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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 24th 2008
www.innerwestweekly.com.au MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST New Years Day trading hours. Thursday 1 January 10am -- 4pm westfield.com.au/burwood Wishing all our readers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS Santa paws FIONA BOXALL Nikki, a four-month-old husky, is likely to spend Christmas at the Yagoona RSPCA. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP229385 PETS are always popular Christmas presents -- there's noth- ing quite like the look of joy on a child's face as their gift puppy or kitten plays among the wrapping paper and ribbon. But sadly pet Christmas gifts can become pound pets some months later as the novelty wears off and the reality of how much care an animal requires dawns on the new owner. If you're thinking of giving a pet this year, take the time to make sure you're doing the right thing. ''With Christmas coming up we want to caution that giving a pet as a gift should not be considered unless everyone in the family wants the pet and have worked out how they will care for it,'' Aust- ralian Companion Animal Coun- cil president Kersti Seksel said. ''There are excellent resources on the internet that can help you work through the type of ques- tions you need to consider when acquiring a pet.'' Dr Seksel suggested people think of adopting a pet from an organisation such as the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League, or from a pound or animal shelter. ''It's a great way to give a loving and loyal animal another chance,'' she said. ''Pets offered by shelters have been checked for health and tem- perament and will have been microchipped, vaccinated and desexed.'' The RSPCA is pushing the mess- age ''pets aren't toys'' this Christmas. ''Please don't surprise people with a pet for Christmas,'' an RSPCA spokesman said. ''Don't buy your children a pet unless the whole family has made the big decision to welcome a pet into the household. ''Too often, the RSPCA is left with the aftermath of impulse purchases. Last year the RSPCA accepted 161,994 animals from the community.'' Woolies is fighting high cost of parking SHIREEN KHALIL NEGOTIATIONS are under way to reduce the $30,000 fee imposed on Woolworths to allow Dan Murphy's customers to park in Coronation Reserve, South Strathfield, over Christmas. For the past seven years Woolworths, the owner of Dan Murphy's, has used the council- owned area in the reserve for customer parking during the fes- tive season. Initially, Strathfield council- lors voted to charge Woolworths a $10,000 fee and $10,000 refundable bond for using the area, but after an amendment, the figure tripled to $30,000 plus a $30,000 bond. Despite the unanimous vote to triple the fee, at a subsequent meeting the council voted to give general manager David Backhouse authority to renegotiate the figure with Woolworths. Mr Backhouse said Woolworths had not accepted the $30,000 fee. ''Essentially the decision was made so that council could reach a favourable short- and long-term solution that will benefit the com- munity,'' Mr Backhouse said. A Woolworths spokesman said Dan Murphy's was reviewing the decision. ''We want to make sure we have adequate parking for customers and we are working with council on a solution in best interest of customers and local residents,'' he said. Resident George Panigiris is irate about the renegotiations. ''There was no meeting on this at all, it was done at a planning meeting last Tuesday and no resi- dents were informed, it was not advertised,'' Mr Panigiris said. But Mr Backhouse said: ''Everything we're trying to do, both council and Woolworths, is to make sure there is a good amenity for the community down there and that we minimise the anarchy that would exist if there are no controls in place.'' The council is looking at allow- ing Dan Murphy's to use the former SES site to create 42 park- ing bays in 2009.
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