Hi! My name is Cathy Foster, and I have worked with EWR for 16 years, initially as a consultant and, more recently, as an Account Manager.
My family and I live in the Lower North Shore suburb of North Willoughby.
The land's traditional custodians are the Cammeraygal clan of the Guringai language nation. The Cammeraygal, were a clan of the Eora tribe of Indigenous Australians who were united by a common language and strong ties of kinship and survived as skilled hunter–fisher–gatherers in family groups or clans that inhabited the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The traditional lands of the Cammeraygal people are now contained within much of the North Sydney, Willoughby, Mosman, Manly and Warringbah local government areas. The Cammeraygal people lived in the area until the 1820s and were recorded as being in the northern parts of the Sydney region for approximately 5,800 years.
I love living in North Willoughby: It's a family-friendly suburb with streets lined with trees, abundant bush reserves, and many beautiful parks. A short stroll from harbourside trails and scenic picnic spots.
Hidden Secret: The much-loved Willoughby High Street 'village' has many great cafes and restaurants to delight diners from Asian, Middle Eastern, and casual neighbourhood cafes, like a local favourite, Rays Place, that serve fresh and tasty food. The community spirit is strong and welcoming, and you're bound to bump into a friendly face for a chat.
Selling Point: The local State schools are highly regarded, and the area is near various independent and religious schools.
Reality Check: Public transport (bus only) is great if you're headed to the CBD, however less so if you are going across town. You need a car for North Willoughby to work for you.
My Favourite Place: Harold Reid Reserve. This pristine, native harbourside bushland is just a 10-minute walk from home (and actually in the neighbouring suburb of Middle Cove!). A world away from the bustle of central Sydney, it is less than a 10-minute drive from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Here, you can experience glorious views and look out for abundant wildlife, including wallabies, echidnas, lyrebirds and even green tree snakes (harmless!!).
Best For: Families with children of all ages.