Meet Our Team at Banyule Youth Services

Banyule Youth Services are a generalist youth service who support young people ages 12-25 years who live, work, study or spend time in the area of Banyule.  Our team includes qualified youth workers and facilitators.  As well as Staff who are experienced sound engineers, musicians, artists, disability support workers, events coordinators & advocates for young people.

To find out what about what the team can offer you, head to our Get Involved page

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Leonie Farrell - Coordinator Youth Services

Leonie oversees the whole youth service team, supporting staff and young people strategically to achieve great outcomes.
Leonie created the Banyule Youth Services Youth Plan 2018-2022, which oversees all actions the service undertakes.

Leonie is a great contact for local services and organisations who want to connect with our team or young people in Banyule.

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0439 395 967

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Bec Lonie – Jets Team Leader

Bec oversees the running of Jets Studios. She supports the Jets Staff, creative arts programs, pathways, community groups and events. Bec is responsible for creating a positive culture so that all staff, community groups and young people have an awesome experience when they visit Jets Studios.

Bec oversees our yearly youth festivals, including YouthFest and 2020's LiveFest.

Chat to Bec if you want to learn more about Jets Studios or education & training opportunities for young people.

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Lisa Said – Youth Outreach Team Leader

Lisa supports all casual staff members who work in the youth service, including our Youth Outreach & Program Support team.  This team of youth workers head into the Banyule community regularly to say hi to young people, promote our opportunities and offer support and information.

Lisa runs our Wellbeing portfolio.  She runs events and workshops for young people about taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.  Lisa also runs our school holiday events, which include free, cheap and fun things to do in Banyule for young people ages 12-25 each school holidays.

Lisa is also available for catch-ups with young people who need support one on one over the phone, in-person or via message.

9457 9897

0427 833 321


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Naomi Simmonds – Youth Engagement Officer

Naomi co-ordinates the biennial Banyule Youth Summit which is a chance for young people to discuss what matters most to them and provides the opportunity to make recommendations to Council. Naomi also makes sure the recommendations are heard and acted upon.

Naomi is also creating a new Youth Advisory Committee for Council, is developing supports for young entrepreneurs, oversees the Banyule 100 project and provides support for young carers.

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0422 560 109


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Kate James – Youth Engagement Officer

Kate is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals, and oversees both the Wellbeing and Gender Equity portfolios in our team.

Kate supports young people in the community by running events and programs that promote positive wellbeing and mental health.  Kate provides support and education around Gender Equity to young people, and has a focus on projects which promote healthy masculinity.

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0481 003 524



Richo Euston – Youth Engagement Officer

Richo is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals and facilitates the Rainboa Space program for LGBTQIA+ young people, friends and allies aged 14 – 24 years.

He leads Banyule Youth Services consultation with young people to ensure that young people are considered in relevant decision making across Banyule Council. Richo also runs Skate & Scooter events across Banyule for all levels of riders.

Richo supports local secondary schools by delivering workshops for young people which include Life Hacks, Safe Partying & Wellbeing.

9457 9907

0402 389 862



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Courtney Blackney – Jets Facility Administrator

Courtney looks after the facility and our creative arts space Jets Studios. Her role is to ensure young people and community members can use the space and resources for their projects on and offsite, including booking a space, come and try sessions, support for events and borrowing equipment.

Courtney supports people to access and book into Jets.

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Simon Eszeky – Jets Inclusion Officer

Simon looks after our inclusive programming at our creative arts space Jets Studios. This includes band, arts crew & DJ’s. He ensures that young people with a disability are supported to attend our programs and events. Simon uses his artistic and musical talents to run a DJ Program on Tuesday evenings at Jets. 

Simon also works with our Band Jam group for young musos on Thursday evenings and support student placement opportunities at Jets.

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Jess Sayers – Youth Engagement Officer

Jess works with Nillumbik Shire Council Youth Services to facilitate the BNYSN Executive Committee & Network meetings/training.

Jess works with young people who live or spend time in Heidelberg West.  She also has a focus on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and young people who have a multicultural background. Jess regularly works alongside our Australian Somali young people in Banyule.

Jess is also available for catch-ups with young people who need support one on one over the phone, in-person or via message.

9457 9983

0428 522 656


Leza Cullen - Jets Intake & Program Officer

Leza takes care of all enrolments into our creative arts space Jets Studios. Leza works with young people to decide which programs suit them best and help them achieve their goals.

Leza also works on the IncArt program which brings together young people to be creative and explore the creative arts in a fun group environment.

Get in touch with Leza to get involved in Jets Studios.

0411 267 427

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Caitlin McKimm – Jets Youth Programs Officer

Caitlin facilitates our Podcast Program and the Live Events Team.

The 'NoteWorthy' Podcast facilitates young people to tell their stories, share their insights, and champion the causes important to them. If you would like to find out more, or have a story you would like to share, visit here: 

The Podcast Creators Project is all about learning how to make your own podcasts - from figuring out your focus and content production, to the technical skills of editing and audio production. Mondays 4-6pm during school terms. To get involved contact Caitlin directly at  

The Live Events Team are meeting weekly on Tuesdays, 4-6pm during Term 4 to plan and run the stage for Live Fest! To find out more visit   

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