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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 3 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS More pets go missing Marcus, Taylah and Yanni Plataniotis are upset that their pets were stolen from their yard in Drummoyne. Picture: DANNY AARONS ~PP297039 Fiona Brady INNER West pet-owners have been warned to be vigilant after a second family had their pet rabbit and guinea pig stolen from their garden. Taylah, 14, Marcus, 11, and Yanni Plataniotis, 6, were left heartbroken after their pets went missing from their Drummoyne home on Monday, July 6. As the Inner West Courier re- ported last week, another pet rabbit and guinea pig belonging to a profoundly disabled teenager were stolen from a garden in Haberfield on July 3. The latest victims, the Plataniotis family, said the thieves struck between 9am and noon and stole Thumper the grey rabbit and Rufas, a chocolate- coloured guinea pig. The thieves also swiped the animals' hutch, worth about $150. ''We have a big brick wall that no one can see over unless the gate is open,'' Taylah said. ''It would have taken two people to carry the hutch. ''Nothing else was stolen from the house or garden.'' Taylah said the family had re- ported the theft to police. ''We love them,'' she said. ''We have had them for over a year since they were little babies. ''I get tears in my eyes when I look at the poster.'' Burwood police crime co- ordinator Charlie Boustani said he was not aware of any other pets being stolen in the area but urged people to report any stolen prop- erty. Flemington and Ashfield police said they had no reports of any pet thefts. Councillors' lips are sealed on rate rise Shireen Khalil NOW that the State Government has sealed the deal in not provid- ing Canada Bay Council with a rate rise, most councillors have sealed their lips on the issue they were so vocal about. When the council was fighting fora6percentrateriseontopof the pegged 3.5 per cent many councillors, including Labor coun- cillor Neil Kenzler, jumped at the opportunity to defend their opinion on how the rate increase will help fund infrastructure proj- ects. Earlier this month Cr Kenzler slammed Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore when she made a statement in Parliament blasting the Labor-controlled council's proposed rate rise as ''exorbitant''. At the time, Ms D'Amore told Parliament that charging higher rates did not encourage Canada Bay Council to drive efficiencies or plan for the long term. When the Inner West Courier contacted Cr Kenzler twice to talk about the rejected rate rise and how it will impact on the future of infrastructure projects, he said he was too busy to talk about the issue. With three councillors on self- funded trips to Italy, only two councillors expressed their disap- pointment about the rate refusal -- independent councillor Jeanette O'Hara and Greens councillor Pauline Tyrrell. Cr O'Hara said: ''The Govern- ment has forced developments on us and you can't have a develop- ment without proper infrastruc- ture. . .wewanttodosomany extra things that need to be done, and we will do them but it's going to take a little longer.'' The council is yet to issue the Inner West Courier with an official statement. Cr Tyrrell said: ''Maybe they (the other councillors and council) like to leave it to one person to talk.'' The good news Fiona Brady THERE was a happy ending for 16-year-old Ken Adderley, the disabled teenager whose pets were stolen in Haberfield a fortnight ago. His father, Paul Adderley, said he had been inundated with offers of replacement animals since the Courier's story. And on Sunday, while the family was celebrating Christmas in July, good Samaritan neigh- bours they had never met arrived with a white rabbit for Ken. Mr Adderley said he had been touched by the community's response. ''I would like to say 'thank you' to everyone who contacted us. It is amazing to think that there are so many kind and generous people in our community,'' he said. ''We haven't given the rabbit a name yet, but we're going to have a family lottery to decide it. ''Ken had a big smile on his face when he was patting his new pet.'' Mr Adderley encouraged pet owners to keep their animals out of sight of thieves. WHAT DRIVES YOU? We are seeking volunteers with Light Rigid drivers licence or higher to help provide a transport service for local community groups. Support and training will be provided by Smartlink Transport. 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