Call for unity

LIKE the rooster crowing on Page 1 of this month’s newspaper, recent shire elections herald a new dawn for Toodyay.

The election of four new councillors who campaigned for change creates a radically different new nine-member chamber.

New Shire President Bill Manning and firebrand Cr Ben Bell were often lone voices of dissent on previous big decisions such as repeated rate rises and the shire CEO’s job.

President Manning can now expect greater council support after being elected unopposed as leader last month.

But it was not without controversy.

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