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

Awesome News! The YAC is back! We have been approved a grant for $140,000 from NSW Government's 2015-16 Public Reserves Management Fund Program to upgrade the Byron Youth Activity Centre with a new stage, new floor, solar power etc. This will enable more community organisations to book the YAC for their next conference, workshop, event, and courses. Thanks to all our supporters for believing in us!

We are seeking a new Manager. If you or anyone you know suits this position please direct them to

Thanks to the wonderful donation from the Flannery Foundation we are now able to employ Kate Reed to run a new Hospitality/Events course in partnership with North Coast Institute of TAFE,  commencing in October for young people aged between 17 & 24.

We had 8 volunteers help out at Splendour in the Grass with phone charging and breathalysing! Quite a muddy experience!  However we did manage to raise some more funds.  Thank you to Splendour, volunteers and patrons that supported our cause. 

Hope you can make it to our 3rd Byron Flea Market this Saturday. This new enterprising project is creating work for young people and a beautiful space for the locals to hang out, sell & buy recycled clothing, food, crafts etc. 

We have decided  to postpone our Parenting Program till October when we will bring a whole new version of the program to the Shire. If interested please call us as we are taking names.

Until next time, stay safe...

From all of us @ BYS 


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  



Latest News

Byron Youth Service  

Byron Youth Service has developed a reputation for creatively responding to the needs of young people in our community. 

Ideally the new Manager can match our passion and commitment to the work we do.


BYS is currently funded through government bodies and philanthropy, as well as community support. The aim is to lead BYS to become self-sustainable by 2020, through social enterprise, and other innovative and effective fundraising strategies.


We are seeking a part-time (30 hr/ wk) permanent experienced and hands-on Manager to join this not-for-profit community organisation in Byron Bay.



Mullum Cottage
It's been a busy month at Mullumbimby Cottage again and we have four new participants in groups. Our focus this month has been on making the Cottage even more 'youth friendly' in a practical way. All our new cushions, lamps, electric kettle (all donated) have added to the ambiance and a lovely new couch donated by Dr Rob Trigger is so appreciated. It's the newest article of furniture we've ever received and the boys all tried to sit on it at once.

The girls have also been busy beautifying the garden and were amazingly handy with shovels in quite hard soil. We've cleaned up the backyard and planted begonias around the edges.

All groups have food together at the Cottage and Brook Farm muesli is still being enjoyed as is pasta in the colder weather.


The year 9 girls are still working on their emotion boxes as they missed a few groups due to school events. There is some beautiful and creative work happening and some great conversations while they work.

With it being Splendour month, everyone was getting in the mood and we had some conversations about staying safe by looking out for each other,
staying together, eating and being well rested beforehand, having charge on phones and a planned way home.

Courses - Programs  - Activities 

Thank you to all the stallholders, patrons and local business sponsors who supported Byron Flea Market.
We look forward to seeing you at the next Byron Flea on Saturday 8th August.


Rukkus the annual Mullum Skate comp is always a much anticipated event for local young skaters. This year the Byron Youth Service ran the comp in the winter as there are not so many activities for young people in the winter months and it paid off! It was a fantastic day, we were so lucky with the weather, no rain at all! We had a fantastic turn out with many local families coming for the day as well as competitors from as far as Yamba and the Gold Coast! There were about 150 people that came to enjoy the talented skaters that registered for the competition. This year's winners were Oscar Southerden in the under 8's, Tane Pritchett in the under 12's, Sam Windherst in the under 16's,  Joey Cormack in the Opens and Keona Pringault in the girls division. 
Funded by the Byron Shire Council and run by the Byron Youth Service this is a fantastic event on the Mullum calendar we are lucky to have. 
The Byron Youth Service will run the Suffo Skate Comp on Sunday the 4th of October so start practicing those tricks!    
Under 8 skaters Tane, Brayten, Sumanya and Oscar, who was the eventual winner of the division, getting their dude on before the competition. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ten-year-old Karlin from Ocean Shores was one of the dozens of competitors to put plank to curve at the Mullum skate park in the 2015 Rukkus event. Photo Tree Faerie.
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Tuesday18th August - 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

Hospitality/Events Course
Commencing on Monday 5th of October till 16th of December
Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Ages 17 to 24

    Work effectively with others

Source and use information on the hospitality industry

        Use hospitality skills effectively

      Show social and cultural sensitivity

         Interact with customers

       Participate in safe work practices



         Process and monitor event registrations

        Provide event staging support

         Use hygienic practices for food safety

        Provide responsible service of alcohol

        Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages

         Process financial transactions

Call Kate on 6685 7777 to register


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With 2 extremely successful projects (Altered States and PASH) under their belts, Byron Youth Theatre are going from strength to strength this year.  

Their latest project funded by a Youth Activity grant from Byron Council is titled "Have Your Say".  This dynamic, interactive theatre form will allow young people to "have their say" about the current education system and how they would like it to improve.

It will be presented at the MULLUM CIVIC HALL on AUGUST 21st  9.30am-12noon.

Ten young people from each local high school will be selected to attend accompanied by a member of staff and it is open for community members and other young people.  Please contact Lisa at email address below to book a place.

Immediately after, BYT will be working with some young people who have a disability on a project titled OUTSPOKEN.  This is funded by the Fundability Program, Northcott.  Facilitated by Lisa Apostolides and assisted by Michael Hennessy (Artistic Director of SPRUNG Integrated Dance company) the young people will collaborate to create a theatrical performance exploring issues of identity, belonging and inclusivity in the community.

There will be two performances in November and for young people who have a disability who are interested in becoming involved there are 2 places left!!  For more information please contact Lisa on email and number below.

In November and December BYT hope to receive some more professional training including physical theatre and practical preparation to enter the Acting profession.

We welcome all support from the community, whether it be resources, snacks, materials for set and prop construction and donations.

For more information contact Lisa :

Take a look at one of scenes from Altered States :



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!  


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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  David Kyd                              Chairperson
Teeya Blatt                        Vice President
Ian Leggo                                Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                Member
 Caston Smith                              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, Julian,
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