New way forward

THE VOICE Federal Referendum result last month was swift and clear.

While there was a high ‘No’ result across much of the nation, voters in Teal (Independent) federal electorates and a high majority of Aboriginal rural and remote booths in northern Australia bucked the trend.

In WA, a State Government prosecution against a prominent local resident for an alleged heritage breach was seen as likely to cause a high ‘No’ vote but Toodyay’s result of 75 per cent against was still surprising.

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Helen Shanks

Highs and lows

THANK you to all who have supported me during my last four years on council.

It was definitely a time of highs and lows.

Initial dysfunction in council was overcome and we created a largely harmonious working environment.

We also created an excellent cooperative working relationship with the administration, with council providing guidance to help staff to prepare documents for council.

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Beth Ruthven

Cops return lost wallet

MY HEARTFELT thanks to the very kind and honest person, who handed my wallet into the police station last week.

Everything was fully intact, including all my ID cards, cash and cards.

A big thank you also to the two local police officers who dropped it off to my home.

We are so very fortunate to live in such a caring community.

Jenny Cornwall

Senior disservice

ONCE again I am thoroughly disappointed in the Shire of Toodyay.

For the third year running I have had to fight tooth and nail to have rates reduced due to a Seniors’ card holder eligibility.

I am getting very tired of doing the Shire’s work and having to complete the paperwork every year.

This eligibility should carry over from year to year but the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.

What a waste of my time, and what are we paying for in our rates but incompetence?

Annelle Oldenburg-Morgan

Absolute delight

EVERY year my wife and I take part in the Moondyne Festival, my part being an early convict; my wife wearing a period outfit of the era.

We recently visited Toodyay as a day out and we are never disappointed.

Toodyay is an absolute delight to visit.

We love every visit and are looking forward to the Moondyne Festival next year.

Frank Cherry

Miner shatters Julimar residents’ dreams

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

DUST, noise and a massive open-cut mine planned next to their homes have dismayed a group of Julimar residents who say their bush lifestyle dreams have been destroyed.

The affected residents include artists and writers (pictured right) who say their properties have been ruined and lives permanently disrupted – with worse to come.

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Former WA Nationals Party leader backs Yes vote

Former State Opposition and ex-WA Nationals Leader Mia Davies joined about 100 supporters at a Toodyay ‘Yes’ vote rally for this month’s Voice Federal Referendum on Saturday October 14. “I see it as a positive for our nation, a moral obligation,” the Wheatbelt MP said. “It is about bringing people together, not creating division – it is a message of love.”

$50,000 for top Wagyl barrister

AUSTRALIA’S former top law officer has been hired to defend Toodyay real estate agent Tony Maddox (left) against a charge of allegedly breaching Aboriginal heritage law.

Mr Maddox has engaged former Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter to fight a charge that he allegedly damaged an Aboriginal heritage site by building an unauthorised vehicle crossing over Boyagerring Brook on his Nunile property.

The State says the waterway is the home of the Wagyl, an Aboriginal spiritual belief.

Mr Porter’s fees for a three-day Perth trial next year are expected to cost up to $50,000.

Mr Maddox said the State had allowed him to resume pumping bore water into the creek to form a small artificial lake on his property.

Embattled residents face Julimar moonscape

Chalice Mining’s worksite at 229 Keating Road where the company has announced plans to create a massive open-cut mine measuring nearly two kilometres across, 1.5km wide and more than half a kilometre deep on a scale similar the world-famous Kalgoorlie Superpit.

By concerned local residents*

IF YOU were to believe Chalice Mining’s marketing hype about its latest discovery of palladium in Julimar and its “world class”, “low impact” and “leading exploration techniques that recognise environmental sensitivities,” you could be forgiven for thinking it’s the next lean green cure for the state’s climate and cash-flow woes.

Until, that is, you ask the local residents like us who live on the doorstep of this planned behemoth.

Chalice Mining’s public relations strategy trumpets “community engagement” as one of its “top priorities”.

Well, we the residents beg to differ.

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*Names and addresses supplied.

Night noise to travel up to 20km

Chalice mine worker shuts gate at site of planned 2km-wide Julimar superpit.

Richard Wilkinson* (Retired sound engineer)

RECENT events have prompted me to readdress the anticipated noise disturbance and transport logistics of a proposed large open-cut mine in or near the Julimar Forest.

I wrote in The Herald last year that assuming a base noise level of 90 decibels – similar to that of a noisy motorcycle – the intrusive effect of a large open-cut mine in a quiet environment such as Julimar could be felt up to 20km away.

Even then, a light sleeper may have to close their bedroom windows year-round to get a good night’s rest.

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