‘Collusion’ claim over Church subdivision

ALLEGATIONS of secrecy and collusion have been raised over plans to demolish part of a heritage-listed Appian Way walkway in Toodyay’s historic Catholic Church Precinct (left).

Complaints of alleged planning irregularities and lack of public consultation have prompted intervention by WA Local Government and Heritage Minister David Templeman.

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$7m more for Toodyay Road

TOODYAY Road (pictured left after serious traffic accident in February) will be further upgraded with another $5.6 million in Federal funds.

Two sections will be widened and a new passing lane completed by early next year.

Toodyay Shire President Rosemary Madacsi thanked the Federal Government for its contribution to the project.

“The Toodyay Road upgrade project has been in development for about five years and it is fantastic to see some substantial funding allocated to continue addressing one of the most dangerous roads in the Wheatbelt,” she said.

“The $7 million allocated, of which $5.6 million is from the Federal Government, will enable the construction of 2.5km of Toodyay Road from Jingaling Brook heading east towards Toodyay.

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More money to cut bushfire risk

THE SHIRE of Toodyay has been awarded a $462,600 State grant to help further reduce the risk of bushfire.

A total of 62 risk-mitigation activities will be carried out in the shire.

Tenders closed on August 4 and work is due to start next month on shire-managed Crown land, including road verges.

It follows State-funded fire mitigation work worth $1.1 million on 115 treatments last financial year.

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Sport centre debt cripples shire budget

Shire of Toodyay’s new $14 million recreation precinct – many ratepayers wanted only a pool. 

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY ratepayers face years of rising costs and economic hardship caused by a 2017 council decision to build a new $14 million recreation centre and pool without the means to pay for it.

The shire’s new 2020-21 budget shows that this financial year’s operating costs will exceed regular income by $2.6 million despite drastic new cost-cutting measures.

The biggest cost burden will be repaying a $4.5 million loan and operating costs for the new recreation centre which the former council approved soon after the 2017 election despite public calls for just a $1 million pool.

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Election candidates say they want change

TOODYAY will get a new face on council this month as the result of an election to replace former Cr Bill Manning who resigned in April to live in Tasmania.

Three newcomers have nominated for the vacancy, which will be decided by a postal ballot of all Toodyay voters starting on Thursday July 2.

The poll will close at 6pm on Friday July 31 and the winner is expected to be announced by the WA Electoral Commission in Toodyay later that evening.

The three new candidates all claim to be unaligned to Toodyay’s current eight councillors who have been split 4:4 on key decisions, including the shire presidency.

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Covid-19 rates reprieve ahead of fresh election, inquiry, new CEO

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

LOCAL property owners will not have to pay higher rates next month as the Toodyay Shire Council makes emergency cuts to its 2020-21 budget and braces for a series of major changes in coming months.

The shire has axed four staff positions – including Manager of Community Development – to save a total of $600,000 a year from next month.

It coincides with the expected arrival of new Shire CEO Suzie Haslehurst a day before a scheduled June 23 ordinary council meeting, news that the result of a long-running WA Government inquiry into the shire is a step closer to being tabled in State Parliament and another shire election due next month.

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100-year-old trees uprooted at heritage site

Heavy earthmoving equipment uproots a 100-year-old tree at Toodyay’s heritage-listed Catholic Precinct which has been subdivided and rezoned for commercial development. Parishioners fear historic former convent and school buildings will be next to go.

By Mick McKeown, Friends of the Toodyay Catholic Precinct

THE TOODYAY Catholic Precinct is one of three historic precincts in the town of Toodyay. The other two are the Gaol Group and the Stirling Terrace Main Street Precinct.

These three places are described in shire policy as having “special qualities which are highly valued by the community and it is important to retain and enhance these qualities as the town develops through time”.

The subdivision works in the Toodyay Catholic Precinct have just commenced with the clearing of several majestic old trees at the rear of the area.

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Caution urged as crowds return

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

WHEATBELT health officials and Toodyay police are cautioning people not to become complacent about observing social distancing rules and to keep washing their hands regularly as the State Government moves to ease Covid-19 restrictions in WA.

Permitted gatherings will increase from 20 to 100 people from Saturday June 6 but the illness can still be spread by people without symptoms who may be unaware they are infected.

Federal health officials said people need “to stay home if they have any cold or flu symptoms – no matter how mild – and get tested for Covid-19”.

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