Hundreds return for bumper Moondyne Festival

Toodyay turned on a perfect sunny day for this year’s Moondyne Festival which attracted hundreds of happy visitors to the town. Local traders and street vendors reported strong sales throughout the day. Photo: ©

Captured Toodyay bushranger Moondyne Joe undergoes close cross-examination during his trial for horse stealing.


Down with the demon drink, at Freemasons Hotel.

Toodyay races scratched – Cup moves to Belmont

A tangle of electrical wires festoons the leaky roof and water damaged ceiling over the TAB betting area which is used to store race-day cash and electronic gambling equipment.

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY’s annual Picnic Race Day has been scratched because the main undercover betting and bar area is unsafe.

This year’s Toodyay Cup will be run at Belmont instead, with buses in September for local punters who wish to attend.

The cancellation is a financial blow to many local community organisations, accommodation providers and traders who rely on the annual influx of thousands of tourists from Perth and elsewhere to one of WA’s best picnic race days.

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300 attend Anzac Dawn Service

A BIGGER than usual gathering of about 300 people attended last month’s Toodyay Anzac Day Dawn Service.

A moving address by torchlight (left) was delivered by Toodyay Returned Services League President Lou Kidd.

Anzac Day commemorates the first World War 1 landings of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

They were sent ashore on the wrong beach by British generals who underestimated the Turkish opposition in a grinding campaign that cost thousands of lives on all sides.

Anzac Day also honours veterans from other wars, including marchers last month who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two RAAF jets from Pearce airbase flew low over Toodyay during the 11am service.

Toodyay Anzac Day Parade

RAAF Anzac Day Service fly past.

Flags raised at the main Toodyay Anzac Day Service.



Western Power disconnects ‘unsafe’ street cameras installed without permission by former shire CEO

Michael Sinclair-Jones

STREET cameras guarding Toodyay’s central business district have been disconnected by Western Power because they are unsafe.

The electricity provider said the Shire of Toodyay had installed the video cameras on Western Power light poles (right) without obtaining the State electricity provider’s permission.

The town’s video security system is linked to multi-display screens at Toodyay Police Station that have been blank for months.

The shire bought and installed new hi-tech cameras three years ago using a $300,000 Federal grant to replaced older cameras that often didn’t work, causing ongoing frustration for local police and traders.

The security failure made state-wide news in August 2019 after an attempted car theft at Toodyay Autos in Stirling Terrace when there was no vision from a faulty shire camera mounted on a light pole directly across the road from the scene of the crime.

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Owners vanish from illegal Julimar puppy farm

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

AN ILLEGAL puppy farm with 35 dogs kept inside a residential dwelling has been discovered in Julimar.

Guns and crossbows were also found at the house by a Shire of Toodyay ranger responding to a public complaint.

The puppies were being fed by adult dogs and were in the care of four adults.

Shire of Toodyay Acting CEO Tabitha Bateman said the scale of the discovery suggested a commercial operation.

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Huge opportunity

AS STATED by others last month, I too am concerned about our environment, having lived with the Julimar Forest on my boundary fence all my life.

My father, Harry Cook, was an apiarist and we would quite regularly go out behind the farm into the Julimar Forest to check for seasonal blossoms and bee sites.

I was bought up loving Jarrah trees and the bushland as much as any naturalist.

However, I am also concerned about our town’s future if the community as a whole does not look at the bigger picture and welcomes industry into the shire.

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Alison Wroth

Knuckle draggers

IT’S GOOD to see the lofty heights to which political discourse in Toodyay has reached as a Federal Election on Saturday May 21 draws closer.

It also gives some sections of our population a renewed purpose in life.

They steal around in the dead of night, dragging their knuckles along the ground, as they bravely remove the election posters of those parties they don’t like, leaving their chosen ones standing.

Fortunately, the majority of the electorate is in possession of human brains.

Allan Henshaw

Alarming attitude

I REFER to John White’s excellent letter in the February Herald about the importance of placing community above self in order to sustain a society long-term.

As a lifelong ‘people watcher’ I have been watching our community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and some of what I have seen I find very alarming.

I have particular concerns about the negativity of some people towards public health safety requirements for vaccinations and masks.

This seems to me to focus entirely on ‘self’ and ignores the fact that these measures help play a significant part in protecting others, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

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Name and address withheld by request.

Where’s Woylie?

THE JULIMAR Conservation Park’s ‘critically endangered’ Woylie is harder to spot in the pages of The Toodyay Herald than the elusive Wally in the Where’s Wally? children’s books.

Last month Nikkola Palmer’s letter flagged the omission of the species in the The Herald’s March Page 1 article.

And last month the Woylie again failed to get a mention in the Page 1 article on Chalice Mining’s activities – which did get a pointer to the company’s advertisement on Page 18.

It makes sense that exploration companies will run a country mile from mentioning the presence of any ‘critically endangered’ species in their area of interest.

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Clair Medhurst

Covid hits school, workers lose hours

Fake vaccination and mask exemption certificates prompt police warning of $1000 fines

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

THE COVID-19 virus is spreading through the Toodyay community with up to three new cases a day reported at Toodyay District High School before the Easter break.

More than 700 Wheatbelt cases were recorded in the first week of April, with new cases growing to 90 a day.

Increasing numbers of Toodyay residents were testing positive using Rapid Antigen Tests available at the town’s pharmacy and IGA store, and others were self-isolating at home after having been in close contact with people who tested positive.

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