About our City
Mandurah is one of the most vibrant regional cities in Western Australia. Once a small fishing village that boomed during holiday periods, it now has a thriving population of nearly 65,000. Covering an area of 173.5km2, Mandurah follows the coast from its northern extremity at Madora to the Ramsar-listed wetland Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park 50km to the south.
It is the largest city in the Peel Region with 18 localities and a population per square kilometre of 346. Mandurah has about 695km of roads, 22km of canals, 28 bridges and footbridges, and around 1300 hectares of natural and developed reserves and public open space for passive and active recreation.
From a very slow beginning, events for Mandurah have certainly moved very swiftly over the past 60 years, moving from a Roads Board in 1949 to a Shire in 1961, to a Town in 1987 and shortly after attaining the status of a City in 1990.
Mandurah is now one of the top tourist destinations in Western Australia, with a performing arts centre of international standard, a cinema complex, spectacular waterways, first class holiday accommodation and overall a proud community spirit.
The City provides a wide range of services to the community, including the building of new community infrastructure and roads, maintaining parks, playgrounds, and natural bushland, organising free community events and festivals for all ages and abilities, providing waste and recycling services, public health services, community safety and crime prevention programs, libraries and many other learning, arts and cultural opportunities for the whole community.
Mandurah named as one of the world’s most liveable cities
We are delighted that the City of Mandurah is a 2011 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) dual award winner.
The City has taken out two prestigious awards:
- Second (Silver) in Whole of Cities Category B; population 20,001-75,000
- Individual Criteria Award for Strategic Planning
The LivCom Awards, initiated in 1997 and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program, is the only international competition judged on international best practice for managing the environment while improving residents' quality of life by creating 'liveable communities'. Participation in the Awards is an investment in the future of a community.
The awards were announced on 31 October 2011 at the official presentation ceremony in Songpa-gu, South Korea. The full list of award winners can be found at www.livcomawards.com/2011-awards/winners.htm.
Just reaching the finals is a huge achievement against tough competition. In 2006 the City was successful in attaining a Third (Silver) in Category B. The recognition of receiving The LivCom Awards both in 2006 and 2011 offered an ideal opportunity to spread the word about what Mandurah locals and visitors already knew, that it is a great place to live, work and invest.
Reaching the finals in such a prestigious international competition is a significant endorsement of Mandurah's efforts in managing our city. The Awards also provide a unique networking opportunity to share our experiences and learn what has worked in other cities who want to create a great place for their communities.
To view the 2011 presentation (approx 64 minutes), click here.
The benefits of the Awards are far reaching. We know being good stewards of the environment, creating opportunities for people to participate and fostering arts, culture and heritage all go in the mix of creating a great place to live.
A record number of communities from around the world were named as finalists in the 2011 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom). Entries have been received from towns and cities throughout the world including Turkey, Taiwan, Jordan, Kenya, Hungary, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Canada, Moldova, Czech Republic, South Korea, Philipines, China and UAE.
This reinforces that we are a city excited about its future!