Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham (rear, second from left), joined in the activities at the upgraded youth centre’s reopening.
Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham (rear, second from left), joined in the activities at the upgraded youth centre’s reopening.

Youth celebrate centre’s reopening

The youth of Byron Shire celebrated the reopening of the upgraded Youth Activity Centre (YAC) on Saturday with a talent show ranging from hip hop dance, live music, kung fu and acrobatics.
Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the afternoon was an opportunity for Byron Shire youth and their families to see first-hand the upgraded YAC and perform in an informal atmosphere.
“The young performers at the opening were enthusiastic at the return of the upgraded YAC space for event use," said Cr Barham.
“We have many talented young people in Byron Shire and the YAC will provide the opportunity for them to share their talents and be a safe space that provides for events that are specifically designed for their interests and needs.”
Suggestions from young people on the day included courses on hip hop and crump dance, song writing, bush tucker cooking, short films, photography and creative arts.
At a cost of about $260,000, the upgrade included a new acoustic ceiling, internal access and upgrade of the disabled toilet, painting of the interior and fire safety certification.
The council is keen to hear from anyone interested in running workshops, training courses or other programs for young people.
 Contact the council’s Community Development and Projects Officer, Robyn Masters, on 6685 9343 for more information.

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