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

When community joins forces magic happens!!!

Bunnings have generously given time and resources!

Dulux have given paint!

Our Youth Activity Centre walls are repainted and the space furnished.

We are moving onto the doors, floors and classroom! We have the paint, we just need painters! If you can hold a brush, we want you!

In addition we are looking for tradespeople to install an air conditioner and some security lights. If you can help us with this, please let us know!

There are challenges ahead to be sure. There are also solutions - Please help us find them! 


STOP PRESS!  Further funding is available for our Enterprise project until June!

From all of us @ BYS


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Mullumbimby Cottage will be back in action Tuesday 10th Feb with programs, activities, individual support and referral operating as usual.
Girls and boys groups will recommence with lots of fun and skills based projects planned. Young people who are in need of support, referral or information please call Deb on 0409170062.
Anyone who has kitchen utensils, cooking implements and/or foods they would like to donate to get our new kitchen operating and/or to support our healthy, active living program so that all program participants have a meal during program times please also contact Deb.

Byron Youth Service - Duluxed by Bunnings!


Byron Youth Service is delighted that courtesy of Bunnings and Dulux Paints, the Youth Activity Centre at 1 Gilmore Crescent is repainted and ready for action!


The chairs and tables that have been donated enable us to offer space at reasonable rates for events including under 18th birthday parties, workshops, programs and conferences.


The money we generate from these events will be used to support youth programs including Events Management, Hospitality, Street Cruise, Case Management and individual support.


We really need tradespeople, electricians, plumbers & carpenters to help us with a few minor jobs! We would love to hear from you! Call Steffie on 6685 7777.


Fundraising News

Our Fundraising Prospectus 2015 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!

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As Byron Youth Theatre enters its 6th year we welcome 3 new members, Seth Goodman,  Jess Lu and Lyam Thackeray-Smith to join the Company in devising and performing what we like to call "Social Action Theatre".

First project is already underway!! Funded by Nortec Employment and Training Services, Altered States will explore the devastating effects of illicit drug use on young people's lives as well as their families and larger community.  Company members and Director Lisa Apostolides attended a Youth Mental health First Aid training course during the holidays delivered by the MindRight Institute.  Sessions commence on Tuesday 3rd Feb 4-6pm when the devising process will begin.

Also during the holidays BYT members Hayley Acton, Georgia Conechado and Brynn Davis-Hay ran the first "Try A Little BYT" drama workshop for 9-13 year olds.  All participants thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour session which was facilitated effectively and confidently by Hayley, Georgia and Brynn.  Training for the BYT members by Director Lisa and providing this free workshop was made possible by a Small Change Grant from Byron Council. " BYT has been and still is a fantastic experience for me since I joined 5 years ago. I have learnt so much, helped to create some really powerful pieces of theatre, facilitated workshops, even been paid for acting work for trainee GP's...the Company is like a family, a very creative family, I have seen it change young people's thoughts and behaviours positively on many different issues that we have explored. I love being involved where I can make a difference through something I am so passionate about" shares senior member Hayley Acton.

This year is going to be so exciting with projects funded already to keep us going until November!!

If you are a young person aged 14-24 years, passionate about theatre and drama and want to make a difference in other people's lives then please get in contact asap with Lisa on 0403023693

If you are in a position to support us financially or otherwise to transform our rehearsal floor space please contact Lisa too.

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Courses - Programs  - Activities 
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Tuesday 17th February  - 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!


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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:
Steffie on 6685 7777 or email  


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

  David Kyd                              Chairperson
Jonathan Edwards                        Director
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  
Karen Ford                                              Links 2 Learning
Stephanie Sims                                    Fundraising/Events
David, Jemma, Traci, Lotte, Gisela
Casual Youth Workers


Community Project Workers 

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