Inexcusable actions

THE CLAYTON’S inquiry into the Shire of Toodyay is totally what you would expect if you did not want to find those responsible for this debacle to be brought to account.

The Minister for Local Government listed 25 adverse findings yet has taken no action against the former CEO, councillors at the time and administration, making it a total waste of ratepayer/residents’ money again.

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Graeme Buchanan
Toodyay

Drop kick diplomacy

I HAVE just read Old Blind Joe’s October column on China and the influence on Australia by a communist regime that is our biggest trading partner.

I find the simplistic, goading responses by others a tad scurrilous in relation to the woes our Federal Government has brought upon itself and our country.

I feel for local exporters caught up in Canberra’s tit for tat dispute with China, knowing how much our national economy needs certainty for its international markets.

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Peter Harms
Morangup

Fledgling peril

I HAVE noticed many Magpie babies dead on the road.

The reason they are getting killed is because motorists are mainly of the impression that they will fly away on hearing a vehicle.

These young Magpies have yet to learn the dangers and road rules, so would it be too much to ask all motorists to take care if you see a mob of Magpies on the road.

It doesn’t take much to slow down, toot or go round them.

So please be aware and save our wildlife – that goes for Bobtails as well.

Sue Eldridge
Julimar

Use it or lose it

IT SEEMS Tony Lush (November Herald Letters) expects our IGA to be a convenience store and have the lowest prices, an unlikely combination in a small town like Toodyay and the reason none of the major supermarkets have a store here.

Profit is reward for risk and the risk in establishing the business would have been considerable.

Apart from supplying a large variety of goods, store owners Amanda and Dean Carter provide employment for a lot of young and young-at-heart people.

They have also built extra premises so that anyone who wants to take a risk and open a business has a place available.

If everybody decided to shop elsewhere and we lost our IGA, it would be devastating for Toodyay.

Mike Andrijich
Toodyay

No sticker shown

THIS is a note to the driver of a white Toyota Triton who parked in the disabled parking spot behind Toodyay Post Office, without the benefit of an ACROD sticker, thereby preventing me from legally parking there.

As I have limited mobility, it was extremely difficult for me to access my post box.

I trust that in future you will not need to use an ACROD sticker, but if you do, I hope that you will not be left in the predicament in which you left me.

Jo Sutton
Toodyay

Herald, TPA vindicated

I HAVE visited Toodyay for many years and taken an interest in Toodyay happenings and have often read The Herald.

Recently I read and heard several residents/ratepayers complain about the negativity of articles in The Toodyay Herald and the campaign by the Toodyay Progress Association (TPA) against the previous councillors and the previous CEO.

It was expressed that these actions were affecting the wellbeing of councillors and the CEO.

It was also claimed to having had a damaging effect on the attractiveness of Toodyay as a place to settle.

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Nevia Medica
Perth

First-class fundraisers

THE CAR Boot Sale as a fundraiser for the Toodyay Music Fest was first class, well run and well supported.

The St Stephen’s Anglican Church car boot sale was also fabulous in spite of the many other attractions being held on the same day, including the opening of the new pool to the public.

The event was very well organised and patronised, with a huge variety of goods for sale at bargain prices.

It would be great if we could have two car boot sales each year – one in autumn and the other in spring.

Patricia de Soto-Phillips
Toodyay

Cheaper in Northam

IT WAS a staggering and abrupt reminder last month when I wanted to purchase 500g of polony locally at just how those of us on a limited income are getting to the point of wondering whether we can afford or even justify buying locally.

A 500g log of polony at the Toodyay IGA store cost $6.99.

A couple of weeks earlier I had a medical appointment in Northam and, like most of us, took the advantage while there of shopping at Aldi, Woolies or Coles.

I went to Aldi where the normal price for a 1kg log of polony was $3.49.

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Tony Lush,
Toodyay

Buy a one-way ticket to China

IN REGARD to last month’s Herald column Ol’ Blind Joe written by Stirling Hamilton.

May I suggest he gets hold of Clive Hamilton’s book Silent Invasion.

When he has finished reading it, he should buy a one-way ticket to China – to be among friends.

Most people in Australia prefer to live in a democracy and not under Chinese Communist Party dictatorship.

Ibeth Hojo-Hansen
Coondle

Thumbs up to display

IT IS a long time since I have written a few words for the Letters page, but I thought it important to send special messages to the local community and further afield about the importance of Breast Cancer Month.

It was wonderful to walk down Stirling Terrace and look at the display that Toodyay Op Shop had produced to promote breast cancer awareness.

As far as I know, they were the only ones who were involved, but I apologise to those who also may have participated.

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Di Roberts
Toodyay

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