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
Wattening

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
Toodyay

‘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
Toodyay

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.)

Nauseating

IT IS disgusting to hear that people have been stealing food from local charity Toodyay Locals Care – not just small amounts but 10 to 20 packets of food at a time.

This food is not meant to be party food or to sell elsewhere – it is for destitute people, the elderly and those who can’t cook for themselves or are in financial difficulty.

The food is not provided for thieves who have no regard for those in need but who want to enrich themselves in dubious ways.

These people are sickening, revolting and nauseating.

It is utterly shameful that such people exist in Toodyay.

Dr Monika Zechetmayr
Toodyay

‘Morals first’

FOR THE last seven and a half years I faithfully and wholeheartedly committed myself to the Toodyay community and its residents.

It is with a heavy heart that I have chosen to resign from council, but I have made this decision on the grounds I am choosing to put my own personal priorities, beliefs and morals first.

It would have been unfair to the community, and to myself, if I continued to serve the Shire of Toodyay without the passion and commitment I once had.

Toodyay is a beautiful community which I hold very close to my heart.

I will continue to serve Toodyay as a member of the general public, rather than on an official level.

I wish all remaining councillors all the best going forward.

Cr Paula Greenway
West Toodyay

Corridor carnage

IT IS curious that a public outcry and protest prevented the removal of two non-native trees on Anzac Avenue to allow for badly needed safety improvements but the annihilation of 100s of mature Wandoo, Jarrah and Marri trees at Jingaling Brook has caused hardly a murmur of objection.

Main Roads want to continue this destruction with a further 55ha of native woodland destined for the bulldozers and mulchers.

The mantra we hear from them, that is, the justification for this $100,000,000 27km project is road safety but they also tell us Toodyay Road has been identified as ‘strategic transport corridor’.

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Greg Warburton
Safe and Scenic Toodyay Road

Time to pay

HI EVERYONE. I just need to set a few things straight when it comes to the hay and hard feed distribution for the fire affected families in Gidge, Wooroloo and Bailup.

We are now out of the fire emergency stage and getting hay and feed to animals under emergency conditions, so this is where the distribution of this feed will now be changing.

As we need to ensure we keep supporting our local stockfeed suppliers we are asking that if you have not lost bulk amounts of feed through the fire that you start buying it.

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Karen Andrich
Gidgegannup

Soaring duets

I WAS fortunate to visit Toodyay recently for Music Fest where I attended a delightful and truly magnificent performance at the Anglican Church by a group of fabulously talented and versatile singers.

The program was a credit to organiser Emma Pettemerides and included sets by sopranos Penny Shaw, Harriet Marshall and Emma, tenor, Jun Zhang accompanied on keyboard by Tim Chapman.

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Nevia Medica
Doubleview

Heroes and angels

MY SON and I live in Bailup at the centre of the fire which started on February 1.
We watched as the smoke became darker and thicker.

Kangaroos appeared at the top of the hills and one of the poor roos was on fire. My heart broke and for the first time in my life I wished I had a rifle.

We packed what we could into the Hyundai, which wasn’t a lot – two cats, one bird, the dog, David’s Playstation, plus a few other things.

Then we went and caught the two horses, brought them down from the top paddock and put their halters on.

I had decided to go to Mundaring, but we had only driven 100m down Toodyay Road when we were met by a wall of flames.

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Yvonne and David
Bailup

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