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Byron Bay leaders call for fewer lectures after anti-lockdown protest

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The Mayor of Byron Bay has hit back at officials who he says are “dividing” the community after 250 anti-lockdown protesters gathered in the beach town on the weekend, despite it being free from lockdowns.

On Monday morning, Employment Minister Stuart Robert called Byron Bay’s low vaccination rate of just over 31 per cent “nuts” on Channel Nine’s Today show.

He said “people need to understand in Byron Bay and northern New South Wales that white flowing linen is not going to protect you from COVID”.

But Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon told The New Daily scornful comments from out of town were only stoking divisions in the community and failed to address vaccine supply issues.

“They’re trying to blame us and our community,…



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