Mandurah MLA appeals to community to protect ‘Mandurah brand’ at State Budget briefing breakfast

Peel Commerce and Industry vice president Mark Rattigan questions David Templeman at the briefing Q and A.
Peel Commerce and Industry vice president Mark Rattigan questions David Templeman at the briefing Q and A.

MANDURAH MLA David Templeman appealed to the community not to damage the Mandurah brand at a State Budget briefing breakfast this morning.

“Sometimes the news about Mandurah seems to be all bad, bad, bad,” he told the breakfast, organised by Peel Development Commission and Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We know it’s not the real story but sometimes criticism brings down the brand and we all know how beautiful this place is.”

Mr Templeman was asked if the $4.4 million funding announced for Peel Health Campus was enough.

“Definitely not,’’ he said.

“We need a comprehensive health plan and to assess the needs and opportunities going forward.

“Aged care is still not a part of the argument; the hospital needs upgrading but we must get it right before the tsunami of aged care needs hits.

“There must also be a link with Murray Districts Hospital which has a part to play.

“We all have a vested interest in ensuring Peel Health Campus is a success.”

Talking about jobs creation, Mr Templeman said tourism was the main focus.

“One of the real challenges is our identity,’’ he said.

“There is an assumption we are just a southern town and not a regional centre; we must come to a decision about that.

“Yes we have a freeway and rail links to Perth but we do not want our identity imposed on us by someone else.”

He was asked why, with all the rhetoric about funding for education, there was nothing in the Budget.

Mr Templeman said the State Government was building a state-of-the-art high school at Lakelands “but we must learn to do things better with the funding we have,’’ he said.

He said attendance at some local schools was a challenge as was the number of transient pupils.

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