Toodyay fuel prices ‘unfair’

HEALTHY competition in Gidgegannup forces the local Shell petrol station to keep fuel prices down in order to compete with the Vibe service station across the road.

Without such, Gidgegannup would suffer the same monopolising price fixing that we see here in Toodyay.

What can be done to force Toodyay’s two Shell outlets to be fairer to this community?

After all, the local servos should be a proud part of our community, not hold us to ransom.

As a frequent user of Toodyay Road, I simply buy enough fuel in Toodyay to get me to Gidge and save a fortune.

I’d love to fill up here and keep my money in the community.

Name and address supplied.

A real community newspaper

MY WIFE and I moved from Victoria 10 years ago and have lived eight of those years in the Avon Valley.

Just recently we had a two-day family reunion and enjoyed the sights, sounds and delightful meals of the Toodyay township and district while staying in several very friendly B&Bs.

The general appearance of your town has improved so much in 10 years, a fact supported by Toodyay winning a Tidy Towns award.

Most of all, our group of 12 who are all Perth based, were amazed at the quality and depth of reporting on local issues and stories in your August copy of The Toodyay Herald; we all agreed it is a real community paper.

Well done.

Our regards for a wonderful season, may the rainfall be plentiful and your publishing eternal.

Peter and Catherine Ledger

Horse saga on the nose

HOW SAD to read Dave Wakeman is being harassed by the shire and a neighbour because of a horse in rural Toodyay.

I am sure there are rules in place but the shire has been known to play loose with the rules on occasions, which it is entitled to do.

For instance, some years ago two non-conforming businesses were allowed to operate within a short distance of each other in Picnic Hill Road.

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Mike Andrijich

World-class opera in Toodyay

CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers and supporters of Opera in the Valley – a world-class, sold-out performance by Emma Pettemerides supported by Tommaso Pollio and Harriet Marshall.

Ms Pettemerides sparkled with a glint in her dazzling eyes, engaging smile and ability to draw the audience.

The repertoire included arias from the Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus and contemporary songs.

It was an absolutely entertaining evening and an excuse to bring out the ‘glad rags’.

The proceeds of the evening went to support the running of 2020 Toodyay Musical Fest.

Toodyay is extremely fortunate to have such an exciting talent as Emma Pettemerides within our community.

Susan Pearce

Why aren’t cameras working?

I’D LIKE to ask the Toodyay Shire Council whether the CCTV cameras that are installed in the town’s main street and skate park area are fully operational?

As most are aware, there was a serious incident in the main street on August 19 which involved a car being stolen and rammed into two other innocent drivers, one of whom was injured enough to warrant a trip in the ambulance.

I’ve been informed that the camera which is directly above the incident out the front of the Toodyay Public Library does not work.

Therefore, vital footage required to prosecute the car thief is not available.

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Brenton Chrimes

Rate rise is the last straw

FOR THOSE who believe the latest rate rise (for me personally it was not 2.5 per cent but seven per cent) is the straw that broke the camel’s back and I would like to simplify this reasoning.

The first straw is the Federal Government which taxes your income, adds GST to almost all goods and excise to every litre of fuel you purchase.

The next straw is State Governments that tax you with stamp duty, utility costs and constant increases, such as vehicle licence fees for your car, truck or trailer.

Now this rate increase.

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Gary Nelmes

Fantastic local coverage

MY NAME is Rod Christian, brother of the famous Bret Christian who owns the Subiaco Post.

In 2013 my wife Glenda and I bought a property in Toodyay.

We visit almost weekly and stay there for breaks.

It’s a great little town and we love the ambience.

We have been reading with much interest The Herald which provides fantastic coverage of the goings-on in Toodyay, particularly the council fiasco.

I noticed recently that The West Australian newspaper is also featuring articles on the problems regarding councils not doing their jobs.

Rod Christian

Edith is Toodyay’s Angel

IT IS not often that you meet someone who is so genuinely caring, selfless and giving but I recently met that person in Toodyay at my mother’s funeral.

I realised soon after that meeting that Toodyay is blessed with an angel and her name is Edith.

I cannot put into words how much Edith has helped me after the sad passing of my mother.

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Arna Sternberg

Lucky to have Sean

MANY thanks to The Herald and Ieva Tomsons for last month’s story about Christmas shop owner Sean Byron.

We are so lucky to have business people like Sean in our community.

I am still missing his partner, our beautiful Richard Walkey, who was more than just a local GP but a true friend.

Sarah Magee

Cheers to a memorable day

THE WOOD Family of Coorinja Winery is grateful for all the support we received for our Celebrating a Centenary Open Day.

Thank you to everyone who attended and shared the day with us, making it such a memorable occasion for Coorinja.

Coorinja Winery

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