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Stay Local Byron Bay is an app that helps local people support local businesses while staying home as much as possible.

The app is available for download from the Apple App Store now and is free for users and businesses. 

With Covid-19 rapidly changing our everyday lives and the dire need for social distancing and self-isolation, many people are wondering how to access the things they require. At the same time, our beloved local businesses in and around Byron Bay are struggling to keep doors open and staff employed.

The app which is predominantly map based, uses unique and colourful icons to illustrate businesses at a glance. You can also find information such as hours, delivery and take away options and other innovative offerings.

Cofounders Kimberly Sowers and Sarah Beardmore both live locally in Suffolk Park. As they had a mix of experience in technology, communications, hospitality and tourism they felt that there had to be a way to bridge the gap between people who were needing things and the businesses who are still able to provide them. 

Beardmore took advantage of the platform her company, Nown, had been building and realised how it could make launching Stay Local Byron Bay possible in a matter of a week. Sowers saw an opportunity to leverage this existing technology to be a valuable community resource and soon after, Stay Local was born. 

It dawned on them that they could build an app that highlighted the ways that local businesses are serving the community and also let people know how to access those things with minimal contact. And that this, in turn, would help people stay at home as much as possible.

Stay Local is being welcomed by local businesses. Jake Napoli of Bay Kebabs and OzyMex says “What Stay Local Byron Bay has created is amazing! A great initiative and such a vital tool for the current situation”.

You can download Stay Local Byron Bay here.

Stay Local Byron Bay is a part of the Nown Partner Network. ‘Putting High-Quality Content on The Map.’


If you are or know of a business who should be included in the app, or have any questions, send an email to or call Kimberly Sowers at 0487942511.