Farmers predict rain wth hairy caterpillars

Toodyay Agricultural Alliance
By Frank Panizza and Georgie Troup

A MIXED bag would be the best description of the recent activity on local broadacre farms.

The usual crop preparation stubble burn offs (left) and supplementary feeding of livestock have been occupying our local farmers.

Heavy rainfall and hail have been a blessing for some and a curse for others.

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Public misled over audit failure

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

THE SHIRE of Toodyay used ratepayer funds to claim (left) that its new records storage facility in West Toodyay was “recognised as an exemplar of good practice” but failed to admit serious defects revealed elsewhere in a damning State Government audit report.

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Steel-framed ‘monster’ on track for desert kids

Coondle Fabrication owner Matt Murray (right) and apprentice boilermaker Tom Sims assemble a section of BMX track decking they built in Toodyay for East Pilbara’s Punmu Aboriginal Aboriginal Community.

By Frank Panizza

TRAVELLERS approaching Toodyay from Perth may have been puzzled by the steel framed ‘monster’ being built at the rear of Coondle Fabrication’s workshop on the town’s outskirts; it puzzled me so much that I had to investigate.

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New mural in limbo as art decision ‘hijacked’

Above: Last month’s winning mural entry which was rejected 6-0 by the Toodyay Shire Council . Below: Tidy Towns chairperson Greg Warburton’s 2017 concept sketch.

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

AFTER two years of delays, the fate of Toodyay’s much-anticipated first public mural on new shire toilets in Charcoal Lane near the town’s IGA store is now in limbo because of council indecision.

The mural was commissioned to recognise Toodyay’s 2015 national Tidy Towns win.

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Call to honour slain army nurse’s name at medical centre

Toodyay ambulance chief Charlie Wroth, flanked by RSL Recruiting Officer Sue Eldridge and Toodyay Shire President Brian Rayner, urges local people to call the Alma Beard Medical Centre by its correct title to honour the local farmer’s daughter killed in a World War II massacre.

2019 Toodyay Anzac Day address

Charlie Wroth
Chairperson, Toodyay St John Ambulance

GOOD morning returned servicemen, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.
It is indeed a great honour to be asked to address you in the 100th year of the Toodyay RSL Sub-branch receiving its charter.

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Cracked pylons repaired under Newcastle Bridge

REPAIRS to cracks in reinforced concrete pylons supporting Newcastle Bridge are expected to be completed by the middle of this month.

Workmen have been using 100-tonne steel frames to support the 50-year-old bridge while drilling out cracked sections, repairing pin joints and lubricating reservoirs at the base of each support to keep out water.

The bridge has remained open to traffic for this work but Main Roads WA said one lane would be closed temporarily to install an expansion joint at the town end.

The $618,000 cost is jointly funded by Federal and State money.

Shire gets nod to abolish wards, defer council vacancy to October

THE SHIRE of Toodyay has been given State permission to defer an election to fill a vacancy on its nine-member council created by the recent resignation of former Cr Craig Brook until October’s statewide local government elections, when four other Toodyay council seats fall vacant.

The State has also approved the Toodyay council’s plan to abolish its four electoral wards, which means that all shire electors will – for the first time – be able to vote for every candidate in every seat instead of only those standing in their local area.

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