The long-established Paragon cafe is expecting a new shopfront window to arrive next week after a recent accident in which a car reversed into it while parking.
"It was an elderly gentleman reversing in heavy rain and I guess his foot slipped, he was very nice," said shop attendant Umar Khayn.
Umar, 28, has been in Coota for just six months, and loves the peace and quiet here after enduring many years in his home city, Peshawar, in Pakistan, when there was a period of unrest.
He was employed after coming here by the cafe's owner, Mahmoud Yasee, arriving in Sydney and coming straight to Cootamundra with lucky timing, just two weeks before the borders closed.
He understands the necessity for lockdown in Melbourne now, "because that's how we can beat this virus, it's necessary to save everyone".
"It's still good here because if you think about the poor countries, they are in lockdown and people lose their jobs," he said.
"Here the government is supporting them, but in poor countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, most Asian countries, there is no support from the government and things are getting worse and worse."
A massive cricket fan since his father gave him a bat and ball as a child, he stays in touch with friends in Pakistan who are astounded when he tells them he's in the town where Bradman was born.
As if to prove a point, he rattles off the names of the last 12 Australian captains, and is proud of Pakistan's PM, Imran Khan.
Peshawar is now peaceful city to live in, but during the years of unrest it was "just like a bad dream". He lost many friends and relatives.
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