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$2.5m Victoria Hotel Plan

Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY IGA store owner Dean Carter  says he plans to spend up to $2.5 million renovating the historic Victoria Hotel after making a formal offer to buy the landmark property for an undisclosed sum.

Speaking from overseas, Mr Carter said settlement is due by the end of this month,pending local government Planning and State liquor licence approvals.


Australia Day sizzles in heatwave

HEATWAVE conditions failed to deter a big crowd from celebrating Toodyay’s annual free Australia Day breakfast and awards ceremony at Duidgee Park last month.


(pic) Toodyay Shire Crs (from left) Rob Welburn, Paula Greenway and Brian Rayner cook bacon and eggs for the shire’s free Australia Day public breakfast in Duidgee Park.


Vet to stay after council rejects CEO sales pitch

TOODYAY’S busy veterinary clinic will stay in town after the Toodyay Shire Council voted 8-0 (Cr Rob Welburn absent) to reject an ‘unsolicited’ offer to buy Mrs O’Reilly’s Cottage for $530,000 to use as an art gallery.


Shire settles with Merrick - but won't reveal costs

Michael Sinclair-Jones 

THE SHIRE OF TOODYAY has settled its long-running legal dispute with former shire CEO Graham Merrick for an undisclosed sum – but refuses to say how much it has cost ratepayers.


Police Beat

DELIBERATELY-LIT fires in heat-wave conditions on the first two public holidays of the new year resulted in two people charged with separate offences.

The first fire was lit at about 1.30am  on New Year’s Day and burnt an area of grassland behind Toodyay District High School in Drummond Street.


Phone fraud targets seniors

Toodyay Community Safety and Crime Prevention Association 
Desraé Clarke 
TOODYAY POLICE are proposing to have a second seniors’ morning in February with groups notified of the finer details very soon.


Bat in the Belfrey

'BORING AS BAT POO’ aptly describes last month’s Toodyay Shire Council meeting.

It began with Shire President David Dow declining to answer public questions about who was involved in a December move to at least halve the sum former shire CEO Graham Merrick is being sued for.


Ten more units for older Toodyay residents

TEN MORE ‘independent living units’ for older residents will be built in Toodyay under new State Government spending announced by local WA Nationals MP Shane Love.


Long delays as Toodyay waits for rail repairs

Michael Sinclair-Jones
LONG DELAYS to passenger rail services between Toodyay and Perth are being caused by major Avon Valley repairs being carried out by WA rail operator Brookfield Rail. 

The work has also caused long delays at railway crossings where local motorists have to wait as heavily laden freight trains crawl past at greatly reduced speeds. 


Coming Events

Emergency WA - Smoke and other Alerts
Emergency Alert advice is available HERE
Emergency Information HERE
Toodyay Chamber of Commerce
Sundowner, Friday, February 24 at 5.30pm. Andrea 0408 699 916 or 2jchamber@gmail.com.
Toodyay Community Safety & Crime Prevention
Monday, February 27, 10am at Coca Cola Cafe. Seniors morning coffee with Toodyay Police Officers
Free Funeral & Will Session
Tuesday, February 28, 10am. Toodyay Community Resource Centre. 9574 5357 or toodyay@crc.net.au.
Toodyay Music Fest
Saturday, March 25, Duigee Park, Stirling Park, St Stephen's. enquiries@
Moondyne Festival
Sunday, May 7. Jas 0412 710 253 or



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