News

BYS plan wins accolades

CELEBRATING YOUTH: Di Mahoney and Stephanie Sims of the Byron Youth Service celebrate their nomination as one of three finalists in The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust- Corporate Managers Award.
CELEBRATING YOUTH: Di Mahoney and Stephanie Sims of the Byron Youth Service celebrate their nomination as one of three finalists in The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust- Corporate Managers Award. Kate Oneill

A BYRON Youth Services project to establish a drug and alcohol-free reserve for young people has been selected as one of three finalists in The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust- Corporate Managers Award.

The award is part of the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The program is initiated by PRIME7 and supported by the Commonwealth Bank and recognises groups, business, individuals and communities who play a vital role in enhancing the social, environmental and economic prosperity of rural NSW and the ACT.

It was developed to recognise incorporated bodies including local councils, community associations, sporting bodies or reserve administrators managing and caring for Crown reserves which include parks and sporting facilities, community welfare facilities and other community assets.

As corporate managers for the Byron Youth Activity Centre, Byron Youth Services (BYS) has worked with the local community to enhance and develop a safe, drug and alcohol-free reserve for use by young people and families within the community.

BYS has created a centre with landscaped outdoor areas, sustainable food garden beds for use in youth programs, installed security lights and set up water re-use projects which have allowed the reserve to become an education and social hub for the local community.

BYS director Di Mahoney said she was thrilled that BYS was a finalist.

"The award is a reflection of the community's support for young people," she said.

Recently the Centre raised more than $43,000 to build a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

Through partnerships with local businesses including the Byron Region Community College and local schools, the youth centre has been able to provide training initiatives and opportunities.

"With more than 92 volunteers and paid staff, BYS hopes it can continue to grow the Youth Activity Centre and improve the lives of youth in a safe and beautiful reserve environment," Di said.

The winner will be announced on October 27.



Raiders' culture club rising in 2017

Tweed Coast have retained the nucleus of their senior side as they push for a top-three finish in 2017.

If we don't get a home semi-final this year we haven't down our job

Gallen honours Mustangs player with moving tribute

Paul Gallen holds up a special Mustangs jersey featuring Grant Cook

'Cronulla are thinking of you and good luck for the future'

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Local Partners

Why Emma Watson turned down Cinderella

Emma Watson in a scene from the movie Beauty and the Beast.

HARRY Potter star has standards when it comes to Disney princesses.

Wonder Woman a ‘disjointed disaster’, says DC insider

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

INSIDER says the much-hyped blockbuster will disappoint.

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!