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4 May 2020
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Petrol is cheaper at Broken Hill than on the Peninsula
Nine groups granted a total of almost $200,000
Bridge safety plan 'overkill', says association
Permission obtained for remembrance activities
John Twiner pays his respects
Council provides financial relief to ratepayers
Cancelled event turns a profit for thankful Rotary club
Community groups ask visitors to stay at home
Repairs made to walking track in national park
The Bays residents' lives change dramatically
Group asks residents to remain vigilant against weed
Travel card eligibility widened
Cafe closes after suffering break-in
Driest fortnight this year
Ratepayers are becoming desperate
Confidence wanted in council management of funds
Work from home after lockdown ends
Esplanade footpath needs access for scooters and bikes
Extended library services should be expanded
Fuel profiteering as we are asked to pull together
Queensland Council installs toilet soap dispensers
Council replies to toilet letter
Pearl Beach resident starts online support group
New aged care wing to be named Pozieres House
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Little Theatre turns to video conferencing
Carol's quilting selected for Australasian finals
Students' return based on house groups
Students to be continue to study online
Work packs prepared for five weeks
Umina campus starts staged returns next Monday
School canteen to re-open on Monday
Preschool will meet in groups of 10
Pick-up process changed at Woy Woy South
Killcare Surf Life Saving Club reports active season
Bay-to-Bay run cancelled
Cricket awards held by social media live stream
Hoop pines planted to represent Woy Woy's fallen

Work from home after lockdown ends

Working from Home is the new phrase we have become familiar with but what does it mean and could it help our local economy?

For this commuter it means, I have set up a dedicated workspace and most of my work is done online and I participate in more Zoom or Skype meetings than normal.

Our team is navigating the new work arrangements and we are trying to be cohesive in an environment of anxiety and uncertainty with no tech support.

I am maintaining the routine of getting out of bed at 5.30am but I have gained all this extra time, so I am enjoying dawn and sunset walks when I am usually on the train - ordinarily a weekend activity.

I fit in a bit of gardening mid-week - something that usually can only be done during daylight savings time or weekends.

However, one thing I am doing now, is spending more money locally.

Those two coffees a day and the odd muffin or lunch are now purchased locally instead of in Sydney.

How many of us could work from home when this situation ends?

Can all tiers of government make it easier for us to work from home or establish office spaces we can go to, that have tech support and other resources?

Imagine how great it could be if even only 30 percent of us were able to continue to work from home, great for the local economy, less pressure on the trains and maybe less accidents on the M1 freeway and more time for us to enjoy living here.

Surely government at all levels can facilitate businesses and staff to work from home as a best practice as opposed to a pandemic reaction.

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