Organisers and supporters of the new youth night in Brunswick Heads gather at the Sandbar Cafe.
Organisers and supporters of the new youth night in Brunswick Heads gather at the Sandbar Cafe.

New youth night at Brunswick

An exciting new Friday night event for 13 to 17-year-olds kicks off at the Sandbar Café in Brunswick Heads tomorrow night.


The ‘Our Space’ event is on from 6pm to 9.30pm with live music from alternative rock band Alice Blu, MC hip hop artist Pyxidata and DJ refo.rM.


Tickets are $15 and include entertainment, a hamburger and milkshake or juice and transport to the venue on the ‘magic bus’.


The Sandbar Cafe co-owner Rachael Smith, along with Bhadrena Rose from Injoy Magazine and Pete Gauge from youth boxing business Boxation, came up with the idea for the ‘Our Space’ nights out of a desire to give young people somewhere to go at night.


“We wanted to encourage the youth to be more a part of the community and have a voice,” Rachael Smith said.


“The Sandbar is open plan, there’s enough space to have a band, dance, have a DJ, fashion show, art exhibition or show a movie on the big screen. The idea is that the kids will start up their own committee to organise what they want to do here on future Friday nights.”


Ms Smith said the current organising committee was being supported by many young people, local businesses, and other groups including youth organisation CDAT, the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce, and Belle Arnold from Byron Shire Council.


CDAT spokesperson Michele Grant said Sandbar Cafe’s ‘Our Space’ event was a real triumph.


“We applaud Rachael Smith and the Sandbar Cafe because this is the first time a commercial business has put up their hand to cater for the needs of young people by offering their venue,” she said.


“All the businesses are generous but having a venue for the kids is real breakthrough and it’s so much better than the housie shed, which is what we’ve had to use in previous years.”


Ms Grant said the aim was to make the evening commercially viable for the venue, as well as a great night out for the kids.


“You can’t expect charity from commercial businesses and we hope this event shows other businesses how they can benefit from running a fun and safe youth event,” she said.


Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce secretary Stephen Bond said it was fantastic how the event had come together.


“There’s a real spirit of collaboration between local business and the community and the organisers are to be warmly congratulated on their initiative,” he said.


The magic bus will pick up from the Mullumbimby Newsagency at 5pm, Billinudgel Pub (outside, of course) at 5.15pm, South Golden Beach General Store at 5.30pm and Ocean Shores Shopping Centre shops at 5.40pm.


Tickets are on sale from the Sandbar Cafe, Yami at Brunswick Heads, the Mullumbimby Chocolate Shop, on the magic bus and at the door on the night.


For more information call Rachel at the Sandbar Cafe on 6685 0401 or email Bhadrena Rose at editor@injoymag.com.


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