Horse dispute prompts rates threat

Dave Wakeman (above) with Tommy at Coondle where he believes the shire is setting him up to fail in a five-year battle to keep two horses.

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

COONDLE resident Dave Wakeman says he will not pay rates due on his property this month because of a long-running dispute with the Shire of Toodyay over keeping two horses on his 2.2ha (6.5-acre) property.

“I will deduct $441 for a horse application fee that they required me to pay – only to set me up to fail,” Mr Wakeman said.

“Either that, or they can refund my money.”

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