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Hotel boom hits town

Michael Sinclair-Jones 

TOODYAY'S HISTORIC Freemasons Hotel is undergoing a major $100,000 refit with a new sports bar, TAB facilities, Foxtel and new beer garden at the rear. The latest development follows last month’s announcement of a $2.5 million renovation at the Vic, which was recently bought by IGA store owner Dean Carter.

Freemasons Hotel owner John Pearce said he had applied for a TAB licence following the closure of betting facilities at the Victoria Hotel, which shut a week before Christmas.


ANZAC trees to stay as voting rights disputed

TWO THREATENED Anzac Memorial Park trees have been spared the axe – at least temporarily – after the Toodyay Shire Council agreed last month to work harder instead to seek money for a new heavyhaulage bypass route around the town. 


Kung fu chef hunts elusive 'black gold' truffles

Ieva Tomsons

ONE WORD you’d never apply to master chef Alain Fabregues is ‘mediocre’.

After more than 50 years, Alain has stepped away from the hothouse of cutting-edge cuisine to concentrate on growing truffles on his Toodyay farm.

“I’ve had too many pans in the air,” he said, “and if it doesn’t happen this year – the experiment is over”.


Roads, bridge cut as flooded Avon River bursts banks




High and Dry in Duidgee Park


Katrine Bridge cut by last month's flood


Toodyay's Aquatic Centre (Cartoon)


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Police Beat

A TOODYAY man was arrested and spent the night in Perth police lock-up after he and another man jumped off Newcastle Bridge at the height of last month’s flood. 


They were among at least six local adults warned about putting lives at risk during the flood, in which two people died elsewhere in WA.


Residents' group asks for answers

Toodyay Progress Association 

Larry Graham, Chair

TOODYAY RESIDENTS filled the town’s community centre for the inaugural meeting of our newly formed association. 

Among them were the Toodyay Shire President, two former shire presidents, five serving and former councillors, a former shire CEO and local MP Shane Love.


Gobbledygook turkey talk hinders communication


Soup salad perfect for ripe Roma tomatoes

A taste of Toodyay

THIS MONTH the Page 3 profile features Alain Fabrègues the former owner and chef of the famous Loose Box Restaurant in Mundaring. 

While speaking to Alain, he kindly agreed that we could use any of the recipes from his book Degustation – A Master Chef’s Life Through Menus for our Taste of Toodyay column. 

Many people will still be harvesting tomatoes and to quote from Alain’s book: 

“A hot summer’s night? 

“A few friends around the pool? “Gazpacho is the great Spanish ‘soup salad’.”


Coming Events

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Emergency WA - Smoke and other Alerts
Emergency Alert advice is available HERE
Emergency Information HERE
Open Day - Saturday, March 25, 9am - 3pm. Melinda 0438 925 624
Saturday, March 25, Duigee Park, Stirling Park, St Stephen's. enquiries@
Triumph Rider World Record Bid
April 1-2, York. Lorin Sole, triumphriderswa@gmail.com
Mobile Library, Wooroloo Hall
Mundaring Public Library at Wooroloo Hall
Tuesday, April 4, 9-11am. Contact Jenny – 9290 6780
Saturday, April 8, Town Oval from 9am. See advert March issue
Anzac Day Parade
April 25. 6am Dawn Service, followed by breakfast, march and Service at 11am
Shire Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 30, Wicklow Shearing Shed 10am-3.30pm
Moondyne Festival
Sunday, May 7. Jas 0412 710 253 or
moondynecommittee@ gmail.com.au.



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