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Madora Bay


What's in a Name?

First approved as Madora in 1990, and amended to Madora Bay in 2003, this suburb derives its name from “Madora Beach Estate” of 1960. The estate was a development of Perry’s Estate Agency in Mandurah, and the name was derived from two Western Australian place names: Chadora, a mill and railway siding near Dwellingup, and Mandora, a cattle station between Broome and Port Hedland.


Community Profile- Madora Bay


Character and Community Spirit

Madora Bay is a quiet beach side community that has managed to retain its country feel despite being so close to Perth and Mandurah. Madora Bay has a history as a popular holiday destination with beach shacks and holiday houses and this still resonates in current times. Residents describe the character of Madora as relaxed, friendly, peaceful and safe. Madora Bay has managed to hold onto the small country town feel despite the large and fast growth within and around Mandurah.

• ‘Laid back and quiet with community spirit’ – Kylie Grant
• ‘Quiet, old fashioned and safe’ – Peter and Jeanette Donovam
• ‘Relaxed holiday atmosphere’ – Bob Pike
• ‘Old school beach village’ - Georgie Feodorov

The community spirit within Madora Bay is overwhelmingly positive with residents stating that the community is both friendly and helpful. Residents and visitors feel welcomed into the area as people greet one another in the street and often stop to have a chat when out and about around Madora Bay.

• ‘People wave and chat to each other as they walk past’ – Tracey Briene
• ‘Everybody chats on the beach and when walking’ – Kelly Anderson

Residents feel that their neighbours are helpful and supportive.

• ‘Neighbours looking after each other bringing in dustbins for those of us not here’ – Mrs E. Skinner
• ‘Our neighbours are nice and take care of each others mail etc when away’ – R. McLennan
• ‘Caring and neighbourly help with lawns – watering’ – Kristi Knight

There are pockets of the community that organise informal gatherings such as street parties and walking groups. Their examples demonstrate a strong community network within Madora Bay however there are still people in the community that feel more needs to be done to create a stronger feeling of ‘togetherness’.

• ‘Our street often have “street parties” etc and we all go walking together every evening’ – Carlina Brady
• ‘Friendly- Karaoke evening packed with excitement’ – Sue Cummings
• ‘Outgoing and positive. Our street has a street party each year’ – Colin and Genevieve Ferguson
• ‘Not enough Community activities to show its true spirit (which is relaxed and friendly)’- Todd Lamond
• ‘Better than most areas but most people still don’t get involved but great to have Residents Association shows there is at least a few persons actively promoting area’- Simone Harratt

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Community Facilities and Groups

Madora Bay Community Hall

The Madora Bay Community Hall is located on Orelia Street. It is a small hall with hard-wood floors and face brick, with a private children’s playground which overlooks Coote Reserve. The centre is ideal for a variety of smaller functions such as family reunions, club meetings, training sessions and seminars.

The community hall is well rooted in the history of Madora Bay as it was once the hub of community activity. Allan Withers a long term resident of Madora Bay talks about Madora Bay Community hall and how it was once a popular meeting place.

‘Once the hall was built, well it never looked back, they had indoor bowls, they had card afternoons, they had sewing afternoons, we had a play school up there, Friday evenings was youth night, for the elder children, then they had, every Christmas we used to have a, the Women’s Auxiliary would get it catered, put on a Christmas part for all those that lived in Madora.’

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Natural Landscape and Open Space


The beach is a significant asset to the Madora Bay community. It is not only a valued natural area, it is also a place for a range of recreational activities including walking, swimming, surfing, fishing and boating. The character of the Madora Bay has been shaped by the lifestyle that comes with living near the beach as well as the history of Madora Bay as a holiday beach shack destination. Parks and bushland are also highly valued by the community for recreational, environmental and aesthetic reasons.

• McLennan Park
• Challenger Park
• Harry Perry Park
• Tranby Street Bushland
• Charlie and Dorthy Coote Reserve
• Karinga Reserve

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The Madora Bay Community Festival held on Sunday the 18th January was a huge success with over 200 local residents and children attending. The festival was organised and financially supported by the Madora Bay Residents Association and the City of Mandurah. H & N Perry also contributed by supporting the Nearer to Nature touch pool display.

The day had a Princess and Pirates theme and strong family focus. There were plenty of fun and educational activities including Pirates Rugby Club running drills, Coast Care and Nearer to Nature activities with an environmental focus, a Princess and Pirates dress up competition and mapping exercise and oral history display run by the City.

The event was proudly supported by Mayor Paddi Creevey who awarded the prize to best princess and best pirate costume. Councillor Syd Wilson, Councillor Doug Cavanagh and a number of the Community Development Team came down on the day to support the event.

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Oral History by Allan Withers

Allan Withers has had a long connection with Madora Bay and an even longer connection with Mandurah. Alan and his family have resided in Madora Bay for nearly 40 years, it was a place where they came to holiday but it soon became their home. The museum staff who are skilled in collecting and recording oral histories interviewed Allan about how he came to live in Madora Bay and what it was like living there during the 60’s and 70’s.

Below are some excerpts of the transcript (to see full transcript click the link in the box on the side of this page).

Allan Withers tells the story of when he and his family decided to build in Madora Bay:

‘Madora Bay, good water, at 16 feet deep, so we decided on Madora Bay. That was, then we talked about it and talked about it, and in January/February of ’65 we purchased the block in Protector Court in Madora Bay. The roads then were practically nonexistent, they were very narrow bits or bitumen and limestone and one things and the other, and then we built our first house in 1972’

Living in Madora Bay in the early days:

‘The top price from memory in Madora Bay, those days was a beach block, a big block would cost you £1,500 or $3,000.00’

‘We had the power, no water, and if the power went off it went off it’d be off from anywhere from two hours to two [one] days, because we were fed those days from Rockingham down to Mandurah and I think the power went not much further down than Avalon’

‘Prior to that we put up a garage, and you weren’t supposed to do it, but we lived in it and so did a lot of other people, but nobody made a big song and dance about it, but of course as I said earlier, as Mandurah grew things sort of had to be brought into some kind of order, which was a good idea really because there was a whole lot of old shacks got demolished and decent housing was built, in fact some of them are still there. Our first house is still there, brick and tile, but some of the older places of course had to go.’

Some of the oldest places in Madora Bay:

Yes, there’s, the oldest ones there now, from memory are number 6 and 14 in Albion Road, 29 Challenger Road, 7 Success Street, corner of Albion and Sabina and number 3, 30 and 58 in Sabina.

Allan Withers describes the Madora Bay life style as:

‘Very good, very relaxed, excellent.’

Before the Madora Bay hall was built social gatherings took place at a number of locations:

‘When I went there they had a Rate Payers Association that got going, we used to have those meetings in front verandas, under crofts, garages, anywhere, in fact before we went there, they’d find a nice spot in the sand dunes, take morning tea and have a meeting.’

The history of the Madora Bay hall:

‘We got the hall open on the 30th of June 1979, by the late Mr Dudley Tuckey who was then President of the Shire of, yes it was the Shire then, of Mandurah.’

We put on an afternoon tea for Mr Tuckey of course, and other members that were invited to come along. It was a full blown afternoon tea that the ladies put on, the hall was packed. It was a great day; we had our own brand new hall.’
‘Once the hall was built, well it never looked back, they had indoor bowls, they had card afternoons, they had sewing afternoons, we had a play school up there, Friday evenings was youth night, for the elder children, then they had, every Christmas we used to have a, the Women’s Auxiliary would get it catered, put on a Christmas part for all those that lived in Madora.’

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