New Community centre executive officer, Paul Spooner with centre president, Jani Collins.
New Community centre executive officer, Paul Spooner with centre president, Jani Collins.

Paul takes up new job

The Byron Community & Cultural Centre at Byron Bay has a new executive officer, Paul Spooner, well-known for his work as director of the Byron Youth Service.
Mr Spooner, who takes up his new post on Monday, said he was honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Community & Cultural Centre.
“I understand the centre faces enormous challenges but also appreciate its historical position as the heart and centre of the Byron Bay community,” he said.
“I am especially excited at the prospect of restoring the centre as the hub of Byron’s community services while also extending the range of cultural experiences on offer.”
BCCC president Jani Collins said Mr Spooner had an outstanding combination of professional experience and a wonderful passion for community services.
“We thank Paul for taking on this role. Paul is the ideal person to assist the new committee in getting the centre out of its financial difficulties and to implement the range of initiatives that will assist the Byron community,” she said.
The Community Centre houses a broad mix of people and professional organisations such as BayFM, NRWC, SCU, Salvation Army Drop-in Centre and the Homeless Breakfast while also running a professional theatre, emergency relief and a multicultural drop-in centre.
The Community Centre relies on community support – it does not receive government funding.

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