Byron Youth Service
December/January E-News
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Youth Voices
Upcoming Courses
Programs & Activities
Project U-Turn
Turning the Tide
Byron Youth Service Team



Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated the official opening of our new kitchen with Don Page, MP or enjoyed the SNAP! Youth Photography Exhibition last week.   


Our new kitchen will set us up for many new opportunities to train young people in hospitality skills, provide a space for youth enterprises (we've already had a raw chocolate wedding order created in the kitchen!) and enable the community to hold functions and events in a much improved space.  Thanks to the many people and organisations who assisted us to both generate the funding for the project and implement the work!  A great community effort and one which fits nicely with the spirit of the festive season! 


It was a very positive way to end the year - and so from all of us at BYS we would like to extend our sincere best wishes to all of you and your families for summer.  We will all be enjoying a rest, relaxing to the max, and recharging for another year.

The BYS office re-opens on 9th January.


From all of us..... 


BYS Team

Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086 

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34 talented young people from all walks of life in the Northern Rivers Region showcased their wonderful photos at this year's SNAP! Photographic Exhibition.  This year's  theme was "Daydreams &  Nightmares", and we had 4 age sections 12 to 14, 15 to 17, 18 to 20 and 21 to 24, with each section receiving a $100 for highly commended and $200 for the winner.  Thanks to our judges who had the unenviable task to choose the winning photos,  Kirra Pendergast, Heath Missen, Alex Frings and Amari Slieman.
We had a tie for our People's Choice award!

BYS would like to thank our amazing  sponsors, supporters and volunteers:-
Margaret Robertson,  Byron Hire,  NORTEC , Leela Plantation, Telcogreen, Mayor Jan Barham & Byron Enterprise Program.
Once again our awesome printers,  Frontline who did an amazing job.
Byron Creative Catering  served some yummy food for all the quests.
Lorilee and Daniel Pinkerton kept us entertained with their magical tunes.
Byron in Bloom supplied the beautiful flower arrangements.
Byron Echo and Byron Shire News assisted us in putting the word out.
Our awesome volunteers Faerellen & Erin who made sure  the evening ran smoothly.
Mitchell Pinney Highly CommendedKayla Moon People's Choice  Mitchell Pinney - Highly Commended             Kayla Moon - People's Choice Winner

Sol Choplicki Highly Commended
Sol Choplicki -Winner                                                 Selena Maie Collinson-Highly Commended

Mohana Grierson - Highly Commended 

Luna Wolters - Winner                                    Lolomi Russell - Winner
Kayla Moon - Highly Commended                               Callie Marshall - Winner 

Amber Rain - People's Choice Winner 
Our kitchen opening was a beautiful celebration of all the hard work that the Friends of BYS and BYS staff underwent through fundraising, donations from the Lions Club and members of our generous community plus a grant from Community Building Partnership to realize one of our dreams to build a commercial kitchen to be proud of!
Don Page MP officially opened the new kitchen by cutting a red ribbon surrounded by members from the Lions Club, BYS management committee, trades people that were involved in the process, Friends of BYS and staff. Byron Creative Catering cooked up a storm from their new environment.

Picture on left are:  

Richard Heazlewood Ross - Chairperson for BYS Management Committee

Stephanie Sims - BYS Kitchen project coordinator

Don Page MP

Di Mahoney - BYS Director
Kitchen opening

News from Mullum Cottage

Year 9 girls are working hard on a large mosaic, which will be attached to the wall of the
It has been a great learning experience, for all of us, and the girls will record the process and load it onto their zine as a 'How to Do Mosaics'.

The girls have learned so far: how to negotiate on the wording and the graphics, what materials to use, how to graph the board and do the design, how to work together as a team and how to bring it all together.
The smashing of items turned out to be a great anger/emotion release and they also learnt about safety, which they were at first resistant to, but quickly learnt that the use of thick gloves and masks was essential.'


A group of Year 10 Mullumbimby High students recently donated two picnic tables to the cottage. The tables were built by the students as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Direction Employment Project, and the construction was supervised by TAFE teacher Brendan Smith.
A project spokesperson said students in Years 9 and 10 participated in the project and completed training in employability skills and the Work-Cover approved White Card.
"The project provides an alternative pathway for students who are keen to enter the workplace on completion of their schooling and has had success as a result of the support from CONNECT, OnQ Human Resources and local businesses, who have provided the work experience opportunities', she said.

Table donation  

Youth Voices 

Kain Browning

Kain Browning - 16 - Student   


1. What has been the best experience in your life?

Going to Thailand for a holiday. 


2. What inspires you?

Music and socialising.  


3. What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?

Less anti social behaviour! 


4. When do you think a person becomes an adult and how?

When you can look after yourself! 


5. What do you believe in?

I believe in myself.  


6. What would you like to change in the world?

More respect for people, culture and creed! 


7. What's important in a relationship?



8. What has been one of the most challenging experiences in your life?

School environment. 


9. Interwiewee to Interwiewer.  

What has been the most challenging experience in your life? 


Upcoming Courses
December barista flyer
Programs and Activities

 Creative Arts Collective

We went to the Artisan Market in Railway Park on Sat the 22nd of Oct and it was a huge success! 
Our creative young people meet every week and create jewellery, clothes, artworks, printed bags and more and then we go to the market and the money made goes back to the young person who made it.

On Saturday all the artists who helped run the stall sold their wonderful wares.

Creative Arts Stall


Enquiries contact Bridget -  


Byron Young Mums Group  

Santa & Ryder   

Santa with baby Ryder

Byron Youth Service invites
Young Mums & their families to join the

Group meets at the Byron Youth Activity Centre  

Tuesdays 10am to 12.30pm

The group is finished for 2011 but see you all in 2012! 


The group offers young Mums a safe place to share ideas
& socialise with others in a child friendly environment.
Morning tea provided.

For more information contact Group Coordinator  

Rosalie Bryant on 0431524044

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


Project U-Turn News

Project U Turn has been up at the Schoolies Safety HUB running the Blow Zero competitions and giving away free singlets as a harm minimization strategy. If the young person gets a zero reading on the breathalyzer between 7-9pm, they receive a coloured wristband, if they come back the next night and blow zero again, they get a second band and on the 3rd night if they blow zero they will receive a free tie-dyed souvenir t-shirt saying 'Byron Bay' 'Schoolies 2011'.
Our aim is to help young people delay that first drink of the day on as many days as possible by using positive incentives. We have been thrilled by the uptake and participation of the Schoolies in this initiative.
They really value these one-of-a-kind souvenir singlets and are willing to delay their drinking on three occasions to get one.

A huge thank you must go to all the vollies who have been working so hard up at the HUB to help make things safe for the thousands of visitors that are currently here. Thanks also to the special crew of women who came to the YAC and lovingly tie-dyed over 300 singlets for the competition. Now that is community commitment to the cause of reversing youth binge drinking!



Turning The Tide 


Cruising the North of the Shire on Friday nights from 8pm till 12am.  

This includes Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, South Golden Beach, Mullumbimby and Sunrise Beach.

Cruising around Byron CBD and Suffolk Park on Saturday nights from 8pm till 12am.








We are always looking for people that would like to donate food or drinks for this fantastic program...


Lisa Fensom Ph 6685 7777 EXT 3

Find us on Face Book at  Facebook/Turning the tide

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

   Richard Heazlewood-Ross         Chairperson
  Maxine Caron                                Deputy
 Ian Leggo                                 Treasurer
 Rob Eldridge                             Secretary
Mark Smith                                Member
 Philip Preston                              Member
Karim Kaufman                           Member
James Nash                                Member
Nicqui Yazdi                            BUDDI Rep
  Stephanie Sims           Staff Representative

Byron Youth Service Workers

Di Mahoney                                                        Director
Deb Pearse                            Mullum - Youth Connections
Melissa Honey                                         Links 2 Learning
Tegan Rowles                                               Youth Worker
Bridget Perry                                               Youth Worker
Rosalie Bryant                          Byron - Youth Connections
Stephanie Sims                                   Fundraising/Events
Kate Reed                                Project U-Turn Coordinator
Lisa Fensom                         Turning the Tide Coordinator
David, Jemma, Rachel, Luke, Joey
Casual Youth Workers



Community Project Workers 

Steve, Noel, Odette & Angela                     BCC Flexi-School
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Lisa Apostolides                 BYTE Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                 BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator