Third Toodyay food outlet shuts

TOODYAY’S Spice and Grill Indian restaurant is the third food outlet in the town’s busy tourist precinct to close in recent weeks.

The former pizza restaurant shut last month, joining Wendouree Tearooms which closed in June and the Freemasons Hotel which shut the same month for renovations after sale talks collapsed.

Both Wendouree Tearooms and the Cola Café are also for sale.

It follows last month’s public auction (pictured above) of remaining stock, tools and equipment at Toodyay Autos, which closed in June after owner Brenton Chrimes was unable to sell the business.

The heritage-fronted building and land is for sale, along with the adjoining garden centre land and business lease, which has been on the market for at least two years.





New laws cause mass confusion

Some of the more than 300 angry farmers at last month’s Northam Town Hall meeting.

State refuses to delay start of stronger measures to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

AN ANGRY meeting of more than 300 farmers in Northam last month failed to delay the July 1 start of controversial new laws to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Speakers who objected to the new laws were loudly clapped and cheered in the packed Northam Town Hall by growers from as far away as Esperance and Pingelly.

The changes appear to have been rushed through without adequate public education or any clear indication of how they will affect hundreds of Wheatbelt landholders.

Local Aboriginal representatives say they should have been delayed.

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More iconic Stirling Terrace businesses up for grabs

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY’S colourful Cola Café (pictured behind the Freemasons Hotel, which was also recently back on the market after only a few months with new owners) is the latest leading local business to be offered for sale.

It joins the Toodyay Auto Centre and garden centre on the market after the Victoria Hotel and IGA store were sold last summer.

Wendouree Tea Rooms closed last month after the owners’ death but will reopen Friday and Saturday nights after a sale fell through.

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The Toodyay Herald is Moving

The week beginning June 5 will be memorable for The Toodyay Herald.

After almost 40 years in the building at 92 Stirling Terrace, Steve and Sue, the owners have decided that renovations are required and your local community newspaper is moving – just down the road.

We will need a week to sort, discard, pack, move and unpack, so the office will next open on Tuesday, June 13.

On and after that date you will find us at 111 Stirling Terrace – with the entry being off the yard at the rear of Christmas 360 shop.

Our ‘historic’ signs will also move so look out for their new locations.

We are planning to make the courtyard off Stirling Terrace available for use by not-for-profit community organisations, and details will be available once we have settled in.

Phone numbers and emails will not change.


Shire rates set to rise 7.2 per cent

By Michael Sinclair-Jones
PROPERTY rates in the Shire of Toodyay are set to rise 7.2 per cent.

Toodyay councillors voted 5-0 last month to advertise the proposed new rates (left) for public comment.

If adopted, the new budget measures will add $140 a year to household bills for town properties that pay $2000 in annual rates.

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New doctor signs lease to reopen medical centre

Everything looks ready to go inside Toodyay’s refurbished and re-painted Alma Beard Medical Centre in Stirling Terrace.

TOODYAY’S new doctor is expected to re-open the town’s medical centre this month.

Shire CEO Suzie Haslehurst said Dr Akeem Lawal – who worked in Toodyay last year – signed a new five-year lease last month.

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Ex-councillor fined $70,000 for false $5 billion claim

FORMER Toodyay shire councillor Ben Bell has been fined $70,000 and banned from company directorships for two years for making false claims about an alleged $5 billion mining deal.

The offences occurred while Mr Bell was serving on the Toodyay council and also cost his former employer $450,000 in fines.

Federal Court Judge Craig Colvin ordered last month that Mr Bell also pays $60,000 to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission in prosecution legal costs.

Judge Colvin said Mr Bell had made statements that he knew were “false or materially misleading” in London and Hong Kong in April and May 2018.

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Toodyay ‘Truth Telling’ display wins national award

NOONGAR Kaartdijin Aboriginal Corporation Chair Robert Miles (pointing) explains Newcastle Gaol Museum’s national award-winning Truth Telling display in Clinton Street to members and Toodyay Shire President Rosemary Madacsi.

The Gnulla Karnany Waangkiny (Our Truth Telling) exhibition in a former colonial prison cell won the national Indigenous Project Award at this year’s Australian Museums and Galleries Association Awards night in Newcastle, NSW.

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