What's On During COVID-19
Brunswick Heads Chamber response to COVID-19
The combined resources of the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre are working around the clock to develop and implement strategies and initiatives to help the Bruns business sector.
A comprehensive list of support links for businesses can be found in the twice-weekly e-newsletter produced and distributed by the Chamber/VC team on Tuesdays and Fridays. Click here for a list of Government and other support packages for businesses during this time.
Chamber/VC projects and campaigns
Projects and campaigns are also being rolled out every couple of weeks. Projects to date include:
- Speaking with every business personally, to ascertain their needs April-May.
- The "Bruns Doing Business" list - updated weekly from Thirsday 7 May by the VC team and posted to social media and the "What's on Page"of the website. See sample list below.
- Social Media Assistance Project - free help for businesses wanting to get onto FB and Instagram, enable them to promote and sell their products or services or to start an online store using Shopify or other platform. Eight businesses signed up to receive free consultations from Obi McDonald and Holly Gailbraith.
- Social media campaigns - "Birthdays/Celebrations" campaign in April. "Mother's Day" campaign in May, more to come in June....
- Bruns Gift Vouchers -$10, $20 and $50 vouchers will be given away as prizes and incentives as part of the Bruns Buy Local Program
- A Short Bruns Business COVID Impact Survey will be rolled out early June. Survey partcipants go in the draw to win $200 woth of Bruns Gift Vouchers.
- Simple Pleasures Digital Photo Competition. Theme - "Wish you were Here" Running frpm 1 to 30 June. Win $100 Bruns Gift Vouchers
- All-Town Clearance Sale early August
- Buy Local Campaign using Bruns Gift Vouchers
Please contact Cherie Heale firstname.lastname@example.org or 0499 395 601 for any further information about the above, or to join the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce and participate.
Bruns is still doing business ..... but differently.
Goods & services available from Wed Thus 21 May in Brunswick Heads
In response to the latest advice for people to stay at home and only venture out for essential goods and services, Brunswick Heads businesses are adapting. Some are offering takeaways, some are open by appointment only, some are offering deliveries and many are doing business online.
The Brunswick Heads Chamber and VC team has created a "Bruns Doing Business” info sheet with weekly updates on who is operating, when and how. This information can be found below. The information is also being shared across our social platforms and on the Brunswick Heads Community pages and other local community FB pages. Please share to your own platforms too.
This an organic, evolving page so please let us know by text or email if your business is still operating, when and how - whether you are doing deliveries or operating in some creative form.
Contact Cherie on 0499 395 601 or Kim on 0412 316 299.
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IGA Supermarket Open 7 days 7am-9pm.
Village Greens - 7 days Mon to Fri 7-5.30 Sat to Sun 7-5pm Offering a pick and pack service. Phone in the order and the pick up time ahead and staff will pack the box and bring it to the car. Your card payment is processed and returned with receipt.
BWS Bottle Shop - Open Mon -Thur 9am-8pm Fri 9 Sat 9am-9pm 02 6685 1092
Ethel Foodstore - Open for takeaway, Mon-Sat 6.30-2pm
Bruns Pizza and Thai - Open for takeaway Wed - Mon 4.30-8pm. On Facebook
Bruns Indian - Open for takeaway, kebabs and chips only. Closed Monday
Daily Counter - Open Mon-Fri 6am-11am, Sat 6.30-2pm
Old Maids - Open for takeaway Fri - Sun 7am- 3pm
St Maries - Open for takeaway Fri, Sat 4.30 - 7.30pm. Doing takeaway pizzas by phone orders on 0266 943314. Serving from the front. Limited menu - pizzas, $6 tinnies & a few of our bangin’ all natural wines for you to enjoy at home.
La Casita - Open Fri - Mon from 4 pm - 7.30 pm for takeaway, deliveries and cocktails
Far East Chinese - Open for takeaway Tues - Sun 11.30-2pm and 5-8pm
The Key Basics - Open 7 days 10-2 pm. Online store open
Resould - Online & by appointment 0400 924071
Clems Cargo - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-1pm. And online. Contact us on our Facebook and/or Instagram @clemscargo
CAWI - Open Monday to Friday 10-3 Saturday 9-1pm
Daryl Bashforth's Used Car Sales - Online. Trading by appointment.
Pearces Motors - Mon-Fri 8-5pm.
BP Service Station Mon-Fri 7.30-5pm Sat 7.30-12 Fuel, car reparis, fishing shop.
Caltex Service Station - Open 24/7
Byron Shire Real Estate - Online and by Appointment.Mon-Fri 9-5pm , following or social distancing requirements.
The Chalet Motel - Open, offering weekly rates
The Sails Motel - Re opening June after room refurbishments.
Bruns Gym - Online classes until restrictions lifted.
Kate Nutt Photography - Weddings, family portraits, musicians. Contact Kate via email or mobile 0421 274 796 Online and by appointment
Brunswick Heads Pharmacy - Open Mon to Fri 8.30-5.30, Sat 8.30-2.30. Closed Sundays. Free delivery to local areas. In-store specials, VIP club. Hand sanitiser recipe available (See FB). New season errings in store
Brunswick Heads Medical Centre - Open Mon to Thu 8am-5.30, Fri 8.30 -12pm by appointment. 02 6685 1264
Brunswick Holistic Dentist - Open Mon to Thu 9-5pm, Fri 9-4pm.
Social Alibi - Trading Tuesday - Saturday, by appointment 0466 530 799
Ozone Beauty and Medi Spa - Open, Mon - Fri 10-4pm, Sat 10-2pm. Online and by appointment 02 6685 1145
Brunsosteo - Mon - Fri 10am-6pm Satu 9.30-3.30 and remedial massages available 1 day per week
Mandorle - Open Fri- Sun 10-2pm. Online Store
Silver Dragon - Open Fri & Saturday 10-2pm and by appointment. On Facebook
Torakina Daze - Open Fri & Sat 10.30am-1.30pm. Online
Sticky Fingers - Open 7 days from 5-8pm
Starfish - Open for takeaway Mon to Fri 11-7.30 Sat-Sun 11-8pm. Getting in fresh fish most days for customers to buy & cook at home
Cadeau Restaurant - Open Thurs to Sat 4-6.30. Place orders through the day, with pick up 4-6.30pm. 0488 932 341. Online store available.
Table View - Open for seated patrons and takeaway 7 days from 8am-12 noon
North Coast Lifestyle Properties - Mon-Thu 8.30-5pm, Fri 8.30-4.30 pm.Online and by appointment. 6685 1839. Open houses starting 9 May
Afends - Open Wed - Sunday 10am-4.30pm. Eftpos only.
Sutra - Fri to Sun 10-4
Brunswick Heads Massage - Access from Balun Lane, next to Hotel Brunswick carpark. Open Tues to Sat from 9am-5 pm. Phone 0408 694 655 for an appointment
Bruns Bakery - Open for takeaway Mon to Fri 6am-3pm Sat, Sun 6am-2pm. Deliveries 10am 02 6685 1556
Yami - Open for takeaway and patron seating, 7 days 7-3pm, and home deliveries 10-2pm Online Menu 02 6685 0186
Park St Pasta Bar - Open 4.30-8,30 Sat and Sun for up to 10 people! Online Menu
LazyBones - Online Opening soon.
Fabulous Mrs Fox - Open Wed-Sun10.30-4pm Online, free local delivery (Byron to Tweed) and by appointment.
Saffron Home Essentials - Tues to Sat 10.00 am-4.30'ish. Open Sunday 10-3. Physical distancing is in place, with hand sanitiser at the door & gloves at the counter. Online & home delivery - 0428 633007
Bruns News - Open 7am-1pm
Violettas Shoes - Open Fri & Sat 10-1. Online and delivery
Sunshine Trader - Open Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-3pm. Online shop 24/7 through FB and Instagram and by appointment other days via email email@example.com
The Bruns Shop - Sat and Sun 10.30-3.00. Online and delivery
Portia's Will - Saturday 10-3 pm. Online
Lucy Vanstone Wheel of Life Pottery - Open Tuesday - Friday 10-4. One - one tuition by available 0458 668 419
Pura Vida Wellness - Open Mon-Fri 9.30 am-5.30pm. Hours may alter subject to demand. Extra precautions in place. By appointment 6685 0498 or 0418337508.
Bayside Acupuncture - By appointment with 15 mins spacings. Online consulting 6685 1088 or 0439 382 114
Vintage Interior Pieces - By appointment
Whatever - Trading morning hours.
Michaela's Hair and Beauty - Open by appointment 02 6685 1330
Elders Real Estate - Open Mon-Fri 9am-3 pm. Online and by appointment. Saturday open homes 02 6685 1206
Brunswick Heads Laundrette - Open 7 days 7am -7.30pm - Considered Essential Service. Washes & dryers available
Commonwealth Bank - Branch closing for 6 months to handle high level of enquiry for financial assistance.
Centrelink - Open Mon to Fri 8.30-4.30pm Phone 13 62 40
Brunswick Heads Post Office - Open Mon-Fri 9 am-5pm
Brunswick Heads Health Foods - Takeaway Mon to Fri 8.30-5pm, Sat 8.30-4pm and Sun 9-4 (Free home delivery for groceries - minimum $50)
Bernardi's Artisanal Gelato & Cafe - Open for takeaways 9-5 pm and home deliveries 12-4pm.
Bottle and Hoop - Open Fri 8-3pm, Free deliveries Mon-Wed-Fri Online
Brunswick Heads Physio - Closed. Hopefully Reopening towards end of September TBA
Miss Brown Vintage - Open 7 days 10-5pm, Online e-bay store
Beach Bait & Tackle - Open Mon to Fri 9-4.30 and Sat & Sun 8.30-4
Network Video - Mon -Fri 9-9pm, Sat & Sun 10-9pm. 10am-9pm
Tursa Employment - Appointment by phone
APM Employment - Appointment by phone
Brunswick Heads Accounting & Tax - Online
Print Rescue - Open Mon to Fri 9-4 from side door in arcade, please email files for printing firstname.lastname@example.org
North Coast Trophies - Open Mon to Fri 10-4, Sat by appointment 02 6685 1676. Signs & plaques, key cutting, personalised engraving & gifts, pet id tags, name badges, trophies & medals
Valiant Music - Open Mon to Sat 10am-2pm. And by appointment for guitar repairs, strings & records. Call 6685 1005 or 0417 834017 and leave a message.
Footbridge Cafe - Open 6.30am - 1pm for takeaway and home delivery - call 6685 1991
Hoopers Burgers & Fish & Chippery - Open for takeaway Fri - Mon 12 -7pm
Honor Espresso & Salumi Bar - Open for takeaway Friday to Monday 6.30-1.30pm with online offering
Trawlers - Closed until further notice
MahaShe - Open Thur - Sun 10am-2pm. Mon to Wed by appointment. Online
Pelicucci - Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm. Sat & Sun by appointment
Bruns Surf Shop - Open Thurs to Mon 11am-3pm
Brunswick River Inn -Thurs to Mon at this stage
LJ Hooker Real Estate - Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. After hours by appointment 02 6685 0177
In the Pink - Open for takeaway Mon-Thurs 9-5pm, Fri & Sat 9-8pm, Sun 9am-5pm, 02 6685 8488
North Coast Veterinary Services - Open Mon to Wed and Sat until midday. Home deliveries for essential medications and food. 66840735
Ocean Shores Tavern - Place your orders by 3.30 and we’ll start delivering from 4. You can order by phone 66 803222 email email@example.com or via Facebook messenger.
Bruns Gym - Online classes
Raine & Horne - OS and Brunswick Heads - Online
Gym on the Run - Bootcamp clients being issued special packs to do the program at home
Oracle Group Insurance - Online
Travel Partners - Open 9-5 Mon-Sat by appointment on 02 6680 3921.Jane and Russell are here for the long haul and available to repatriate people to and from Australia for urgent travel and can assist navigate the Govt travel bans.
Crystal Castle Temporary closure
Visitor Centre Members
Links to businesses that are open as usual or with restrictions in place. Please buy a gift certificate if you can...
Husk Distillery - Also selling hand sanitiser
Zephyr Horses - Private rides and lessons (One Person)
Ocean Shores Motel
OS Country Club - Spice It Up restaurant for takeaways
Tropical Fruit World - Fruit box and avocado tray home delivery – purchase online at www.plantationcollection.com.au by phone on 02 66 777 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Byron Kayaks - Gift Certificates available online
Stone and Wood - Online ordering
North Byron Farmers Market (Belongil and Mullumbimby) - Open on market days
Byron Bay Dive Centre - Reopening and celebrating with a 40-50% sale.
Buy a gift certificate to support our local businesses
Please consider buying a gift certicate from a Bruns Business, even several gift certicates in advance!
Most businesses will be able to organise one for you by phone or online. This will help keep our businesses afloat and wi;; help our many torism operators who had to close down during the COVID-19 crisis.
JobKeeper subsidy for businesses during the Covid-19 crisis announced
JobKeeper Wage Subsidy Announcement
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced the government's $130 billion wage subsidy package. The JobKeeper package allows businesses to keep paying their staff - even if there is no work for them - in a bid to ensure that when the economy bounces back that businesses will be able to open with trained staff ready to go. The $130b package will provide $1,500 per fortnight (gross), per employee/per self-employed individual for 6 months commencing from 30 March 2020. It applies to full-time, part time and casual (who have worked at least a year) staff and sole traders and the self-employed.
For the employer to be eligible to receive and subsequently pass the payments onto employees, their turnover must be less than $1b per annum but more importantly, their turnover must have dropped by 30% relative to a comparable period from the prior year. E.g. Turnover for the month of March 2020 must be more than 30% lower than March 2019. The same concept applies to the self-employed. Further, the employer must register for the payments direct with the ATO. Register here. They must report to the ATO on a monthly basis.
Eligible employees will include those employed by the employer at 1 March 2020, including those who have been stood down. Retrenched workers can be re-hired to qualify for the payment.
The following website explains all the ins and outs. They also provide a support line and can provide advice to those who are financially distressed. Read more The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell explains what the JobKeeper package means for your small business. Video link
Business needs and offers
Please let us know your specific needs and we will do our best to match you up with others who can provide those services. For example, businesses offering deliveries for the first time might be in need of a van or a van with a driver. Many of our tourism operators with vans to transfer their clients now have no customers and vans sitting idle.
Several initiatives are being fleshed out by the Chamber/Visitor Centre Team in the next week to meet our Bruns business needs.
Contact Cherie on 0499 395 601 or Kim on 0412 316 299.
List of businesses that must be closed and exceptions
Businesses not listed as prohibited activities and venues are still allowed to trade
The following businesses and facilities must be closed:
- Auction houses;
- Real estate auctions and open house inspections;
- Outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets (see exceptions below);
- Beauty therapy businesses, including tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours;
- Spa and massage parlours;
- Cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gaming and/or gambling venues;
- Adult entertainment venues, including strip clubs, brothels and sex on premise venues;
- Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums (see exceptions below);
- Arcades and amusement parks;
- Indoor and outdoor play centres;
- Community and recreation centres (see exceptions below);
- Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga shops, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres;
- Bootcamps and personal training (see exceptions below);
- Social sporting-based activities and swimming pools;
- Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites;
- Libraries, community centres and youth centres;
- Community facilities, including halls, clubs, and RSL venues; and
- Places of worship.
Exceptions to the rules
- Restaurant and cafes may only open for takeaway and home delivery, including those in food courts;
- Weddings can proceed with a maximum attendance of no more than five people and social distancing;
- Funerals can be attended by no more than 10 people, who must practice social distancing;
- Outdoor and indoor market restrictions will be a decision for state and territories, but food markets will remain open;
- Hairdressers and barbershops can open, with appointments limited to 30 minutes and social distancing;
- Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums may live stream small groups;
- Community and recreation centres may open for hosting essential voluntary or public services like food banks;
- Bootcamps and personal training may take place outdoors with groups of no more than 10 and social distancing; and
- States and territories will decide whether to close hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks and boarding houses.
“If your industry, business or venue is not on the list you can continue to operate, however, we do recommend where possible that people work from home to reduce the social interaction and ensure social distancing is respected and maintained,” Berejiklian told a Sydney press conference on Monday.
What is considered “essential”?
Thanks to just over $10K grant funding from the NSW Community Builders Partnership, the Brunswick Visitor Centre was able to upgrade its aging computer system with four new Apple Mac computers.
Obi McDonald, former owner of Mullum Mac, facilitated the purchase, installed the computers and provided training to the staff during February 2019. We were pleased to be able to support a local business.
Tamara Smith, local MP, visited the Visitor Centre to see how the new system was functioning and was impressed with the large screen Mac computers.
The staff and volunteers took no time at all to learn their way around the new Macs and are gradually discovering the new features. Everyone is finding working on the new computers so much easier.