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We have been very fortunate at BYS to receive a substantial donation enabling us to recruit a full time coordinator. The donor wishes to remain anonymous, but we can still say "Thank you!"  It's thanks to their generosity that we have an opportunity to regroup and go forward. We will use this funding to explore further funding opportunities and expand the services we offer. Look out for this soon to be advertised position!

The Mullumbimby Cottage Crowdfunding project has been launched! We are grateful to Deborah Pearce plus David Lowe and Eve Jeffery from Cloudcatcher Media for their valued contributions of time and energy. It's a beautiful, emotive video and we hope you enjoy it.  Check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make "At the Cottage" happen! 

Some exciting new programs happening at BYS include the Byron Flea Market, Pocket Rocket Band Competition, Photography Course and Competition, YAC Mural Project, Micro Chef Kids Cooking School and the Byron Youth Crew - look deeper into the newsletter to see the details!


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Mullum: 6684 3086  


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At the Cottage - Crowdfunding
Do it for the Cottage, Do it for the Young People, Do it for Our Future!

YAC Spirit of the Bay 2 - Twilight Concert
Check out this fantastic video of Spirit of the Bay  - Twilight Concert @ the YAC taken by Sharon Shostak

The Byron Youth Crew 


I am inviting you to come and join The Byron Youth Crew, an opportunity for young people to have a say in what happens at the Byron YAC.

Our goal is to create an events team that can rely on each other and share ideas freely on Mondays at the YAC in a relaxed and informal environment. If you are aged between 12 - 24 you are very welcome. The YAC is a space for youth to feel at home and is the only purpose built youth centre in the Northern Rivers.

The Byron Youth Crew will get together every Monday at 5pm to have inspiring conversations about actually making things happen for young people by young people.

I am Eloise Wood, I have worked on events at the YAC and saw room for growth in this field, I would like to see Byron Youth have a say and do something constructive with their talents and ideas.

Youth Crew Meetings will be held every Monday from the 4th of May till the 22nd of June  @ 5pm.

The YAC has hosted events and competitions with local talents such as Blue King Brown and Parkway Drive, so who knows what talents are sitting quietly in one of the most creative and artistic places in Australia.

Are you interested in trying to organise musicians, hanging lights, making movies or working on events at the YAC, tell us your ideas!

Contact Eloise Wood


Mob 0439769817

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Mullum Cottage

Lots of activities and info sharing happening at the Cottage this month. All groups did sessions with Siobhan the youth D&A worker with Intra.
Great sessions with
lots of good info, some short films and everyone had a go with the goggles, which simulate being drunk, making the point of how scary it is when people drive cars in that condition.

The last day of last term was celebrated with chips and juice and a casual week, enjoyed by all I think. Thanks to all my young people who still came to groups despite it being the last week of school.


Big ups to Megan Donnelly, pictured performing at Spirit of the Bay. Megan was in girls group a few years ago and has transformed from a shy girl to a fabulous singer and performer.

We had a visit from Jemma and the girls loved holding Arizona, who was very well behaved.

The year 9 boys did a good job of clearing the garden at the front of the Cottage, which had grown alarmingly over the holidays. We also had a bit of tagging to remove, the first in 16 years and by the same tagger who tagged all over Mullumbimby Pool. Brook and Addison potted up some cuttings, which will hopefully thrive and improve the ambiance at the back of the Cottage.

Both the Year 9 girls groups are doing an amazing job on their emotion boxes and there are some beautiful and creative works of art in progress.

A visit from boys who were in group nearly two years ago was lovely and great to hear what they're doing in life.

Year 10 boys also had a chilled day on the last weekof term, playing pool and having lunch.

I was so happy to hear that gorgeous Chinta Gash is alive and ok in Nepal. She was in Thamel on the 
Saturday when the earthquake hit and her family were very relieved to eventually hear that she was ok.

Courses - Programs  - Activities 

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


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Tuesday 19th May  - 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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Hope 2015 is going well for you?  Byron Youth Theatre have been busy creating a new piece called ALTERED STATES which focuses on illicit drug use ( alcohol, cannabis and ice).
It is thought provoking and emotive and we'd love to have a full house on May 24th at the Drill Hall Mullum for our public performance after our school tour.  Please can you forward this to your networks and support local youth theatre.
Straight after we will be performing at the 2nd PASH ( Positive Adolcescent Sexual Health) conference here in Byron Bay.  A busy creative year for us!!!!  Thank you for your support!

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  David Kyd                              Chairperson
Jonathan Edwards                        Director
Teeya Blatt                        Vice President
Ian Leggo                                Treasurer
 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, Traci, Lotte, Jesse, Julian, Mick, Eloise
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