Youth News

Queer Sphere 2015

Queer Sphere is a collective of young adults 16 – 24 years from the Banyule area. We are passionate about supporting diversity and promoting inclusion within our community. We take an active role in promoting inclusion and campaigning for the rights of the LGBTI community, through having a presence at events, health promotion and engaging with local secondary schools to create safe and inclusive environments.

We are always looking for interested young people to get involved!

Queer Sphere in the new year!!

Queer Sphere is planning to have a strong presence at events in 2015 where we will promote diversity and inclusion. We will be engaging with LGBTI young people and the wider community, sharing information, knowledge and promoting health & wellbeing.  

Midsumma Carnival
Date: Sunday 18th January
Time: 11am - 5pm
Place: Alexandra Gardens


Pride March
Date: 1st Feb 2015
Place: St Kilda
Theme: White T-shirts, and Rainbow Flags
For more info or to march with Queer Sphere please contact Banyule Youth Services p: 9457 9907



I.D.A.H.O.T. (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia)
Date: Sunday 17th May 2014
*Would you like more info or to help us plan our IDAHOT celebration? Please contact Banyule Youth Services p: 9457 9907 
For more information contact Banyule Youth services:
P: 9457 9855

Jets is looking for Local Soul & Funk Singers and Musicians!

Jets is looking for Local Soul & Funk Singers and Musicians!

Applications are open for local singers and musicians to kick start their career in 2015!

Working with a professional soul & funk super band to perform at Banyule’s major music event Twilight Sounds on Saturday 21st March.

Entrants will be judged on a range of categories including skill level, presentation, dedication to a musical career and commercial potential.



Rehearsals will be February and early March at Jets, 2/24 The Concord, Bundoora.

Twilight Sounds on Saturday 21 March

To enter Complete online application at


Applications close on Sunday 1 February 2014 .

SunSmart App

The Cancer Council of Victoria want you to be SunSmart this year! So they've developed a free app to help you manage your sun exposure, give you a 7 day weather forecast, give personalised information about your sun smart needs and can provide you with sun protection reminders if you choose,

To find our more about this Free Apple, Android and Samsung App visit



Free travel at Christmas and changes to public transport fares in 2015

Free travel at Christmas and changes to public transport fares in 2015

On Christmas Day, travel on trains, trams and buses will be free, allowing Victorians to share the holiday spirit with their family and friends.

Then from 6pm on New Year’s Eve until 6am on New Year’s Day you will also be able to travel on public transport for free. Public transport will run all night in metropolitan Melbourne to help you see in the New Year celebrations.

From 1 January 2015, there will be some fare changes to Victoria’s public transport system.

An annual fare rise will be implemented in the new year to help us continue to improve the public transport network.

A new Free Tram Zone will make getting around the Melbourne CBD and Docklands more affordable than ever.

Travel on trams within this zone will be free and you do not need to touch on your myki. However, if your journey starts or finishes outside the boundaries of the Free Tram Zone, you must touch on your myki in the normal way to make sure you have a valid ticket.

From 1 January 2015 you will also be able to travel on trains, trams and buses across Zone 1 + 2 for the price of a Zone 1 fare.

For customers travelling with a myki pass, Zone 1 passes will no longer be sold after 1 January 2015. Instead you will be able to purchase a Zone 1+2 myki pass at no extra cost, which will cover all your travel across zones 1 and 2.

To stay informed about extra services running over summer for special events and about changes to timetables due to holidays and network improvements , sign up to PTV’s weekly travel update email

For more information, visit the PTV website.

Follow PTV on Twitter @PTV_Official


This information was gathered from Public Transport Victoria

Attention student/aspiring photographers!

Attention student/aspiring photographers!

YACVic is looking to work with a young person (up to 25 years old) currently studying or aspiring to study photography to help work on imagery for our new brand.

The collaboration would be done on a volunteer basis, but of course your work would find a wide audience around the youth sector, and could be great for your portfolio if you are looking to build it up.

We are particularly interested in people who have done portraiture or are interested in doing portraiture. It would help if you were Melbourne based, or willing to travel to Melbourne.

Get in touch with a little bit about yourself and some examples of your work by emailing by January 2nd, 2015.


The youth workers here at Banyule Youth Services are always keeping an eye out for new technology and apps, especially if its good for your health and well being, and we've just stumbled upon Life Charge!

An app (currently only available through Apple's "AppStore") that is a super quick and easy way to journal those daily life events... and allows you to have a bigger picture view of how things affect you.... a great way to work with your strengths and to address some of those difficult life moments from a different angle! Follow the link if you're curious!

Your Community - Your Council - Your Say!

We want your feedback on the projects and services we are delivering at Banyule City Council. This info will be used to better plan specific initiatives for Year 3 of the City Plan 2013-2017.

Are we doing enough, too much or not enough? Are our priorities right? Have your say in shaping Banyule’s future... and go into the draw to win an iPad mini!

For all the information, and access to the survey go to:

Volunteer with Young Refugees in the Ucan2 program…

Our volunteers help newly arrived young refugees settle happily into a new life in Australia.

Could you help young people make the most of opportunities while balancing some of the challenges of day to day life?

We are seeking volunteers in 2015 for programs based in:

  • Dandenong
  • Noble Park
  • Collingwood
  • Preston
  • Box Hill


Volunteers will volunteer for  2 ½ hours a week, between 12pm and 3:30pm, for 18 weeks.

The Ucan2 program starts in February 2015 and finishes in June 2015, with interviews and training throughout December and January.


You will be joining a fun and dynamic group to help with:

  • Living in Australia
  • Practicing conversational English
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Getting around and making friends
  • Developing skills to find work
  • Exploring further education options
  • Having fun!!!


Are you:

  • Over 18
  • Interested in learning about different cultures
  • Want to make a difference in a young person’s life
  • Proactive, enthusiastic and fun
  • Able commit to 2 ½ hours, one afternoon a week
  • Able to start in February for 18 weeks?


View more information and apply online at


Contact the Ucan2 Project Officer on (03) 9340 3700 or email

Yarra Plenty Regional Library - YRead summer reading program

Monday 1 December 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015

Aged 13-18?

YRead is Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s summer reading program which runs from Monday 1 December 2014 until Sunday 1 February 2015. This summerYRead will have you Reading Under the Stars, and each of our library branches will have events on throughout the school holidays to celebrate this theme. See the events flyer in your sign up pack for more details.

What you need to do…
  1. Register - Sign up from 1 November 2014 by clicking here
  2. Collect - Visit any Yarra Plenty Regional Library branch to collect your Sign Up Pack that includes flyers and freebies (available from Monday 1 December 2014)
  3. Submit – Every time you finish reading three items, between Monday 1 December 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015, submit this online form
Each time you submit your reading list you’ll be put in the running to WIN a Microsoft Surface 2 or Beats by Dre Studio 2.0 Headphones
You can read books, e-books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, reviews, graphic novels or comics, as well as audio books and e-audiobooks. The more you read the better your chance is to WIN!
If you need to sign up for a free library card, you can print off this membership form; and get your parent or guardian to fill it in. They will then need to take it to any of our branches along with some form of photo ID to complete the sign up process.

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