In the interests of the Avon

Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2020 at 11:00:00 AM

All community members are invited to participate in a joint meeting of the Toodyay Friends of the River, Toodyay Naturalists Club and Toodyay Historical Society on Saturday, 15 February at 7.00pm in the CWA hall. The guest speaker will be Helen Brookes, hydrologist and Director of Urbaqua.  She will talk about issues, challenges and solutions for dealing with erosion and restoring a healthy ecosystem on the bank of the Avon River in the centre of Toodyay.  Her talk will be followed by a ‘Q & A’ session.  For further information. Please contact Bridget Leggett (TFOR Secretary)

Toodyay Friends of the River Inc have a busy year planned

Toodyay Friends of the River Inc (TFOR) are a local group whose work focuses on the conservation and rehabilitation of the Avon River in the Toodyay Shire. TFOR members have big plans for 2020

  • They include: monitoring the state of the river;   
  • reducing erosion and revegetating a hectare of the riverbank in the centre of Toodyay;
  • painting the John Masters bird hide and undertaking bird surveys with Birdlife Australia;
  • in-fill plantings at existing re-vegetation sites;   
  • and having fun at our monthly working bees!

Members hold their working bees monthly, on the second Sunday and following Monday from Autumn until the end of Spring. These are advertised on the TFOR notice board outside Drummond House (next to the Bendigo Bank). Visitors and new members are always very welcome.

If you would like a copy of the draft calendar for 2020, please email Bridget Leggett (TFOR Secretary) on

Kayak Launch Ramp at Millards Pool

With the increasing popularity of the Millard’s Pool as a walking, picnic and kayaking location it was suggested better access to the water would be appreciated by visitors.

The TFOR project crew thought about how best to do this and came up with a design that negated the need to have a permanent structure such as a jetty as this would be hard to obtain approval for. The design needed to make it easier and safer for people, especially kayakers and canoeists, but it also had to protect the fragile river bank from erosion damage. Thanks to Graham, Maurie, Bill, Corri and Greg the ramp was completed recently.

Within the first day it was being utilised by members of the public. The improved access should also encourage more people to paddle on Millard’s Pool which remains deep enough to paddle on right throughout summer.

The Toodyay Friends of the River intend to install a similar ramp at Weatherall Reserve on River Road where intense activity during Avon Descent has caused significant bank erosion there.

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