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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Lif of Riley for one lucky rock lobster Lucky the lobster says tanks a million for his new home at Sydney Aquarium. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY PP163436 FIONA BRADY IT'S a fishy tale with a happy ending. Life's going swimmingly once again for Lucky the lobster who was abandoned in a Chinese res- taurant in Ashfield a fortnight ago after the restaurant owners were evicted. Imprisoned in a 610cm-tank, he would have eventually died. But thanks to a timely tip-off to the RSPCA, Lucky has been liber- ated from the Liverpool Rd res- taurant and given a new home in the Sydney Aquarium. Senior aquarist David Watts said the aquarium was like ''five- star accommodation'' for the huge crustacean. ''He's in good condition and he's settled in well,'' he said, ''He's being fed pilchards, whit- ing, prawns, as much variety as possible. ''He's definitely been lucky -- lucky to avoid the pot, lucky to survive abandonment and lucky to have all this space compared to a little tank in a restaurant.'' The giant southern rock lobster measures about 70cm and weighs about 3kg. He would fetch several hundred dollars in a restaurant. An RSPCA spokeswoman said Lucky would have died within a few days if the restaurant owners hadn't left the electricity on to operate the tank filter. ''He can't live in his own filth,'' she said. She said it was the first time the RSPCA had rescued a creature from a restaurant fish tank. RSPCA NSW Inspector Matt French said lobsters did have protection under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. ''He had been abandoned for a week so it's a fantastic result for the lobster as he was destined to end up on the dinner plate,'' he said. A silver perch and two abalone were also rescued and taken to the aquarium. V8 Supercars could score Olympic gold JESSICA CAMPION A V8 supercar track may drive Sydney Olympic Park out of the red as it continues to bleed $50 million from taxpayers a year. If given the green light, the proposal by V8 Supercars Aust- ralia to build a championship track at Olympic Park, and make Homebush Australia's new home of racing, could solve the park authority's financial hangover. Eight years after Sydney hosted ''the best Games ever'', Olympic Park is still a long way from profit. The authority's annual report for 2006-07, revealed the government directly contributed $30.6 million. The authority lost a further $21 million last year. The plan may prove too good for the government to refuse with V8 Supercars offering to fit the $30 million bill for the track, plus pay for the feasibility study. It would expect some government funding. After declaring Eastern Creek raceway a ''disaster'', V8 Supercars boss Tony Cochrane has warned that Sydney will not host a V8 Supercars event unless the government agrees to the proposed Homebush venue. The event promises to attract crowds of more than 250,000 and millions of dollars, and Premier Morris Iemma and State Develop- ment Minister Ian MacDonald are all for it. ''If it goes ahead, it will provide a very substantial economic ben- efit to NSW,'' Mr MacDonald said. There is no legislative obli- gation for the park authority to make money but last year a spokeswoman for Planning Minis- ter Frank Sartor said there was an ''expectation'' it would rely less and less on taxpayers as it ex- panded its activities. The Commonwealth Bank has moved 3500 staff to the park and international accommodation chain Accor is now building its third hotel at the site. The Commonwealth Bank de- clined to comment on the V8 proposal but Accor was support- ive. However, the proposal has at- tracted concerns from environ- mental groups about the future of the endangered green and gold bell frog, and the removal of trees. Waterfront community associ- ation chairman Brian Baker said official consultation with resi- dents was yet to take place. But if Homebush Bay resident Kate Gunn is any indication of resident sentiment, the V8 event will have little opposition from local homeowners. ''If you're going to have it, may as well have it in Olympic Park,'' Ms Gunn said. ''We're used to the crowds with the Easter Show every year and the State of Origin crowds and noise. ''It's all part and parcel of living in Olympic Park.'' MASSIVE SAVINGS!!! 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