence and celebrated with some bubbles and a special lunch at home. What a neighbours for!


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    Story by Juzhen

    about 1 month ago

    Juzhen's story:

    我和我先生都七十左右年令,免疫力比效低的人群,疫情期间已有一个月没出门,woolworth在疫情期间服务老人为老人免费配送物品,儿子在网上为我们预顶好食物用品,为执行政府规定的社交距离,送货青年把货物放在我们准备好的前院桌子上。和谐社区,倍感温暖!🌹”

    English Translation

    My husband and I are 70 years old and in the vulnerable group. During the COVID-19, we haven’t gone out for a month. Their son ordered their daily necessities online for them and Woolworth provided free delivery service to elderly people during COVID19. They follow the Government’s guideline on social distancing. The young delivery man placed the daily necessities on the chairs they put in their front yard for them to pick up later. They feel the community is in harmony and feel warm at heart.


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    今天主日崇拜后,十二点三十分查經(照片是在查經中拍的 - Photo of Sunday worship bible study; and a message of thanks.

    about 1 month ago

    Ying has written a message in Chinese about her thanks to the Government during this period of time especially for the seniors, during her online workshop, she thanks and prays for God for Australian Government to keep the Australian people safe.

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    Ferndale Park Walking Track

    by janecoz, about 1 month ago

    A beautiful bush walk to Lane Cove River, and safe too!

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