Backlash Thankfully the states and territories have stepped up and led with COVID-19, leaving the PM looking fairly irrelevant. Given his muddled messaging and a record of incompetence, it’s probably for the best that he not be taken too seriously with such a serious situation. Q Q Q Q
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Does the 80-year-old billionaire Gerry Harvey have a moral compass? Perhaps not. He told 60 Minutes (Nine) on Sunday: ‘You know, this [virus] is an opportunity. Our sales are up in Harvey Norman in Australia by nine per cent on last year. Our sales in freezers are up 300 per cent. And what about air purifiers? Up 100 per cent.’ Q Q Q Q
A current NSW government survey asks whether single use plastics should be phased out. Plastic straws are on the list, as well as polystyrene food and beverage containers. To make your voice heard, visit www. yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/ plastics-plan/short-survey.
No, it’s not a Devo tribute band. It’s Mullum Mitre 10 playing it safe. Please, everyone, this is serious. That means keeping safe distances, washing hands properly and being mindful of public handrails, petrol bowsers and the like. Photo Jeff ‘Whipped It Since 1986’ Dawson applies to the monthly Community Byron Market. Q Q Q Q
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The annual Newrybar Village Easter egg hunt (April 11) has been cancelled, say organisers.
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With the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of concerts, conferences, events and festivals across Australia, a website has been created for musicians to tell the stories of the gigs that they have lost. Visit www.ilostmygig. net.au for more info.
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Sunday’s Bangalow market has been cancelled, ‘in line with the NSW Health Department ruling’. This also
nsw.gov.au/Community/ Public-health-and-safety/ Coronavirus-COVID-19.
Byron Writers Festival tickets will not be going on sale on April 1, as previously planned, say organisers.
The Ngara Institute have cancelled Catherine Ingram’s presentation on March 25. Organisers say, ‘Her words remain vital, never more so, and as soon as we have determined a digital platform that will enable the audience to easily access the event online, we will reschedule. This will be the way forward for Ngara Institute events for the foreseeable future.’ Here’s some good news – the Byron, Bangalow, Mullum and New Brighton Farmers Markets will remain open!
If you are after local advice on COVID-19, head to www.byron.
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Byron Theatre managers say all events are cancelled until further notice. ‘Ticket holders for cancelled events will be fully refunded’. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Q Q Q Q
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