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November E-News 
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Byron Youth Service Team

It's all change at BYS!  A warm welcome to new committee members David Kyd (Chairman), Teeya Blatt (Vice president), Freya Tripp (Secretary), and John Imbrogno. Reappointed were Caston Smith, Mark Smith and Ian Leggo (Treasurer) along with Stephanie Sims as Staff Representative.   

Thank you for your enthusiasm and for the range of skills you bring to BYS!


I'm familiarising myself with the range of programs offered by BYS, and the skills with which our young people have to offer.  Much of my time to date has been behind the scenes, and behind the computer.  In my new role here at BYS I look forward to a more active involvement, and learning what BYS is all about.  


Congratulations to all involved with "Spirit of the Bay" - a showcase of what our young people can achieve when given the opportunity!


I'm right behind the crew of the Creative Catering Program being run at the YAC. Often a grateful recipient of a wrap or a coffee, I offer constructive criticism, usually along the lines of "YUM".


I'd like to say I understand young people having children myself aged 5 to 24, however they might not back me up on this!  It will be good to meet and get to know everyone at BYS over the next few weeks. As long as I have my glasses on, it should be fine.


By December it should be clearer which funding contracts BYS has successfully obtained, and a plan for the year can be finalised.  While funding is tighter than it has been over the last few years, the support of our donors and council has enabled BYS to continue providing Street Cruise and programs at Mullum Cottage - including a new Kitchen. The future is bright! 

Jonathan Edwards & all at BYS

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086


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The 2014 Suffo Skate day was an awesome day out for families and young people in Suffolk Park. The sun was shining and young and old turned up bright and early for some fun coaching and tips from the Byron Skateboard school. Byron Youth Service staff and volunteers cooked up a great free BBQ and then around 50 young people tried out their luck in the annual suffo skate comp. There were some amazing skaters, we witnessed great tricks and had heaps of fun. There were prizes galore, free decks and trucks, stickers and vouchers even CASH!! It was a fantastic day. The Byron Youth Service would like to thank everyone involved for all their great support, especially local businesses: Bas & Shaz, the Green Garage, The Suffolk Park Bakery and Trevor Mead Butchers for their kind donations. Also the Byron Skateboard school and all the sponsors that donated prizes. Make sure you come along next year!!   


Mullumbimby Youth Cottage
Our big news from the Cottage this month is our kitchen renovations, thanks to Andrew Hall. It's clean, functional and looks so much better.
It will hereafter be known as the Andrew Hall Kitchen. Food is much easier to prepare and it's easier to clean up.

Year 9 boys are working on their mural and it's looking great. They're doing a landscape scene of the Bay featuring Julian Rocks and the Lighthouse. 
Thanks also to the boys and Jesse who got up on the ladder and cleaned out the dirty, blocked guttering. The smell alerted us to the problem and thanks to the year 9 girls for their 'forensic work' to find the source of the problem. Our wonderful 'go to' person in Council, Len Reilly, has 
organised repairs and gutter guard. Thanks Len.

One of the girls' groups is making jewellery and had a fun day of dress ups to get ideas. 
Two of the other girls' groups are working with Jemma Brunell doing tie-dying and so far they've made some great t-shirt designs and revamped some old Cottage cushions.

The Year 10 boys are continuing with their healthy, active living program and still getting some exercise despite the heat.

Anyone with reasonable quality kitchen cooking implements and utensils please contact Deb on 0409170062.


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Byron Youth Theatre has had an amazing October!!

Originally funded by the Northern Rivers Community Foundation, Mental Health Association of NSW & Byron Council, BYT created a heart wrenching production on youth mental health issues including depression, anxiety, non-suicidal self harm and negative body image.

They have been able to develop this piece further and take it back into local schools for a second year through new funding from Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW as well as a second grant from Mental Health Association of NSW and support again from Byron Council and the Drill Hall, Mullumbimby, where they presented a second public performance.


"The dedication and talent of cast members Ebony Webb, Bridie Duff, Kyaisha Ellbourn, Sahaj Blatt, Serren Glenn. Hayley Acton and Riz Mahoney has been incredible" comments Director, Lisa Apostolides "They truly are the most inspiring young people and deserve recognition for their community service".  Although Riz has moved to study in Brisbane, he made it back to join his peers to perform at the public event on Saturday 18th October.


The response from Year 9 students at Byron Bay High School and Year 10 students at Cape Byron and Shearwater Steiner Schools was overwhelming.  97% rated the performance as Excellent! and many comments in feedback forms acknowledged that seeing these issues portrayed by young people through theatre was the most effective way to get a strong message across.

Lisa Apostolides conducted workshop activities which were co-facilitated by BYT members, after all 8 performances.  These encouraged the youth audience to reflect and share strategies they use to overcome mental health issues as well as imparting new ideas and techniques to try including identifying at least one adult in their lives who they trust to talk to.  All enjoyed the fun games incorporated into these sessions!


Meanwhile the rest of BYT have been busy researching for their next project titled "Altered States" which will focus on illicit drug use.  Made possible by receiving a NORTEC Employment and Training Services community grant it is filling an identified request from youth audiences who completed evaluation forms nominating this area as a pressing issue in the community.


The Company was recently visited by Jenny Lemmon, the local NSW Youth Drug and Alcohol Counsellor.  This informative session really highlighted some key issues which will be incorporated into the piece.  They have also created a survey which they would love as amny community members to complete:


BYT members have also been receiving some peer to peer mentor training which they hope to expand on in the coming months with a view to establishing new networks within local schools.

Coming up soon is BYT's performance of "The Ballad of Phony Maggot", a satirical, slightly political piece of whacky street theatre which will be presented at Mullum Music Festival on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd November outside the Civic Hall at 2pm, come and join in the fun!!


BYT wish to thank BYS for their continued support in making it possible for us to apply for numerous grants.


If you are passionate about theatre, want to donate to a great youth creative company (every $1 helps!!), join, volunteer your services or goods or simply find out more information please emai


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 11th November
   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.  



Give your Learner drive confidence on the road and 20 hours off their logbook!


By attending a 3 hour Safer Drivers Course, your young driver will learn how to manage risks associated with driving.  

They'll also receive a 2 hour driving lesson.

They get 20 hours off their logbook.  You get peace of mind.

visit for information, dates and bookings. Or Call Phil Preston on 0414809330

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!

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

David Kyd                                  President
 Teeya Blatt                           Vice President
 Ian Leggo                                   Treasurer
Freya Tripp                                Secretary
Mark Smith                                  Member
Caston Smith                                Member
John Imbrogno                              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 & Gisela
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