New­ton’s Ned­lands lore

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By ROSANNA CAN­DLER

WHY is it that so many of Perth’s most sig­nif­i­cant and beloved per­son­al­i­ties live in Ned­lands?

Af­ter pon­der­ing this ques­tion for years, City of Ned­lands com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michelle New­ton has em­barked on a pas­sion pro­ject to pro­file 12 no­table lo­cal res­i­dents called Faces of Ned­lands.

The Western Sub­urbs Weekly will pub­lish an ex­cerpt from the se­ries each month, be­fore the com­pleted sto­ries are pub­lished in a com­mu­nity book­let next year.

“My grand­mother used to live in Ned­lands, so I have been hear­ing amaz­ing sto­ries about peo­ple who come from this area for a very long time,” Ms New­ton said.

“Now, work­ing at the coun­cil, I know of lots of peo­ple who fly un­der the radar, ev­ery­day peo­ple who do re­ally great things in the com­mu­nity.

“I hope this pro­ject will bring out a sense of com­mu­nity and re­mind peo­ple to feel proud that they live in a great and prom­i­nent place.”

Ms New­ton said her first pub­lished pro­file would be on Steves bar and res­tau­rant owner Mur­ray McHenry.

“He was my first in­ter­view with a lot of very in­ter­est­ing sto­ries to tell,” she said.

“Mur­ray was very gen­er­ous with his time; he is an all-round busi­ness­man and it is no sur­prise that he has his fin­ger in a num­ber of pies around Ned­lands.”

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