This is the last printed edition of the Kalamunda Reporter to be delivered to your home or available at our network of pick-up points. But we remain committed to bringing you the best local news that is relevant to you and will continue to do so at www.communitynews.com.au/kalamunda-reporter, on our Facebook page and in our other publications. Today, we celebrate the past and look forward to continuing our great relationship.
THE expansive east was never snubbed by the Midland-Kalamunda Reporter, which was always on the ground to tell the importantg stories.
From the aged care crisis to council amalgamations, to the battle to save Midland Oval to Shalom House, there’s always been plenty for a reporter to sink their teeth into.
The Bellevue toxic fire in 2001 remains WA’s worst ever chemical blaze and left a massive clean up bill and lingering concerns for the health of firefighters and residents.
In 2008 the Lehman Brothers collapse rocked the City of Swan with its ‘safe’ investments plummeting in value during the global financial crisis. The council was one of dozens that bore the brunt of the collapse and led to legal action alleging Standard & Poor’s had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct. It was described as the biggest white collar crime in history.
Councils have always been hotbeds of intriguing stories for reporters and the series of events that led to the downfall of Shire of Kalamunda chief executive James Trail captivated the community. In December 2013 the Crime and Corruption Commission handed down a dossier of evidence that the former AugustaMargaret River and Kalamunda chief had racked up huge purchase orders with a technology company and allegations he was the recipient of overseas trips with generous travel allowances, tickets to international sporting events and other gifts.
Earlier that year the spectre of forced amalgamations gripped councils as former premier Colin Barnett unsuccessfully attempted to slash the number of Perth councils.
The battle to save Midland Oval rages on with the City of Swan forging a road through the middle of the oval earlier this year despite ongoing protests. While the Mayor said the redevelopment of the oval would build a vibrant, strong and exciting Midland for the next generation of families, Save Midland Oval supporters have accused the City of ignoring a groundswell of opposition to the plan. The division came to a head at a special electors’ meeting in June when Mayor David Lucas was struck in the head with a microphone.
In 2012 no one would have foreseen that a former drug addict who had spent his life in and out of jail would launch one of the strictest rehab facilities in the world, become a West Australian of the Year and eventually a Swan councillor. Peter Lyndon James opened the doors to Shalom House in 2012 as a place for drug-addicted men to dry out cold turkey. Cr LyndonJames now houses up to 140 men with serious drug or other addictions over 14 properties in the Swan Valley. However the organisation has been tied up in legal disputes with the City since 2015 when it ordered its Park Street facility in Henley Brook be shut down because it did not meet residential zoning requirements.
In 2008 the community farewelled its beloved mayor Charlie Gregorini who died after a tractor rolled over him on his Swan View property. Also farewelled was posthumous Oscar winner Heath Ledger, whose death in Manhattan at the age of 28 shocked the world. The Guildford Grammar alumni won critical acclaim for his role as the Joker.
Former Midvale Junior Football Club player Nic Nat made a splash at the West Coast Eagles when he debuted in 2009 and gave every young kid who kicked a footy the hope that they too could make the big league.
Swan Mayor David Lucas was left bleeding after a public meeting this year.