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


Hope everyone is fully rested after their spring break?
Meanwhile at BYS we have been organising the upcoming Hospitality/Events Management Course in partnership with TAFE. We have enrolled 14 students so far! Thanks to the Flannery Foundation for making this possible.

We are also in the process of  engaging tradespeople to put up our solar panels, upgrade the flooring and stage in the big space, plus other areas needing attention! We hope that by February 2016 all works will be finished.  Thanks to a grant from the Public Reserves Management Fund Program.

Another successful grant has been received from Community Building Partnership Program to upgrade the restroom facilities.

Thank you Nicqui Yazdi for your successful writing skills!

Our first Yoga Rave was a huge success and we are looking forward to the next one on the 28th of October. Hope to see you there!

Until next time, stay safe...

From all of us @ BYS 
Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086

Latest News

Mullum Cottage

Term 3 finished at the Cottage with six new participants in groups. Some of Year 10 group participants were involved in the Muck Up Charity Day and raised $1500 for BYS and another $1500 for a defibrillator for the school, what a great effort in stopping cars outside the school, it is greatly appreciated. A further $250 odd was raised by Cottage kids for the lunchtime program.

The Year 10 girls have finally completed their tourism project with Antonia and received certificates and vouchers for Afends.
They all completed interviews which examined the effect of tourism on local young people in tourist towns like Byron.


One of the Year 9 girls groups did a sister circle with our Kate Reed, which they loved. With that inspiration we have continued doing similar circles with all groups, including the boys and using animal totem cards and healing cards.
A valuable tool for meditation and reflection in their busy lives and they keep asking for more.


Year 10 boys have continued with skills based outdoor activities but have also benefited from the circle work.

At the Cottage one of our many rituals is celebrating birthday milestones, this month with Monae, Heather and Edan.

When young people finish programs at the Cottage they often stay in touch and I love hearing how they are and what they're doing in their lives. Some come to visit, some come and bring their children, some come for support and/or information when they need it and some stay in touch through technology. In order of photos a tiny flashback ...

Kiri is working in Mullumbimby in one of those healthy, yummy food places and is looking great


Kizzy is in India and about to marry the love of her life, so wonderful to see her so happy and very clearly with her soulmate.
She sent me a wedding invite, how I wish I could be there!

Jacqueline, only in her early 20s is already a qualified solicitor and has bought a house. She is currently travelling with her partner from school days, here seen at Hogworths!

Courses - Programs  - Activities 


We've now had four Flea markets and each one is getting bigger and better. This month we teamed up with Uncle who held a car wash in the Gilmore Crescent Cul de Sac. The weather was perfect and the people of Byron came out to grab a bargain and support the Flea and BYS. The September Flea had over 30 stalls, employed 3 young people and raised over $1000 for BYS. All stallholders were happy and said they'd like to come to the October Flea. A big thanks to all our TAFE students and volunteers who helped with the Flea organisation and helped run the BBQ, Cafe and Bouncy Castle on the day. Special thanks to Christina for organising the entertainment and Gene for the fantastic Flea signs you would have seen around the Bay. See you all on the 10/10

Julian and Rosalie

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Tuesday 20th October - 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 have the pleasure of  working with 6 young people who have different disabilities , or they like to say, different abilities on the  project titled OUTSPOKEN.  This project is funded by the Fundability Program, Northcott, facilitated by Lisa Apostolides and Michael Hennessy (Artistic Director of SPRUNG Integrated Dance company).  Alison Toft has been engaged as Interpreter and signer for our rehearsals to assist those with partial hearing and for hearing impaired audience members in our performances.
"Our cast of 18 have dived into a collaboration to create a theatrical performance exploring issues of identity, belonging and inclusivity in the community.  The bonds which have already formed between cast members is really inspiring.  There are so many talented young people in this project, it's going to be a very powerful performance
Performances will be held at the Drill Hall, Mullumbimby on
MONDAY 30th NOVEMBER 10-12noon

Several members of BYT are about to join SPRUNG Integrated Dance Theatre Company for a week long workshop at Tintenbar Hall.  This collaboration has been made possible through a Regional Arts Fund grant.  The project is called Encounters and will feed into a larger production which will take place in 2016.
A showing of the week's work will be held in 
Tintenbar Hall on FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER  7.30pm.  
For more information please visit

In December BYT will 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.
Director Lisa Apostolides is busy writing grant applications to ensure the Company will keep thriving in 2016 with at least 2 extremely important projects which youth audiences have nominated BYT to focus on.
For more information contact Lisa :
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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
Teeya Blatt                        Vice President
Ian Leggo                                Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                Member
 Caston Smith                              Member
 Kristie Clifton                              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