Published on Thursday, 17 March 2022 at 8:19:46 AM

The Shire of Toodyay regrets a recent error which resulted in the demolition of a cottage at 45 Telegraph Road in Toodyay – a property listed as a Category 3 on the Shire’s Municipal Inventory.

When performing the standard due diligence checks at the time the application was submitted, Officers were not automatically alerted to the property being on the Municipal Inventory - which would be normal process. The subject site also falls outside the area denoted in Local Planning Policy No. 20 - Central Toodyay Heritage Area. These checks have been used without fail by the Shire for many years. Hence there was no reason to suspect a false negative result. It is not clear why the memo was not included on this particular property and is being investigated.

The Shire is committed to reviewing its processes - including improving its checks and balances to ensure this situation does not occur again.

The Shire of Toodyay apologises to the community for this error.

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