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Firstly we hope you’re doing well and coping with the changes to your every day life.  We’ve been amazed by the amount of positivity and ingenuity shown by the Freshwater community during this crisis and we are prouder than ever to be a part of it. 
As an essential service, we have been kept busy helping our customers through this crisis.  So while respecting social distancing and strict health and safety practices, we’re pleased to confirm our branch has remained open on Albert Street.
That said, we are conscious that the wonderful small businesses on our doorstep in Freshwater are feeling the brunt of this pandemic.  Below we have listed a small number of those businesses who give our Village the character and charm that makes it home.  So pop in for your Mother’s Day gift, to grab a coffee or a takeaway meal and know your supporting local. 
Make sure you also check out details below on how to support local charity Northern Beaches Women's Shelter and learn a little about local legend Peter Harley.
We remain committed to our community and are as focused on supporting the Freshwater ‘family’ via our local clubs, groups, schools and small businesses, as ever before.  So remember to SHOP LOCAL and please keep in touch with your activities, season start dates or general plans for the future – as we look forward to being a part of them too!
FAST FACT
Bendigo Bank today boasts more than 300 Community Banks
making it the fifth largest bank in Australia.
SHOP LOCAL
Deep-Sea Food
 
Andy and his team are continuing to serve up the freshest and best seafood, in these unprecedented times.  Andy is happy to share cooking tips and advice so pop by support your local fishmonger and he will not only serve up the best produce, but will ensure you have the tastiest cooking experience yet!
Online: www.facebook.com/DeepSeaFood
Phone: 9939 8777
Mrs Jones The Baker
We are so thrilled that this wonderful little bakery of deliciousness is right on our doorstep!  Not only offering everything under the sun that looks and tastes scrumptious including handcrafted authentic artisan breads, cakes, pastries and gelato, but lots of treats in gluten free, dairy free with options suitable for vegans!  Talk about sharing the love!
Online: www.facebook.com/mrsjonesthebaker
Phone: 9939 1736
Freshwater House
 
We have so much love for this adorable homewares store overlooking Freshwater Village.
Mae and her team are committed to the community and have remained open during these unusual times.  So make sure you pop by and check out their homely treasures or even grab yourself one of these Mojo Luxe soy wax candles which are made from reclaimed wine bottles, making them extra precious!
Online: @freshwater_house
Phone: 9938 5541
Sushi Hiro
If you’re missing out on your regular sushi fill, pop on in to Sushi Hiro to get your fix!
These guys are continuing to offer their full menu to help you get through these crazy times.  Think maki rolls, sushi and sashimi or for those who are craving a simple rice or noodle dish, their full menu is available so you’re looked after too! 
With social distancing restrictions slightly lifting, invite your two besties over to enjoy a Sushi Hiro Party Platter and they’ll never want to leave!
Online: www.facebook.com/hiro-sushi
Phone: 9938 1231!
Freshwater Pharmacy
 
There are very few places that you receive service as caring, helpful and consistent as what Martin and the Freshwater Pharmacy team have always delivered.  Moving with the times, Harbord Pharmacy adapted to Freshwater Pharmacy and Martin and his team have now proudly served the community during these challenging COVID-19 times. 
Nice to know we can pop in for the best advice – now and always!
Online: www.facebook.com/freshwaterpharmacy
Phone: 9905 2806
YOUR LOCAL CHARITY
Northern Beaches Women's Shelter
 
We are all very aware of the global health crisis that is COVID-19, but the flow on effects are becoming increasingly evident.  Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter has reported an 80 per cent decline in accommodation referrals with fears women are staying in “unsafe” situations during the coronavirus crisis.  With the sales of take-home alcohol skyrocketing Shelter Manager, Jacqueline Leonard confirmed there’s an association with alcohol consumption and domestic violence.  
Whilst donations or assistance with fundraising ideas are always welcome, the Centre are expecting some donations coming in over the coming weeks so are putting the call out for an empty, secure garage or storage space close to Manly that they could lend for a short period to store furniture and other household goods.  They would require access to come and go from the space independently. 
To offer assistance please email the team at info@nbws.org.au and thank you.
FRESHIE FOCUS
Freshie Focus is the stories behind Freshwater, starting with your local community bank branch including the Directors, Ambassadors and Staff. 
Get to know the stories of those involved with Freshwater Community Bank, from those who fought for its creation to those who ensure it continues as a thriving community hub year round.  Full interviews can be found here, with a snippet below.
Peter Harley - Director
Freshwater Community Bank
Business:
Now retired but previously Senior Manager with Safe Work NSW and its predecessors

How did you get involved in Freshwater Community Bank? 
I was dismayed with the total withdrawal of the Big 4 banks from Freshwater, who not only closed branches but sold their buildings with the clear indication that they were never going to return. I felt strongly that they had, simply, ditched our community. Later with a belated concession, due to community uproar, to open an ATM run by a sub-contractor (Chubb). The Freshwater Community Bank was the result of community and business agitation for real banking services in our community.  It was a gutsy initiative that has thrived to this day. I am very pleased to be closely involved with it and everything that it contributes to our community.

What has been your best business experience?  
In a career spanning 40 years, one of the major highlights was writing the policy for the Year 2000 Olympics in Sydney the first Smoke-Free Olympics for its 126 venues. All Olympics since have been smoke free. Another was being closely involved in the drafting the 1983 Occupational Health and Safety Act which now applies to all workplaces in NSW. It was a landmark piece of legislation.

Most unusual work experience?  
To climb atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge to assess the safe route for what is now known as Bridge Climb, and to ensure that modifications to the Bridge were made to ensure the Climb’s safety.

What’s something everyone should do at least once?  
A Walk in the Australian Bush (preferably of longer duration than a day, and with self–independence (i.e., carrying food, water and shelter). I have been doing this since I was 8 and it has given me great joy.

Is there something about you that would surprise people? 
I love writing poetry

Your greatest strength?  
Persistence, and determination to see something through.

Does anything scare you?  
Yes. The current non-leadership of the United States and the warlike dictatorial leadership of both China and Russia.

What’s your most treasured possession? 
A carved black palm walking stick from Nauro Village on the Kokoda Track

If you were an animal, what would you be? 
 
A land tortoise because it lives for 150 years, is shell-backed and only progresses when it sticks its neck out.

Full interview can be found here.
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