Byron Youth Service
February E-News
In This Issue
Latest News
Youth Voices
Upcoming Courses
Programs & Activities
Project U-Turn
Turning the Tide
Byron Youth Service Team


Welcome back to BYS first e-newsletter for 2012.  We hope you all enjoyed a well-earned break over the summer and are feeling re-charged for another year.


As we face the Year of the Dragon we have some exciting things on our agenda - including creating our 10 year vision & strategic plan for BYS.  We are currently finalizing the first draft - which we hope to share with you towards the end of March. 


Our staff have hit the ground running with courses being planned, contact being made with our high school and TAFE colleagues, and the phone is starting to ring with requests for support!  No doubt it will be another busy year for those of us working in community services!


I hope 2012, the Year of the Dragon, brings you and all in our community the prosperity and magic that it's renowned for!


From all of us..... 


BYS Team

Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Permaculture Challenge @ the YAC

The students of Byron High School got together in the last month of school and completed a 12 day intensive Certificate 2 permaculture course which culminated in a PermaBlitz of the Byron Youth Service centre the YAC.
You are welcome to come and check it out and pull out a weed or two!
Byron Bay High / PermaBlitz / YAC / The Permaculture Challenge 
 New YAC Kitchen serving up more courses!

BYS Links 2 Learning has received additional funding from TAFE NSW to collaboratively deliver a 2nd Cert II in Hospitality course with TAFE Nth Coast!
This will enable BYS to deliver two accredited Hospitality courses for young people, giving them two bites of the cherry, whereby they can study in Semester 1 or Semester 2 this year.

Our first course will be served in March...

For more information Contact or call 66857777 ext 3

Tafe Logo Links2learning logo
News from Mullum Cottage

'BYS's Mullumbimby Cottage has had a great start to the year with two donations that will greatly help the young people who attend there.
Andrew Hall has generously donated funds that will be used for programs at the Cottage. Furthermore an anonymous sponsor is making it possible for one of the Cottage girls to continue her dance classes this year! Many thanks for their kindness & generosity.'

Bluesfest Raffle
If you would like to help us out and sell some tickets please come and see Steffie or call 66857777 or email
We need all the help we can get!

Youth Voices 

Lucille Vella - 17 - Student @ Byron Community Campus   


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

Winning my Jazz solo last year.   


2. What inspires you?

Professional dancers and my dance teacher Nina Jeftic.  


3. Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

Miranda Kerr and how she looks after her body.   


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

Bring back Splendour!  


 5. What has been the worst experience in your life?

Having pneumonia. 


6. What do you believe in?



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

Less pollution and littering. 


8. What's important in a relationship?



9. Interwiewee to Interwiewer.  

What is your favourite part of your job? 

Engaging with lots of different people, working with my colleagues and organising projects! 

Upcoming Courses
Events Management
February Course
Programs and Activities 
Yoga with Chloe
Parkway Drive concert
 Suffo Park

Bluesfest busking comp

Do you want to be one of this year's Bluesfest performing artists? Well here's your chance, the Bluesfest Busking Comp is opening up an exclusive category for anyone under the age of 18 to perform and showcase their talents.  

Don't miss this opportunity to be the first ever winner of the Bluesfest Busking Grommet Comp.  

The heats will be held at the Byron YAC on the 17th and 18th March and 3 finalists will be chosen to perform at the finals event at the Beach Hotel on the afternoon of the 4th April. There are major prizes up for grabs including a chance to perform at the Bluesfest Busking tent.  

Application forms will be available soon on the Bluesfest website at so stay tuned. For the latest updates jump online and follow the Bluesfest Busking Comp on facebook!


Byron Young Mums' Group  

  Young mums group 

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


Group meets at the Byron Youth Activity Centre  

1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay   

Tuesdays 10am to 12.30pm



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


Facebook/Young Mums

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


Project U Turn News

With the holiday season drawing to a close, people all over Australia are taking the opportunity to take a break from drinking by participating in FebFast. There are lots of good reasons to participate in Febfast, and it's not too late to join in. Visit for more details.

February FLUSH Poster
Below is Project U Turn's new FLUSH poster for February. Show your support for reversing youth binge drinking and send us your photo making the 'U' Turn symbol for your chance to be included in our April poster campaign.
If you haven't seen our cinema ad yet - follow this link and take a look!
U Turn sign poster 

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

"LIKE" this page and keep updated on where the bus is at !!!


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