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News 4:  October 2018        From our President: Sarah Dudley (0428129477)
Spring is in the air, the year heads to a close and the roadside tea-trees are like a waving sea of snow in places. The River’s water level is decreasing and the drowned Casuarinas from the Feb 2016 floods are once again becoming visible.

  • Saturday October 6th celebrates the Toodyay Agricultural Show.

Our ‘Environment Matters’ marquee will be present once again, shared with the Toodyay Naturalists Club. Both TFOR and the Seed Orchard will be present with the aim of explaining to the public why we are needed, the work we do in this busy world and promoting the Bilya Walk Track. Information brochures will be present to assist us all. If you can spare an hour or so please feel free to help with the staffing of the marquee. We are not organising an official roster this year.

  • October Working Bees: Sunday 14th and Monday 15th.

We are asking that on both days we meet at the TFOR depot (The Junction), Railway Rd, at 8.00 am (summer time!). This will give us the opportunity to receive instructions re the day’s activities as we will all be going in different directions to conduct work and surveys around the 8 Monitoring Points. Please bring your weed identification books and cameras if you have them!

  • Saturday November 10th – 8.00 am End of Year Thankyou Breakfast along Cobblers Road at one of the pools – in the hope the river still has water flowing. More details re this lovely event will be forthcoming closer to the date. We aim to be finished by 10.30 am so that you have the rest of the day to focus on other things. 
  • News from the last Management Meeting

* We welcomed Jenny White as a new member. Jenny has agreed to shoulder     responsibility for some of the archival work which she will be very good at!
* We agreed that the best way to tackle meat-ants on the Bilya Walk Track was to cover the ant-infested areas with wood chips as they prefer open, dry areas to shaded, dark ones. So, no guessing as to what our main task will be in 2019!
* We discussed further ways to improve the Bilya Walk Track, ideas ranging from the development of a wetland to building a bridge or two…..
* We agreed that we would stay focussed on the improvement of the Walk Track rather than adopt a new project in 2019.

  • Any River photos?

       Kindly remember to forward these to Liz Kington ( for  
      inclusion in our TFOR Facebook.


From next month (May), working bees will change to the SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH (the first Sunday/Monday often clashed with public holidays and events such as Mother's/Father's Day). We also commence our winter start time of 9am.


The Bilya Walk Track, along the south-western bank of the Avon River in Toodyay is one of our regions most popular walks. If you haven't walked it yet you must put it on your 'to do' list. View the map of its location - and features

The Bilya walk track flanks Redbanks Pool, and passes the John Masters Bird Hide (a project of the Toodyay Naturalists' Club Inc.), connecting with Extracts Weir and the Millard's Pool picnic shelter. The Track features cultural and environmental interpretation, and further picnic facilities.
The Toodyay Friends of the River have made some changes to the middle section of the Bilya Walk Track, from Connor Bridge to Lloyd Reserve. The track follows the river more closely, providing a more pleasant outlook behind the businesses at the entrance to the town. Members upgraded this section during their September and October working bees. The next task is to control the weeds along this section, particularly bridal creeper. This will be added into our management programme.


View the latest copy of BIDDIP, the Friends great newsletter.


Our 2018 Programme has been revised


Wheatbelt NRM is the sponsor of our Biddip Newsletter. They also produce a regular Newsletter (including back issues)


The TNC is celebrating its fiftieth year in 2018, and has produced a comemorative book titled A guide to exploring Toodyay... naturally. It is available from the club for $27 plus P&P

TFOR is a Supporter Member of Toodyay Tidy Towns; they are on Facebook at

Updated 2 November 2018