HISTORY OF THE TOODYAY FRIENDS OF THE RIVER (INC) DECEMBER 1994 – TO -SEPTEMBER 2008
From the very beginnings of the Toodyay Friends of the River in 1994, Incorporation in August 1998 and to the present day, the group have demonstrated the dedication of community members to care of the Avon River as it winds itself, not only through the shire of Toodyay, but also into the heart of the community.
The 'physical hours' that have been documented on an annual basis, are an extremely small portion of the actual time volunteers have spent in their quest for Rivercare. Many, many hours have been undertaken completing submissions for funding, public relation exercises, weed trials, publicity and the momentous secretarial and treasurer commitments. The Group was extremely fortunate to have the constant 'listening ear' and assistance of the staff at the Northam office of the Department of Water,especially Bernie Kelly and Terry Brooks. Gratitude is also extended to the Friend's Patron, Viv Read, who has been a wonderful supporter and mentor, especially in sewing the initial seeds.
Finally, if it had not been for Wayne Clarke's vision in 1994, his persistence to promote his vision, and as first Chairperson of the Group in 1998, there may not have been a 'Friends of the River' in Toodyay.
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