Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

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 at­mu­ni­­munda-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.

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