Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
THE Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club at San Remo is set to get a new lease of life with planning approval granted for a modern $3.4 million facility, replacing the tin shed-like home the club has used for the past couple of years.

Successfully attracted funding from Lotterywest, the Department of Sport and Recreation, Peel Development Commission (through Royalties for Regions) and City of Mandurah, the building and seawall tender will be awarded this month with construction likely to start in March.

Originally formed in 1996 as the Peel Surf Life Saving Club at Halls Head, it was renamed the Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club in 2000 and relocated to San Remo in 2003.

With an expected completion date in early 2013, the new facility will include more storage space for boats and equipment, an office, first aid area, kiosk kitchen, changerooms, external public toilets, beach showers, viewing platform and a 50-bay car park.

“The lifesaving club needed replacement facilities and I’m pleased the first steps have been taken to create something that will benefit so many people into the future,” Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey said.

“It will meet the short-term and long-term needs of the local community and ever-growing Peel region, supporting essential emergency and first aid services for Mandurah’s beaches while helping with training people in water safety and lifesaving.

“Community facilities such as this offer a wide range of uses for healthy lifestyles, including sporting and social recreation, training, events, youth development, entertainment and fitness.

“As club membership, resources and presence on the beach increases, so does the need for better facilities and the new facility will help to meet that demand.”

An artist’s impression of how the new Mandurah Surf Lifesaving Club will look when completed.

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City of Mandurah

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


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