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EIGHT TOODYAY SHIRE CANDIDATES OPPOSE MINING

NINE candidates have nominated to stand in the Toodyay Shire Council elections which close on Saturday October 19 and AHMAG has asked them if they oppose or support open-cut mining in the Avon Valley and hills.

The eight candidates who reject open-cut mining in our area are Beth Ruthven, Ben Bell, Phil Hart, Rosemary Madacsi, Brian Chambers, Susan Pearce, Bill Manning and Bruce Campbell. Bruce Guthrie said he was undecided as he would like to research the matter further. 

Remember, you can only vote for a maximum of six candidates, so make your vote count.

Fundraising for not-for-profit community groups such as AHMAG is vital to keeping groups afloat.

Throughout the year we run wood raffles, attend swap meets and sell plants at the Midland Farmers Market but October really puts us through our paces.

This month we will be spreading the message about the threat of open-cut mining to our local communities at two agricultural shows, one festival and a car boot sale.

Our fundraising sub-committee will be stretched to the limit this year as two events, the Toodyay Agricultural Show and Wundowie Iron Festival will both be held on Saturday October 12. The next day, Sunday October 13 we will be up again early to set up to sell plants and donated items at the Morangup Progress Association’s car boot sale at Morangup Hall in Wallaby Way.

The team gets a bit of a breather for a weekend before we attend the Gidgegannup Agricultural Show on Saturday October 26. Over the past five years we have sold pens, rainfall charts, stickers, stubby holders and keep cups to ensure we stay action ready for when the open-cut mining proponents resume their activities in earnest.

Stocks of our popular No Bauxite Mining in Avon and Hills stubby holders are now totally depleted and graphic artist Sandra Harms has produced a similar design with our mascot Nutbuster, the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo, sending a new message of No Open-Cut Mining in Avon and Hills. Sandra has also created a stunning Banksia design for a new line of merchandise, the calico eco-shopping bag which we hope will give Nutbuster a run for his money.

Pop into the AHMAG tent at any of these events, say hello, and show your support by purchasing any of our new items. It’s a small price to pay for making sure we protect our environment.

If you would like to donate plants or unwanted items for the car boot sale and future swap meets, please contact Hope and David Jones on 9572 9072.

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