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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 13 2008
18 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 14, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Heroic efforts of vets recognised DESPITE the cloudy weather, Burwood Mayor John Faker paid his respects to resident veterans at Holy Spirit in Croydon by attend- ing a flagpole dedication cer- emony . The flagpole, donated by the Enfield/Croydon Park RSL Sub- branch, acknowledges past, pres- ent and future resident veterans at Holy Spirit Croydon and their service to Australia. Cr Faker spoke of the import- ance of recognising the heroic efforts of Australia's service per- sonnel. ''Our history is steeped with bravery and patriotism and as a nation we must pay tribute to all those who have fought for our country,'' he said. New lease of life for dogs LAUREN MURADA They're the lounge lizards, they require very little exercise, drop very little hair and they don't smell like a dog because they don't hold a lot of fat' ' greyhound owner LES WESTERWELLER Les Westerweller from the Greyhound Adoption Program, with Leah, chats to Ida Single from the Cardinal Freeman Nursing Home, Ashfield. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~P0600305 MEET Leah, once a racing greyhound, now a friend to the elderly at The Cardinal Freeman Nursing Home in Ashfield. Her owner, Les Westerweller, of Concord West, takes her there for regular visits now that her racing career is over. He adopted Leah through the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), of which he is a member, which helps greyhounds adapt to a new life outside the kennel and find them loving homes. Mr Westerweller said grey- hounds made great house pets as they're easy to maintain. ''They're the lounge lizards, they require very little exercise, drop very little hair and they don't smell like a dog because they don't hold a lot of fat,'' he said. After a life of racing the dogs need to be re-trained, so the program looks for foster homes with people who are willing to help the dogs become accustomed to home life. ''They're not used to things like wooden floors, and glass sliding doors which they might see and think 'I can go through that','' Mr Westerweller said. After spending six to eight weeks with a foster parent/family, the dog is then taken to its adoptive home. Adopting a greyhound costs $220 which covers all veterinary in- cluding desexing, vaccinations and microchipping. The dog comes with a gentle collar, lead, identification tag, muzzle and warm coat, and the adoptive family must have appro- priate bedding, good quality food, continuing veterinary care and council registration fees. Mr Westerweller said grey- hounds could live in nearly any home, no matter how big or small. ''Because they're such sleepers, you can have them in apartments or small townhouses,'' he said. ''The only thing you've really got to look for is good fencing.'' For details on how to adopt a greyhound log on to website www.gapnsw.org.au Granny flats the key to housing SYDNEY'S housing crisis could be quelled by allowing granny flats to be built on suburban lots. The plan, announced by Prem- ier Morris Iemma recently, was ridiculed by the Opposition as a ''shack-led recovery'' which ig- nored the fact that people strug- gling with mortgages would not be able to afford to build a granny flat. Under Mr Iemma's plan the flats would share the land title with the main dwelling, not to be sold separately. Mr Iemma will take his idea to a nation-wide meeting of govern- ments in October to seek a capital gains tax exemption. Federal Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek said the idea had merit. www.thebestfurniture.com.au RE-COVER YOUR FAVOURITE Lounge Suites, Recliners, Sofas & Dining Chairs MOBILE SERVICE 1800 660 632 A Name You Can Trust! WE COME TO YOU WITH FABRIC & LEATHER SAMPLES 2065056i iww wk33 Ashfield Indoor Pool Closure Extended News from Ashfield Council Customer Service Centre 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield Tel: (02) 9716 1800 Fax: (02) 9716 1911 www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au 2031227i iww wk07 Due to unforeseen circumstances the closure of the Ashfield Aquatic Centre indoor pool for routine maintenance has been extended until further notice. Council is confident that the period of the pool closure will be minimal and we anticipate being able to advise of the pool's re-opening shortly. The Council apologises for any inconvenience to pool users. For any further enquiries please contact the Aquatic Centre on 9797 8420
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