Councillor tilts at title again
SHALOM House founder and recently-elected City of Swan councillor Peter Lyndon-James is in the running for a second year in a row for the 2018 WA Australian of the Year title.
The Henley Brook resident is among a medical researcher, a doctor for the homeless, champions for women and seniors, an Aboriginal storyteller and sportspeople who have been nominated for using their profile to make a difference.
Mr Lyndon-James was in and out of prisons from the age of nine and addicted to drugs for 26 years.
In 2001, the one-time career criminal left jail for the last time, studied theology and spent five years as a volunteer chaplain at Acacia Prison.
In 2012 he opened Shalom House in Perth’s Swan Valley, a 140-bed facility he calls “the strictest rehab in Australia”.
The winner of the title will be announced on November 22 at Government House in Perth.