Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 - City of Mandurah
RESULTS of the Our Mandurah community survey have found Mandurah’s water-based lifestyle and its relaxed and friendly atmosphere are what the community most likes about the city.

Conducted over a six-week period with nearly 750 responses, the survey aimed to gain an insight into what is important to Mandurah’s community and how it would like to be involved in shaping Mandurah’s future.

The survey found healthcare and medical facilities, protection of the natural environment, effective public transport and improving local facilities are the main community priorities for Mandurah’s future.

City of Mandurah Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said the survey revealed some interesting insights about community expectations.

“The Our Mandurah survey told us our community is generally satisfied with the level of communication around services and facilities provided by the City,” he said.

“However, people want greater involvement in strategic planning for the future and also on decisions that affect their local area.

“The survey also told us most people prefer to simply give feedback and present their choices to council, rather than becoming actively involved in council’s planning processes.”

As a result of the survey findings, the City is currently developing a Community Engagement Strategy and will be utilising new community engagement tools in 2012 to actively involve the Mandurah community.

Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey said the Our Mandurah survey highlighted opportunities for the City to actively engage with the community in the lead-up to council’s 10-Year Strategic Community Plan, due to be implemented this year.

“The Strategic Community Plan will be the City’s guiding document for the next decade, so we really want to ensure the Mandurah community gets involved in shaping it,” she said.

“It’s essential the plan reflects long-term community views and aspirations so we want the people of Mandurah to have their say.”

Details of the Our Mandurah survey are available at please visit www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/11447.htm

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Mandurah's relaxed lifestyle, right by the water, is one of the most popular aspects of living in the area, according to a survey.

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Mandurah is one of the most vibrant regional cities in Western Australia. Once a small fishing village that boomed during holiday periods, it now has a thriving population of nearly 67,000. Covering an area of 173.5sqm, Mandurah follows the coast from its northern extremity at Madora to the Ramsar-listed wetland Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park 50km to the south.

Always a popular day-trip destination, and more so since the Mandurah train service began in late 2007, the City is also a gateway to the State’s South West Region. Situated on Western Australia’s beautiful coastline about 72km south of Perth, Mandurah prides itself on a mix of inner city and semi-rural living between the Indian Ocean, the expansive waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary and the lower reaches of the Serpentine River.

Mandurah has retained its relaxed, holiday atmosphere despite recent rapid growth as a major ‘sea change’ destination in Australia. People come on holiday and then want to stay, which has resulted in Mandurah expanding to offer an exciting mix of residential developments, from family homes and modern apartments within new estates to luxurious homes nestled along numerous canal waterways.

This ‘sea change’ phenomenon has forever changed Mandurah as the city continues to flourish with quality restaurants, shopping centres, and quaint retail outlets emerging from its streetscapes. Creative sustainable planning enables Mandurah to evolve while retaining its close relationship with its magnificent waterways, and ensuring its people have good access to quality health and community services, a range of education and employment opportunities, and fantastic recreational and lifestyle choices.

One of Mandurah’s greatest assets is its diverse and friendly community. Voted twice as WA’s Top Tourism Town, Mandurah welcomes friends and family from around the globe to enjoy its relaxed coastal lifestyle. In fact, the name Mandurah is derived from the Aboriginal word, ‘mandjar’ meaning ‘meeting place’.

Locals and visitors alike swarm to Mandurah for a multitude of annual and special events, such as Crab Fest in mid-March and the Mandurah Boat Show in mid-October. As predicted, the train which travels from the northern suburbs of Perth and underground through Perth city centre to Mandurah has seen an increase in visitor numbers to festivals and events. Mandurah’s rich arts and festival culture also celebrates other spring and summer celebrations, including the annual Little Nippers Maawit Kara Children’s Festival and the Seniors Expo in October and the Stretch Arts and Community Festival in May.

Tourism is a major generator of business opportunities and employment in Mandurah, with proactive education initiatives that have boosted investment opportunities and employment in the hospitality and services industries. Planning is also underway to develop additional economic opportunities to keep pace with the City’s rapid growth as Mandurah’s population could nearly double in size by 2021.

This challenge includes short and long-term planning for a major revitalisation of Mandurah’s city centre and foreshore precincts, better transport linkages to the City’s foreshore, a range of up-market and budget holiday accommodation, and greater tertiary education opportunities at local campuses. Other equally important priorities include the preservation of bushland, waterways, and ‘sense of place’ for Mandurah’s present and future generations.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9550 3727
W: www.mandurah.wa.gov.au

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