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

Hope you're all enjoying the winter sunshine during these school holidays?


We have had an amazing month with a $50,000 donation from the Flannery Foundation, a $10,000 donation from a private donor and another $10,000 from Orgill Family Foundation. Thank you for your abundant generosity! 


In the last month we engaged a youth worker to find out what young people want to see happen at the YAC! We have listened and we can now focus our energy on creating programs & activities that young people want.  More info next month... 


The 2nd Byron Flea Market will be held on Saturday the11th of July with young people running a crafts stall and the cafe! No doubt there will be lots of treasures for everyone! 

Byron Shire Council are sponsoring Rukkus at Mullumbimby on Sunday 19th July. Hope to see you all there for a fun & entertaining afternoon with lots of prizes!


You are always welcome to come and visit and be a part of this amazing organisation! 


Until next time... stay safe! 

From all of us @ BYS 


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

BYS Dinner & Art Auction Fundraiser @ The Sun Bistro

 Great night at The Sun Bistro for the Byron Youth Service fundraising Dinner & Art Auction!  Besides raising $2000 from the artworks and dinner, we were presented with a $50,000 cheque from Flannery Foundation! We are so unbelievably grateful for this awesome contribution which will go towards running our youth programs.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to make the evening a memorable event!
At the Cottage - Crowdfunding
Do it for the Cottage, Do it for the Young People, Do it for Our Future!

Contributors to this amazing campaign so far:

1. The Blatt Family
2. Michael Goldberg
3. The Sanctuary
4. Andrew Hall
5. Deb Cox
6. Norman Parkhill
7. Jill Brown
8. Brookfarm
9. Ian Mackay
10. Frank Stewart - Architect
11. Di Mahoney
12. Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
13. Mullumbimby High P&C
14. 2die4lovefoods
15. Jan Barham
16. Antonia Acanosa
17. Meera Bickley
18. Dionne Baird
19. Brooke Scully


We had 11 contestants participate and 150 people attend the event. 
The talent was exceptionally high and sponsors were amazingly generous  so we were able to award a prize to each performer.
Genres of music from performers was very diverse and included:  Electronic - Beat Box - Funk - R&B - Rock - Punk - Country,  with some beautiful original works performed alongside classic covers.

 Sponsors: Byron Shire Council - Splendour in the Grass - Blue King Brown - Hydrofunk Studios - Lennox Hotel - Family Centre - Wollongbar Motel - Federal Department of Socail Services

We also ran a raffle and a cafe managed by young people.


Mullum Cottage
We've had a great last month before school holidays at the Cottage with a lot of support and welcome donations, which have given us hope for the future. Byron Bay Bunnings raised $1135.00 through a fundraiser, a great effort on a wet and gloomy day.
We thank Misty Henderson from the Cottage Year 9 girls group for singing on the day. The Year 10 boys have planted the Magnolia tree out the back (in memory of Anie, a young girl we lost a few years ago) and have put together new benches for the verandah. Further donations from Dione Baird and Brooke Scully have provided us with some new cushions, a kettle and kitchen
bits and pieces. All groups have participated in decorating and signing very large cards in thanks to our current three major donation contributors - Andrew Hall, Deb Cox and Byron Bay Bunnings. Please see the full contributor list in the newsletter and on  
Our last groups with Tweed Valley Sexual Health have been completed for this year and we thank Larissa Smythe for making it fun and informative.
A big thanks again to Brook Farm who have donated a new range of their delicious mueslis, which you can also sample at our monthly Flea Market (pictured being set up below)

Some of the emotion boxes being created by the Year 9 girls groups have been completed and are beautiful, creative and very innovative and will be on display at the Cottage.

The Cottage also provides a safe space for girls from previous groups, current groups and friends of friends to call in and have a chat, something to eat and support with any issues they may have.

Our At The Cottage campaign on Indiegogo is still happening and we would be so grateful if anyone has a couple of couches in good condition that they may like to donate. The couches we have are really old and young people are half sitting on metal frames. Please contact Deb on 0409170062 if you are able to help.


Courses - Programs  - Activities 
Thank you to all the stallholders, patrons and local business sponsors who helped to make the first Byron Flea a success. 
We look forward to seeing you at the next Byron Flea on Saturday 11th July.


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 21st July - 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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Byron Youth Theatre have launched straight into their next project called "Have Your Say" after the incredible success of both Altered States ( illicit drug use Project) and PASH Conference (

Funded by Byron Council Youth Activity Grant, "Have Your Say" will see BYT members devise several Forum Theatre scenes which will highlight oppressions experienced by young people in the current education system.  It is an interactive style of Theatre developed by Augusto Boal who was keen to empower audiences in social action.

After showing a scene, the cast replay it and audience members are encouraged to Stop! the action and offer alternative actions and dialogue that the protagonist can take to bring about a different outcome.

"We are currently surveying and interviewing young people about this project and encourage them to go to to help us identify what they are experiencing and how they would like it to change" comments Director Lisa Apostolides.

The event will be advertised on Byron Youth Theatre Facebook page, regional High schools as well through local media channels once a date and venue have been confirmed.  It will comprise of the BYT cast and youth audience, with community members invited to observe and listen while young people " Have Their Say!!".

Immediately after, BYT will be busy with their Fundability Project "Outspoken" .  This project will explore issues of inclusion, belonging and identity working with other young people who have a disability.  Two principle dancers from SPRUNG Integrated Dance Company (

will join BYT members and Director Lisa Apostolides is keen to hear from other young people with a disability who may wish to be involved.  They would need to be available on Tuesday afternoons from 4-6.30pm (from late August until mid November) to attend rehearsals and will have the option to perform or to advise and tutor a BYT member who may portray them.

For further information on all projects please contact Lisa Apostolides



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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  David Kyd                              Chairperson
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

 Deb Pearse                               Mullum - Youth Connections
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Connections  
Stephanie Sims                                    Fundraising/Events
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
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