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Well what a year for all of us - staff, committee, volunteers and supporters involved at BYS.  Check out our annual report for a summary of all the things we've been doing this year.  

Some of the highlights for us include some awesome shows at the YAC amphitheatre - including Parkway Drive, Vibadelix, Xavier Rudd & Jinja Safari - not to mention the plethora of local, regional and touring bands, musicians & DJ's that have played the YAC stage on Friday's YACROCKCAFE. A new partnernship with SAE, and some NRCF funding, has really enabled this program to flourish.  Our recognition as top three finalists in the NSW/ ACT Regional Community Awards as corporate managers of the Youth Activity Centre Crown Reserve Trust topped off a great year of development and action at the YAC!

Our team of youth workers have been busy all year supporting lots of young people through individual contact, school-based programs, hows and courses at that YAC (event management, fashion, hospitality, Trail Blazers, Youth Arts Collective, barista courses & more!) or on the streets.  They are marvellously dedicated to offering young people great learning opportunities, encouragement, positive role modelling and growth.

And of course launching Cringe the Binge was also a big highlight for us at BYS this year - hopefully in time this campaign will start to change the culture that results in so many negative outcomes for young people. If you're looking for local feel-good presents you can grab a "RISE - a Movement" CD put together by our own Rock the YAC Productions crew as part of Cringe the Binge or jump on the website and grab a Cringe the Binge tee shirt.

As we now wind down for a bit of a break - we'd like to thank each and every single person and business that has supported BYS in any way during 2012.  Our volunteers have been amazing, and some new collaborations with local businesses such as SAE, Fishheads and the Green Garage have been inspiring.

May you enjoy the good blessings that giving - to your local community and young people - bring!

Have a very safe and fun summer season.

From all of us @ BYS



Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Thank you to everyone that joined us for the opening of the first ever 
Cringe the Binge National Weekend of Action with 
AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton 
and everyone that supported our efforts this year!
Cringe The Binge
Cringe The Binge


 View Sharon Shostak's EchoNetDaily video
and CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie Burnett from Sydney who donated and Won as part of our weekend of action!

Look what Stephanie will be enjoying on her visit to Byron in 2013: 


2 x Nights Accommodation for two at Apartments Inn in the heart of Byron Bay

2 person dinner voucher at Fishheads Restaurant

1 x $50 voucher for Naked Treaties - the healthiest and yummiest treats in Byron Bay

2 x $20 voucher for O-Sushi Japanese Restaurant

1 x massage voucher Imagine Beauty Parlour

Hamper from Sanctum Organic Skincare products

1 x surf lesson with Rusty Miller


Many thanks to the individuals and businesses that donated prizes!


Check out the winners in this years SNAP youth photography competition and exhibition.....

SNAP winners 2012!
Portraits of the Northern Rivers!

Aren't they FAB!

Thanks to our prize sponsors: 
Margaret Robertson, Byron Bay Pilates Centre, Byron Hire, Mayor Simon Richardson, Leela Plantation, NORTEC, Fishheads & CommonGround Byron Bay. 
Trail Blazers 2012
just some of the young crew who participated in this years 
Trail Blazers Enterprise program 
This group of Byron High students visited, and learned from, a number of local trade and business people including Monique from Seaweed Cuisine, Denise from Earth'n Sea Pizza, Dave Mullins from Splendour stages, Fiona Hunter from There's Always More Hairdressing, Phil Preston - Local Fireman, Peter Gauge - Physical Trainer, Dave Levine - Local Electrician, Cindabella Market Jewellery, and local Police Youth Liaison Officer Mark Harrison.  They also visited the BluesFest site, did a Lighthouse Tour, visited the Byron Bay Herb nursery and went to the Byron Farmers Market - a hectic three days of learning about life in trades and businesses locally!

Thanks to all the supporting businesses and tradespeople!

Trail Blazers is funded by the Federal Government as part of the Byron Youth Enterprise Centre

Check out our 2012 Annual Report for all the juicy goss on what we've been up to this year!

The Suffo Skate Grom Comp was a huge hit again recently!

Check out some of the action....


We will be having a break over summer - closing down 21st December 
and re-opening on Monday 14th January 2013.

Jinja Safari @ the YAC
A fabulous night had by all - featuring our own local support acts 
Reilly Fitzalan, Potato Potato and DJ Lopez 
as part of the Music NSW Indent regional Tour
Mullum Cottage News
'The Mullumbimby Cottage groups are beginning the process of wrapping up for 2012 and endeavouring to mark that with some fun and nurturing activities. The Year 10 girls had an all day outing with Marti driving us to various locations to take photographs. We then had a long lunch with Jemma and baby Sawyer. Many thanks to Espressohead for reduced price lunch.
Year 9 boys group did a very inspiring process with Teeya Blatt as a transitioning ritual into year 10 next year. The boys looked at who their heroes were and what made them heroes, what attributes made a hero  and made Shield of Honor, which depicted the kind of young men they wanted to be. The boys were very mature, focused and came up with great personal attributes to aspire to such as compassion, courage, control of emotions, can heal, work well under pressure etc.
The Year 10 boys will have a final session with Joe Robinson and some nice food to complete their year.

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


WEDNESDAY  6 - 7pm 


  BYS bus

Cruising the Byron Shire on Friday & Saturday nights from 8pm till 12am.  









for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


MEGA THANX this month to Andrew Hall for his generous donation - this will help to keep our outreach program on the ground and helping local kids this summer.


Our Outreach Service receives NO government FUNDING - so we rely on our fundraising efforts to keep us going!  


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


Stephanie Sims 6685 7777  

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Thanks to Ralph, Mark and the team @ Fishheads for their awesome support!   

Check out the new Fishheads sign on the BUS! 

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
 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

David, Jemma, Luke, Marti & Traci
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