Axe claim disputed

BY CLAIMING that I proposed to a WA Parliamentary Select Committee the axing of the Shire of Toodyay and the merging five councils, last month’s editorial and other comments misrepresent my views.

Simply put, I did not propose “that the Shire of Toodyay should be axed to merge five Avon Valley local government authorities into a single new regional council” as The Herald claimed.

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Larry Graham

(Last month’s Herald quoted a December 2019 Page 1 story ‘Call to dump five shire CEOs to form new Avon Valley Council’ which was not disputed at the time by Mr Graham when he was Toodyay Progress Association Chair – Ed.)

Questionable hearsay

I REGULARLY enjoy Ol’ Blind Joe’s diverse and pithy jottings in The Toodyay Herald but his March column has stuck in my craw because it regurgitates some very questionable hearsay about fracking.

The technique of fracking, as used in hydrocarbon exploration, injects fluid (mostly water) at high pressure into deep rock formations to fracture them and liberate tightly bound gas or oil so that the products can be extracted and gathered at the surface just as in normal hydrocarbon production.

Fracking and similar drilling techniques have been used in Australia for decades without notable problem.

Despite this track record many in the community (including Joe) have expressed fears arising from two misconceptions.

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Peter Edwards
Retired petroleum geologist

Moondyne pride

WHAT a terrific day this year’s Moondyne Festival was.

My wife Kerry and I have been taking part for the past five years and some of the locals are starting to recognise us.

We are pleased to be part of this terrific event.

The community of Toodyay has every reason to be proud of the preparation, planning and hard work that makes the festival such a success.

We’re looking forward to next year.

Frank Cherry

Tea for Toodyay

THERE are many beautiful and memorable places in Australia and one recently opened in Toodyay – a new tea house.

We have visited this place of tea and mosaics twice, first for Low Tea and then for High Tea.

Our friends from out of town commented on the delicious food and teas, the marvellous setting and witty hostess.

It can’t get any better. Toodyay is blessed with another unique place and its praises ought to be sung loud and clear.

Monika Zechetmayr

Rangers’ kindness

THANK you to both of our shire rangers, Wade and Leon, especially Wade who came to my house and helped me with a very sick animal.

Your kindness was most appreciated.

We have two very special people as our shire rangers.

Brigid Giannasi

Window on mothers

I WAS privileged to go to our pristine town on Mother’s Day which is a time to reflect on the ones who bought us into the world, nurtured, cared and then said, tongue in cheek: “It is time for you to be on your own.”

Our mums provided us with the will to be who we are today; she worked hard, loved deeply but above all she was our mum.

I wandered through Toodyay and saw so many families eating lunch and hugging each other and felt so proud that in our small regional town we have caring and affection for others.

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Di Roberts

Clearing saves lives

I NOTE concerns raised in the last Toodyay Herald in regard to the clearing of trees to facilitate the Main Roads WA Toodyay road works project.

It is important to understand with projects of this nature that everything is built to a new Australian Safety Standard and clearing away from the road surface is part of those new safety standards.

Existing roads in our shire should be to a clearance standard of 5m wide and 4m in height.

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Stephanie Clarke

Hidden truck agenda

IF MAIN Roads WA recognised the environmental importance of Toodyay Road, why would it choose to put a 90m-wide, 11m-deep cut for several kilometres through beautiful Wandoo and Powderbark woodland around the Sandplain and Salt Valley Road intersections for an overtaking lane that could go elsewhere?

This part of Toodyay Road is too steep for heavy trucks, so Main Roads wants to lessen the gradient to enable trucking operators to cut 11 minutes off the journey and save millions of dollars.

From the start, the Toodyay Road upgrade was always sold by Main Roads as being about road safety.

But the more we find out about what is going on, the more it is about helping the trucking industry and the less about safety.

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Bethan Lloyd

‘Shame’ movie endures

Shame endures
RECENTLY I borrowed a DVD from the local library titled Shame which was filmed in Toodyay, Goomalling and Perth in 1987.

It is nearly 34 years old but having watched the whole film I believe it to be a classic which should be shown in all Australian high schools.

The theme for the film is respect for women, or lack of it – a hot topic these days.

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Vern Witney

Low-life scum

THE GIDGEGANNUP Recreation Club was broken into on April 6 and some low-life scum took items donated for families affected by the recent Wooroloo fire.

Thieves took power tools and about $6000 worth of new boxed work boots and a pressure cleaner which means we can no longer clean horse blankets.

The stolen items had been allocated to families in need to help them return to some sort of normality.

We are all devastated by this heartless act.

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Paul Carroll
President, Gidgegannup Recreation Club
(Many stolen items were later found hidden in nearby bush – Ed.)

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