Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The City of Mandurah is calling on Federal Government support for a number of major projects to ensure the liveability and sustainability of the City well into the future.

Mandurah is the largest regional city in WA with a population of around 82,000 people and is one of the fastest growing cities in the state.

The projects worth around $100 million to be rolled out over the next 10 years, are both strategic and aspirational and will provide a range of short and long term investment and employment opportunities, while improving the quality of life for the local community and visitors.

City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said the first of the projects includes the Mandurah City Centre Waterfront and the Lakelands-Madora Bay Pedestrian Bridge.

"The Eastern and Western Foreshores hold important cultural, social, economic and environmental importance for the Peel region. The development of an estuary pool and a destination recreation precinct will reinvigorate and activate the City Centre, helping to kick start Mandurah’s economic future and ensure it continues to be a great place to live and visit.

"I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am to the local community for being so actively involved in this project, more than 1,000 community members have helped design these public spaces.

"The City is contributing $10 million and has secured $10 million from the State Government, but we need a further $7 million to complete the project, so we are calling on the Federal Government for its support.

"The $4 million Lakelands-Madora Bay Pedestrian Bridge will create an important safe connection between the two suburbs for school children, cyclists and the local community.

"These suburbs are Mandurah’s fastest growing areas and we are already seeing some fantastic schools, new shopping centres, community library and other facilities connecting this community. However, pedestrian access is severely restricted on the six lane carriageway with vehicle use currently exceeding 25,000 each day.

"The City has purchased a second hand pedestrian bridge from Main Roads WA that we are hoping to install in this area. The City has committed $2 million to the project and requires a further $2 million to bring the project to fruition.

"Mandurah is a fast growing city in a very exciting phase. It is vital that our infrastructure keeps up with the demand of our population, while ensuring the protection of our natural environment and waterways," Mr Williams said.