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July E-News 
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Latest News
Youth Voices
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


We hope this newsletter finds you well and happy!

Our Charity Golf Day for Street Cruise on Sunday 14th of July is in full swing! We have some fantastic raffle prizes to be won, including lunch and dinner vouchers, Writer's festival ticket, Mullum Music Festival ticket and a Gaia Resort & Spa voucher! So either come play, eat, listen to some lovely music from 'Walrus and the Carpenter' or just chill out!

Here are just a few exciting things happening over the next few months:
All Young Geeks are invited to a festival on the 20th of July!
A new Master Chef hospitality course commences in August!
Parkway Drive rocks the YAC in September!
Xavier Rudd and friends help us all feel good in October with their beautiful tunes!
Read on for more...

BYS would not be the place it is without the support and donations of our fantastic volunteers, businesses and each and every person who help us out! Thank you!

Enjoy your winter break....

From all of us @ BYS


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Golf Day Fundraiser

Cringe the Binge

Cringe the Binge has successfully received a FARE Best Practice Grant
to develop "Cringe the Binge Community Action Packs" that will be available on our website to assist in reducing alcohol-related harms with young people! 
They will be launched later in the year. Yay!

Jo Allebone    

We are currently organising the
Cringe the Binge National Weekend of Action.
Stay tuned for more info in the August Newsletter!  

Don't forget to check out Southern Cross students' Cringe the Binge animations.

Fundraising News

Our Fundraising Prospectus outlines some of the key projects we hope to achieve over the next few years!
All donations over $2 to BYS are tax deductible.
We welcome all donations big and small!

  Donate now
We would love your help!

WEDNESDAY 10th July - 11.30AM


Please call Steffie 66857777 for more details

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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 looks forward to starting their next productions in August, one for the younger members is
Playback Theatre training and for the seniors a piece focusing on youth mental health issues.

Lisa Apostolides is currently looking for more funds to add to the Northern Rivers Community Foundation grant to enable this to be actualised.   
If you can assist in any way please contact her on 0403023693.
Youth Voices

   Selena Collinson
Selena Collinson - BCC student


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

Going to Europe with my mum.  


2. What inspires you?

I inspire myself! 


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

Would like to meet Brad Pitt and ask him what his favourite fruit is! Haha!! 


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

Less tourists that trash our town.  

Less people that come here for a visit without money and decide to stay!  


5. What do you believe in?

Fairies and ghosts! 


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

All governments! We need more sensible people running for government! 


7. What's important in a relationship?

Honesty & trust.


8. Interwiewee to interviewer:

Where would you like to travel to next? 

I would love to go to India, especially Nepal.


Courses - Programs  - Activities 
Hospitality Course
Byron Youth Service, Links to Learning & Country Hospitality Services recently teamed up to deliver an intensive 6 week Hospitality course @ the YAC. 18 young people successfully obtained a range of Certificate III TAFE accredited modules in Hospitality & are now proudly certified in Responsible Service of Alcohol & Responsible Conduct of Gambling. The course has positively contributed to the lives of the young people involved, ensuring that they feel confident within themselves to take their skills & knowledge out into the community to obtain work in the Hospitality industry. Ongoing support will be provided to these young people over the next couple of months, to assist them in securing employment.

To celebrate how brilliantly the crew did throughout the course, CHS Trainer Woody & Links to Learning staff, tested the young crew out on their bare foot bowling skills. A well deserved afternoon of yummo BBQ foods & bowling action!
Hospitality Course

Hospo Course

Thanks to our great partners @ North Coast Institute of TAFE
Geek Week Festival
Young Mums' Group Young Mums' flyer
BYS is pleased to be launching a new Young Mums' Group in Mullumbimby. Funded through a Byron Shire Council Youth Activities Grant, the group aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for young mums & their families to relax and make connections with other mums in the shire.

The Mullumbimby Young Mums' Group will have its home at The Widows Cottage located in Gordon St. It will kick off on Monday the 22nd of July at 10.00am with a morning tea. There will be activities and play equipment for the little ones and also some fantastic new/second-hand baby gear for free.

BYS Young Mums' group has a Facebook page and would love to encourage any interested mums to head over to check it out and join the event to remain up to date.

For further information please contact Jemma Brunell -

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The Safer Learner Driver Course is a combined theoretical and practical Course for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 hours of log book driving hours. The Course involves two Modules:

  • Module one: A three-hour facilitated group discussion on how to manage risks on the road. This will involve a maximum of twelve participants and will be delivered by a facilitator.
  • Module two: A two-hour in-vehicle coaching session to develop low-risk driving strategies. This will involve two participants and a coach.

Participants who complete the course will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book.



  • STEER is an RMS authorised Course Provider
  • It is anticipated Course sessions will be run weekly in various locations throughout the Byron Shire. 
  • The Course costs a total of $140 for both modules.
  • Participants may enjoy completing the Course with a friend particularly for the in-vehicle session. NOTE: individual participants will be matched with a suitable partner in Module 1.   

For more information and to make bookings please contact:

Phil on  0414 809 33 or             

Byron Youth Service
Positive Parenting Program
Positive Parenting Program paeticipants  
Our first Positive Parenting Program finished this week. Eight parents participated in this exciting & innovative seven week program which was designed to empower parents with ideas & skills for building stronger relationships with their teenagers. Pictured here are some of the parents on 'graduation' night.
BYS will deliver another Parenting Program later in the year.  
If you would like to register your interest to participate in the next program please email or telephone 02 66857777

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Tuesday 16th July  - 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!

Parkway Drive

BOXATION with Peter Gauge 


WEDNESDAY  6 - 7pm 

Xavier Rudd

Outreach Program

  BYS bus

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









for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


Your donations are invaluable!

Click on link below to donate!

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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
 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