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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.