MANDURAH business owners concerned about the downturn that winter brings are hoping an ice skating rink will make the difference between declining and thriving.
So much so, each business is putting up prizes for residents who buy tickets to Mandurah’s Winter Wonderland before August.
David Snyder, the man behind the popular Beaufort Festival, is helping Shape Mandurah and local businesses bring their ideas to reality.
“The idea for the skating rink came from Jason from Red Manna and Conrad from Jean Pierre Sancho,” Mr Snyder said.
“They went around and had a meeting and said what can we do over winter to bring people down?
“August is when things suffer in Mandurah.”
Instead of suffering, there are hopes an ice skating rink on the water will see crowds descend on the foreshore.
“The skating rink owner said Mandurah will be the most beautiful spot I’ve set it up,” Mr Snyder said.
“There will be the cabin bar as well, it’s not just about coming down for 45 minutes and leaving.
“Come down and make a day of it.”
There will be a special Star Wars day on August 19.
Stormtroopers will be coming down from Perth, skaters are encouraged to wear Star Wars gear, and there is a prize for best costume.
Coast FM will be hosting live broadcasts on weekends and kids will be able to make snowflakes.
Plants with Purpose owners Esther Irvine and Jude Young will be there hosting planting sessions for children.
“Events likes this are bring creative minds out of the woodwork and it’s generating a creative feel around town,” Ms Irvine said.
Mandurah Foreshore Winter Wonderland is from August 4 to 27.
Some of the prizes up for grabs for people buying tickets before August include:
Free Surfboard + four Surf Lessons courtesy of Star Surf & Skate
$50 gift certificate’s courtesy of Jetty Fish & Chips
Two $50 gift certificates courtesy of Red Manna Waterfront Restaurant
20 free coffees courtesy of DPM Cafe
Eight medium pizzas courtesy of Crust Pizza Mandurah
20 ‘ medium subs courtesy of Subway Mandurah
Two $50 gift certificates courtesy of Catch 22 Restaurant & Bar
Five $20 gift certificates courtesy of Gloria Jeans Mandurah
Five $20 gift certificates courtesy of The Merchant Tea & Coffee House Mandurah
$100 gift certificate courtesy of Love to Be
Dinner for four at the August Food Truck Festival courtesy of Shape Mandurah