Australia Day builds on 60,000-year legacy

THE Australian story begins at least 60,000 years ago.

Australia Day commemorates the day Captain Arthur Phillips raised the Union Jack
flag in Sydney Cove.

It is a day that celebrates the history and achievements of the Australian people, but many see it as a day of mourning and a day of invasion by the British settlers.

In Toodyay the public holiday was marked by a community breakfast at the recreation centre followed by a citizenship ceremony and a presentation of community citizen of the year awards.

The very first citizenship ceremony in Australia was officiated by Ben Chifley 75 years ago in Canberra.

CEO pulls pin after shire election

Toodyay shire councillors at their first meeting after the October elections.

New shire president to oversee council search
for replacement

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY will get a new shire CEO next year following the recent election of a new shire president and deputy.

Current Shire CEO Suzie Haslehurst informed Toodyay’s new council last month that she had withdrawn her earlier request to renew her employment contract when it expires next year.

It follows an October 21 shire election which saw the highest-polling candidate – new Shire Deputy President Shelly Dival – win office with a high-profile campaign for change.

Ms Haslehurst had informed the previous council in September – as required by her four-year 2020 contract – that she wanted to renew her employment contract next June.

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Santa’s Anzac gifts to fill RSL stocking

By Mary Tucker

SANTA is paying a special visit to the Toodyay RSL this year.

Toodyay’s Christmas shop will donate a quarter of proceeds from its sale of Anzac gifts towards a new local RSL headquarters.

The gifts include Anzac Day aprons, oven mitts, tea towels and leather wallets embossed with the diggers’ rising sun badge worn on army slouch hats.

Local RSL members thanked Christmas 360 store owners Sean Byron and Simon Kohler for their generosity.

Veterans are fundraising to develop their new Clinton Street site for use by veterans, their families and local community groups.

Underground mining added to Julimar open-cut plans

Julimar mining exploration camp

UNDERGROUND mining has been added to Chalice Mining plans to build a huge new superpit and ore processing plant in Julimar.

The Perth-based miner told the Australian Stock Exchange last month that underground mining to a depth of more than a kilometre was being investigated.

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Historic Toodyay convent to become ‘luxury’ tourist resort with pool

TOODYAY’S heritage-listed Mercy Convent (pictured right) at the town’s main entry is to be revamped as a “luxury” short-stay tourist resort.

The iconic site is currently zoned “mixed business” and forms part of the historic Roman Catholic Church precinct which dates back to 1863.

The precinct was recently subdivided and sold as separate lots.

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Bid to stop alleged bullying defeated

A BID to stop alleged bullying, abuse and denigration of Toodyay shire councillors and staff was defeated 4-3 at a council meeting last month.

The alleged behaviour was claimed to have caused staff resignations and sick leave, and prompted people to be too fearful to speak.

Former shire president Rosemary Madacsi raised the allegations in a notice of motion at the November council meeting.

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Early local harvest disrupted as unusual heat prompts fire bans

Harvest bans prompted by last month’s hot weather disrupted this year’s early local harvest, forecast to be much smaller than last year’s record crop due to an unusually dry spring. This photo by Linda Panizza shows canola harvesting near Nunile.

Racist vandal attacks Toodyay Friends of the River display

A RACIST attack on a public plaque at Millards Pool will cost about $500 to repair.

It follows a similar attack in August at Redbank Pool where an Aboriginal display was damaged at the heritage-listed site.

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Thousands brave scorching hot day to revel in 169th Show

Temperatures soared on Show day but that didn’t curb the enthusiasm of thousands of locals and visitors who flocked to Toodyay last month for one of the best country agricultural shows in WA. Bushfire brigade volunteers switched from knocking down traffic cones with high pressure hoses to spraying laughing kids running through the water, while gasping Show chickens cooled off with water on the chookhouse roof. Sideshow Alley (above) was a magnet for kids and the evening fireworks display was the best ever. More photos in digital edition Page 5.

Voters call for change

Toodyay’s new council, (front table, from left): Crs Steve McCormick, John Prater, Danielle Wrench, Charmeine Duri and Rosemary Madacsi. Rear bench: new Shire President Mick McKeown (centre) and new Shire Deputy President Shelly Dival (right).


By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY has two new civic leaders with Cr Mick McKeown as Shire President and new Cr Shelly Dival as his Deputy.

Cr Dival topped last month’s shire poll with 663 first preference votes, or 42 per cent of the 1569 ballots cast.

Former shire president Rosemary Madacsi polled second with 290 primary votes (18.5 per cent), and former shire deputy president John Prater filled the third vacancy after a 10-year absence with 220 votes (14 per cent).

More than half of Toodyay’s 3639 registered voters didn’t vote, meaning nobody got more than 18 per cent of all votes in the electorate.

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