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Prized horse missing – have you seen Phantom?

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Prized horse missing – have you seen Phantom?

 

By Sarah Waters

The carer of a rare, six-year-old Friesian stallion, named Phantom, is making a desperate plea to anyone who might know anything about the horse’s whereabouts, following its disappearance from a property in Yates Crossing, near Tabulam NSW.

Phantom’s carer, Shanti McIvor, runs her horse trekking business The Ranch Byron Bay on the Clarence River.

She recently relocated her business there from Byron Bay.

Phantom was moved to Yates Crossing on January 24 and his son, Geronimo, joined him the following day on January 25.

On Monday, January 29, Ms McIvor received a phone call from the owner of the property, Phantom and Geronimo were moved to.

The owner told Ms McIvor the gate to the horses’ paddock was open and Phantom was missing, but Geronimo was still there.

“I’m 100 per cent certain the horses couldn’t have been able to open that gate,” Ms McIvor said.

“Their paddock is stock proof.

“Horse droppings were seen 200 meters down the road from the gate, but that was the last possible trace we had of him.

“If one horse gets out of a paddock the other follows, they stick together – they’re a herd animal.

“Even if he did somehow get out by himself, he would have eventually made his way back to the Mares and other horses.

“Somebody has opened that gate and just taken him,” she said.

Phantom Missing Horse in a paddock

Please keep your eyes peeled for Phantom and help bring him home. Phone Shanti McIvor on 04 087 521 81 for any information relating to his whereabouts.

Ms McIvor contacted the police once she was certain he couldn’t be found after searching the local area.

There has since been search parties via cars, horseback, dirt bikes and on foot continuing to look for Phantom.

Members of both the horse and local communities have helped to spread the word online.

Now, well over a week into the search, Ms McIvor has become increasingly worried.

“I’ve been looking after Phantom for four years,” she said.

“His owner wanted me to look after him so he could have a good life down here with plenty of land and grass and being able to swim in the river, instead of being locked up in a stable.

“I was swimming in the river with him a few days before he went missing.

“We’re besides ourselves with worry.”

Ms McIvor has had horses her whole life and has never had one stolen.

She believes someone may have had their eye on Phantom for a while.

The rare, black Friesian Horse breed originates from the Netherlands and is known for its outstanding characteristics with a statuesque physique, long flowing mane and tail and feathering on the lower legs.

Ms McIvor wants anyone with any information, even if they have bought Phantom without realising he was stolen, to contact her on: 0408 752 181 or NSW Crimestoppers anonymously on: 1800 333 000.

“We won’t ask any questions, we just want him back, even if he is left at a nearby showground we can come and pick him up, please just leave an anonymous message.”

Members of the public are also encouraged to take to social media and follow: theranchbyronbay on Facebook and Instagram to help share the word.

 

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SAE Creative Media Institute now a University College

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SAE Creative Media Institute now a University College 

 

Australian creative media institute, SAE, is proud to announce that it is now a University College. The University College category was introduced by the Australian Government in 2021 to recognise superior self-accrediting higher education providers. SAE recently joined an elite group of just six other University Colleges across the country – and is the only one delivering creative media nationally. 

SAE CEO, Joseph Anthonysz, said this was a significant milestone in SAE’s 48-year history that reflected an ongoing commitment to sustained educational quality and excellence. 

“Since it was founded in 1976, SAE has had an unblemished regulatory history, including 20 years as an Australian Higher Education Provider,” he said. “It has grown to be one of Australia’s largest independent providers, and, as a University College, is now recognised as one of the best.”  

SAE has six campuses across five Australian States and one transnational campus in Dubai. 

SAE University College

SAE University College

Mr Anthonysz said SAE’s new provider category status was welcome recognition of its exceptional student outcomes, robust academic processes and deep industry engagement, along with its continued contribution to industry. 

“SAE is renowned for its highly relevant and practical curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, teaching staff with strong industry experience and small classes offering an immersive learning environment,” he said. 

“As recognised leaders in creative media education, SAE looks forward to building on these foundations and sharing our teaching and learning practices to help shape the future of the higher education sector and industry at large.” 

SAE Australasia General Manager, Dr Luke McMillan, said SAE has always been guided by a student-first ethos and would continue that focus. 

“At SAE we pride ourselves on providing a learning environment where individuals from all backgrounds can explore and develop their creative talents,” he said. “Our students’ best interests are at the core of everything we do, and our elevation to University College status only strengthens that, now and into the future.” 

SAE was officially registered as a University College on 22 December 2023 under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (Cth) – Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021. 

 

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Community Satisfaction Survey

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Community Satisfaction Survey

 

From this week around 400 Byron Shire residents will be contacted by an independent research company and asked to provide feedback on their satisfaction with Council’s work and services.

The 2024 community survey will be conducted by Micromex Research with the aim being to get feedback on a wide range of issues so Council can see what’s working and where we need to improve.

“This is a very important piece of work for Council because it is random and views canvassed are representative of our community meaning the group of people surveyed will broadly match residents across the Shire” General Manager, Mark Arnold, said.

“Participation is anonymous, and the data collected will be used in a wide range of ways,” he said.

Byron Shire Council Community Satisfaction Survey

From this week around 400 Byron Shire residents will be contacted by an independent research company and asked to provide feedback on their satisfaction with Council’s work and services.

“It will tell us how satisfied people are with Council, the work we do and the services we provide, and this information will be used as a benchmark for improvement.

“The data will also tell us what is important to the community – for example findings from the last survey showed the highest priorities remained housing availability and affordability, managing development and maintaining roads.

“We use this information to continue to lobby the NSW Government for increased funding for road improvements and investment in housing in the Shire,” Mr Arnold said.

The team from Micromex Research will be contacting people randomly to do the 15-minute survey and Council thanks everyone who participates.

They will not be collecting personal details and the survey will be anonymous.

Information about the 2024 Community Satisfaction Survey is on Council’s website.

 

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Byron Shire clean up in Brunswick Heads this March

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Byron Shire clean up in Brunswick Heads this March

 

Byron Shire Council (Council) and Positive Change for Marine Life have organised a clean-up in Brunswick Heads for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 3 March from 8am until 11.30am. Sarah Child, Council’s Resource Recovery Strategy and Engagement Officer, said that she was thrilled to partner with Positive Change for Marine Life again for this year’s clean up.

“We’ll be focusing our efforts on Brunswick Heads this year and encourage the community to sign up to join us. This can be done via the Clean Up Australia Day website, or you can just come on the day,” Ms Child said.

“We will meet at Torakina Park on South Beach Road and will focus on picking up rubbish around the Torakina and Brunswick Heads beach area.

Clean up Australia Day clean up in Brunswick Heads

Clean up Australia Day 2023

“We will provide everything you need, and you will even get a free coffee as a little thank you, just bring your own cup.

“If you want to do a clean up closer to home, you are encouraged to find an event near you,” she said.

Around 1,200kg of litter was picked up from events across the Shire in 2023.

Council can assist with rubbish disposal for registered events if required. Please contact waste@byron.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Further information on the Brunswick Heads event can be found on Council’s What’s On page.

 

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