Surprise 3.4 per cent rate rise splits council

A SURPRISE plan to increase shire rates by nearly four times Perth inflation for hundreds of rural residential land owners has split the Toodyay Shire Council in a 5-4 vote.

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New public swimming pool ‘comes first’ – Chitty


TOODYAY may be able to cool off in a new public swimming pool by Christmas next year, says Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty.

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1931 Toodyay school bus crash memorial unveiled

Relatives of Coondle farmer’s son Alan Fawell (6) – who was among five children killed when a wheat train hit a school bus in dense mist at Toodyay’s former Clinton Street rail crossing on 6 August 1931 – gather last month at the unveiling of a new memorial to the tragedy at the corner of Piesse Street and Charcoal Lane. Alan was the young brother of 90-year-old Wally Fawell (pictured second from right). Photo: Therese Chitty.

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Council allows 600 more trucks a week on Toodyay and Morangup Roads

A PLAN to put 600 more heavy-haulage trucks a week on Morangup Road and Toodyay Road has been approved by the Toodyay Shire Council.

The council last month granted Boral Resources (WA) Ltd a new extraction licence to crush up to 300,000 tonnes of granite a year – six times more than previously allowed – for the next 10 years.

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From ‘shovelling chicken shit’ to making premium goat cheese

By Ieva Tomsons

NEXT month, Margaret and Ken Vinicombe (left) will chalk up 22 years of producing award-winning cheeses at Kytren goat dairy in Morangup.

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Call for shire planning reform, leadership in new tourism report

A PROPOSED new tourism strategy for Toodyay describes a $2.5 million Victoria Hotel upgrade currently nearing completion as a “major game changer” for the region.

Icon Tourism also recommends that the Avon River becomes a focal point for the town, indigenous cultural tourism be developed and a statue of legendary local bushranger Moondyne Joe be built.

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