Where's Wally? Lisa Kelly named Mandurah's latest Local Legend

Mandurah's latest Local Legend, Lisa Kelly and Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams. Photo: Supplied.

Mandurah's latest Local Legend, Lisa Kelly and Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams. Photo: Supplied.

Mandurah's latest Local Legend has been announced, although she can be hard to find.

Lisa Kelly, who can often be spotted around town as her alter ego from Where's Wally, is known for spreading fun and joy around Mandurah.

Dressing as Wally, the self-confessed joker helps to promote local businesses and showcase community events around Mandurah with her quirky persona.

She posts on her Facebook page, wallyfunwithlisa, encouraging people to buy local to support the local business community.

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams described Lisa as a "fantastic ambassador" for the region and commended her ability to uplift community spirit and pride.

"Lisa, Mandurah's famous Where's Wally character, has made an amazing contribution to the local community, schools and business sector, by spreading happiness and positivity everywhere she goes," he said.

"She puts the spotlight on our local businesses and is passionate about everyone supporting these businesses where they can, which is wonderful because we know some are doing it tough at the moment.

"Lisa is a great example of an inspiring volunteer doing great things for her community and for that, we thank her."

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Ms Kelly, who has lived in Mandurah since 1970, also volunteers her time covering thousands of books for local school libraries and drives the bus for her mother's nursing home.

She is well-known for encouraging people to join in with her funky train station dances following concerts.

Ms Kelly said the Wally guise first started after buying the costume for her husband.

When she saw how much fun he was having, she bought one for herself and Wally flourished from there.

It really brings happiness to people and makes them smile. Watching people's reactions to Wally makes it all worth it.

Lisa Kelly

"I started dressing up as Wally and people loved it. I started meeting people I'd never normally meet and everyone wanted selfies with Wally and I didn't want to take the costume off after that," she said.

"It really brings happiness to people and makes them smile. Watching people's reactions to Wally makes it all worth it.

"When I'm Lisa Kelly, I'm nervous but when I'm Wally, I am as cool as a cucumber."

If you know of someone you think deserves to be a Local Legend, contact the City of Mandurah at 9550 3777.