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


It's pretty hectic looking towards the end of the year! There's so much happening!

Our Links Hospitality course starts next week with partners from North Coast Institute of TAFE - and so the YAC will be full of young people learning to cook all the way til the end of the year! Love it!

We've just been to our first Splendour event and are gearing up for our first Boomerang Festival - thanks to both festival organisers for having us there!  If you haven't seen us in motion, BYS offers patrons of these great local events a free breathalyser service and mobile phone charging hub....and we encourage everyone to take it easy and Cringe the Binge...enjoying the music on offer.

The YAC will be hosting major events for some of our favourite locals -  Xavier Rudd and Parkway Drive. How exciting!  Get your tix and come on down to enjoy the amazing atmosphere of our grassy amphitheatre.

Also in the pipeline is a new FIRST for Byron as part of this year's Cringe the Binge National Weekend of Action - but you'll have to wait for the next edition of this newsletter to get the lowdown!

Enjoy this winter sunshine everyone....

From all of us @ BYS


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Golf Day - Street Cruise Fundraiser
Thank you Byron Bay Golf Club, Gary and Sue from Cocomangas, all the Businesses who donated prizes for raffle & sausages for Sausage Sizzle (yum), volunteers who helped us with the raffle and cooking up a storm on the BBQ, musicians Walrus @ the Carpenter who kept us entertained in the afternoon and of course all the golfers who supported our Street Cruise Fundraiser.
It really was a beautiful day!
Vicki, Brionhy & May
Nicqui, Marti & Fiona
Nicqui, Marti & Fiona

Walrus @ the Carpenter
Walrus & the Carpenter

BYS - Cringe the Binge stall @ Splendour in the Grass 
Thank you to Splendour, volunteers
and patrons who helped us raise money for our Cringe the Binge Campaign! 
Amazing effort by everyone!
Young girls having a splendid time!
Young girls having a Splendid time!
BYS Cringe the Binge Stall
BYS Cringe the Binge Stall



Had enough of a punch-drunk Byron Bay?

 Be part of a community solution to a preventable problem.
Come to an information afternoon about alcohol-related violence and its impact on our community.
A culture of binge drinking combined with the oversupply and late night availability of alcohol is damaging our community.
Byron Bay is witnessing ugly, drunken behavior as a regular feature of weekend nights. Our young people are exposed to alcohol-fueled assaults, sexual assault and anti-social incidents at double and treble the average figures for NSW.
Byron Bay ranks third in the State for alcohol-related assaults, behind the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross.
We've reached the stage where some local residents are anxious about being out on weekend nights.  Alcohol-related violence is a threat to the safety, prosperity and reputation of our community.
A local, independent community organization, Last Drinks at 12, is holding an information event to discuss the problem and possible strategies to address alcohol related violence in our community.
Come along and hear from:
MC - Mick O'Regan - Last Drinks at 12
Dr. Michael Gliksman - AMA Councillor
Tony Brown - The Newcastle experience
Detective Senior Constable Tony King - North Coast Police
Dr. Anthony Lynham - Faciomaxilary Surgeon, Royal Brisbane Hospital
Byron Bay Community Centre
Saturday, 24 August from 2pm to 4pm
Sponsored by
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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 14th August - 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

Chile Bainbridge
Chile Bainbridge - Student from Mullum Girls' Group 


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

When I went to Sumatra, because I got to hang out with my dad, one on one, and experience the jungle and the animals.

2. What inspires you?

People ..... generous, intelligent and the ones who are doing things for others.

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

Chet Faker and I'd ask him to sing for me.

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

A lot more awareness posters of the dangers of rape and drugs. Safer public toilets and more lighting.

5. When do you think a person becomes an adult and how?

It's not really an age; it depends on their independence and when they're self-sufficient.

6. What do you believe in?


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

Probably when I got cheated on, that was a good learning experience.

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

People respecting others more, more respect generally.

9. What's important in a relationship?

Trust, compassion and being there for one another.

10.  What would you like to ask me? Interviewee to Interviewer:

What is your greatest passion in life?

Working with young people, photographing birds of prey and getting close to them ... and my grandkids, love my grandkids.


Courses - Programs  - Activities 
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August line up  
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. Young mums are welcome every Monday from 10am for 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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STEER Flyer  

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 809 330 or  


Ya Kulcha - Hip Hop

Byron Youth Service
Positive Parenting Program
Positive Parenting Program paeticipants  
Would you like to build a stronger relationship with your teenager?
BYS will be delivering a 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 20th August  - 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
Xavier Rudd

Outreach Program

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









for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


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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