City of Mandurah lays out its election wants

THE City of Mandurah wants candidates in the Canning by-election on September 19 to support its major priorities and ensure Mandurah’s long-term sustainability.

The City has written to the 12 candidates, outlining its priorities: inclusion of the Peri-Urban Strategic Economic and Environmental Initiative in the Australian Infrastructure Plan; support for the Mandjar Square Redevelopment project and $500,000 under the National Stronger Regions Fund; support for the Safer Streets-Family Friendly Foreshore project and $150,000 to install additional CCTV cameras along Mandurah’s foreshores; and support for the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s On-Ground Catchment Care in the Peel-Harvey project.

The Peri-Urban Strategic Economic and Environmental Initiative is the Peel Development Commission’s flagship economic development project, intended to create long-term economic growth in the Peel Region-Peel Business Park Nambeelup, Peel Water Initiative and Peel Food Zone.

The $1.7 million Mandjar Square redevelopment will create a vibrant, flexible and culturally enriched public open space adjacent to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

The Safer Streets-Family Friendly Foreshore project will install additional CCTV cameras along the eastern and western foreshores and in the city centre, following a spate of thefts and vandalism in playgrounds, reserves and the war memorial.

The On-Ground Catchment Care in the Peel-Harvey project helps landholders with on-ground works to reduce nutrients and sediment flowing into the Peel-Harvey Catchment’s rivers and estuary.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the Canning by-election had provided an opportunity for the City to be given the recognition and funding it deserved.