The party’s over – it’s time to cut shire rates

By Ben Bell

IT FEELS like a lifetime ago since Western Australia was enjoying the high-life thanks largely to the insatiable demand from China for this State’s iron ore and other mineral commodities.

During those days, house prices soared as people streamed across the Nullarbor from the eastern states to join the mining boom, incomes continued to rise and no one appeared to raise an eyebrow when being charged $15 or so for a beer at the pub.

It was during these hedonistic days that governments at all levels in Australia made big spending commitments and took on enormous levels of debt.

The local government of Toodyay was not exempt from this and, rather than using the good times to pay down debt and improve community services, it appears to have acted as if the mining boom was never going to end.

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