September 2016 E-New
In this issue
Latest News
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


Spring is upon us, and for those of you as in love with the Greek myths as I, we hail the rise of Persephone in the new buds and color.
So, I can hear you wondering, what has been budding at BYS?
Muchly, as usual. First, two new members of staff, Dale Shaddick, our new Education Support Youth Worker and Lindy Lou Smith, our Certificate II in Hospitality + Event Management Youth Worker have recently come into the BYS family.
Funded by a St George Foundation grant, Dale will be working closely with Byron Community Campus teachers to support distance education students, as well as facilitating our new after-school computer lab drop-in service at the YAC. Mondays to Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30pm during school terms, young people may access our brand new IMac computer lab for homework, surfing or gaming, the space is theirs! Welcome Dale to the BYS family.
Lindy Lou will be very busy promoting and facilitating our upcoming Certificate II in Events Management course. As you may remember, this is a Flannery Foundation funded course in collaboration with North Coast TAFE, offering young people certification and work experience in a very Byron Shire-relevant industry. Orientation is scheduled for 14th September, tell one, tell all young people who may be interested and call 66857777 for more information. Welcome to Lindy Lou as well!

In line with the fecundity of the season, Kevin Cooper of Fuji Film Australia has just donated 13 digital cameras and a wireless photo printer to BYS! Thank you to Kevin on behalf of the BYS family and the upcoming young photographers! We've already planted seeds to put them to good use, read on...
As the last week in September is start of two-week school holidays, BYS is busy planning a holiday program for young people, including (you guessed it!) photography workshops at the YAC and Mullumbimby Cottage with Yani Clarke, see the flyer below. We're also planning scheduled drop-ins to the computer lab (times to be determined), as well as other workshops requested by young people for young people. Stay tuned, more information will be posted on the BYS facebook site, as well as through various community media.

Don't forget to come to the YAC for our next Byron Flea Market, 10th September and every 2nd Saturday of the month.
Until next month, enjoy the bounce, buzz and song of the season, remember to promote your friendly neighbourhood youth centre, and offer freely an encouraging smile to the young people in your life.

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

Latest News

Mullum Cottage
A quieter month at BYS Mullumbimby Cottage with the senior worker taking some annual leave to rejuvenate.
All groups have resumed and we have an outing coming up next week for the Year 9 girls who have completed 
their amazingly creative emotion boxes.
A Year 8 boys group will be commencing as a trial program in earlier intervention.
Our new BYS pens are a big hit, especially since the young people immediately knew the tip can be used with iPhones.'



Byron Community Campus

At the end of Term 3 a small group of students from the Byron Community Campus attended the Future Options Day held at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore. The day provided opportunities for students to talk to representatives from North Coast TAFE, Southern Cross University and a number of other providers offering advice on apprenticeships and traineeships. Students enjoyed the day and gained confidence in seeking out information about their future career pathways.

Elizabeth Harbison
Byron Community Campus Teacher
BYT are celebrating the news that they will be a recipient of a Splendour in The Grass Community donation.  This will go towards their current production "Broken" which focuses on domestic violence issues.
As part of this production Director Lisa Apostolides has teamed up with local celebrity Mandy Nolan and Neroli Jager from the Mullum Women's Resource Service to create a panel and community conversation at the Byron Theatre on September 12th starting at 7pm. Representatives from the police, Domestic Violence specialists and related organisations will be present to share their experiences and findings with a view of how we can improve services and support for victims.
BYT members have almost completed their research phase for the production but would love to encourage more community members to complete their anonymous survey
They will also be engaging 2 young local artists to create the backdrop and other skilled young people to do sound and lighting.
The production will go to schools in late November.

Another exciting event will be the LGBTIAQ+ youth social at the YAC on November 12th.
BYT member Raani Nichols was successful in her Small Change grant application to Byron Council to create this and Lisa was able to support it with a successful application for a small grant from the Mental Health Association NSW.  This particular grant is sponsored by ACON, who BYT have had a long standing relationship with through the annual PASH conference.
With community member Stephen Allkins on board to assist with DJ training as well as Lismore group Tropical Fruits and Tweed group  Allsorts providing decor and lighting, the inaugural Northern Rivers LGBTIAQ+ youth social looks set to be a HUGE fun event.
We are currently looking for a name for the event, so please get in touch with Lisa if you have any inspiration or want to get involved.  
During all of this some BYT members are rehearsing for 2 events where they will perform their mental health production Mind Made Me.  For the second year running they have been invited to be a featured part of the Richmond Valley Mental Health expo.  This year it will be held in Ballina on October 28th.  Before that on September 22nd, also in Ballina is an interesting event where young people will be engaged in discussing a range of health issues.  BYT will present a selection of scenes and this will all go toward informing NSW Youth Health Policy.
Fingers crossed we get our much needed funding to enable us to do 2 important productions next year on Youth Suicide and Homelessness.  Please follow the link below and vote for us. If you wish to join BYT or want to support us please call Lisa 0403023693.

Courses - Programs  - Activities 

Please call Berri if you want to book a stall - 0490 026 840


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Tuesday 20th & 27th September
Tuesday 18th 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!




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

Next Module 1 Courses @ the YAC: 
Wednesday 28th September - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 19th October - 4.30pm to 7.30pm 

A safe, supportive space where girls from the Shire 
can socialise, grow confidence, 
and create positive new visions for themselves and others!

Wednesdays - 4 to 6pm
 for girls  12 to 18
Contact Berri on 0490 026 840

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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 
Berri Drum                                    Byron Flea Coordinator
                                      Karim Kaufmann                         Boys Group Youth Worker                                    
Dale Shaddick                 Education Support Youth Worker 
Lindy Lou Smith       Hospitality/Events Course 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