AvonLink clarification

A story on Page 13 of this month’s Toodyay Herald reported Toodyay Shire Councillor Paula Greenway as saying at last month’s shire Annual Electors’ Meeting that the weekday AvonLink commuter rail service could be replaced by a coach service through Morangup.

The Herald accepts that Cr Greenway was not talking about the existing weekday service but was in fact referring to a coach service that could replace a former expanded AvonLink service, which was scrapped in June last year due to a lack of sufficient passenger numbers after an unsuccessful three-year trial.

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Violent electrical storm

Violent electrical storm cuts phones and power, wrecks internet connections

A storm like this one in Coondle late last year blacked out large parts of Toodyay for several hours last month. Photo: Jane Taylor.

Large areas of Toodyay lost power and mobile phone and internet services for several hours after a severe electrical storm swept through the shire last month.

Lightning destroyed at least one power pole and damaged home internet equipment.

Although only 9.8mm of rain was recorded in the Toodyay townsite, other areas received 14mm or more in an hour.

State puts shire on notice of inquiry risk

Councillors in three-week stand-off with CEO over release of official warning

Michael Sinclair-Jones

THE STATE Government has warned the Shire of Toodyay to change how it operates or risk an official inquiry.

The warning says there is insufficient information “to date” to support an inquiry but asks the shire to provide further information “to determine whether further action may be warranted”.

Pictured left: Shire CEO Stan Scott

This follows a call by the Toodyay Progress Association for an official inquiry into several matters of concern, including the loss of more than $570,000 of ratepayers’ money in a failed bid to sue former shire CEO Graham Merrick and former shire president Charlie Wroth for $151,000.

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Independent auditor to investigate shire legal costs

THE TOODYAY Shire Council has ordered an independent inquiry into the cost of suing former shire CEO Graham Merrick for alleged financial wrongdoing after the shire provided “inaccurate and misleading” information to an official Freedom of Information request last year.

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Pool funds setback but 2nd bid still open

A BID FOR up to $2 million in State funds to build a new public swimming pool in Toodyay has been rejected.

However, the Shire of Toodyay is still awaiting the outcome of a separate $4.8 million Federal funding bid for a pool plus other new sports and recreation facilities.

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Craddock resigns, West Ward postal ballot set for May 25

HUNDREDS of Toodyay voters will go back to the polls on May 25 after the surprise resignation of veteran West Ward shire councillor Sally Craddock last month.

The Toodyay Shire Council voted 7-0 for the WA Electoral Commission to run a postal ballot in the shire’s biggest electorate, which includes Morangup, Julimar, parts of Hoddys Well and Moondyne.

West Ward’s 1047 electors who were registered to vote in last October’s shire elections are represented by three councillors.

West Ward Cr Paula Greenway was re-elected last year for a further four years, while Cr Rob Welburn and former Cr Craddock were both elected in 2015.

Photo: Former West Ward Cr Sally Craddock was often a lone voice in the wilderness.

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