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News No. 3: May 2019 from our President, Sarah Dudley

National Volunteers Week

This week is National Volunteers Week, a time when communities recognise the effort which goes into volunteering. Toodyay is blessed with many volunteers, to mention but a few: SES, Firies, Ambos, CRC, Mens Shed, footy and other sport, Fibre Festival, TFOR….. all of whom sacrifice their own time for the welfare and good of the community. Each endeavours to make a difference by means of his/her contribution. Today is the time for me (your President) to thank each and every TFOR volunteer for your valuable ‘part contribution’ to the whole. Contributions take many forms, each of which is appreciated and acknowledged. We are a group endeavouring to enhance the quality of our River Avon and its feeder brooks. We also contribute to creating a biodiverse and sustainable ecosystem on either side of the river. A particular ‘thank you’ to both the Management Committee (Wayne (Treasurer), Robyn (Secretary), Jenny, Guy, Liz, Desrae, Grahame and Greg) and to the Steering group piloting the applications for funding for decreasing the erosion and enhancing the quality of the riparian zone below the Pelham Brook Outlet (Peggy, Bridget, Greg, Wayne and myself).

Recent news

We are hoping to develop a staged approach to rectifying the degraded area below the Pelham Brook Outlet behind the Anglican Church. The Steering Committee has met with the Shire representatives (Stan, Scott, Richard and Greg) to ensure we are in effective communication with each other and each is aware of what the other is proposing. The Shire is hoping to develop a circular route for both walkers and wheels which will entail a more accessible section of the Bilya Walk Track in the town section. The Steering group has also met with the consultant who worked with Liz on the 2009 Concept Design for the same area, with very fruitful results. We were fortunate to be successful in our first grant application to receive $5000 which is contributing towards our community consultation and the work of our consultant. The second grant application from State NRM is a major task which we are bravely tackling as this goes to press. A particular accolade to Bridget Leggett who is driving this lengthy application when not out refuelling her sanity by walking many kilometres of bush tracks!


The date of the working bee on Boyagerring Brook at Foggarthorpe, scheduled for June, has changed, but will still go ahead.
Many thanks to the Seed Orchard Group who have nursed the seedlings along. Details for the planting will be sent out a few days beforehand.
If you have some friends or neighbours that understand how to plant successfully and who would like to share their morning with us, bring them along too, as many hands make light work. It is probably best if those who wish to car pool gather at the Service Station at the beginning of the Goomalling Rd at 8.50am. Otherwise there is the option of driving into the paddock until the track becomes close to the Brook.

Lastly - a gentle reminder of the fact that our AGM is scheduled for 11.30 August 11th at the Community Depot - and this requires folks volunteering for various positions. Due to folks traveling overseas nomination forms will be circulated early - in early July. Please don’t be shy in volunteering!

Sarah Dudley – President, TFOR Inc. Ph. 0428129477


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Updated 8th June 2019