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


Hi everyone!

Lots of wonderful things have been happening recently!  

BYS would like to thank and acknowledge the amazing people and businesses who help us to do the large variety of things that we do.  The offers of help that we regularly receive are so appreciated - we just want to let you know that we truly value your support!

We hope some of you got to the Vibadelix event last week - it was fabulous and want to congratulate the young people who have been furiously learning the ropes and putting the event together.  What a testament to their vision and passion that they focused on raising awareness and funds for the Coal Seam Gas Fracking campaign.

I missed the event as I attended the "Communities in Control" Conference in Melbourne and amongst many amazing things I learned and people who spoke - former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner presented the Annual Social Justice Oration.  Her down to earth style was so refreshing and her staunch commitment to supporting our "common humanity" has not wavered over the years.  She in fact encouraged a room full of community workers and activists to focus on campaigns and programs that support children and young people - their education, training and employment pathways - and as you know BYS is committed to working together to make young people's lives better - particularly those that are vulnerable.

Next month we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary with "Young People Matter" month - and a range of fundraising activities and celebrations will focus attention on supporting young people in our community.  So stay tuned for some more information about what's planned.

Cheers from all of us .....

BYS Team

Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  



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Byron Youth Activities Centre
Here's a Snapshot of what goes on at the
Byron Youth Activity Centre! Enjoy!

Filmed & edited by Sharon Shostak for Echonetdaily

Young people Matter Fundraiser    


Project U Turn Donation

Donate now  


Every dollar we raise counts! As it will help us keep these vital services operating over the next six months.

We hold Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office, making all donations to BYS tax deductible. 

Cringe the Binge flyer 
Facebook/Cringe the Binge 

"Rock the YAC" Production Crew 
Vibadelix: One Earth Festival was anti-FrackingTastic! This year's Music, Arts & Environmental 
Festival was a showcase of community spirit, conceptualised, managed & produced by a crew of very professional & dedicated young people studying the Links2Learning Event 
Management Course.

On 26th May the Byron YAC was transformed into a hive of creativity for the absolute 
enjoyment of 300+ crowd of happy punters who were entertained by a stunning musical lineup!   

In fact, the line up of 20 performers, was an artistic achievement in it's own right, given it's
rhythmic flow throughout the night as it interweaved emerging & establishing Artists from along the East Coast, from Brisbane to Belligen, wowing audiences across a wave of music genres: from acoustic singer songwriters, ska punk, reggae, dub & electronic beats!  

The eclectic community Festival was inclusive of all ages, celebrating the creativity of the
shire, ranging from singer/songwriter & creative writing workshops, eco-conscious market 
stallholders, Anti-Coal Seam Gas: performances, guest speakers & information stall, as well as 
the piece de resistance a One Earth themed Art Exhibition.     

Despite the chilly weather punters were nurtured by non-stop good vibes whilst their tummies
were sated by the BYS Catering Crew sumptuous food!    

Rock the YAC Productions are immensely grateful to all who supported this successful event:
musicians, stallholders, volunteers, patrons, mentors & event sponsors: Indent Music NSW, 
Project U-Turn, Rudekat Records, Captured Byron Bay, Nomads Byron Bay, KitnKaboodle 
Productions, Rainbow Tipis, Streetwise Security, Byron Herb Nursery, Happy High Herbs, 
Sanctum, LaGia, Tropical Fruits, Ginger Nectar, Faroe Bourke, Byron Bay Chilli Co, Creative 
Tattoos, Sharky's, Byron Organic Kitchen, Heart & Halo, Goddess of Babylon, Kathmandu 
Connection, Belle Byron Fashion, Cobblers Byron Bay, Etnix, Reflections Byron Bay, Fairy 
Floss, Organic Teas, Mullum Chocolate Shop, & Maddog.    

Big loving thanks from our 2012 Event Crew: Phoebe Lines & Amber Scott (Artist Liaison &
Sponsorship Co-ordinators), Aura-Lea Withers (Vollie & Environmental Co-ordinator), Lauren 
Carbines (Promotions Co-ordinator), Frederick Haddad (Production Manager), Raena Reed- 
Tomlinson (Admin & Decor Departments), Lilly Noakes (Stallholder & Exhibition Co-ordinator, 
Sophie Barnes (Decor & Production Departments), Morgyn Quinn (Course Tutor) & Melissa 
Honey (Course Co-ordinator). 
See you all at 2013 Vibadelix Festival!
Byron Bay Malibu Club showed its support for the YAC  with a $1000 cheque!
Thank you for your wonderful support! ♥
Malibu Classic 2012

Pictured: Warwick Bracey, President of Byron Bay Malibu Club
& Rosalie Bryant, Youth worker with Byron Youth Service


'We have a new group of Year 9 girls at the Cottage referred by Mullumbimby High. They are very keen to make a short film clip with the aim of it acting as a fundraiser for the Cottage. Luckily we have an avid film-maker and an actress in the group.
They have already completed a storyboard which will provide the framework for the 'scenes' they'll be filming. We have acquired 'props' and will begin filming next week.'
Mullum Year 9 Mullum Year 9 

Youth Voices 

Julian  - June Profile 

Julian Alcorn - 19 - BYS Hospitality Student 


1. What have been the best experiences in your life?

Working backstage @ the Bluesfest and got to meet heaps of artists and taking a trip in a hot air balloon. 


2. What inspires you?



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

Noel Fielding from the Mighty Boosh and ask him to hang out! 


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

A Flash Mob      


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

Somebody tried to strangle me @ Halloween! 


6. What do you believe in?

Going with the Flow! 


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

No Hunger 


8. What's important in a relationship?

Trust & spontaneity 


9. Interwiewee to Interwiewer.  

What was your favourite thing to do as a teenager?

Hanging with friends, partying and having an awesome time!   

Programs and Activities 
Stitch n Style 2012 

               Byron Bay Theatre Company are kindly donating 10% of their takings to 
Byron Youth Service on Opening Night! 
Hope to see you there!
Byron Theatre Poster

Slutwalk flyer
STEER logo


What is STEER Project?


"The STEER Project provides Support, Teamwork, Education, Experience and Rewards to reduce the risk of youth having a car crash by 50% and encouraging them to make safe transport choices".


And this is how we are going to do it...

  • we connect Youth and their Parent/Carers into a positive, encouraging and supportive social network;
  • we make Youth and their Parent/Carers feel Vulnerable... by exposing them to real life stories; Confident... by giving them information, tools and skills to make safe transport choices; Experienced... by offering them opportunities to test their new found knowledge and skills;
  • we create and maintain youth safe transport options;
  • we give Youth and their Parents/Carers rewards for making safe transport choices.
We are currently planning a Year 10 workshop for Mullum High in conjunction with FRNSW
"RescuEd" program.
Having discussions with local businesses and organisations to develop a "Safe Transport Pack" for Youth getting to and from local events safely.
And developing an iPhone App to connect Drivers and Passengers looking for lifts.

We are looking for STEER Stars... please nominate your (high profile) self and/or friend to promote safe transport options to Youth.
We are also looking for STEER Partners... if you are a local business and/or organisation marketing your product/services to local Youth we would like to talk with you.
We are looking for STEER Members... if you are interested in assisting youth travel safely in our region please join on our website. 

We would like to thank:
Jarjum Association for financial support to develop a reward and mentoring
NRMA for financial support to develop a forum Theatre presentation for local

high schools at the end of Year 10;
Transport NSW for sponsoring the Project
Northern Rivers Community Foundation
Yoga with Chloe
Wednesday 27th June  - 6pm
Monday 9th July - 6pm

Byron Young Mums' Group  

  Young mums   

Young mums' group is having a break during the cold winter months!

Apologies for any inconvenience.

For more information contact Group Coordinator  

Rosalie Bryant on 0431524044


Facebook/Young Mums 

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


WEDNESDAY  5 - 6pm & 6 - 7pm 

Project U Turn

The official funding for Project U Turn finished last month. Based on the feedback we have had from young people and community members, we believe the Project has made a difference to youth binge drinking. We need it to continue! Here is a video summary of what we have been doing over the past two years.

As the curtains close on the government funding, we are working hard to develop our new 'Cringe the Binge' strategy so that we can continue this important work.  


BYTE (Byron Youth Theatre in Education run by Lisa Apostolides)
Byron Youth Theatre in Education company have been enjoying a busy time recently performing "Calling The Shots" at Cape Byron Steiner (Years 7,8 & 9), Bryon Bay High and Mullum High (Year 7).  The piece focuses on the life of a young girl who becomes addicted to alcohol with disastrous consequences.  All shows were very well received with fantastic feedback from students and teachers.  


"I liked the party scene because it shows how drinking can influence you", "The play was really great, I am not going to drink underage", "The play was very emotional and realistic, the girls were great, they drew me in and I felt as if i was there", " One of the best plays I've ever seen!" 
BYTE are looking forward to more performances over the next month at schools and for the Young People Matter fundraiser @ the YAC.  They have just received a grant from NRMA in collaboration with Safe Transport Week to devise a new performance piece. 

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

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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
Rosalie Bryant                          Byron - Youth Connections
Stephanie Sims                                   Fundraising/Events
Kate Reed                                Project U-Turn Coordinator
Lisa Fensom                         Turning the Tide Coordinator
David, Jemma, Luke & Marti
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
Phil Preston                                STEER Project Coordinator