Duke Street footbridge re-opens after 18 month closure

From left: Shelagh and Don Garratt, and Karen and Luigi Jacomelli use the re-opened Duke Street footbridge that links two parts of Toodyay separated by the busy east-west railway line.

TOODYAY’S Duke Street footbridge has re-opened a year after it was closed amid threats to demolish it over safety concerns.

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New video security system doubles town surveillance

A workman (right) installs a new shire video security camera near the Victoria Hotel.

A NEW video security upgrade costing more than $300,000 is expected to become operational in Toodyay this month.

New monitors at Toodyay Police Station will enable 24-hour surveillance of the town’s approach roads, public spaces and main business and shopping areas.

A new network of 41 cameras owned and operated by the Shire of Toodyay will more than double the capacity of the old network, which has been dismantled.

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Toodyay apple pies judged Australia’s best

TOODYAY’S local bakery had its best result ever, scoring four gold and three silver medals at last month’s Great Aussie Pie Competition in Sydney.

Pastry chef Jodi Johnston’s cinnamon swirl crust on her apple pie made it stand out from the crowd.

Toodyay baker Jason Marion said he was extremely proud of his team, which uses local produce wherever possible.

Their award-winning pastries, cakes and bread helped attract visitors to Toodyay and boost trade for other Avon Valley small businesses, he said.

Toodyay Bakery’s first-year apprentice Olivia Jarquin (left) and pastry chef Jodi Johnston bake a fresh batch of their national award-winning apple pies.

Mighty Lions roar in nail-biter grand final

The Toodyay Lions celebrate their thrilling two-point Mortlock League footy grand final win after trailing Goomalling for most of last month’s epic showdown. Toodyay lost three times to Goomalling earlier this year, including a heavy semi-final defeat two weeks previously, and lost big man Ben Jenkins to injury after the first term. Photo: Chelsea Phelps.

Thousands of punters flock to 2019 Toodyay Picnic Races

Race 2 jump at the start of the 1100m Vernice Handicap. Photo: Clive Millett.

Plead The Fifth ridden by Ryan Hill wins the Toodyay Cup.

In the packed undercroft – Where’s Wally?


In the VIP enclosure (from left): Toodyay Shire Deputy President Therese Chitty, WA Nationals Party MP Jacqui Boydell, WA Nationals MP Martin Aldridge’s Electorate Officer Lisa Logan and WA Nationals Leader and Toodyay Race Club Patron Mia Davies.





Cup-winning owners Ed Hogarth (left), John Rigby and Ivy Hogarth from Perth-based Goldlight Nominees Syndicate.




Vino Art Exhibition open with a splash

This year’s Vino Art Exhibition opened at Toodyay’s Coorinja Winery with a feast of colour and a superb selection of local works for sale. The three-day show attracted several Perth buyers.

Shire spends $700,000 on lawyers

– and that’s only in the last four years

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

THE SHIRE of Toodyay says it has spent a total of $699,481 of ratepayers’ money on lawyers in the last four financial years.

The figure was revealed by Shire President Brian Rayner (left) at last month’s council meeting in answer to a written question on notice from Cr Ben Bell.

President Rayner said the money was spent on nine different law firms.

The sum forms part of a larger amount dating back to 2013 when the shire spent $571,000 on a single law firm in a failed bid to sue two former civic leaders for $151,000 – and got back only $60,000 in return.

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Historic local winery celebrates 100th year

Tasting in full swing at last month’s Coorinja Winery centenary celebrations.

Visitors enjoy lunch in the sun at last month’s historic Coorinja Winery centenary celebrations

Wooden barrels of wine age in Corinja Winery’s historic cellar, the first built in regional Western Australia.

Shire tries to hide total failure of street cameras

A VIOLENT car-jacking in Stirling Terrace in which a woman was serious injured last month has exposed a complete breakdown in the town’s street video security network operated by the Shire of Toodyay.

None of the shire’s 19 video security street cameras mounted at key locations around town have worked for months.

A shire camera (left) outside the Toodyay Library facing last month’s car-jacking (see this month’s Police Beat column) was out of action when the crime occurred, and there was no shire video to provide evidence for police and insurers.

The shire decided several weeks ago not to replace faulty equipment at its Fiennes Street office but kept quiet about it to fool people into thinking that the cameras still worked.

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