Latest update: 28/01/2021
We are paying close attention to any updates from the Australian Government Department of Health on the COVID-19 situation.
As of 1 July 2020, the Byron Community Centre reopened in a limited way, bringing back some community programs from 2 July but only under the guidelines issued by the NWS Government.
The health and safety of our audiences, clients, staff, volunteers and the local community are of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, all operations will follow the official guidelines issued by the NSW Government and the Byron Community Centre is now registered as a COVID-safe business with the NSW Government.
The BCC building remains closed to the general public and Centre Management discourages any unnecessary visits to the BCC. For any general enquiries or volunteer related matters, please call the office on (02) 6685 6807 or email the appropriate staff member.
All BCC staff, volunteers and group participants utilising the Centre facilities, are strongly encouraged to download the COVIDSafe app before entering the building. If you are participating in or volunteering for, groups or services, please follow the directions below:
- Register at the concierge desk with your name and phone number.
- Practice social distancing in the building at all times.
- Sanitise your hands when you enter the premises, at regular intervals during your visit, and before you leave the building.
- Please read below for more updates on our services and activities.
Please stay away if you are unwell or:
- Have returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
- Have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Have had contact with a person with a known positive case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
Should a staff member/volunteer/attendee/client who has been in the venue or at services in the past 14 days present with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, the venue at which the person attended will be completely closed for 48 hours and will undergo a deep clean before resuming activities. All groups using the venue will be notified.
For more advice and updates please check the following Government websites:
We currently offer the following support services:
- Free phone counselling
For Byron Shire residents who are experiencing distress. Call 0415 322 064 between 10am – 2pm weekdays to make an appointment.
- Women needing extra support
Our weekly women’s support group Feel Good Fridays is on between 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Byron Community Cabin. Our Community Case Worker is available by appointment, call the Centre on (02) 6685 6807 and leave a message. Women can receive food boxes, care packages, telephone counselling, internet access and a hot shower, as well as access to information such as housing options and Centrelink entitlements.
- Severe Wet Weather Shelter
Our Community Case Worker is developing alternatives to the current model if the Severe Weather Shelter is activated during the COVID 19 crisis. Signs will be posted at the BCC entrances with instructions in the case of a Severe Weather Event.
- Homeless Breakfast and Showers
For our most vulnerable clients continue with increased hygiene protocols and a scaled-down service requiring fewer volunteers and staff. Take-away options are encouraged.
Wednesdays between 7:30am – 9:00am at Fletcher St kitchen at Byron Community Centre (BCC).
Mondays and Wednesdays between 10:00am – 12:30pm (book in at Homeless Breakfast) at Byron Community Cabin.
- The Volunteer Hub will continue with telephone and online interviews only.
- All seniors activities have resumed.
- Staff have been encouraged to work from home where possible, and volunteer shifts have been reduced in size and frequency.
- Outreach services, such as Social Futures, My Momentum, No Interest Loans will continue at the discretion of the service provider.
- Liberation Larder continues on Mondays and Thursdays with increased hygiene protocols and a take-away focus.
Byron Markets are up and running successfully with COVID regulations in place and precautions to keep the community safe.
Update 15th October, 2020
The Byron Theatre and Community Centre re-opened as a COVIDsafe business from July 1st for community events & sessions. We are delighted that since October 1st we are also able to once again host events in the theatre with live audiences.
The theatre is operating on restricted seating capacity, adhering to the 50% audience capacity that currently applies to all indoor venues. Our ticketing system automatically allocates a space of 2 empty seats between ticket groups.
The upstairs meeting rooms also have reduced capacities. Byron Community Centre is continuing the strict cleaning regime to keep all staff, volunteers and visitors as safe as possible. All persons who enter the building must record their details for COVID-tracing purposes.
We are thrilled that the Theatre is open again, albeit with restrictions, to bring you the best entertainment in the Shire!
Take care and see you soon.