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Last Sunday morning Jaz was walking her dog at Suffolk Park allocated dog beach when she noticed two dogs chasing a very small wallaby joey. The tiny joey was jumping in and out of the water, the dogs nipping at its heels.
Jaz called out to the dog’s owner to stop them, he responded by calling his dogs, but made no attempt to restrain them.
Jaz was carrying a towel which she managed to throw over the joey and the dogs retreated.
As Jaz carefully picked up the tiny animal, Leon who is Animal Enforcement Officer with Byron Council arrived at the beach and Jaz was able to hand him the little joey.
Leon delivered it to nearby WIRES volunteers Annie and Dave at Suffolk Park where the joey was treated for severe shock.
The joey is a Swamp wallaby, and it is just 7 months old, it is at a stage of development where it would spend considerable time in mums pouch and just starting to hop out to follow her at foot as they forage for food.
But Mum had not been with the joey and she was nowhere to be found.
Earlier that same morning a call to WIRES emergency hotline had been received, this call was for an adult Swamp wallaby seen at the picnic area nearby. The wallaby was observed trying to hop away, but injuries to its back legs were severe and it was falling over as it tried to move.
WIRES volunteers Annie and Dave had responded to the call straight away, but were not able to locate the animal. Putting two and two together, this wallaby was likely the little joeys mum, injured by dogs earlier that the morning, the joey managing to get away whilst mum was being chased.
Repeated visits to the site during that day were fruitless, thick bush nearby is likely where the injured wallaby had found a place to hide. When a native animal is injured it will do its best to hide, it will be silent no matter how much pain it is enduring, and sadly can be impossible to locate.

Wires Northern Rivers

Wires Northern Rivers

Byron Bay and surrounding area has wonderful diversity of native wildlife, it is a sensitive environment and it is up to us, residents and visitors alike, to ensure that native wildlife survive into the future. Please be responsible, always ensure your dog is under control including when in an allocated dog exercise area, and remember that native wildlife within these allocated areas have lived there for a very long time and have nowhere else to go.
This little joey has now joined two other Swamp wallaby joeys of similar ages, all are from Byron Shire and in care with Annie and Dave at Suffolk Park. They will be released back to the wild in Suffolk Park in May next year, we hope that they will have the opportunity to help their species survive into the future, but in order for that to happen we need everyone living in or visiting Byron Bay to be responsible pet owners, as well as drive with caution from dusk till dawn when these animals are most active.

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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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