Locals encouraged to have their say on Mandurah's future

2018 Mandurah Matters Summit. PIC: City of Mandurah

The City of Mandurah has launched the ‘Mandurah Matters Big Check-In’, calling on the local community  to share its thoughts on Mandurah’s priorities now and into the future.

Mayor Rhys Williams said in 2018 thousands of local people came together to help shape the 20-year vision for Mandurah and it was now time to check-in with the community on priorities going forward. 

“Mandurah Matters was our largest ever community consultation with thousands of people contributing to Mandurah’s vision, providing a clear purpose and a constant reminder of where we want to be in 20 years and beyond, and how we achieve this,” Mayor Williams said. 

“So much has happened in the last four years and we want to formally check in on the plans for Mandurah’s future, whether priorities have changed, and how we can work to create an even better future for our community.” 

Mayor Williams said Mandurah had seen continued momentum in recent times with significant investment in public spaces, including the waterfront redevelopment. 

“We’ve also seen a substantial focus on our tourism industry, which has led us to become a two-time winner of the Top Tourism Town award, plus the game-changing Giants of Mandurah which has enticed thousands of visitors to our city,” he said. 

“We have had a renewed focus on protecting and nurturing our local environment, from bushland areas to the coast, and we’ve seen substantial effort go into rejuvenating local parks and activity spaces across the city. 

“Mandurah has also successfully secured millions in State and Federal Government commitments, including to the Peel Health Campus expansion, a new primary school and the bridge duplication project.” 

Mayor Williams said the last four years had also seen its challenges with a world-wide pandemic and cost of living and housing pressures. 

“Our community has really stepped up and continued to band together to navigate the impact of these challenges and we have put in place initiatives like the Assertive Outreach program and community and business grants – but there is still much more, across all levels of government, to be done,” he said. 

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few years, it’s that change is constant and that’s why it is so important we check in with the community on how Mandurah is tracking. 

“When we asked people in 2018 what mattered to them, they told us the local economy, our environment, social connections and health were at the top of the priority list. These have become the backbone of our plan for the future and guide Council’s decision making. 

“Mandurah is well on the way to a bright future and with the ongoing involvement of our community, we will realise the potential of this place for now and for future generations.” 

To get involved in the city-wide Mandurah Matters Big Check-In, go to mandurahmatters.com.au/communityplan and have your say before 31 August, 2023. 

To become further involved, sign up for the opportunity to be part of the conversations later this year via the online survey.

For those wanting to have a chat in person, swing by one of the pop-up sessions this month hosted by the Elected Members.

Hard copies of the survey will be available at these pop-up sessions, as well as at various City of Mandurah facilities. 

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