Byron Youth Service
April E-News
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Latest News
Youth Voices
Programs & Activities
Project U-Turn
Turning the Tide
Byron Youth Service Team


Happy Easter everyone!

If you're at Bluesfest come and say hello to our team of staff and vollies - we are fundraising to keep our street-based programs on the ground whilst we develop an exciting new project to fund them.
We'll be promoting safe sex (thanks to Ansell Condoms for their generous donation) by holding a guessing competition - how many condoms are in the jar? If you guess the right amount you'll win tix for next year's Bluesfest...thanks to Peter Noble for the support!
We'll be promoting safe drinking too - look out for The Brain walking around the site and encouraging safe drinking practices.
And of course we'll be promoting safe driving by looking after the breathalyser service.
We'll also be providing mobile phone and camera charging so come and plug in if you need to!
It's a crazy busy time of year for us at BYS- but we always have time to have a chat with the lovely people in our community that make it so special - so please come and say hello!
If you are not at BluesFest - we hope that the sun shines and you get to enjoy some other local attractions,
cheers from all of us.....



BYS Team 

Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  



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Latest News

 On Monday 2nd April - BYS was graced with a visit from Jim Moore -
the new Director General of NSW Family & Community Services 

From left Richard Heazlewood-Ross (Chairperson BYS), Susan Privald (Regional Director FACS) Jim Moore, Di Mahoney Director BYS and Ian Leggo (Treasurer BYS)


Deb, winner of the 2 x 3 day tickets to Bluesfest 2012!

Thank you to everyone that bought a ticket and supported BYS to keep our outreach program running!
A huge thanks to Fiona, Chloe, Suzie and Dianne for an awesome effort! And of course thanks to Bluesfest for the prize!
Bluesfest Busking Competition
Firstly we would like to say a massive 'THANK YOU' to all the contestants that entered the 2012 'Bluesfest Busking Grommet Comp' category.  There was an amazing amount of talent in the 18 and under competition, you should all be so proud... WOW!!!  I know the judges had a hard time collaborating on Sunday afternoon choosing their final 3 to be
showcased in the finals event at the Beach Hotel on the 4th of April 2012, the final 3 are:
Anne Palmer
Tom Dodd

During the festival we will be showcasing a number of runners up in the Bluesfest Busking Tent and considering we had such an exceptional talent pool in the grommet category we will be offering a few more places in this tent.  Please stay posted as this list will be released shortly.

'I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene.  It was a necessity for me-like food or water'.   Ray Charles...   
Bluesfest Busking Grommet Finalists 2012 

"Activities are in full swing at Mullumbimby Cottage. The mosaic that girls group were working on is finished and just has to be braced and attached to the outside wall. (Any males who have the tools, the know-how and the inclination to do that for us please contact Deb).

The girls have started a new creative and hands on project, which will give a portrayal of their inner and outer selves. Celebrations were had for Kiri's 16th birthday with lunch and birthday cake. They have also started planning their 'Women's Wisdom Day' with discussions of who they would like to invite. More will be revealed on this all day event at the Cottage.

The boys have spent two weeks participating in activities in the Cottage while Joe Robinson has been away. They've been very well behaved and loved having lunch and spending time on the computers."

We have loads of paint to give away! 
Call Deb Pearse on 0409 170 062

Youth Voices 


Frederick Haddad - 21 - Student @ SAE and BYS 


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

Snow caving in Lebanon! 


2. What inspires you?

Music and food. 


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

Anyone that lived between the 1800 and 1900 century and would love to ask how they came up with all the scientific breakthroughs!   


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

To remain as a unique community rather than becoming another commercial town!      


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

Growing up with war around me!  


6. What do you believe in?

I believe in God.  


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

I would like to change the way politics and religions are run.  


8. What's important in a relationship?

Trust and maturity  


9. Interwiewee to Interwiewer.   

How much change are you doing to the community?

Wow big question!!! If we are able to assist some young people in education, employment and other needs then change will happen! 

Programs and Activities 
Youth Week poster
 Malibu Surf Comp
Yoga with Chloe
 Yac Rock Cafe


Double Lined Minority & more - Thursday 12th April - 6pm 
Hardcore Show - Monday 16th April - 6pm

Book the Youth Activity Centre for your next event, party, workshop!  
Details on our website 
or contact Stephanie Sims: 

Byron Young Mums' Group  

  Young mums  


Byron Youth Service invites

Young Mums with children, young mums with kids in daycare/school  

and young mums-to-be 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.
Bring something to share for morning tea.

For more information contact Group Coordinator  

Rosalie Bryant on 0431524044


Facebook/Young Mums 

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


Project U Turn

U Turn sign poster
SAVEU Workshop at Shearwater 
On 20th March, Project U Turn and Mullumbimby Fire Brigade combined forces for the 3rd year in a row to present the SAVEU Workshop at Shearwater Steiner School. Year 10 students from Cape Byron and Shearwater spent the day learning about safe driving through the RescueEd component of the day, followed by our Project U Turn component about safe drinking. 
The Cape Byron students and the Shearwater students were mature, insightful, respectful, open and engaging when we presented information about alcohol and harm minimisation strategies. 
Special thanks must go to the 10 volunteer facilitators that helped out on the day, leading the students in groups and providing opportunities to discuss issues that concern young people today - especially around alcohol. 
Also, thank you to Jenny Lemmon from Community Health for leading the Q&A session where students were able to ask questions about alcohol and drugs to someone at the 'coalface'. 

Project U Turn was very pleased to support the opening night at the
YACROCK CAFE on 9th March. BUDDI  (Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative) and BYS have initiated a Friday night drop-in/ music mentoring program that will run every Friday night at the YAC from 5-10pm. The opening night was a hugely successful evening with over 120 young people enjoying performances by Cecilia Brandolini & sisters, Lifeline, Loki and Haven Hough & Mitchell Smith. Special thanks must go to Nicqui Yazdi of BUDDI who pulled the whole event together with her wonderful volunteers, the Byron Bay Pizza Co for supplying delicious pizzas for the hungry masses, Matt from Bone Machine for the skateboard and t-shirts prizes, Common Ground for their donation and NRCF for the grant that helped to kick start the project. Thanks also to Tom Whittaker and Phil Brandolini for the set up and  Belle Arnold & Byron Shire Council for helping out with the PA.  

Yes - that time of year again! BYS and Project U Turn vollies will be helping out on our stalls at both entrances, encouraging safe drinking and driving over the festival weekend. We will also have our Brain mascot making the rounds and saying hello to festival goers and reminding them to take it easy and look after themselves.  

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.









for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


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 !!!

All money raised from Bluesfest fundraising will go towards this program!

Help us keep it going!


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 & Marty
Casual Youth Workers



Community Project Workers 

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