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

Spring is here and we are loving the warmer weather and the inspiring energy it brings with it! With that energy we are busily applying for various grants to create more programs & activities for our young people. Fingers crossed we get them all!

Kate Reed has rejoined our team to run the Hospitality/Events Management Course, in partnership with TAFE NSW which starts on the 6th of October.  Welcome back Kate!

MC Surf Factory have kindly donated some of their wares from their showroom to sell at the Byron Flea Market. Any businesses that have old stock that they would like to donate to our stall please contact Steffie on 6685 7777. 
Next Byron Flea Market is on Saturday 12th of September. Come and grab a coffee, a bargain and connect with your community!

To celebrate Spring and the Super Full Moon in September we are running a series of all ages Yoga Raves with Chloe Thorogood. 
Really hope you can make it!

Until next time, stay safe...

From all of us @ BYS 


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  



Latest News

Byron Youth Service  
Byron Communty Campus & Byron Project @ the YAC

Currently Southern Cross Distance Education is running 2 alternate and progressive school courses for disengaged students from Byron High and Mullumbimby High.
1. The Byron Community Campus is now in its 8th year and offers courses from year 7 to HSC year 12 courses. currently we have 9 students enrolled who attend Tuesday and Thursday. There are 2 year 9 students, 4 year 11 students and 3 year 12 students.
2. The Byron Project is now in its 2nd year. This project is dual enrollment between feeder schools Byron High and Mullumbimby High and Southern Cross Distance Education School. This project is run for disengaged students and allows students to remain with their main school for 2 days a week and attend the Byron Youth Centre 3 days a week, where they complete academic and outdoor activities. This project is very successful in re engaging students.    
Mullum Cottage

As always lots going on at the Cottage with four new participants in the program. Many thanks to Andrew Hall for deliveries of his organic oranges, lemons and blood oranges, very gratefully received, they are delicious. 

Both the Year 9 girls' groups have been very fortunate to do a session with Helena who worked for Chanel for about 20 years and had some fascinating stories, fashion tips and advice on achieving dreams despite any obstacles or limitations. Both groups really enjoyed it.


Year 10 girls are still working with Antonia Canosa on their tourism project and have completed their interviews. Well done girls.

A lot of creative work has been going on in the backyard in preparation for warmer weather, making it a much more pleasant area to do programs in. One of the year 9 groups and some of the boys have done quite a lot of planting and so far everything has survived, while another year 9 girls' group have been making hangings and beaded decorations.


One of the Year 9 groups are still working on their emotion boxes and when they're all complete we'll photograph all their wonderful creations.


Our beautiful Misty Henderson participated in the Pocket Rocket Band Comp at the YAC and received her cheque from Rosalie at the Flea Market. Some 
of the Mullum girls are hoping to do the music for one of the Byron Flea Markets.

The boys are still enjoying skills based physical activities outside, while some interesting and relevant discussions take place over lunch.

Megan Donnelly was a girls' group participant for two years some years back and has gone onto better things. Last year the recipient of Glenn Wright's
director's pick while she was completing Year 12. This year she's heading to Sydney, having been accepted into AIM (Australian Institute of Music).
Megan commented that she was teased quite a bit at school for doing her singing but she has hung in there and I am very proud of her.

Ellie Svikis, from last years girls' group decided to do a self portrait of herself as a ballet dancer and superimpose the "Wild Within", the swan from Swan Lake. She won 3rd place in the Ocean Shores Art Expo. Then on Saturday she danced with Byron Ballet in their Gala Production. Classical Acts 2 & 3 from Coppelia and Ravel's Bolero. So well done, nothing is going to stop her!

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 12th of September

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Tuesday15th September - 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
  • 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. 
  • For more information please contact:
Steffie on 6685 7777 or email
or book directly
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Byron Youth Theatre's latest project funded by the Fundability program Northcott brings together 6 young people with dsabilities, Michael Hennessey (from SPRUNG Integrated Dance Company), and Alison Toft ( dancer and Interpreter) with our Company.
The Outspoken Cast have recently started to create a performance piece which will explore issues of belonging, identity and inclusion in the community.
It will utilise the diverse range of skills and include dance, poetry, song as well as dramatic scenes.  There will be 2 public performances at the 
Drill Hall in Mullumbimby  
WEDNESDAY 11th November 7.30- 9pm 
MONDAY 30th November 10-12noon.
For more information contact Lisa  on 0403023693

Byron Youth Theatre have also resurrected their powerful youth mental Health production MIND MADE ME to perform at the Richmond Valley Mental Health Expo being held at the Lismore City Hall on Thursday 22nd October.

BYT are currently seeking funding for a major project to commence next year which will focus on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  If you belong to an organisation who would like to support this project please contact Lisa on 0403023693

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
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 Coordinator
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
Stephanie Sims                                    Fundraising/Events
Kate Reed                                          Course Coordinator 
Julian Jett                                      Byron Flea Coordinator
Lotte Boer                                    Girls' Group Coordinator
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David, Traci, 
Casual Youth Workers
Community Project Workers 

Steve & Liz                                               BCC Flexi-School
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                                          The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator