First earth turned at new pool site

WORK has begun on Toodyay’s new $13 million sport and recreation precinct after a 20-tonne excavator helped scoop the first shovel loads of earth for the town’s new 25-metre swimming pool.

About 30 people attended a ground-breaking ceremony led by local Federal Liberal MP and Attorney-General Christian Porter (centre), who last year announced a $4.7 million grant for the multi-sport project.

The project is also funded by Shire of Toodyay borrowings ($6.5 million) and grants and donations from the State Government ($1.79 million), local community ($117,000) and Toodyay and Districts Bendigo Community Bank ($100,000).

Local Labor MP Darren West (second left, above) said it would provide a community and sporting hub for 4500 local residents, and a fitness and social outlet for young people.

Special tribute was paid to Shire Community Development Officer Debra Andrijich (right) who wrote the successful funding applications and project co-ordinator Merridith Lamb (also pictured).

 

‘Winners and losers’ in 6-2 budget vote to increase rates

RATEPAYERS face an average increase of $50 in their annual rates bills after Toodyay shire councillors voted 6-2 last month to adopt a 2.5 per cent increase.

“There will be some winners and some losers,” shire audit committee chair Rob Welburn told a special council meeting.

The rates increase was moved by Cr Eric Twine, seconded by Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty and opposed by Crs Bill Manning and Ben Bell.

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New food and picnic trail to attract more tourists

Toodyay Chamber of Commerce and Industry

AFTER an opening speech by Toodyay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) President Deb Andrijich and background on the Trail development provided by member and event participant Anthea Brown, the Toodyay Food & Picnic Trail was officially launched on July 1 by local Labor MP Darren West.

Also in attendance were local Nationals WA MP Shane Love, several Toodyay shire councillors and 30 invited guests.

Thanks to the participating businesses for providing a delicious morning tea using all their local produce and Coorinja Winery for the seriously stunning venue.

The chamber also thanks Anthea Brown and Helen Shanks who have worked with the participants for several months to bring this exciting event to reality.

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Deaf, blind or what?

SHIRE councillors voted 6-2 to raise shire rates by 2.5 per cent from 1 July 2019.

Without transparency, this increase is unsupported, contravenes information to the public and lacks acumen by all parties who voted for this increase, especially in light of last year’s increase and as revenues from that are apparently unaccounted for.

Question 1: Where do the inflowing revenues go? What is the spending scheme? When will we be given believable transparency of shire spending?

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Dr Monika Zechetmayr
Toodyay

Essential reading

LOCAL government has always been troubled by some councillors having agendas which don’t always have the good of the community in mind.

The responsibility of councillors is not to be taken lightly and those who work hard in the community’s interest should be appreciated.

However the culture of secrecy allows some dubious decision making.

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Kelvin Hutcheson
Karrinyup

‘Silent majority’ misinformed

LAST month’s Herald letter from the Frayne family claiming to represent a silent majority needs some clarification for the silent minority.

The letter’s claim about the “dedication of our volunteer councillors” is not correct.

All councillors in WA – except those who opt out – receive a monthly payment.

Lists of payments published online show that the Toodyay Shire President gets paid $3450 a month, the Deputy President gets paid $1599 a month and the remaining seven councillors each get paid $1180 a month.

So, as anyone can see, there are no “volunteer councillors” in Toodyay.

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Graeme Buchanan
Toodyay

Proper, fearless newspaper

I THINK it was the New York Times newspaper that coined the phrase ‘All the news that’s fit to print’, and that’s exactly what The Toodyay Herald does.

I’m sick of people saying the paper is bringing our town into disrepute.

Just read it – every page has a positive story about local people and local community and sporting groups.

It’s simply a great place to live.

I send copies of to friends in Perth and interstate and get nothing but positive feedback.

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The Badger (Richard Hazlewood)
Bejoording

Keeping buyers informed

I AM INTRIGUED by local real estate agent Tony Maddox’s request that The Herald “stop the negative comments in the paper”.

Surely industry standards require prospective buyers to be informed about important sales factors such as shire rate increases, a formal State Government inquiry and turmoil in council ranks?

Why then ask that The Herald shield readers from that information?

Kerry Gregory
Dewars Pool

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