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Perth actor now honorary Perth citizen


Perth raised and trained actor Lisa McCune is the first person to become an honorary citizen of Perth.

Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi, who bestowed the ‘citizenship’ upon McCune, said she did so to laud the actor’s “significant contributions to her profession and as an advocate of Perth”.

Sydney-born McCune grew up in Perth, first performing on stage at the age of 15 playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the Limelight Theatre in Wanneroo. She graduated from Greenwood Senior High School and attended the locally-prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

After graduating from WAAPA, McCune started work in Sydney and Melbourne. She shot to fame in 1993, aged 22, when she debuted as Constable Maggie Doyle in the feel-good Aussie cop drama Blue Heelers. She has since won four gold logies.

McCune is the first person – from Perth or elsewhere – to be awarded honorary Perth citizenship.

She is back in Perth to perform in the musical South Pacific, taking centre stage as Nellie Forbush.

Ms Scaffidi today proclaimed that honorary citizenship would henceforth be granted when someone was considered “especially admirable or worthy of the distinction”.

“It is wonderful to welcome Lisa McCune back to Perth, the place she grew up and discovered her passion for acting,” Ms Scaffidi waxed.

“As a WAAPA graduate, Lisa McCune is an inspiration to a host of talented young Western Australians and we are privileged to have her back performing in such an acclaimed production.”

The pictured presentation occurred at what Ms Scaffidi called an “intimate function” at Perth’s Council House.

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