It was all smiles as Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham handed over the keys to the Youth Activity Centre to Byron Youth Service director Di Mahony (right) and youth service chairperson Sally Preston.
It was all smiles as Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham handed over the keys to the Youth Activity Centre to Byron Youth Service director Di Mahony (right) and youth service chairperson Sally Preston.

Byron Youth Service gets keys to activities centre

Byron Bay’s Youth Activity Centre is now officially managed by the Byron Youth Service, with Byron Council ‘handing over’ the keys last Friday.

It follows a council resolution in June to issue the youth service a sub-licence to manage the YAC which includes management of the auditorium.

Mayor Cr Jan Barham said young people across the shire would benefit from the new partnership arrangement between the council and the youth service.

“Both organisations are committed to the youth of our area, and the partnership will deliver diverse and engaging programs,” she said.

“This is a positive step forward for the youth of our shire, the community, BYS and council.”

The council will continue to run and support a range of activities from the YAC auditorium, including the new youth program recently developed in partnership with arts organisations from throughout the North Coast.

The council’s community development and projects officer, Robyn Masters, said with BYS now managing the building, the council’s youth activities officer would have greater flexibility in delivering programs across the entire shire.

“Transport is a crucial issue for our youth and it can be hard to find transport into Byron to attend courses and events,” she said.

“We are now focusing on delivering youth programs throughout the entire shire which will make it easier for young people to attend and become involved.

“Our newly developed calendar of youth events will remain on council’s website until such time BYS has their own calendar and booking system in place.”

Existing bookings for the auditorium can be viewed at www.byron.nsw.gov.au/yac

Ms Masters said the BYS had also indicated it was planning to take a stronger role in delivering activities after-hours and on weekends, which was a great bonus for the shire’s youth.

A memorandum of understanding is currently being developed between the council and Byron Youth Service for the 12-month sub-licence to maximise opportunities and available activities for young people.

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