Friday, January 13th, 2012
UP there Cazaly! An AFL pre-season NAB Cup match will bounce down at Bendigo Bank Stadium, Rushton Park, on March 3.

The West Coast Eagles will take on Port Adelaide in the twilight match, starting at 4.10pm, with a crowd of about 7000 expected.

It comes after the WA Football Commission called for expressions of interest and chose the City of Mandurah to host the match.

Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey said she was excited the City had managed to attract such a high-level AFL game.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase all Mandurah has to offer and partner with the WAFC and Peel Thunder and Mandurah Mustangs Football Clubs in delivering a high-profile event that will attract a national audience,” she said.

“The City’s role is to provide logistical support, facilitating parking and traffic management and ensuring the spectacle is enjoyed by as many people as possible.

“Closer to the time we’ll be highlighting where people can park on the day and how they can get easy access to and from the ground.

“We’ll also be encouraging tourism and accommodation providers to offer special packages so people visit Mandurah and stay for the long weekend.”

Describing the NAB Cup match as a positive boost for the local economy, Mayor Creevey said it also provided valuable fundraising opportunities for Peel Thunder and the Mandurah Mustangs.

It comes after a $9 million redevelopment of the Rushton Park Sports Facility at Bendigo Bank Stadium last year, which had the aim of creating greater awareness of football in the Peel Region.

“It’s a great community facility, opening up many more sporting opportunities for junior and local league football development, while also helping aspiring Peel Thunder footballers in the WA Football League continue their football careers,” Mayor Creevey said.

“Given the City has now managed to attract such a major AFL event, it highlights the effective partnership between the council, Federal and State Governments, AFL, WAFC, Peel Thunder and the Mandurah Mustangs in redeveloping this sporting ground.”

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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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