The merits of the City of Mandurah’s redevelopment plans for the waterfront precinct were spruiked in Canberra last week as additional funding for the project is being sought.
Major infrastructure changes have been marked for Mandurah’s eastern and western foreshores, with hopes the upgrades will be in place by 2021.
A new and extended skate park, a giant floating pool and a multi-functional entertainment space are some of the concepts the local government has created.
Canning MP Andrew Hastie is lobbying his federal government colleagues in a bid to receive $7 million for the project from the Building Better Regions Fund.
Last week Mr Hastie met with deputy prime minister Michael McCormack, who is minister for regional development, and the assistant minister for regional development Sussan Ley.
“The Waterfront Project has huge potential for Mandurah and the Peel region,” Mr Hastie said.
“First, it will make Mandurah an even-more attractive destination for tourists. That means local businesses receive more patrons, can employ extra staff, and this helps us build a local economy that’s more independent of Perth.
“Beyond that, this project actually helps the wider Peel region. Mandurah often acts as a hook – people visit, stay a while, and decide to explore the surrounding region, like the Dwellingup Trails.
“The Waterfront redevelopment will draw more people to the Peel region in what is a competitive WA market.”
Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams said the project was important for the future social and economic growth of Mandurah.
“Andrew is doing a great job of opening the right doors and advocating on behalf of our community to secure a Commonwealth funding commitment for this project and I’m really grateful to him for that,” he said.
“This is a classic example of how we work in Mandurah, collaborating to achieve our goals, and it is this approach that will see us deliver results.
“This project will reshape the face of the city and help provide infrastructure to deliver an iconic Mandurah waterfront precinct that supports local tourism and local jobs.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m particularly proud of how much engagement the community has had in shaping this project, with more than 1000 people involved in the discussions and conceptualisation.
“The additional $7 million that we’re seeking will join the $10 million we’ve secured through the state government and the additional $5 million from council’s own reserves.”
Funding decisions from the next round of the BBRF will be made early next year.