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Youth Voices
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


April was a busy month with lots of action for young people during Youth Week!  Our crew was involved in some fun activities all of which are outlined in this month's keep reading!

Again there has been a lot of action around community safety and alcohol related issues this month. Byron Council received a NSW Crime Prevention grant to develop a late nite transport service and also to implement an education and communications program for visitors and locals around alcohol-related violence. Cringe the Binge is likely to be part of this program and we look forward to working with other community stakeholders to get the "Binge on Life not Booze" message out there.  The development of the Alcohol Action Plan for Byron Bay by the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) is now available and we encourage interested community members to grab a copy and see the voluntary measures that local liquor licensees have developed for themselves.  You might also be interested in OLGR, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the new restrictions that licensees have adopted.  It will be interesting to see if there is an impact from these new self-developed restrictions on the current situation, as the evidence does suggest mandatory evidence-based conditions are likely to give the best result.

Council have set up a new Summer Safety and Cultural Activities Committee to look at the better management of New Year's Eve and the busy summer period, and have funded this committee through a withdrawal of their support to the Schoolies Safety Hub.  The Byron Schoolies Safety Response Group (BSSRG) is meeting this week to review this situation and plan for this year's influx of young school leavers.  Stay tuned for more information as the BSSRG focuses on keeping the impacts on our local community minimized and young visitors safe whilst they are in our Shire.

In the meantime, it is nearly the end of the financial year, so if you are looking to make a tax deductible donation - please think of BYS.  We are a registered charity and have deductible gift recipient status with the ATO.  We are currently putting together a prospectus outlining how an investment in our activities helps our community, and if you would like a copy please call Di Mahoney on 6685 7777 or 0407 664 060 or email

Hope you've enjoyed the sunshine....

Until next month....

From all of us @ BYS


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Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Youth Week Music Event     
Hospitality Crew, Ian, Luka, Millie & Tegan
Hospitality Crew: Ian, Luka, Millie & Tegan
Volunteers & crew
Volunteers & Crew

Freddy, Victor & Ally
Freddy, Victor & Ally
3 Little Sisters
3 Little Sisters
Juzzi Smith
Quazi Smith
Like Cannons
Like Cannons

Mullum Cottage
Mullum Cottage recently painted thanks to Byron Shire Counci!

Students from our four local high schools came together during National Youth Week for a Youth Forum
focusing on what the issues are for them in Byron Shire and looking at what some solutions might be.
45 young people attended, which was impressive in itself, being the second last day of school term.
All the students participated, were respectful and came up with some great ideas and solutions which BYS will be feeding back into the larger "Building A Better Byron" process.

A big well done also to the Year 9 Mullumbimby BYS Mens' group who came up with the title for the forum 'Things are Getting Dire, Have Your Say About the Shire'.

Participants almost unanimously agreed that although they cared about Byron Shire they didn't feel connected to it.
They felt that the main issues for local young people were lack of transport, lack of employment opportunities, issues with legalities concerning youth employment, lack of activities and resources for young people, consequences of drug and alcohol misuse, garbage and littering and lack of alternative education options. They also commented that Council put money into 'tourists' not young people
and thought that cheap food stands and more youth workers around town would help engage young people in town at night in a more positive way.

A questionaire revealed that 92% of participants knew a young person/persons in our local community who had accessed alcohol via secondary supply.

They had some positive and unique ideas to tackle problems such as a membership system for buses with suspensions for problem behaviour, 'pay for puke' and information sessions about their employment rights, drug and alcohol education etc. Some have nominated to join a group, facilitated by BYS,
which would choose different activities each session. For example picking up rubbish, information sharing and making approaches to Council relating to their needs.
There were lots of other great schemes and ideas which BYS will endeavour to follow up on and progress where possible.

Many thanks go to the Schools (Byron, Mullumbimby, Steiner & Shearwater), Byron Council, Batbus, Ministry of Transport and NCRF.                  Youth Forum 2013
Triathlon Parking fundraiser Byron Youth Service will be managing the parking for a donation!
Please give generously!
We would love your help!

WEDNESDAY 8th May - 11.30AM


Please call Steffie 66857777 for more details
Hospitality Crew

Students from Byron Youth Service's Cafe YAC Hospitality course did a wonderful job at providing the catering for the Byron Bay Youth House 30th birthday celebrations. The Hospitality group have been doing their training over the past 2 months at BYS through the Links to Learning program. The catering gig gave the young people a fantastic opportunity to display the skills that they have learned and developed, feeding over 50 guests with delicious foods that they prepared, cooked & presented for the event.  Supported by BYS' in service Chef, Rosalie Bryant, all of the young people involved enjoyed the experience and received amazing feedback from the guests. 
Rosalie & Luka
Rosalie & Luka
Millie & Luka
Luka & Millie 
Hospo crew
Hospitality Crew catering for  
Byron Youth House event

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 Byron Youth Theatre
Passionate about performing?
Every Monday - 3.45 to 5.45pm
Byron Youth Activity Centre
Ages 14 to 24
Please contact Lisa for more details on 0403 023 693
BYT company
2013 is Byron Youth theatre's ( BYT) third year of successful operation.  The company now has 22 members with 11 new members joining this year currently engaged in the NRMA  funded project called "My Path & Yours".
This project explores, on one level the sharing of footpaths and roads between young and older citizens and on a deeper level, inter-generational compassionate connections. It is utilising the expertise of two senior professional local actors, Mike Russo & Lani Pua Moani who have been attending our regular Monday sessions, sharing and actively exploring ideas with the youth members, which will lead to performances in all 4 local high schools in late May.
In this way the process of the project is exemplifying the fact that young and older citizens can have fun together, engaging in activities where they share a common interest.
Both Lani and Mike agree that they love working with such an enthusiastic, talented and fun group of young people.  " There's a definite mutual benefit by participating in this creative venture, it's fun and rewarding!" commented Mike recently
The younger members have gained insight into creatively devising a theatre piece as well as performance technique and acting skills.
" We're learning a lot from Lani and Mike and it's great to see how quickly we can all get great scenes together" shared one young member, Alyssa Garnett
Recently we were invited to talk at a Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) information evening which proved to be a very rewarding experience for Hayley Acton, Georgia Conechado and myself.  BYT has been fortunate to receive two NRCF grants and it was wonderful to be able to express our gratitude to existing members as well as to inform all attendees of what and how we use funding money to create our educational performances for other young people.
Since then we have been selected by NRCF to appear in a TV commercial which will be shot in the next few weeks. 
I am also delighted to share with you the start of the Youth Playback theatre company in August.  There are several existing members of BYT who will be involved in this exciting improvised form of community theatre. 
If there are any young people (aged 14-25) interested in BYT or Youth Playback please contact Lisa Apostolides on 0403023693 for more information.
Youth Voices

Ian Aloni
Ian Aloni - BYS Hospitality Student


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

Travelling around the world when I was 10 years old!  


2. What inspires you?

I inspire myself.  


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

Everything is ok the way it is! 


4. What do you believe in?

I believe we are all responsible for our own happiness. 


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

 People taking initiative to change their lives when things are not going well. 


6. What's important in a relationship?



Courses - Programs  - Activities 
CHS Hospitality Course
Byron Youth Service  
Parenting Program

Invites parents & caregivers of teens to join in a FREE seven week
Parenting Teenagers Program.

When: Every Tuesday   -  14th May to 25th June 2013
5.30 - 7.30pm

Where: The Byron Youth Activity Centre
I Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay

What: The program will focus on skills & information that may assist you to improve your relationship with your teenager.

For more information or to book call Rosalie Bryant on  0431 524 044

May line-up
Suffolk Park May
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Tuesday 21st May  - 4 to 7pm
 Ages 15 to 24
Byron Youth Activity Centre
1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay
To book a place call Steffie on 6685 7777

Thank you to Byron Bay Coffee Co for donating coffee for our courses!


Brutality Will Prevail - Warbrain - Thorns   

Wednesday 16th May @ 6pm


BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


WEDNESDAY  6 - 7pm 

Outreach Program

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Street Cruise Fundraiser
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Auction and Sausage Sizzle at The Big Fish
108 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Saturday May 25th - 10am
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
 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