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October E-News 
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Byron Youth Service Team


We sadly said farewell to Peter McGlennon who due to personal reasons had to resign as Director of Byron Youth Service.


We welcome Jonathan Edwards who has been appointed to the Role of Director on an interim basis while the long term role of Director is finalised. 

Our AGM is on the 21st of October at 5pm. If interested in joining this dynamic organisation and be part of the decision making process please contact Steffie to register your interest by the 14th of October. 


Our wonderful young Events management crew are busy organising the event of the year, "Spirit of the Bay" Music & Cultural Festival on the 18th of October.  They will be raising money for the Byron Youth Service! Hope you can make it!


Take care, 

Peter McGlennon & all at BYS

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Mullumbimby Youth Cottage

A great last month of the term at the Cottage with lots of very positive outcomes. At the top of the list is a donation from our wonderful Andrew Hall, which has enabled a desperately needed upgrade of the kitchen. The work is being done over the holidays and thankfully it has meant an end to the rat population as well, which I'm very grateful for. Many thanks to Mullumbimby Joinery for doing it for 'mates' rates'.

The boys groups particularly often request cooking skills sessions so that will be happening next term, as will a much healthier and increased variety of food for groups. 
The Year 9 boys will be doing a small'mural' of thanks to Andrew, it will hereafter be called 'The Andrew Hall Kitchen'.  It's only taken 13 years to achieve. :) While I'm on the subject of thanks, I would also like to thank Len Reilly from Byron Shire Council who helps us out wherever humanly possible and Tallow Trees for going way beyond their brief in tree trimming at the Cottage. We are really struggling with funding this year and any help, whatever form it takes, is gratefully received.

Year 10 Boys did their bit with fundraising this month and ran a sausage sizzle at Mullumbimby Woolies (thanks to Woolies for their support and reduced prices). They did a great job, worked hard and raised about $270.

Year 10 girls' creative banners have been attached to the wall at the Cottage and look great and very colourful.

Farewell to Nathan Kidman (pictured below) who has been a part of the boys group for nearly 2 years and also completed a Links to Learning program at the YAC, we wish him all the best in Tweed.'

As part of the Suffolk Park Project BYS hosted Suffolk Creative - a school holiday craft workshop for young people at the Suffolk Park Hall.
Craft 'stations' were set up, some with peers teaching a craft and some where parents could assist. Activities included Hair accessories - demonstrated by Bell (11), Dream Catchers demonstrated by Jemima (11), weapon art - demonstrated by Olle (10), Friendship Bracelets by Maya (7), Screen Printing by Niki from Ti Amo Too, as well as a beading and looming station and egg carton craft (flowers and bugs). The afternoon was very successful with around 50 children attending, most with a parent or grandparent. There was popcorn and cordial, perfect refreshments for busy crafters. The Suffolk Community Hall was a great venue easily accommodating the group. Most young people rotated through a few activities, taking home their creations. 
Lots of fun was had by all!

Bollywood Event @ the YAC

The wonderful Byron Creative Girls' Group (which meets each Wednesday night at the YAC), had a great night at the Bollywood Event @ the YAC. The girls ran a market stall at the event and sold $100 worth of their hand made items including beautiful jewellery, hand made cards, beanies & upcycled bags! This is a profit share project through the Enterprise program with the girls sharing in the profits & money also going back into purchase of new materials for the group.
Gisela & I were very proud of the girls who have worked really hard over the last weeks to get their market stall ready. As it was a Sunday (& fathers day!),  not all the girls who have participated could come, but those who did really got into the swing & dressed up for the occasion.

The BYS Youth Enterprise Program partnered with TAFE Fashion School with the aim to support a fashion showcase event which encouraged fashion design students to incubate business oportunitites.

The 4 young women who organised the event are diploma students who have been incubating opportunities for ethical textile partnerships in India. As part of an upcoming fact finding tour the girls raised money to assist underpriviledged women and girls in Rajasthan India to develop sustainable businesses & in particular to purchase cows so the young Indian mothers could run a local dairy business.

The Bollywood TAFE team raised almost $4000 for the Indian Dairy Project!!!!



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BYS Creative Arts Collective FREE Workshops



Empowering young people aged 12-24 to be creative & enterprising!


Learn how to make hand made art books and jewellery

then make profits by selling your work though local shops.


School Term 4:

9 x Wednesday afternoon sessions from 4 to 6pm

commencing 8th October


Byron Youth Activity Center

1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay


For more information or to enrol contact Artist & course Tutor

Gisela Conechado on 0410161747

Courses Programs & Activities


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Tuesday 14th October
   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

Byron Bay Coffee Co




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School holidays are a great opportunity to give learner drivers experience behind the wheel. A range of experience is one of the greatest gifts you can give a young driver. Another is participating in the Safer Drivers Course for Learners during the school holidays. Visit for Course information, dates and bookings.  


Outreach Program

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








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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

Richard Heazlewood-Ross              President
 Philip Preston                        Vice President
 Ian Leggo                                   Treasurer
Mark Smith                                  Member
Caston Smith                                Member
Nicqui Yazdi                                 Member
Stephanie Sims            Staff Representative

Byron Youth Service Workers

Jonathan Edwards                                           Director
  Deb Pearse                          Mullum - Youth Connections 
 Rosalie Bryant                        Byron - Youth Connections
 Stephanie Sims                                 Fundraising/Events
 Karen Ford                         Links to Learning Coordinator
David, Jemma, Jesse, Julian, Lotte, Sol, Traci & Gisella
Casual Youth Workers


Community Project Workers 

Steve & Angela                                          BCC Flexi-School
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Simon Menlove                                         The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator
Phil Preston                                  STEER Project Coordinator