Veteran councillor quits over morals

Cash-strapped shire seeks to avoid extra $23,000 cost by leaving council seat vacant until October.

 

By Michael Siunclair-Jones

THE Toodyay Shire Council will decide this month if it should hold an early election following the surprise April 1 resignation of veteran Cr Paula Greenway (left).

Cr Greenway said she was too busy to speak to The Herald on Easter Saturday but issued a brief email statement the next day saying she had resigned because she was “choosing to put my own personal priorities, beliefs and morals first”.

“I am not available for a conversation this weekend as I have priority family time.”

Cr Greenway’s resignation was not publicly announced or widely known until she responded to a phone call from The Herald over the Easter weekend.

Her four-year term is not due to expire until October.

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New pool packed for inaugural school swim carnival

It was a full day of sport, fun and relaxation (pictured above) for scores of Toodyay District High School students, parents friends as the shire’s new 25m public swimming pool hosted last month’s inaugural Faction Swimming Carnival. The program included competitive water events, novelty games and even a faction ‘dance-off’ contest for extra points. The Faction Swim Carnival ended with student, staff and parent 4 x 25m freestyle race. The contest was neck-and-neck for most of the race with parent and student teams leading first and second respectively into the last leg of the relay before the staff team powered ahead in the final stretch to “take the chocolates”.

Stocks soar as miner buys Avalon Homestead

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

CHALICE Mining has bought Toodyay’s Avalon Homestead for an undisclosed sum as company stocks continue to rise with last month’s announcement of “significant new results” from increased mineral exploration in Julimar State Forest.

The 16-suite Julimar Road guesthouse in West Toodyay had been on the market for $1.78 million since February last year and includes two conference rooms.

Chalice bought the 2.3ha property for an undisclosed sum last month and says it will use the premises for staff accommodation.

Chalice also announced last month that it had appointed former senior Alcoa executive Soo Carney as its new General Manager of Environment and Community.

Dr Carney holds a Doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an Honours Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Adelaide and previously held senior health, safety and environment posts for BHP’s $20 billion outer harbour development in Port Hedland and at Woodside Energy’s $15 billion Pluto LNG Project at Karratha.

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Aboriginal cemetery plaque backs new shire reconciliation plan

Noongar Kaartdijin Aboriginal Corporation

WE ARE working closely with the Shire of Toodyay to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan as part of a formal statement of local government commitment to reconciliation with local Aboriginal people.

It coincides with our plans to more publicly recognise the site of an Aboriginal Cemetery behind the Showgrounds grandstand (see map above) where about 100 people were buried over a period of 80 years.

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Easter Bunny delights youngsters in Duidgee Park egg hunt

 THE EASTER Bunny delighted lots of excited children and handed out dozens of chocolate treats after a special Easter egg hunt organised by Toodyay Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service members on Easter Saturday morning.

About 100 children, parents and onlookers took part in the local community festivities, which featured a race to find hundreds of chocolate eggs hidden in and around the Duidgee Park playground.

“It took only four minutes for all 400 eggs to be found,” Toodyay Fire and Rescue Service Captain Ian MacGregor said.

Children who weren’t quick enough to find the hidden treasures went home happy with additional chocolate eggs provided from a basket by the Easter Bunny who made a welcome appearance after the race ended.

The Easter eggs were donated by Toodyay IGA Store owners Dean and Amanda Carter, and Toodyay Tyres owner Chris Brockliss donated sausages for a community breakfast barbecue cooked by local volunteers.

First Covid-19 jabs rolled out at Toodyay clinic

TOODYAY residents have started receiving their first free Covid-19 vaccinations at the Alma Beard Medical Centre in Stirling Terrace.

The local roll-out started on Tuesday March 30 with no adverse reactions reported in the first 50 doses administered.

Local resident Dennis Toop (pictured left) was first to receive an AstraZenica shot in Toodyay last month

The Wheatbelt Health Network said most patients experienced a mildly sore arm and slight 24-hour fever after receiving their first dose of the UK-developed vaccine.

The local roll-out is part of a national push to combat a global pandemic that has killed nearly three million people worldwide in the past 12 months, forced international lockdowns and plunged many countries – including Australia – into massive debt.

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Sopranos sock it to Toodyay as numbers swell for Blundell

By Jean Melhuish-Hill

WHAT a brilliant day for the festival which opened in Duidgee Park with Rattlegun Road; in Stirling Park with our own Toodyay Youth Choir (above) and in St Stephen’s Anglican Church with Nathan Ward.

A wide variety of music was performed during the day with hopefully something for everyone.

Our buskers, inckuding local guitarist Steve and friend (right) were also all around town at IGA, Cola Café, Freemasons Hotel, The Toodyay Bakery and The Victoria Hotel and what a diverse and talented group of performers they were.

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WA Nationals pledge $40m for ambos

LOCAL WA Nationals MP Shane Love says he hopes his party’s proposal to spend $1 million on a new independent advocacy group for St John Ambulance volunteers will prevent a repeat of last November’s shock dismissal of Toodyay sub-centre chair Charlie Wroth.

Mr Love is pictured (right) speaking out against Mr Wroth’s sacking in State Parliament last year

The Nationals’ $40 million March 13 State Election pledge also includes plans for more regional community paramedics and funds to ensure small sub-centres get access to the latest vehicles and equipment.

Mr Love said there was currently no appropriate process which allowed WA’s 11,000 ambulance volunteers to raise grievances, such as that which led to Mr Wroth’s dismissal.

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It’s raining money in arts cash splash

Labor doubles its Toodyay election bet with second $100,000 pledge.

Toodyay arts supporters and community leaders with WA Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman (front row, white shirt), local Labor MP Darren West (front row, third from right) and Labor’s Moore election candidate Barni Norton (blue dress, standing) at last month’s Labor announcement of $100,000 to help buy Toodyay’s former St Aloysius boys’ school (pictured behind) to turn into a local arts centre.

LABOR has pledged another $100,000 for Toodyay ahead of the March 13 State Election as part of a $1 million bid to win the Legislative Assembly seat of Moore from WA Nationals Deputy Leader Shane Love.

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Toodyay seniors to get first local Covid jabs

Local registered nurse Elaine (above left) and nurse practitioner Sue have undergone special training and are now formally certified to start vaccinating Toodyay residents.

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY is expected to start getting its first free Covid-19 shots at the end of this month.

First in line at the Alma Beard Medical Centre will be local residents aged 70 or older, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 or older.

Wheatbelt Health Network CEO Dr Harry Randhawa said he expected significant demand for the new life-saving vaccine.

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