‘Parked Ferrari’ to ‘family friendly’: Inside Mandurah’s western foreshore redevelopment plans

Recently slapped with the analogy of a “parked Ferrari”, proposed redevelopments at Mandurah’s western foreshore have been welcomed by many locals.

While the site was given a safety top-up more than two years ago, when a new CCTV camera system was installed, the area hasn’t seen a major infrastructure project for almost a decade. 

Concept designs released by the local government, through their City Centre Waterfront project, have spelled out a new future for the dormant site.

Among the big ideas are several “exciting” developments, including a skate park that could cater to international competitions, a large playground suitable for various age groups and an extensive social hub that will include a picnic and barbeque area. 

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The proposed equipment in the play area includes a double cable-way, variety of swings, climbing elements, slides and a nature play zone.

To make way for these new attractions the team behind the project have proposed demolishing the current skate park and toilet facility. 

For those concerned about accessibility, the plans include a new parking area with bus bays and a pick-up and drop-off zone.

City of Mandurah senior landscape architect Renee Barton said the western foreshore would be rebranded as a “family-friendly place”.

A sculptural stingray element was included in the concept design. The creatures wings would form a half-pipe. Photo: City of Mandurah.

A sculptural stingray element was included in the concept design. The creatures wings would form a half-pipe. Photo: City of Mandurah.

Town Ward councillor Peter Rogers was particularly “excited” for the revitalisation of the area. 

“I’ve always thought the western foreshore was a parked Ferrari,” he told his fellow councillors at a meeting on October 9. 

Cr Rogers expressed his eagerness to see a strong linkage between the foreshores and said he believed the plans would deliver a “great wrap around” the Mandjar Bay.

“I’m keen to see what the community has to say about these plans,” he said. 

Throughout April and May, the City of Mandurah invited the public to provide an insight into what they wanted the centre of the city to look like.

An overview of the plans for Mandurah's western Foreshore. Photo: City of Mandurah.

An overview of the plans for Mandurah's western Foreshore. Photo: City of Mandurah.

This area includes the Eastern and Western Foreshore Reserves, including to the north and south of the bridge, under the bridge and Hall Park.

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

Click here to read an over view of the project or visit the City of Mandurah’s website for more information and concept designs.

What’s your thoughts on the plans? To share your opinion get in touch with the Mandurah Mail team via editor.mandurahmail@fairfaxmedia.com.

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