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Music Fest roller coaster is a 'gas, gas, gas'

MICK ‘N’ KEEF, alias Tom Jennis (left) as Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and Rocky Evangelisti as guitarist Keith Richards of tribute band Jumping Jack Flash rock Duidgee Park for the finale of last month’s inaugural Toodyay Music Fest. 

The same musicians also performed as “The Australian Beatles” earlier in the evening, headlining a program of 21 bands, artists and performers throughout the day.

Local organisers described it as “an amazing roller coaster” on two stages


20 new homes for town

Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY is on the brink of a new building boom with the announcement of 20 new private strata title home units to be built in Stirling Terrace, near Hamersley Street. 

The Toodyay Shire Council granted planning approval last month, taking the total number of new dwellings and motel units planned in town to at least 50. 


$550,000 spent on legal fees to recover just $60,000?

TOODYAY Shire councillors appear to have spent more than half a million dollars of ratepayers’ money suing two former civic leaders but got back only $60,000 in repayments, according to shire records. 

Shire President David Dow has repeatedly refused to say how much the council spent suing former CEO Graham Merrick and former president Charlie Wroth in the WA Supreme Court in an attempt to claim a total of $151,000 from them for alleged overpayment of Mr Merrick’s salary entitlements.


Cr Wood resignation prompts fresh East Ward election

AN EXTRAORDINARY election for a seat on the Toodyay Shire Council will be held in either July or October after the resignation last month of East Ward Cr Kate Wood. 


Police Beat

A FEW too many Saturday night drinks may cost a Toodyay motorist at least a $900 court fine and 10 months’ licence suspension after he was allegedly caught driving with a blood alcohol content more than three times the


Bat in the Belfry

Geoff Appleby

I WON’T dwell on questions on notice from the Toodyay Progress Association at last month’s shire council meeting except to say that it appears that President David Dow has developed not answering questions about legal costs into a repetitive art form.

There was, however, another very interesting question on notice which unfortunately wasn’t answered at the meeting because the questioner was absent.


Sheep back in vogue

Toodyay Agricultural Alliance - Frank Panizza

SHORTER days and cooler mornings herald the onset of autumn. 

With summer weed spraying now complete, farmers are turning their attention to the cropping season.

Liming programs are now underway with some farmers deep-ripping their lighter soil paddocks. Lime is needed to increase soil pH in agricultural soils as they tend to acidify from the growing of crops or pasture, particularly in WA.


RSL busy in lead-up to ceremony

AS TOODYAY enters April 2017 your RSL sub-branch is preparing for Anzac Day on Tuesday 25. 

Commemorations are as follows:

6am Dawn Service at Anzac Park War Memorial

6.20am Gunfire breakfast at Museum precinct , Clinton Street

10.30am Parade and march to Anzac Park

11am Main Service

All veterans, families and residents are invited to join in with RSL on the day.


Where to send what to The Herald

Heather Appleby 

WE’VE had some near misses in the past couple of months because advertisers have been sending their inquiries to our editor. 

Now, we all know he’s superman when it comes to news but he’s not that crash hot at advertising.


Coming Events

Where articles appear in BLUE click on the link to see more details
Emergency WA - Smoke and other Alerts
Emergency Alert advice is available HERE
Emergency Information HERE
Now open Saturdays from 9am to noon. 9574 5055.
Toodyay Miniature Railway
1st and 3rd Sundays. 9574 4462. 
April 25. 6am Dawn Service, followed by breakfast, march and Service at 11am
Sunday, April 30, Wicklow Shearing Shed 10am-3.30pm
Saturday, May 6, Ambulance Sub-Centre. Carolynne 0428 957 600 or 9574 2390
Sunday, May 7. Jas 0412 710 253 or
moondynecommittee@ gmail.com.au.
Sunday, May 7 CWA Hall.  Linda 0488 098 353.
Mundaring Library at Wooroloo
Friday May 16 at Wooroloo Hall
Sunday, May 21. Freedom of Entry Parade 10.45am. BBQ lunch at Duigee Park. Maddie Ross 9574 9395.
Toodyay Farmers Market
Sunday, May 21, from 9am. 0432 839 690 or 9594 3220.
toodyayfarmersmarket @gmail.com
Thursday, May 25 10-11.30am. Purslowe Tinetti Funerals. 9622 1411.
Beauty and the Beast
Saturday, May 20, Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27. Tickets at Makit Hardware



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