Welcome back Dr Akeem

I FEEL I must write to say ‘thank you to all concerned’ for getting our medical centre up and running again and a belated welcome to Dr Akeem and staff.

Having been to Dr Akeem in the past, when he was working in Toodyay for the Wheatbelt Health Network, I felt like I was meeting an old friend.

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Millie Heath

Positive outcomes

CONGRATULATIONS to Toodyay’s two new Councillors and the returned elected member at last month’s Shire elections.

I thank the Toodyay community for their support and votes at the election.

During the past four years, my role as a Councillor has been an incredible experience.

At times it has been all-consuming.

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Susan Pearce
(Former Toodyay Shire Councillor)
Hoddys Well

We made changes

IT HAS been a privilege to serve on the Toodyay Shire Council for the last four years.

Now seems like a good opportunity to share my reflections on that time.

When I was first on Council, I saw the administration providing agendas for meetings that had little or no input from councillors.

For example, annual budgets were initially provided to Council with no opportunity for members to provide strategic input.

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Phil Hart

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

Valley of broken dreams

MY HUSBAND and I bought our dream retirement block in Julimar almost 10 years ago now.

Eighty acres of pristine forest in the corridor between the Avon Valley and the Julimar State Forest became our new home.

The first thing we built was a pizza oven so that we could relax, watch the sunset and listen to the bird song.

We then built off-grid chalets for ourselves, our children and their grandchildren.
These also function as a writers’ retreat so that others enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful valley as a creative space.

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Kirsten Lambert

Concern over mockery

I WOULD like to comment on last month’s Herald letter “Peculiar creatures” in which a writer has again raised the Wagyl.

I’m not concerned with the writer’s personal view, but I am concerned about continued mocking of the Wagyl.

Traditionally to Noongar, the Wagyl is creator of the universe and giver of lore, dominating the earth and sky and created waterways, country, family and knowledge.

Surely this concept would sound familiar to many of us.

It is hardly different to other cultures and religions across the world, including Islam, Christianity and the beliefs of other Indigenous peoples in other countries.

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Helen Shanks

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