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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.


Restricted burning period ends early

Due to the seasonal conditions, and associated allowances of Section 18 of Bush Fires Act 1954, the Shire of Toodyay hereby provides notice that it will end the restricted burning period from midnight Wednesday 20th April 2016.


Aged care crisis looms

TODYAY faces a severe housing crisis due to the shire’s rapidly ageing population, according to a new draft local government report on future community needs.

It also says the lack of local public transport is a “stand-out deficiency” that threatens to trap older local residents in smaller towns and on farms, deny them access to health care and create a risk of social isolation.


Toodyay glitters in tidy town awards

TOODYAY turned it on for last month’s national tidy towns awards when 150 VIP guests, participants and supporters from all over Australia filled the Memorial Hall to see Tasmanian town Triabunna win the overall competition and take out the 2016 Tidy Town title at a gala dinner and presentation night.

The prestigious event capped a year of planning by 2015 national champion Toodyay.


'Hell or High Water' for new-look Avon Descent

THIS YEAR’s 124km Avon Descent river race through Toodyay is being planned as a new-look “Hell or High Water” event.

Falling water levels in recent years have prompted race organisers to drop the “white water classic” label for the 43rd Avon Descent and relaunch it as a quasi-iron man marathon.


State moves to block court challenge as landfill works continue

THE STATE has moved to oppose a WA Supreme Court bid by five Hoddys Well residents to stop plans to dump two million tonnes of rotting Perth garbage in  Toodyay.

Exclusive new aerial photo-graphs show that heavy earthworks are continuing on the first stage of the 50ha site near Jimperding Brook, which feeds directly into the Avon River after passing under Toodyay Road.


Scouts prepare to stand silent overnight vigil for Anzac Day

ANZAC Day is traditionally one of the scouting calendar’s biggest events. For many years, the scouts have participated in Toodyay’s Anzac Day service and parade.They are also an important part of a joint cooperative between the Toodyay RSL and the Toodyay Scouts – the Anzac Vigil.

With RSL support, local scouts will stand  vigil at the Toodyay War Memorial, with members standing silently at quarters during the night.


NBN gears up for mid-year rollout

WORKMEN last month laid heavy cables down Stirling Terrace to link to the new high-speed National Broadband Network to a new 40m wireless transmission tower (pictured) at Lloyd’s Hill on Drummondi Drive, behind the racecourse.

The work, which was tidied up for the National Tidy Towns awards in Toodyay on March 18, is expected to enable local residents to connect to new NBN internet services by the middle of the year.


Near-secret meeting backflips on liquor store security bid

IN AN EXTRAORDINARY backflip conducted in near total secrecy, the Shire of Toodyay convened a special council meeting last month to reverse a decision to allow security roller shutters to be installed at the town’s liquor store in Stirling Terrace.


Weapons seized in wild street brawl

A WILD Friday night brawl in Toodyay’s main street in which police seized a tomahawk and a hammer resulted in one person apprehended and possible charges against six others who fled the scene.

The fight broke out in Stirling Terrace near Henry Street at about 8pm on March 18 while Australia’s national Tidy Towns’ winners were being announced 600m away at a VIP Memorial Hall dinner attended by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson.


Coming Events

Alpaca Week
Saturday, April 30 to Sunday, May 8. Toffee Woods Alpacas open farm 9am-4pm daily. Melinda 0438 925 624.

Adam Brand at Noble Falls Estate
Friday May 6. Tickets 9574 6255. Doors open 6pm.
Toodyay Golf Club
Season Opener May 8 at noon.  Aaron Boston 0407 318 984
First Aid Course
Saturday, May 14 Toodyay St John Ambulance Sub-Centre. Carolynne 9574 2390. Email sjatoodyay@
Toodyay Community Garden
Information and input session Sunday May 21 at 9am - Community Garden site, 13 Clinton Street. Also Monday May 23, 10am and Thursday May 26 at 7pm at the Toodyay Library
Toodyay Farmers' Market
Stirling Park, Sunday, May 21 from 9am - 1pm
CWA Cancer Morning Tea
The annual Morning Tea, which raises funds for the Cancer Council will be held on Monday, May 30 at the CWA Hall
Fibre Festival
Sunday June 5, Stirling Park, Memorial Hall and around town






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