Saturday, 4 July 2020

Mandurah’s milestone Waterfront transformation project is officially underway, with the first stage of the program – redeveloping the popular Mandurah Skate Park – now under construction.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the $22million Mandurah Waterfront Project would change the face of Mandurah’s City Centre, and deliver iconic foreshore spaces for people to meet, play and rest.

“It’s really great to see the works starting on this major project, as not only does it help our plans to Restart Mandurah after the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will support local tourism and jobs for the future,” Mayor Williams said.

“This redevelopment will rejuvenate our city and enhance the ways we interact with our waterfront precinct, as well as sending a clear message to potential investors that the time to invest in Mandurah is now.

“Projects like this also go a long way towards increasing tourism and visitation which will help in boosting our local economy from the damage that’s been done by COVID. It’s been a long time in the making, but this project has come just at the right time.”

The Mandurah Waterfront Project includes a number of components and stages; the Western Foreshore Recreation Precinct, Eastern Foreshore South Precinct, Smart Street Precinct, and the Eastern Foreshore North Boardwalk Precinct.

To kick off the project, the existing skate park has been demolished, making way for a modern, regional-scale skate and activity area, designed and to be constructed by Convic Designs. There will also be state-of-the-art recreation and activity spaces for families, residents and visitors alike.

“This project was shaped by more than 1000 Mandurah citizens, including our seniors and kids in our local schools. We’ve worked really hard with our community, the project team and designers to make this project something really special, and it is great to see it get underway,” Mayor Williams said.

“Thanks to the State and Federal Governments who are our Mandurah Waterfront funding partners for helping to make this project a reality.”

Andrew Hastie MP, Federal Member for Canning, said: “The Morrison Government’s $7million investment in the waterfront development has always been about supporting local jobs and businesses, by making Mandurah an even more attractive place for tourists and visitors. This development is proving to be timely, as even more people are choosing to visit our city due to the COVID travel restrictions.

“The development of the Western Foreshore is also going to be a hit for locals – I know I’m looking forward to another play space to take the kids!” Mr Hastie said.

David Templeman MLA, Member for Mandurah, said: “The $10million investment from the McGowan Government into the foreshore redevelopment was a major election commitment of mine.

“I am pleased that these works are now underway, creating jobs and providing a boost to our local economy at this critical time,” Mr Templeman said. “I am excited to see this project progress, and the new spaces and facilities will be a fantastic addition for our community.”

Paddi Creevey, Chair of the Peel Development Commission, said the Mandurah Waterfront Project is an important piece in the future vision of Mandurah and Peel region.

“Mandurah is a major drawcard for attracting residents, visitors and investors to the region and with Federal, State and local government support to the tune of $22m, this project will provide significant benefits not only to the Mandurah community, but to the wider Peel region. Regional tourism, jobs and the sense of a bright and prosperous future for the Peel is what projects like these are all about,” Ms Creevey said.

The new skate park, due for completion early next year, will include three skate zones for different skills, including a competition bowl area, which skaters, BMX and scooter riders of all skill levels will be able to enjoy. There will also be power provisions at the site for events and competitions.

Adjoining social spaces and facilities include grassed areas, elevated spectator seating with shelters, lighting, drinking fountains, a basketball half-court and pedestrian connections to the wider area. A new destination-level play space will also be constructed on the Western Foreshore, as well as new toilets to replace the existing outdated facilities.

Through a series of workshops in 2019, the local community helped to inform what the skate park and activity space would look like.

Mayor Williams encouraged local contractors to tender for works during the wider Mandurah Waterfront Project to inject money back into the local economy.

“There will be opportunities for local businesses and suppliers to get involved in delivering the Waterfront plans, and lead contractors are also being encouraged to engage local content and subcontractors as part of their works.”

For more information on the Skate and Activity Space development and the overall Mandurah Waterfront Project, go to www.mandurahmatters.com.au