Voters demand change

Toodyay’s new shire council at its first meeting last month: President Bill Manning (top table, second from right) next to Deputy President Rosemary Madacsi. Front table, from left: Crs Susan Pearce, Phil Hart, Beth Ruthven, Brian Rayner, Ben Bell and Therese Chitty (Cr Paula Greenway absent on approved leave). Executive Assistant Maria Rebane and Shire CEO Stan Scott are seated next to President Manning. Seated separately on the right: Shire Community Services Manager Audrey Bell and Planning and Development Manager Kobus Nieuwoudt.

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By Michael Sinclair-Jones
NEW SHIRE President Bill Manning says he is confident all members of a radically altered Toodyay council elected last month can “work together as a united team”.

His statement followed the swearing in of four new councillors after a big turn-out of local voters backed a united call for change.

President Manning and Cr Ben Bell were also sworn in after retaining their seats with a similar reform agenda at the October 19 WA local government elections.

The new-look council signals a major shift in policy direction after years of division and rancour.

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