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


Its National Youth Week!

For information on how you can get involved in activities near or far from you, visit NYW Around Australia for all state/territory contact details!


Our own Youth Week activities are:

Spirit of the Bay 2 - Twilight Concert April 11th from 4pm to 11pm

Brunswick Skate Comp 19th April - Brunswick Heads Skatepark   


At BYS we are working hard behind the scenes and these activities are starting to bear fruit.

A Youth Forum hosted at the Youth Activities Centre on 18th March was attended by 39 young people generating much discussion and providing valuable feedback regarding social issues impacting youth in the shire, how we can improve the perception of the Youth Service in the Shire, the programs that we should be running and ideas around fundraising, advertising and promotion. 


Fundraising - We continue to explore historic and new fundraising ideas. Stephanie and an eager team of volunteers raised just under $10,000 at Bluesfest this Easter Weekend. This is a fantastic result - Well done! In addition to this volunteers at the Byron Markets collected over $500 in donations for our service. Thank you for your time and energy!

A fundraising dinner is planned for June 21st at the Sun Bistro, Sunrise, Byron Bay  -- More details in next newsletter.


Grant Applications - Applications for funding have been made through the Greater Building Society Charitable Foundation, NRMA and HESTA. Additionally an application is being made through the Crown Lands Infrastructure funding program for refurbishment and improvement of the Byron Youth Activity Centre. This will include staging, air-conditioning, Solar Power, storage and security fencing. A successful application will bring the building to a standard where it can raise income to support the Youth Activities being run within it.  

The Safe Driving Course - In addition to providing Young People with the skills they need to stay safe on our roads, this course is providing Byron Youth Service with an additional income stream to support its activities.  

From all of us @ BYS 


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Bluesfest 2015

 Thank you to Bluesfest organisers for supporting Byron Youth Service!
A massive thank you to our awesome volunteers: 
Annabelle, Angela, Asia, Di, Jenica, Jessica, Jodie, Louise, Nicolle, Niels, Polly, Sally, Shane & Zoe, for your  energy, enthusiasm and hard work!  
We raised just under $10,000 through phone charging, raffle tickets and breathalyser donations! What a monumental achievement! 



 Tim Hodgson from  for installing our air conditioner! 

Byron Shire News for including a quarter page ad  in last week's edition for Spirit of the Bay!
Byron Shire Echo for the Spirit of the Bay 2 editorial in this week's Echo!

Thanks also to Liam for painting the doors @ the YAC with paint donated by Dulux! 




The calibre of talent for the Bluesfest Busking Grommet Comp has been absolutely phenomenal as we see yet another year unravel. The Beach Hotel saw 9 performances take to the stage for the finals with a stellar crowd to watch the talent in action.


Firstly the Grommet event took place with the sensational 'Three Little Sisters' being first to wow the audience with their mesmerising harmonies and instrumental prowess. Next was 'Hannah Parrington', a sweet young local lady with experience well beyond her 13 years of age confidently staging her presence. It was the final performers who put their best self forward to take out the Grommet Comp for 2015 - 'Hoo8hoo'. Not only did their performance rein them as the Grommet Winners but they also won the handmade guitar donated from Hard Road Guitars for the best guitarist of the day.


The annual Bluesfest Busking Competition was once again a huge success! 




There's lots of great, creative work going on at the Cottage and plenty of fun. Both of the Year 9 groups are working on 'emotion boxes' and they are beginning to look really fabulous. Lots of conversations on all sorts of topics take place while the girls are working and we always have a break for food.

A young peoples' forum was held at the YAC and was attended by about 40 young people, all of whom participated and gave us lots of information and ideas to action so we can make things even better at the YAC.

At the Cottage we try to always celebrate birthdays as the great milestones that they are and this month Izzy, Tiare and Alana all had birthdays.

We love having visits from young people who were in groups at the Cottage previously, their visits are always hilarious with lots of shrieking 'we didn't have that when we were here'.

Antonia Canosa has completed mini forums with all the Cottage's groups and is now doing a research project with the Year 10 group, which will provide them with some very useful new skills and hopefully lots of fun as well.

The Blues Busking Competition was held at the YAC on the last weekend in March and I called in to listen to Misty Henderson with her band Running Waves. Misty is in one of the Cottage girls' groups and it was great to see her up on stage.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our lunch program! 

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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With all four local schools booked to see ALTERED STATES this May, and a PUBLIC performance booked at the Drill Hall, Mullumbimby on May 24th at 7pm, Byron Youth Theatre are flat out devising what could be said as their most challenging production so far.

"Playing characters who are involved in serious drug use is very challenging" commented Sahaj Blatt, one of the Company's long standing members, " this piece is really stretching all of us in terms of acting and trying to find a  balance in providing valuable information as well as realistic scenarios."

Director Lisa Apostolides is confident that BYT will, as usual construct a powerful and thought provoking performance. " BYT members are such a talented, dedicated amazing group of young people, they are facing the demands of this piece with their normal enthusiasm and rigour.  It is wonderful when the Company vote for a 5 hour rehearsal in their holidays, that's commitment!!"


BYT went to the  BLUES FESTIVAL again this year with the BRAIN conducting interviews and quizzes with festival goers as a reminder to have fun without getting messy with alcohol.


Coming up almost immediately after Altered States will be the 2nd PASH Conference on June 3rd & 4th JUNE.  BYT will perform their incredibly exciting and eye brow raising production again this year but this time providing double the amount of performances responding to last year's evaluation outcomes.  Some former members will return for this production with new members also taking on parts.  If you missed PASH last year PLEASE make sure you see it this year.  A fabulous conference on all matters concerning youth sexual health.


BYT are extremely excited and grateful to receive a YOUTH ACTIVITIES grant from Byron Council which will enable them to devise a Forum Theatre production titled "Have Your Say".  This event( scheduled for July/August) will enable young people to comment on the current education system and what changes they believe could make it better for more students.


Director Lisa Apostolides is keen to hear from anyone who can help construct 3 stands for a backdrop for Altered States as well as a camera operator who would be willing to be involved in an evaluation process and promotional video.

Please call on 0403023693 or email Lisa on 



Courses - Programs  - Activities 

Lots of fun and knowledge during the Horticulture course. 
Still 3 weeks to go! Mulching tomorrow with mulch donated from Tallow Tree Services!  Come and join us!

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Tuesday 21st April  - 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!

Byron Youth Service



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.



  • BYS 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 please contact:
Steffie on 6685 7777 or email
or book directly

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

  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  
Stephanie Sims                                    Fundraising/Events
David, Jemma, Traci, Lotte, Jesse
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