Shoalwater fans hail Herald

EACH month a friend visits me in Shoalwater and brings me the latest Toodyay Herald.

There is always something of interest for non-residents and I was amazed to learn that it is compiled by volunteers and is a not-for-profit community-run newspaper.

With local newspapers closing their doors or now publishing only online, Toodyay residents should be very happy that they have such a high-standard free paper providing local news.

I am not the only fan of the paper in Shoalwater as a neighbour is always keen to know if I have finished reading it.

It would be fantastic if retrenched or retired journalists in the Rockingham area could get together to produce a similar newspaper to The Toodyay Herald.

Richard Prosser

Heartening win for community

THE RECENT decision by the Toodyay Shire Council to refuse an application to demolish a walkway that connects the local Catholic Church to an adjacent heritage-listed convent building is a win for the community and for governance in our town.

The decision to refuse the demolition application and for council to adhere to its own planning policy was carried 7-0.

Councillors stood firm in their resolve to follow their own policy despite the shire’s consultants and initially the shire’s administration recommending that demolition could be supported.

The developers may still get their own way via an appeal to the State Administrative Tribunal.

Despite this, our councillors have demonstrated a firm desire not only to adhere to shire policies but to work together co-operatively, something for which they should be commended.

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Frank Panizza
Friends of the Toodyay Catholic Precinct

Porter did his duty

I WOULD like to reply to Richard Hazlewood’s letter ‘Voter betrayed’ in the August edition of The Toodyay Herald.

It seems that Mr Hazlewood does not understand the duties and responsibilities of Christian Porter in his capacity of Attorney General of the Commonwealth.

In addition to the duties of a normal Member of Parliament, a minister in the Federal Government swears an oath to faithfully perform the duties required for the portfolio.

The Attorney General, as first law officer of the Commonwealth, is obliged to defend the Australian Constitution and it is normal for the Commonwealth, through the Attorney General to intervene in any dispute before the courts that involves the Constitution.

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Bruce Dann

Fitness classes cancelled

IT IS with much sadness and disappointment that I have to let you all know that Fun and Fitness exercises will not be resuming on Wednesday September 2 as previously thought.

We are unable to resume safely this month because WA’s Covid-19 restrictions have not been lifted.

I am bitterly disappointed that is the case but we will resume as soon as possible.

Stay safe everyone and keep on exercising at home.

Daphne Lee

Voter betrayed

AN OPEN letter sent to Federal Attorney General and local MP Christian Porter.

I HAVE been a committed Liberal voter since arriving in Australia in 1972.

In 48 years, I have never missed an election at Federal, State or Local Government levels and have always voted for the conservative option.

I should add that I have always admired your own contribution both when in State Government and subsequently in Federal Government.

In these exceptional times, I believe our Prime Minister is doing a wonderful job but must also acknowledge my admiration for (WA Labor) Premier Mark McGowan.

It saddens me to say this but if the Federal Government continues to push an agenda for (Queensland mining magnate) Clive Palmer, who has been no friend to the Liberals, regarding the WA border closure, then I shall have no choice but to refuse the Liberals my vote at the next Federal Election.

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Richard Hazlewood
(The Federal Government has since withdrawn from the High Court case ‒ Ed.)

If roos were mice

BRIAN Foley’s letter to the editor last month stated that it is illegal to shoot a kangaroo.
This statement is inaccurate and is likely to be misleading to the general public.

Farmers – indeed all property owners – in large areas of WA, including the Shire of Toodyay, are permitted to manage damage caused by fauna (specifically kangaroos) without requiring a licence from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions.

Western Grey kangaroos may be shot quite legitimately by farmers according to Regulation 104 of the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018.

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Kerry Gregory
Dewars Pool

Facts missed

I HAD a letter regarding the killing of kangaroos published in last month’s Herald.

There are some facts that were not included in the letter.

Permits from Department Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions are required if the carcass will be removed from the property.

If a native animal is causing economical damage, then it can be killed without seeking a permit.

Killing for fun or non-economic reasons is unlawful.

Brian Foley -Chairperson
Marsupial Mammas and Pappas Inc.

Kangaroo check

IN A LETTER to the Editor in last month’s Herald, Brian Foley stated that it is illegal to shoot kangaroos without a permit.

This statement is incorrect and misleading.

According to State Government Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018, all landowners including farmers are permitted, under certain conditions, to shoot kangaroos.

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Allan Chitty
Dewars Pool

Awesome wonder out yonder

AS A LOCAL, it’s probably best to frequent your favourite Toodyay cafe, restaurant and shop during the week because there’s no room on weekends.

What an awesome sight the last few weekends have been, domestic tourism at its best.

Excited and inquisitive groups, families and couples wandering the streets, cameras clicking, long lines and a rush for any vacant table. This warms my heart.

We are becoming that uniquely country experience – a day trip from the city.

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Helen Shanks

Spectacular response

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you all for a ‘spectacular’ response to the call for all your old specs.

You can be assured that they have gone to a prison where inmates are trained to repair and re-assemble spectacles that are provided to organisations such as the Fred Hollows Foundation and Barefoot Surgeon to help people in Third World countries.

Patricia de Soto Phillips

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