The Toodyay Herald is a free monthly newspaper published and owned by a not-for-profit incorporated association – The Toodyay Herald Inc. The newspaper aims to serve Toodyay and surrounding districts as a quality source of local news and advertising.

It prints 4250 copies each month (except in January), with 2800 delivered to post office boxes and the remainder available at newsstands and businesses throughout the district. The Herald is staffed by volunteers and operates as an independent local news outlet bound by the media industry code of conduct. All proceeds are required by law to be reinvested in producing a quality newspaper for the local community. The Toodyay Herald is also available online.

The Toodyay Herald (Inc) would like to recognise the assistance of the Wheatbelt Development Commission's Community Chest Fund through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program in providing a grant to assist with the updating of this website.


Vic Hotel 2nd in Steak Sandwich 'fangability' comp

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has announced Tall Timbers, of Manjimup, as the winner of the AHA's Best Country WA Steak Sandwich for 2016. The Victoria Hotel in Toodyay placed second.  To 'Toodyayites' however, the Vic is still the winner.


City dogs maul sheep

NUNILE sheep farmer Des Driessen has a warning for weekend visitors who bring their city dogs to Toodyay – lock them up at night or risk having them poisoned.

Des says he has lost 42 fine-wool merino ewes worth up to $200 each and a top stud ram worth about $2000 since last year’s shearing season – all savagely torn apart in night-time dog attacks.

.“They’re silent killers, they don’t bark and it sickens me in the morning when I find sheep on my property with their throats torn out and hind legs butchered,” Mr Driessen said.


Moondyne magic attracts bumper crowd

Hundreds gather in Stirling Terrace to witness one of two mock trials of Moondyne Joe (pictured below right) for stealing a horse, bridle and saddle.

Perfect autumn weather for this year’s annual Moondye Fesival and a big range of attractions – including a moustache competition, sheep shearing, swaggies, musketry, floozy contest, colonial coppers and town crier – drew 3000 people.


Sandakan scholarship winners

Winners of the 2016 Sandakan Scholarship Tour recently met with sponsors and the RSL President for photographs and conversation and received best wishes for their journey to Borneo in April.

Pictured left (l-r) are Michael McGuiness (Toodyay Dental Clinic), Ina Prior (Toodyay Op Shop), Peter Brennan (RSL President), Kobe Wakka, Catherine Fletcher (joint 2016 Sandakan Scholarship Tour winners), Cr Therese Chitty and Kirsten Barrack (Bendigo Bank). 

2016 Scholarship winners Catherine and Kobe have recently returned from their trip and we will publish their story in The Herald June edition.


What do you want your shire to look like?

THE SHIRE of Toodyay will use a public survey to find out what people want their shire to look like over the next five years.


Falling asleep in the Mad Hatter's teapot

Bat in The Belfrey

Geoff Appleby

THE SHIRE of Toodyay’s apparent inability to produce accurate policy documents for council meetings continued in even more of a muddle last month with a ‘local planning strategy review’ full of basic drafting errors.


A tidy farewell for Beth

Toodyay Tidy Towns

Greg Warburton

THE TOODYAY Tidy Towns Committee is now thinking about the way forward after its national achievements.

Our Shire continues to support and guide the committee on its path as we aim to strengthen and enhance our effectiveness.

All the team members are committed to continuing our core work of litter and waste management and, of course, keeping Adopt-a-Spot strong but we are also inspired by future possibilities.


TRG squad called to 'armed siege'

TWO ALLEGED domestic violence sieges at the same address on the same night last month have led to a man being jailed for breach of parole and further charges being laid.

Police were called to a rural property in Clackline about 10pm on a Sunday by a man who claimed he had just been attacked in his home by a cousin armed with a Bowie knife.


Illegal dumping mars Anzac Day break

Greg Warburton

WHILE most of us were remembering our fallen service men and women over the Anzac Day long weekend it seems others took advantage of the holiday to undertake illegal dumping throughout the shire.

By Tuesday, several reports had come in of dumped rubbish and tyres including one incident where the equivalent of four trailer/ute loads had been deposited in a nature reserve at Coondle West.


ANZAC Day 2016

RAIN failed to deter more than 250 people from attending Toodyay’s 2016 Anzac Day Dawn Service, followed by a traditional Gunfire Breakfast cooked and served by Toodyay Lions Club members.

About 200 people attended the 10.30am parade from Stirling Terrace to the town War Memorial where wreaths were laid, songs presented by the Toodyay singers and a short wartime play enacted by the Toodyay Theatre Group.

 The commemorative morning ended with drinks and lunch at the Toodyay Club.


Coming Events

Fibre Festival
Sunday June 5, Stirling Park, Memorial Hall and around town
Toodyay Miniature Railway
Sunday, June 5 and Monday June 6, Duidgee Park. June or Stan Eastwood 9574 4462 or 9574 4507..
Cancer Council & Toodyay CWA
'Downstairs' (Secret women's business) Gynaecologic Oncologist presentation, morning tea, question time. Friday, June 10, CWA Hall, 10am - RSVP Viv 9574 4871.
Independent Senator Dio Wang
Meet Senator Wang at Coca Cola Cafe on Friday, June 10 between 10am and 1pm.
Toodyay Miniature Railway
Sunday, June 19, Duidgee Park. June or Stan Eastwood 9574 4462 or 9574 4507.
Avon Woodturners
Weekend Workshop, June 18 and 19. Pavillion at the Toodyay Recreation Centre. Max Heath 9574 2069.
Toodyay Farmers Market
Suuday, June 19 from 9am-1pm.
Toodyay Youthcare Council
Quiz Night - Saturday, June 25, 7pm at the Baptist Church. Bookings essential or 9574 4915 (Vivienne).
Toodyay Chamber of Commerce 
Social Media Sundowner Wednesday, July 6, 5.30pm, Upstairs, Toodyay Bakery. RSVP Mark 9574 4741, 0439 865 303. Email
WA Endurance Riding Association
Endurance ride, 80km, 40km and 20km distances. Mokine, near Northam. Local riders welcome. Entry form on website or Amanda Rayner 9622 9533, 0417 869 195

International Food Festival
Saturday 6 August 10am-4pm in conjunction with the Avon Descent




Copyright © 2008-2016 Toodyay Herald and Web's Creative Studios | admin