Project U Turn

uturnlogo_sm copyProject U Turn was funded by a $250,000 grant from the Department of Health and Ageing through the National Binge Drinking Initiative, and finished in May 2012.We had a very busy 2 years raising awareness about the issue of youth binge drinking in the Byron Shire. (Click here to view the Project U Turn video) And have now transitioned our efforts into a new initiative Cringe the Binge.We are actively working with the local community, young people, parents, community drug action groups, teachers, the NSW Fire Brigade, the police, drug and alcohol counsellors and youth workers both in local high schools, at festivals, and out in the community in general to raise awareness about this critical issue.

Our continuing goal is to engage, connect with, involve and educate young people and their families about the harms associated with binge drinking both long and short term. We do this in the following ways;


Supporting activities for safe socialising for young people

o Local Skate Competitions

o Community Art Projects

o Turn the Tide Mobile Youth Outreach Service– Friday & Sat Nights

o Friday Nights at the YAC

o Blow Zero Competitions/Education at ‘Schoolies’

o Breathalyser/Education at ‘Bluesfest’


o ‘U’ Turn Symbol Poster Campaign

o 30sec Cinema Commercial

o Web presence and Social Networking – Facebook, Website

o School Newsletter broadcasts

o BYS Monthly Newsletter & Project U Turn quarterly Newsletter


o School Workshops for Year 7,9,10

o Byron Youth Theatre in Education (BYTE)

o Parent Information Evenings

o Presentation at Young Women’s Health Conference

o Student Focus Groups and Student Forum

o Information Booths at Schools for Mental Health Week

o Information Booths at ‘Forever Young’


o Website

o Safe Party Booklets

> Safe Party Booklet Young People  (Click to View)

> Safe Party Booklet for Parents (Click to View)

o The Brain Mascot

o Banners and Flags and Stickers and Tattoos and Posters

All of this great work could not have been achieved without the amazing support and commitment of co-workers and volunteers. Thank you all so much!