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Can you help create Australia's largest mobile wildlife hospital?

A team of Australian vets have teamed up to help save wildlife by building a Mobile Wildlife Hospital. It will be based in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, but it’s mobile, so it can go where injured native animals need urgent help during a crisis, anywhere in  Australia. It's going to be a customised semi-trailer operating with specialist wildlife vets, equipment and medicines.  

They need to raise a further $520,000 to reach their $700,000 target to get the Mobile Hospital running by September ahead of the summer season, when wildlife are most vulnerable. Over 1 billion native animals died during this year's national bushfires. Let's not let that ever happen again!  

You can make a tax deductible donation to their crowdfund campaign at www.chuffed.org/project/byronbaywildlifehospital

...and learn more via their website www.byronbaywildlifehospital.org

Spread the word and follow their progress on Facebook @byronbaywildlifehospital and @byronbaywildlife on Instagram.

Support Your Local Food Businesses!

Northern Rivers Food (NRF) is a not for profit member based food group. It was established by people in the food industry from the “paddock to the plate” to support the food industry in the Northern Rivers. NRF aims to connect people in the local food industry by providing regular events, workshops & networking opportunities.

And, in these strange times have highlighted some of their Byron Bay based members.

Rainforest Foods

Rainforest Foods is a pioneer in the Australian native food industry. As well as our own farm, we work with farmers in the sub-tropical hinterland around Byron Bay to create small, sustainable orchards of native rainforest trees and shrubs from which we produce world-class jams, sauces and macadamia nut products. You can find us at our 5 x local Farmers’ Markets per week  and online at www.rainforestfoods.com.au

Brookfarm

Brookfarm’s online store at brookfarm.com.au offers Brookfarm’s full range of products, with FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50. Or visit one of the many local independent retailers who stock Brookfarm and support local, wherever you can. From a community perspective, Brookfarm have been supporting several local foodbox initiatives, for local families who are doing tough through these times.

Stone & Wood, Byron Bay

Stone & Wood Brewery are producing all your favourite beers during COVID-19. Our tasting rooms are now open for take away bottles and cases. Our online store offers all our beers delivered fresh from the brewery direct to your door. Plus Treehouse Cider from Granite Belt Cider Co., a separate business that we set up in 2015. Use the code FREEDELIVERY at check out.

Salumi Australia, Billinudgel

World Class Salumi products now delivered to your door! The future is here!! Our full range of traditional, hand crafted Salumi products can be delivered to your house or business from the whole packaged selections or new sliced range, ready to go straight on the platter or into your favourite pasta and risotto. Check out out their new online store.

Bun Coffee, Byron Bay

Bun Coffee is still roasting and open from 7am-2pm for all your takeaway and at home coffee needs. Call 02 6680 9798 for ordering and pickup or  $5 flat delivery (Byron Shire only).  New #Stay At Home Blend – a smooth, lighter all day drinking coffee is also now available. Plus order online for coffee, tea, chai, drinking chocolate, brewing gear, hampers and gift cards! Free delivery for all online orders over $100.

Cape Byron Distillery

Tasting sessions are back at Cape Byron Distillery! In light of the recent lift to the NSW restrictions, we’re excited to welcome you back for small group tasting sessions. Each session includes a G&T on arrival, full guided tasting of the Brookie’s range, an inside look into the distilling process and sneak peek tasting of our new make spirit slowly maturing into whisky! Distillery tour bookings + hand sanitiser and gin, via our website www.capebyrondistillery.com.

The Bucha of Byron, Byron Bay

Get The Bucha of Byron delivered each week to your doorstep (no delivery charge)! Only $35 for a 12-pack of Original, Ginger, Lemon Myrtle or Tropical. Brewed in Byron Bay using locally sourced ingredients, The Bucha of Byron is a sparkling, raw, fermented kombucha, loaded with probiotics. Text us your order to 0416 078 530 or email order@thebuchaofbyron.com.au.

Byron Bay Cookie Company, Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Cookie Company are continuing to fill orders and despatch cookies to our customers Australia wide. Whilst our gift shops are temporarily closed, our online store is fully operational. We’ve just added new Cookie Bundles to our online store, allowing cookie lovers to save up to 15% RRP by shopping our special cookie packs. We offer FREE domestic shipping for orders $75 or more.

Three Blue Ducks & The Bread Social, Byron Bay

The new Three Blue Ducks produce boxes featuring fresh fruit and veg, bread, booze and at-home essentials, now available for pick-up and delivery in Byron. Order your fresh produce online and tailor your box to suit – add epic house products, home-cooked meals from our handsome and talented chefs Mark, Daz and Andy, incredible sourdough from The Bread Social, wine, beer, eggs, flour, sanitiser... we’ve got it all. 

Byron opens for holidays 1 June

NSW residents will be able to take a holiday anywhere in NSW from next month, with intra-state travel restrictions to be lifted from Monday 1 June, 2020.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said NSW citizens will be able take recreational trips across NSW, as long as they maintain social distancing and good hygiene.

Ms Berejiklian said lifting the holiday travel restriction will give everyone a much needed break and help get small businesses and the tourism industry moving again.

“This is the day we’ve all been looking forward to since the COVID-19 travel restrictions were put in place earlier this year and I would like to thank everyone for their patience during the past few months of being cooped up at home,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

“I must stress to everyone that, while we want people to enjoy a well-earned holiday, we must do this responsibly and continue to abide by physical distancing measures, as the last thing we want is further outbreaks that will force us to reintroduce restrictions.”

Mr Barilaro said while regional NSW will welcome visitors with open arms, holidaymakers should call their planned accommodation venues and attractions to ensure they will be open and confirm their bookings before travelling.

“COVID could not have come at a worse time for regional NSW, with towns already doing it tough due to bushfires and drought and so I encourage everyone to make plans to safely and responsibly visit their favourite regional holiday destination, or discover a new one,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I encourage holidaymakers to visit local businesses, enjoy local attractions and feast on the best food regional NSW has to offer, and for those not able to get away in June, to start making plans for later in the year when even more businesses will be open.

Venues are also encouraged to review their booking policies to allow travellers to easily cancel their trip if they have any symptoms. 

Travellers from interstate will be able to visit NSW for a holiday from 1 June but will need to comply with the rules of their home state when returning.

Further information
The latest on COVID-19 from the NSW Govt
The latest COVID-19 from Byron Council

Tips to plan your trip to Byron
The easing travel restrictions was just announcemend (20 May 2020), for now - please browse byronbay.com's accommodation guides, activity guides, and restaurant guide and be sure to discuss your plans directly with each for detail on opening hours, availability and restrictions. We will add further details as they come to hand.

 

Byron Shire Council COVID-19 Update playgrounds and skateparks reopening

Byron Shire Council is reopening playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and skateparks following the decision by the NSW Government to ease some restrictions in NSW.

People do however need to remember that outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and this applies to people using playgrounds, skateparks and fitness equipment.  Social distancing rules also apply.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the easing of restrictions was good news for parents and children, but people still need to heed the NSW Government’s rules.

“If you go to a playground and there are more than 10 people there – please leave and go back later,” Mayor Richardson said.

“For those of us with kids, we are getting agonisingly close to providing them some normality, so the last thing we want is to be in the situation where we have to shut everything again,” he said.

Staff are thoroughly cleaning all playgrounds for reopening but people need to take responsibility for their personal hygiene including washing hands before and after using play equipment. 

“The NSW Government is saying that people should assume the person who has used the equipment before them has COVID-19 so everyone needs to take responsibility and make sure they wash their hands and that of their children, and carry santiser as well,” Mayor Richardson said.

The Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) has announced there have been two more cases of COVID-19 detected in the region. 

The free COVID-19 clinic at the Byron Central Hospital is operating seven days a week and anyone with symptoms including a fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath is urged to get tested. 

“With the easing of restrictions and the detection of two more cases in the health district, which stretches from Grafton to Tweed, now more than ever, we need to remain vigilant and observe social distancing protocols and that means keeping 1.5m away from everyone except people in your household,” Mayor Richardson said.

UPDATE  (15 May 2020) ON COUNCIL SERVICES AND FACILITIES

Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor fitness equipment
Open but people need to note social distancing protocols.

Byron Wetlands (West Byron Sewage Treatment Plant)
Open but only for people on their own. No groups are allowed and the bird hide and interpretive centre remain closed.

Council offices – Mullumbimby
Closed but staff are available via telephone and email. Call 6626 7000 or email council@byron.nsw.gov.au.

Carparks – Byron Bay and Broken Head
Closed until further notice.

Libraries
Closed to face-to-face customers but a ‘click and collect’ service is operating.  Go to www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au for information.

Pools
Closed for the winter season.

Information about changes to Council’s facilities in relation to COVID-19 is available at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

For information on the NSW Government’s Public Health Order and the easing of restrictions go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

STONE & WOOD INTRODUCES ‘WELCOME BACK’ SESSIONS FOR 10 PEOPLE AT BYRON & BRISBANE BREWERIES

Independent brewery Stone & Wood is preparing to pour their first beers in months, as they begin welcoming patrons back into their Byron Bay and Brisbane breweries in response to the state governments’ relaxed restrictions on gatherings from this weekend (15 May 2020).

From Friday 15 May in Byron and Saturday 16 May in Brisbane, Stone & Wood is inviting up to 10 people at a time to their ‘Welcome Back’ sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where patrons pre-book their spots and preferred time slot online before heading to either brewery.

Pre-booked sessions are $40 per person and include a three-beer tasting paddle, a meal, a brief tour with the Stone & Wood crew and a voucher for the bottle shop. There are four 100-minute sessions per Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both breweries between 12pm and 8pm.

From Tuesday 12 May for either Byron or Brisbane, patrons can book a single spot or any number of spots up to 10 for their friends, or groups of 10 can book out an entire session and enjoy the brewery to themselves.

Stone & Wood’s specially trained crew will be keeping the breweries spotless and sanitised during and between the Welcome Back sessions. Any additional purchases will be card only, plus the crew will be practising physical distancing where possible.

Since closing their doors in response to COVID-19 in late March, both Stone & Wood’s Tasting Room in Byron Bay and its Brisbane brewery in Fortitude Valley have been operating as takeaway windows for local beer-lovers to purchase cartons, six-packs and 1L sharer bottles of beer.

But the federal government’s recent announcement of the first phase of the Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia was welcomed by the Stone & Wood, who are looking forward to hosting their respective communities in the breweries once again.

Bookings can be made at www.stoneandwood.com.au from Tuesday 12 March. In response to the government-mandated closures of pubs, clubs and venues around the country that came into effect late March, the independent Northern Rivers brewery has been part of the #KeepingLocalAlive campaign, a movement of independent breweries working to keep ‘indie’ Australian-owned beer alive during the last few months of restrictions.

Francis Cloake fine art beach photography

Francis Cloake is a Byron Bay based photographer.

After taking time out to raise a family, she returned to photography in 2018 with the fine art photographic series, Surf. This collection of fine art photographic limited edition prints has sold to collectors in Australia, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Francis has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in London and Australia, and is currently represented by Pack Gallery Studio in Bangalow and Martine Gallery in Sydney. 

An artist capable of transforming well-known subjects into objects of evocative beauty and wonder, Francis has limited edition fine art photography prints available at www.folkeart.com and you can follow her on Instagram @folkeart.

Stone & Wood Virtual Brewery Tour

Join Tasting Room manager Jess Flynn – beer-in-hand – for a three-part virtual brewery tour that reflects the real-life Stone & Wood brewery tours hosted in their Byron Bay brewery, and enjoy learning about our history, beers, brewing, team and our approach to conscious business.

Part One, Welcome to Stone & Woods Tasting Room

In part one, Jess welcomes you to the Tasting Room and walks you through the drinking space, our team’s offices, the brewhouse, the brew deck and Stone & Woods Pilot Batch brewery.

Part two, The Ingredients

 

This part of the tour is fairly educational - you can soak up Jess’s knowledge, covering the German purity law – aka the Reinheitsgebot –, malting, water types and plenty of beer-science fun facts. 

Part Three, The Brewing Process

Atop the Tasting Room brew deck, which overlooks verdant wetlands and a rolling ridge covered in trees – nice office for our brewers, huh? – Jess shows us step by step how exactly Stone & Wood turn water, malt, hops and yeast into beer.

Be sure to visit Stone & Woods brewery and tasting room, you can learn more and book a tour at www.stoneandwood.com.au/brewery-tours/.

kNOw Your RIVERS playlist by Howl & Moan Records in Byron Bay

Howl & Moan Records in Byron Bay have created a spotify playlist featuring all up and coming bands and artists based in the Northern Rivers. 

As you can imagine, all these artists have lost not only their gig income but their normal day job. 

Having their music streamed means at least a minimum amount of income can come in during these difficult times. 

kNOw your RIVERS on Spotify

Howl & Moan Records deal in vinyl records, cassettes, turntables, accessories, merchandise, books & posters.

Learn more via their Instagram, Facebook + merch at www.howlandmoanrecords.bigcartel.com, or at their shop at 4/103 Jonson Street Byron Bay.

Bluesfest Flashback - David Harris Photography

David Harris is a freelance photojournalist specialising in Music, Events, Festivals and Arts from Melbourne. For years he's been making the trip to Byron each Easter to shoot Bluesfest. 

With Bluesfest 2020 cancelled, David's been sharing his festival memories on Facebook, here are some of his favorites. 

Vintage Trouble ⁠- Bluesfest Byron Bay 2016⁠

Eagles Of Death Metal - Bluesfest Byron Bay 2016

Michael Franti and Spearhead - Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015⁠

The Decemberists - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

The National - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016

Buddy Guy - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017

Be sure and follow David Harris Photography on Instagram, Facebook and visit his website at www.davidharris.photography... and, we'll see you all at Bluesfest 2021!

Visitors told to stay away from Byron Shire

Orders from the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazard, have officially made Byron Shire off-limits to visitors.

The Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 directs that a person must not leave their residence without a reasonable excuse such as food shopping, work, exercise or going to a medical appointment.  Going on a holiday is not a reasonable excuse.

Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, said the message cannot possibly be any louder or clearer – do not come to Byron Shire for a day-trip or the Easter weekend.

“NSW Police and Council will not tolerate people coming to our Shire at this desperate and dire time,” Mayor Richardson said.

“If people have booked an apartment or holiday house for Easter then that is too bad – everyone in our community is hurting, our businesses are closed, people are scared and vulnerable and the vast majority of residents are absolutely heeding the isolation and social distancing rules.

“For the health and safety of our residents we cannot afford to expose ourselves to COVID-19 any more than we have been already,” Mayor Richardson said.

“There are very heavy penalties for failing to comply with these Government Orders and local Police have informed Council they are taking the matter very, very seriously.

“If people are aware of anyone planning to come to Byron for a break – tell them to think again because, as we are telling them #ByronStayHome - they are not welcome at the moment,” Mayor Richardson said.

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