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
Toodyay

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
Dunsborough

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
Toodyay

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
Toodyay

Cancer support appreciated

THANKS for the article in last month’s Herald about the new Cancer Supportive Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

It was much appreciated.

Melissa Pickering
Cancer Council WA

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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