More major roadworks delay Toodyay traffic

The eastern end of a big section of Toodyay Road being rebuilt between Lovers Lane and Jingaling Brook Road.

CONSTRUCTION has begun on a major re-alignment of Toodyay Road between Lovers Lane and Jingaling Brook Road.

MainRoads WA has built a sealed temporary 60km/h bypass around the construction area, which includes heavy earthworks and vegetation clearing to straighten dangerous bends and install a new 2.2km overtaking lane.

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Toodyay cafes suffer as virus roadblocks return

Police wearing face masks stop traffic on Toodyay Road at Morangup after Perth went into a new Covid-19 lockdown at the start of this month. Photo: Peter Harms.

LOCAL cafes and other tourism operators suffered a sudden downturn at the start of this month when the State Government imposed a new five-day emergency lockdown to contain a fresh outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 virus in Perth.

A police roadblock was reimposed on Toodyay Road near Morangup Road and officers turned away all motorists without an exemption or a valid reason to travel.

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Clean energy mineral boom

Cashed-up miner spends $7m on Julimar farms as shares skyrocket 2400 per cent

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

TOODYAY is gearing up to be a world player in supplying raw materials for new global clean energy markets after “exceptional” results from recent test drilling for rare precious metals in Julimar.

A report to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) suggests Toodyay may be heading for an economic bonanza in new jobs, supplies and corporate community funding.

The discovery has triggered a rush by rival explorers to peg other large areas of Toodyay in the hope of finding similar deposits.

Chalice Gold Mines shares have skyrocketed by more than 2400 per cent since mid-March, bolstered by last month’s announcement that the explorer had bought three Julimar farms for a total of $7 million in cash and a further $7 million in shares.

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Simply the best

Champion Toodyay bakers Jason Marion (left) and pastry chef Samson Woodford prepare a tray of Australia’s best sausage rolls.

Toodyay Bakery wins best national sausage roll

HE’S DONE it again.

Toodyay’s seemingly unstoppable champion baker Jason Marion and his talented team have brought home yet another national award, this time for Australia’s best sausage roll.

With Champion Pie already under their belt from the 2020 Perth Royal Food Awards, Toodyay Bakery scored seven more gold and two silver medals at Sydney’s recent Covid-delayed national awards.

It was an all-Toodyay affair in Sydney with ingredients from The Meat Hook, Baillee Farm and local IGA store.

More gold medals were won for Toodyay Bakery’s African lamb berbere, vegan korma masala, bushchook pie, butter chicken, apple cinnamon pie and Christmas pie.

Silvers went to good old plain meat pies and an “Apprentice Plain Mince Pie” by Olivia Jarquin Baugh.

Good spirits of Ballardong ancestors called on to watch over Toodyay’s new pool

Ballardong Elder Charmaine Miles delivers a “Welcome to Country” as local Labor MP Darren West watches on at last month’s official opening of Toodyay’s new $14 million recreation centre and pool.

Welcome to Country

IT’S A GREAT privilege to represent my people and my culture on this very important day.

I thank the Shire of Toodyay for inviting me here to say a few words and to welcome you all ‘to country’.

I’m a Ballardong woman, I speak the Ballardong language and I continue to connect with my culture on so many levels.

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Shire contract signed after concern over legal risk

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

A SIX-WEEK delay in signing a new contract to manage Toodyay’s recently opened $14 million recreation centre caused a dramatic special council meeting to be called at short notice last month.

It followed last month’s ordinary meeting when three councillors led by Cr Therese Chitty (pictured right with Cr Paula Greenway at  the official opening on November 21) used a short break to sign a formal demand for an immediate special meeting.

Cr Chitty had tried earlier to raise her concerns over the absence of a signed contract as new business “of a very urgent nature that leaves the council at risk”.

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‘Absolute powder keg’ in inquiry report

Discredited former Toodyay Shire CEO Stan Scott (left) and former shire president Brian Rayner, who failed to control reckless spending and still sits on the council.

Councillor accuses new CEO of ‘half-arsed’ response to report recommendations

By Michael Sinclair-Jones

FORMER CEO Stan Scott has been slammed for financial mismanagement, failures under local government law, conflict of interest and unethical conduct in 14 of 25 adverse findings against the Shire of Toodyay tabled in State Parliament last month.

A report on a 20-month State Government inquiry also says shire councillors failed to comply with local government regulations when they voted 9-0 in 2013 to sue two former civic leaders in a botched WA Supreme Court case that cost ratepayers $550,000 in lost legal fees.

Councillors were also castigated for failing to properly manage the former CEO’s behaviour and actions over a seven-year period examined by the inquiry.

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Young families grab their togs to make historic splash in Toodyay’s long-awaited new pool

There was plenty for young families to celebrate in the wading pool (above) on the first day of swimming last month at Toodyay’s new Aquatic Centre near the town’s high school. The pool complex and kiosk is part of Toodyay’s new $14 million sport and recreation centre which the Shire of Toodyay will officially open at a public ceremony starting at 10.30am on Saturday November 21. The event will feature visiting sports stars, VIP guest speakers, an official ribbon cutting ceremony and plaque unveiling, a Toodyay Locals Care sausage sizzle to raise funds for local charity and ice cream and coffee vans.

Above: Local historian Milton Baxter was the first swimmer to dive into Toodyay’s new public pool last month. RIGHT: The deep end was a bit chilly at 9am but the pool is expected to be heated by July next year. 


There’ll be plenty of this in the warm months ahead.


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