Waterfront plans revealed

Major infrastructure changes have been marked for Mandurah’s eastern and western foreshore and tipped to be in place by 2021.

A new and extended skate park, a giant floating pool and a multi-functional entertainment space were just some of the concepts that have been created in a bid reshape the city’s central area.

The plans form part of the local government’s City Centre Waterfront project, which kicked off its consultation in April and May 2018.

From that consultation process several ideas were selected and a series of concept designs were produced. 

At a city council meeting on October 9, City of Mandurah senior landscape architect Renee Barton presented the project to elected representatives. 

Councillors showed unanimous support for the concept designs and indicated their excitement that the project was coming to fruition. 

Once given the green light at their official council meeting on October 23, the plans will be further prepared and released to the public for comment in November 2018. 

Across a four-week period City of Mandurah representatives will approach residents, local businesses and community groups to gauge their response to the proposals. 

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams was particularly excited for the project.

He said while it would reshape the face of the city, the area’s history and culture would be entwined throughout in the designs.

Change ahead: City of Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams looking over the concept designs with senior landscape architect Renee Barton. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Change ahead: City of Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams looking over the concept designs with senior landscape architect Renee Barton. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Activities nodes, pop-up pods for businesses or community groups to use temporarily, water activities and art spaces are just some of the proposed plans for the area.

Along the western foreshore, the proposed plans entitle demolishing the current skate park to create a new and extended version. 

Ms Barton said the hope was for a larger venue that could attract international skate competitions and cater for a range of skating skills. 

She said the western foreshore would be rebranded as a family friendly place, with plans to include a large playground, barbeque and picnic area. 

The proposed upgrades will take place in four phrases, with lighting along the eastern foreshore tipped as the key priority. 

In addition to changes along the foreshores, the Smart Street Mall has been prioritised for upgrade. 

The local government will seek federal funding for the build.

With a federal election due in early 2019, Mr Williams indicating that council had hopes for a funding commitment towards the project. 

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