Thursday, January 19th, 2012 - City of Mandurah
AC-CENT Mandurah is re-opening its doors on January 30.

The City of Mandurah’s highly popular activity centre for over-55s has been given a new lease of life, after major capital works were undertaken in the past few weeks.

These have included replacing the common floor tiles, insulation and ceiling improvements to the atrium and a major refurbishment of the toilet facilities, improving disability access.

“Ac-cent Mandurah also received Lotterywest grants to makeover the kitchen and dining facilities and for a disability-access lift to the stage area,” Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey said.

“A hearing loop is to be fitted to the main hall and some much-needed new equipment and storage facilities around the building have been added.”

Originally built 22 years ago to service the needs of senior citizens in the Peel region, Ac-cent Mandurah has grown into a central hub for seniors’ activities and programs.

“The City of Mandurah and centre staff wanted to ensure the needs of its members were looked after into the future,” Mayor Creevey said.

“While the refurbishment work over the past few weeks has been a little inconvenient, the results will be of long-term benefit, and we appreciate the cooperation shown by centre users.

“We want this sector of the community to have the best opportunity of living life to the fullest.”

Ac-cent Mandurah is at 41 Ormsby Terrace and open 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, offering a diverse range of activities, programs and services for seniors.

For more details, go www.mandurah.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9550 3799.

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Ac-cent Mandurah will re-open on January 30 after extensive refurbishments.

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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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