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


This is the first BYS Newsletter of the new(ish) year and there are so many exciting ideas and events to let you know about! First, I hope your 2016 has started in a very fruitful and joyful way and the young people in your life and your inner young person are thriving and well.
One of the new things for BYS this year is myself in the role of interim manager. My name is Teeya Blatt, and I am filling the role vacated by Pascal Rigaldies due to his family needs. He is now in Melbourne and we send him and his family many well-wishes. As I was Vice-President on the BYS Management Committee in 2015 and President since our December 2015 AGM, I am well-versed with BYS workings, know and love the staff, projects and the BYS mission. The Management Committee considered that I was well-suited to step into the manager's role when it became vacated and here I am. While I'm manager, Vice-President Kristie Clifton will step in as Chair.
I feel privileged that my first Manager's Musings is for the Valentine's Day edition of the BYS Newsletter. As I look through this newsletter, I can't help but be moved by the heartfelt work BYS and staff bring to our community and the opportunities this organization provides our young people. Through our projects, partnerships and auspiced programs, young people are looked after, supported, entertained, educated, inspired and fed. Have a look through, it'll do your heart good.

Speaking of hearts, as Valentine's Day approaches, consider doing something different and new by presenting your special person with a gift of a donation to BYS in their name. Better for them than chocolate, the ripples in this gift last long!
Go to our website to make a one-off or regular direct deposit:  click here to donate and this Valentine's Day, show you care by caring for young people.
Because 'young people matter'!

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

Latest News

Mullum Cottage

After a much needed break for youth workers, students and no doubt teachers we are all keen to get started on programs at the Cottage for 2016. All students need parental permission notes and referrals for new groups to be decided with myself and Head Welfare. So in the meantime a bit of a retrospective on the end of 2015 and news from the holiday period.

Street Cruise has remained operational and we were happy to have a presence again at the Brunswick Twilight Markets.
Many of the young people I work with and their families attend and it's a lovely end to the year.

The Year 10 formal seems to have gone off without a hitch at the end of last year and hopefully I'll still be seeing my Year 10 participants who will now move into Year 11.


Many thanks to Falls Festival organisers for two free tickets that made it possible for Sarah and Misty to go. It was Sarah's birthday and she had some timeout from being a mum, both girls were so happy and had a great time. (I think it's someone famous sitting with Sarah but I don't even know who it is anymore :))

Jacqueline and Farren have returned from their adventuring overseas and participated in community activities on Australia Day at Brunswick Heads, good to see some healthy fun activities happening!

Jasmin Ferguson and Jarrod Tomlinson took their beautiful baby daughter, Mai, for her first trip to the water, like most children she looks like
she loved it.


Happy birthday to our gorgeous Hanna Ottery, her sense of humour, feistiness and cleaning skills will be greatly missed by me this year.



Last but by no means least 
I will really miss Lilly :) 

Beautifying the YAC

Over the Christmas break the YAC was given a massive makeover through a grant from the Public Reserve Managemnt Fund Program!  We now have 40 panels of solar energy which should radically reduce our energy bill, air-conditioners in the big space and offices, ceilings in some areas, new sound proofing under the awning, new movable stage,  polished floor and an amazing storage room. 
Thanks to Rik Cole from Vilco builders and his amazing team, Patrick Halliday from Juno Energy and his team, Tim Hodgson from Light Louch Electrical and his team, Bradley Burgess from Eco Comfort and his team!

I would recommend them all wholeheartedly!

If you are looking for a space to run your classes, programs, events, workshops, conferences etc 
please call Steffie on 6685 7777 or email for information!


Month Year

Other BYS Fundraising events on the calendar



All weather - On the grass or indoors  
FRIDAY 4TH OF MARCH - doors open 6.30pm movie at 8pm
Yummy food & drinks will be available
Adults $15  - under 16 $10
Movie TBC

coming to the YAC!
More news next month!
Courses - Programs  - Activities 

Commencing on Wednesday the 10th of February

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

Next Module 1 Courses:

Wednesday 9th March - 4.30 to 7.30
Wednesday 16th March - 4.30 to 7.30 


Please call Lotte if you want to book a stall - 0490026840
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Tuesday 16th Febraury
 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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2016 is shaping up to be as eventful, if not more than 2015 for Byron Youth Theatre!!

Our first project funded by Country Arts Support program (Regional Arts NSW) will see us create a new original production called NOW : No One Way, focusing on LGBTIQ+ youth issues.  This was voted as one of the top priorities from youth audiences in 2015.  The production will be ready towards the middle of May.

We will be performing again at the 3rd PASH (Positive Adolescent Sexual Health Conference) which will be held in Lismore at Southern Cross University -  June 9th and 10th.

After this we have received funding from Northern Rivers Community Foundation to create a new production focusing on issues related to domestic violence.  We hope this will be ready to perform late October, early November.

Last but not least there is a very strong possibility that we will be invited to perform Mind Made Me (Youth Mental Health) production during mental health month in October.

If you are passionate about theatre and drama, aged between 14 and 24, work well as part of a dynamic group then contact Lisa on 0403023693 to arrange an audition.
BYT is a not for profit organisation made possible through grant funding only.  We always welcome assistance whether financially, physically (helping to move or build sets etc) or creatively, helping to create back drops, audio engineering, creating production posters.  If you can assist us please contact Lisa.

Remember to like our Facebook page:

Photo from the 2015 production of Outspoken, funded by Northcott Fundability program.

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 2015

Kristie Clifton                           Chairperson
Michael Goldberg                         Secretary
Ian Leggo                                  Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                   Member 
Alex Croall                                   Member
Stephen Marriott                            Member
Rainor Congdon            Youth Representative
Stephanie Sims             Staff Representative
Teeya Blatt                        Interim Manager

Byron Youth Service Workers

Teeya Blatt                                           Interim Manager
Deb Pearse                               Mullum Youth Coordinator
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
Stephanie Sims                                       YAC Coordinator 
Lotte Boer                                      Byron Flea Coordinator
Chad Kolcze                                    Hospitality Coordinator
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David Dalton                                               Street Cruise
Community Project Workers 

Steve & Liz                                    Byron Community Centre
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                                          The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator