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June 2016 E-News 
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Latest News
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


The weather's getting cooler but the hearth fires are burning warmly at Byron Youth Service!

Hospitality/Event Management students graduated this week and we send them a hearty congratulations and many well-wishes. It's very rewarding to have been able to provide, in partnership with TAFE and funded by the Flannery Foundation, a springboard for these young graduates as they fly off into what we hope will be rewarding vocations.  

Renovations at the YAC are still underway: the fence will be up in the next couple of weeks and help provide a feeling of safety for our after-hours programs; new drainage works and bathroom upgrade will ensure that our waters are free-flowing; installation of hot water system and filtered water in the cafe lounge for tea-on-tap!; and a skylight in the computer room means that the new computers, to be installed in the next couple of weeks, will have the proper lighting for any and all appropriate admiration!

Oh so many changes! Our logos are being modernised, and we have a few other beautifying ideas up our sleeves that, once completed, will be celebrated mightily at a YAC is Back launching party. You will get an invitation, so keep an eye out for later this year.

We had some good news this month from St George Foundation; our application for $48,100 to fund a youth worker to provide a whole-of-person support for students of the Byron Community Campus was granted! Thanks to St George Foundation!

Three $5000 donations, from the Scanlon Foundation, The Orgill Foundation, and Andrew Hall and a $2,500 from the Malibu Club means BYS can respond creatively to needs of young people with innovative programs that are maybe a little Byron-Shire accented. Keep an eye on this space for more news later on. And should you find end-of-year surpluses in your financial situation, don't forget that BYS is a not-for-profit organisation with DGR status, which means your donations are tax-deductible. Consider us at tax time, it will be much appreciated.

Our fortnightly LGBTI group runs on Thursdays from 4 to 5pm. Just a social hangout time with food, cards, table tennis, pool. If you know anyone 14 to 18 years who might be interested, let them know! Our next Byron Flea Market on Saturday 11th of June will be quirkily different just this once. Come along and participate in workshops including clay work, jewellery making and more, or enjoy a family time at our inaugural Bingo! Joy, potent coffee, delicious food and a great atmosphere for a good cause are always in abundance! Hope you can make it!

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

Latest News


The time has come, where we have reached the last week of this 12 week Hospitality/ Event Management course.  A variety of respectful outcomes have been reached, after a variety of experiences undertaken during this course. With all that has happened, there has been plenty of talk and chatter around what has unfolded. Reflecting on the fonder moments of this course, we look back at last weeks Field Trip, RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) and KISS Cafe @ Wollingbar Tafe, the yummy food being created week after week out at the Ballina Tafe kitchen, Andrew who ran the Event Management units talking Elephants in the Casino, and when the power went out during a day at BYS, a spontaneous laughing workshop was delivered. Good times!

Congratulations to all the students! 

Mullum Cottage

It's been a busy month at the Cottage with lots happening but our most happy making news is that our wonderful benefactor from the north, Andrew Hall, has made a donation that will make possible both an equine program for one group of girls and an open day/exhibition for another.
We are so grateful for the opportunities that Andrew continues to make possible for us.  One of the girls' groups is also actively running a raffle to raise money for the equine program so keep an eye out for us around Mullumbimby, there are some great prizes. We would also like to thank Santos for a prize voucher and Mary Ryans in Byron Bay for a selection of books.

We had some very welcome visitors at the Cottage who've facilitated some informative and fun sessions. The boys' groups completed their D&A session with Siobhan from Intra.

The girls' groups participated in sexual health sessions with Larissa from Tweed Valley Sexual Health, lots of fun, relevant info and so necessary in revealing gaps in knowledge.

The girls' groups were also fortunate enough to be able to attend the Aboriginal Art Exhibition in Mullumbimby. Beautiful and inspirational art and Belle gave them all a lovely necklace each. Thanks Belle!
We continue to have very welcome drop ins from young people from previous groups and love seeing little Mae growing into a very cute little girl. 

Byron Youth Service
Byron Community Campus

Distance Education students recently joined with the Hospitality students at the YAC to participate in a breathing workshop delivered by Kat and Bodhi from the Breathe Project. The workshop introduced students to diaphragmatic breathing as a simple and effective way of improving health and wellbeing. It was a positive experience for all involved, including the staff who joined in. The activity concluded with students writing down when they would use this technique.

Students are looking forward to an upcoming Mini School which will be held on 28th June. They will learn how to do a marine debris survey, canoe/kayak in a local creek, identify threatened species and complete a citizen Science project. The day has cross curricula links between Science, PDHPE and Geography and will be run by SCSDE teachers in collaboration with Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre.

Elizabeth Harbison
Byron Community Campus Teacher


Thank you to the following businesses for having our donation boxes:
Byron Beach Hotel
Byron Chemist
Byron Office Choice
Great Northern Hotel
Green Garage
IGA - Mullum
IGA - Sunrise
Mitre 10
and thanks to everyone that contributed!! 
Without your assistance we would not be here keeping young people safe!

Overwhelming gratitude to the following community organisations for their  generous donations


The Mal Club is very happy to support Byron Youth Services, you do a great job.


On Sunday the 5th of  June BYS are appointed the Charity of the day in Butler Street!

Thank you!

Please let us know if you have any fundraising ideas BYS can be involved in!
Call Steffie on 6685 7777 or email

Courses - Programs  - Activities 
Please call Lotte if you want to book a stall - 0490 026 840

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 @ the YAC: 
Wednesday June 8th - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 13th & 27th July - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 3rd & 17th August - 4.30 to 7.30pm 
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Tuesday 19th 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!


It's been a hectic time for Byron Youth Theatre members over the past few weeks getting both our PASH 
(Positive Adolescent Sexual Health) production and No One Way ready for June performances.

PASH will be held at Southern Cross University this year in East Lismore on June 9th & 10th.  It is expected that over 700 young people will attend over the 2 days and BYT will be performing 6 times to even larger audiences than last year.  The BYT productions covers all sorts of issues such as STI's, Love and Intimacy, abuse, first experiences and sex and the law.  We'd love to get some funding to be able to offer a local community if you know anyone please send them my way!!
There is a special evening info/social for parents, teachers, health workers and other interested community members on the evening of June 9th...look out for Channel 10's ad all about it or contact organisers at 
Jess Lu and Georgia Conechado will be performing the awesome slam poetry piece to open the event.

The No One Way production is gearing up for the schools tour which commences on Monday 20th June, going to Mullumbimby High, then Shearwater on 22nd, Byron High on the 24th and Cape Byron Steiner on the 27th.  It will be presented to Year 9 and in some schools Year 10 as well.
Our Community performance will be held at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby on June 26th starting at 6.30pm, entry by donation, we'd love to fill the place to the rafters!! so please come join us!!  If anyone can help out by donating a home baked cake or serving in the kitchen before the show starts please contact me
This production explores issues faced by LGBTIAQ + youth, made possible by a Country Arts Support Program. Our gratitude also goes to Byron Council and local community member Stephen Allkins who have supported this project as well as to all those who willingly shared their lived experiences as part of our research.

Looking ahead there will be some places available for young people to join our company.  We are looking for those who are passionate about theatre and performing, can work well as part of a team, have additional skills such as singing, dancing, circus, arcrobatics. For more details contact Lisa 0403023693.

Sessions are currently held on Monday evenings 6-8pm at the Community Centre in Byron Bay

Photos : Seth Freeman and Raph Karni working with choreographer Philip Channels on one scene from No One Way & Director of BYT Lisa Apostolides with Stephen Allkins and Scott Butler who kindly donated some funds towards the production.

Outreach Program


Cruising the Byron Shire on Friday nights from 8pm till 12am.  







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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee 2016

Kristie Clifton                           Chairperson
Michael Goldberg                         Secretary
Ian Leggo                                   Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                   Member 
Alex Croall                                    Member
Patrick Lorenz                                Member
Stephanie Sims             Staff Representative
Teeya Blatt                                   Manager

Byron Youth Service Workers

Teeya Blatt                                                      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 

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