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YP Puppy Rescue is look-
ing for loving and caring
people to become foster
As a foster carer you will
help save the life of an
abandoned puppy and in
return receive a whole lot
of puppy love.
YP Puppy Rescue's
Heather Harrison is look-
ing for people to take care
of puppies for a few weeks
before they are re-homed.
"Foster carers are help-
ing to save a puppy's life by
making sure they are safe
and they have the satisfac-
tion of watching them
progress," Ms Harrison
"Generally puppies are
re-homed quickly so you
don't have them for
months on end, it is just for
as long as it takes to find
them a new home.
"We like people to get to
know the puppy and its
character then they can tell
me about it so when people
apply we can match them
up."Ms Harrison said she
doesn't expect people to be
out of pocket so the rescue
provides carers with food,
bedding and worm and
"People who want to fos-
ter don't need to spend a
cent if they don't want to;
however, some people like
to buy a few toys," Ms
"We will generally pop
over to make sure their
fencing is secure enough to
have a puppy but we don't
care how people live and
we are not there to judge."
Lorraine Pack, of
Moonta, is an emergency
foster carer for YP Puppy
Rescue and said it's nice
knowing you have helped
save a puppy's life.
"We actually adopted a
dog from YP Puppy Rescue
Facebook post about how
they were looking for foster
carers so I replied," Mrs
"I had tears in my eyes
when the dog went and I
didn't expect to because I
only had him for a week.
"I didn't expect to be
emotional and it is hard to
see them go but you know
they are going to a good
home and you have played
a part in saving them."
For more information,
or to apply to become a fos-
ter carer, call Ms Harrison
on 0414 566 275 or visit
More puppy foster carers needed
PUPPY LOVE... YP Puppy Rescue's Heather Harrison needs foster
carers to help look after puppies for a few weeks before they are
THE state government recently
reviewed its 2012-13 budget and has
had to make cuts to create $464mil-
lion in savings over the next four
Treasurer Jack Snelling said some
tough decisions were made but nec-
essary since commonwealth revenue
has not kept pace with the growing
"If GST collections had kept up
with the national economic growth,
we would have an extra $1.9billion in
the South Australian budget over the
next four years," Mr Snelling said.
"We don't and, combined with
continued pressures on the health
budget, some tough decisions have
needed to be made across govern-
ment to keep our finances sustain-
Many are claiming the savings will
hurt the state in numerous ways, and
the ripple effects are expected to be
felt on Yorke Peninsula and in the
Mid North. Health care
Mr Snelling aims to save $171mil-
lion over the next three years by ask-
ing government departments to be
one per cent more efficient.
The Australian Nursing and
Midwifery Federation South
Australia branch said this will
increase pressure on healthcare.
SA branch CEO/secretary
Professor Elizabeth Dabars said the
one per cent agency dividend --- up
from 0.25 per cent --- could cause
significant job losses.
"With the revised savings target,
health will bear the burden of an
anticipated total 1750 additional job
losses by 2015-16 across all depart-
ments," Professor Dabars said.
The SA Local Government
Association raised concerns about a
$4million cut to the funding for
sporting facilities over the next year
and a half.
The LGA has estimated this will
leave about $2million per year for
every community sporting organisa-
tion in the state to share.
District Council of the Copper
Coast recently collected money from
local organisations to fund a master
plan it hopes to use to apply for
grants to upgrade the Copper Coast
Sport and Leisure Centre.
"We are in a unique position that
we have a regional facility that will
allow us to seek federal funding,"
CEO Peter Harder said.
"We also have a state school that
needs the facility to function and
may be able to seek funding through
the education department.
"Funding opportunities change
regularly, but whatever happens we
still need to have a master plan and
feasibility study completed for the
facility; without that, we will keep
doing ad-hoc upgrades that will lead
to a substandard facility in the long
term." Waste and recycling
The LGA also criticised the state
government for proposing to priva-
tise Zero Waste, its recycling adviso-
ry and grants support unit.
Zero Waste has provided funding
to local councils in recent years,
notably to aid their transitions from
dumps to transfer stations.
"The budget paper is showing they
plan to continue to increase the hid-
den tax on ratepayers known as the
Solid Waste Levy while reducing
reinvestment back in to the sector
through recycling and other benefi-
cial waste management initiatives,"
LGA president Kym McHugh said.
Primary industries and producers
Shadow Minister for Agriculture,
Food and Fisheries Adrian Pederick
accused the government of leaving
primary producers to pick up its
As part of the budget review, there
will be another $13.1million in sav-
ings measures over the next three
years for primary industries, on top
of the $12.3million announced last
Primary producers received $7.8
million in cost recovery measures.
Impacts of state
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