Town hums with new ideas spurred by refreshing energy
IT IS refreshing to see the energy in Toodyay – wildflowers, fields of golden canola and the town humming with new ideas.
Arrangements with a provider for managing the recreation precinct are underway, an opening date is nearly settled for late November, water is in the pool and the site is picturesque.
I had the pleasure of recently attending the Gnulla Moort opening of a cultural display at the John Masters Bird Hide at Redbank Pool near Extracts Weir.
The significance of this location to our indigenous community as a meeting place was beautifully represented in the ceremony, story and artwork.
It was a welcoming and impressive event which introduced a new dimension to the story of our history and our people that I did not know.Read more
Another clever idea is from the Wheatbelt Health Initiative which has collated stories about the diverse range of people who make up our regional community.
The online Humans of the Wheatbelt series recognises that people of different colours, sizes, shapes, cultures, disabilities and abilities all play a role in our community.
It is an inspirational idea and I encourage everyone to access the recently released book of 53 of those interesting characters at wheatbelt.com.au.
While border restrictions limit our usual holiday options it’s time to encourage everyone to take advantage of what Toodyay has to offer.
Let us investigate our own backyard and become advocates for our community.
How much of our local area have you visited? When did you last take the Katrine Road to or from Northam, or visited Pelham Reserve and seen the changes to shire reserves and walk trails?
Try the riverside walk from Millard’s Pool to Duidgee Park which incorporates Redbank Pool. It is a beautiful walk, the weather is ideal and the passion of our local environmental group volunteers in creating this is evident.
We are extremely fortunate in the level of volunteering that we have in our community.
Last month the CWA celebrated 93 years of quiet but invaluable contribution to this community.
Toodyay Op Shop and Toodyay Locals Care are strong supporters of the community and the Autumn Club Ida’s Hideaway, Forget-Me-Not memory café and at least 40 other groups provide diverse social opportunities and vibrancy where we live. We really are a dynamic and supportive community.
In the spirit of contributing, do not forget our events rely upon volunteers.
Even helping with what appears as a mundane task will draw you into the energy and fun and any level of volunteering makes a difference.
Currently, Toodyay Locals Care needs assistance with relocation and upgrading of new premises.
Please call Roz Davidson on 0427 744 352 if you can assist in any way, so they can assist others. Join the community action.
While considering contributing, can we please ensure much-loved pets don’t wander from your property.
Stray cats and dogs can and do create havoc you may not be aware of and remember that the furry friends they collect during their adventure can become a pack when excited.
Be responsible and remember the rangers need to respond if you are not containing a pet, so treat the rangers respectfully and keep those pets secure – too many are running free.