Thursday, 2 February 2017
Mayor Marina Vergone

Mayor’s Update November 2016 – January 2017


Mayor’s Update November 2016

Family Friendly Foreshore
On Thursday, November 3 Member for Canning Andrew Hastie announced the delivery of a $150,000 grant for the Family Friendly Foreshore project. The grant will allow for additional CCTV cameras around the War Memorial at the Western Foreshore, as well as lighting in the area and an activation activity. The Western Foreshore is already a popular destination for tourists and residents, and the popularity will continue to grow, so it’s important that we plan now for our future growth of this much-loved space.

Tourism Award Winners
On Saturday, November 12 Deputy Mayor Darren Lee and City Officers attended the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards for 2016. Mandurah came away with two wins! The Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest won the Major Festivals and Events category and Seashells Mandurah won the Deluxe Accommodation category. Crab Fest is now in the running to take out the National Tourism Award being held in Darwin on February 24.

Community Civic Reception
On Tuesday, November 15 Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman and I hosted a Community Civic Reception for our community groups and volunteers. I’m proud to say we have such a brilliant range of community groups and volunteers in our city, which adds to our strong sense of community spirit and working together.  

The afternoon tea was held at the Mandurah Senior and Community Centre in mediterranean style and were treated to a performance by the Meadow Springs Primary School class J1. It was great to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their valuable contributions made to life in the City of Mandurah. Let’s build on the fantastic contribution during 2016 to make 2017 a year to remember.

Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge
On Wednesday, November 23 I visited the project site of the Old Mandurah Traffic Bridge Replacement with the Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman and the WA Transport Minister Hon. Bill Marmion. The tour was of the bridge segment launching site where two launches have already been completed. It is exciting to see the work progress and the bridge start to come together.


Mayor’s Update December 2016

Freedom of Entry March
On Sunday, December 4 I had the pleasure of granting Freedom of Entry to the 707 Squadron Australian Airforce Cadets. I signed the Freedom of Entry scrolls and took the salute at the dais as the parade marched by. The Australian Airforce have a long history of service to Australia and organisations like the Australian Air Force Cadets perform an invaluable role enriching the fabric of our community. By granting the 707 Squadron the Freedom of Entry to the City, it was a great opportunity to recognise the role that they play in making Mandurah a great place to live.

Launch of the Regional Estuaries Initiative Project
The Regional Estuaries Initiative Project was launched on Tuesday, December 6 by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council. I attended a smoking ceremony lead by local Aboriginal Elder Harry Nannup on the Serpentine River to mark the beginning of the project. The project’s aim is to improve the water quality in the Serpentine River and is part of the larger $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative lead by the Department of Water.

Community Christmas Pageant
On Tuesday, December 13 we held the 2016 Community Christmas Pageant. The celebration is one of my favourite City events and this year was no exception. I really love this time of year and it was great to see so many families and friends come out to enjoy the pageant and festivities. A big congratulations to this year’s winners, the SES Cadets, and a big thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors.

Mandurah Forum Multi-deck Carpark Launch
The brand new Mandurah Forum multi-deck car park and welcome hall were officially opened on Thursday, December 15. I was honoured to cut the ribbon and open these new facilities with Stephen Beer, David Templeman, Zac Kirkup and Adam Woodage. The opening of the multi-deck car park is an important first milestone in the redevelopment. I have been involved with this project from its launch and look forward to it reaching many more milestones.


Mayor’s Update January 2017

Mature Age Learning Association – Summer School
The Mature Age Learning Association (MALA) launched their first adult summer school on Monday, January 9. I believe that learning and literacy is so important for, everyone and for this reason, the City is committed to educational opportunities for the Mandurah community. Initiatives like the MALA Summer School encourage lifelong learning and provide a great way of staying mentally active. Irrelevant of your age, learning provides so many wonderful benefits! A big congratulation to all involved in the launch.

Ranger Green  
On Tuesday, January 10 I had the opportunity to ride with some of our Rangers in ‘Ranger Green’. Ranger Green is a fit for purpose patrol vehicle for Rangers to patrol the City’s coastal assets and quarry areas. With increased ability to access off road areas Ranger Green can manage illegal activities on our beaches, illegal dumping, as well as dogs in prohibited areas and off the leash. Ranger Green is now out and about, please come up and say hello.

Falcon Bay Shark Barrier
Our Premier Hon. Colin Barnett announced on Wednesday, January 11 that Falcon Bay will become WA’s sixth protected swimming area. If re-elected, the State Government will provide the City of Mandurah $200,000 for the research and installation of a beach enclosure to act as a shark barrier. The proposed swimming barrier will be environmentally friendly and will not catch any turtles, dolphins or even sharks. This is a fantastic outcome for Mandurah and will help give beachgoers piece of mind while enjoy this great beach.

Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club
The Hon. Terry Redman, Minister for Regional Development announced grant funding through Royalties for Regions for $300,000 to help with building a second storey at the Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club.  The City recognises what great work the surf life savers do and the volunteer hours they put in the keep our beach goers safe. Together with the previously announced $1m from the Federal Government and the City’s $50,000 contribution, the club has also saved $150,000 to complete the $1.5m build.