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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

Cafe closes after suffering break-in

A Woy Woy cafe has closed its doors having suffered a break-in after it suffered a downturn with coronavirus.

Nevertheless, cafe and cake-shop owners Mr Ganesh Crumlin and Ms Angie O'Sullivan are determined to continue with their Fudge Monkey brand and reputation.

"When the bushfires happened, things started to go on a downward spiral," Mr Crumlin said.

"We started to kick back up again - reinvent ourselves with the new renovations, trying to make the place look more funky - until Covid hit."

However, a break and enter incident on the night of April 19 was "the straw that broke the Monkey's back", he said.

Facing an unpredictable future, they decided that carrying on with the store would be too hard.

Mr Crumlin said their small operation did not qualify for government help schemes.

"Not the JobKeeper Scheme - we had seven employees but they were all casual.

"The tax relief would be great if we earnt enough to pay tax, but we don't."

The business had started when the couple escaped the corporate rat-race in the city.

"We decided it was time to do something for ourselves," Mr Crumlin said.

"We wanted to do something that made people happy so we decided to make sweets."

The couple sold fudge at local markets and slowly gained popularity within the Woy Woy and on the Central Coast.

"We made the decision to go completely gluten-free and then it really snowballed."

As demand grew, the two soon outgrew their own kitchen, and three years ago they moved into their Woy Woy store.

Mr Crumlin said they were doing very well before the recent downturn.

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