Al­ways plenty hap­pen­ing

Midland Reporter - - News -

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.

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