Never seems open

TOODYAY has a large Men’s Shed building in Harper Road which never seems to be open.

I remember that they received a grant of around $380,000 from the WA Government to purchase the building.

Friends of mine in other areas say their Men’s Sheds are open most days of the week and on weekends when men can gather to chat, talk about their mental and general health, and work on various projects for themselves or others.

It made me curious about our own Men’s Shed, which I was told opens only three mornings a week for about three hours.

This doesn’t seem to me to be very good value for the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on building it.

I hope that things will change in the near future so that the Toodyay Men’s Shed can be used by more men, more often.

Frances Lawson

Onya Tony

I WOULD like to compliment last month’s Page 3 story on the “cheeky” Tony Maddox.

Tony has shown many people in Toodyay the quality of his life, his attitude and his constant love of music, farming, real estate and, of course, his family.

Onya Tony.

Of course, there is also another aspect regarding attitude, respect and dignity.

I refer to the many community organisations in our shire who with their volunteers freely give many hours of their time, with their respect and dignity building from the ground up.

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Di Roberts

Manor hailed

CONGRATULATIONS to the proprietors of the Toodyay Manor, formerly the tavern, opposite the Bowling Club.

Bouquets to you for the fabulous restoration work you have undertaken and for how beautifully it now sits in the main street.

Kerry Gregory
Dewars Pool

Moondyne pride

MY WIFE Kerry and I were proud to be a part of the Moondyne Festival last month.

Dressed for the scene, we absolutely enjoyed the best day on Toodyay’s calendar.

Everyone involved in organising the event should be very proud of themselves.

We are now welcomed as part of the scene and are so looking forward to next year’s event.

Frank Cherry

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

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