New operators for Mandurah Vistors Centre

Mayor Rhys Williams, MAPTO acting chief executive Anita Kane and project manager Nadine Heinen.
Mayor Rhys Williams, MAPTO acting chief executive Anita Kane and project manager Nadine Heinen.

MANDURAH Visitor Centre will be operated by Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation from July 1.

The City of Mandurah voted in favour of transferring the service to the local tourism organisation at its meeting in May, meaning MAPTO will be responsible for the operations of the centre.

MAPTO staff will also become employees of the City of Mandurah in the new financial year.

It will continue to be governed by an independent board and will determine the tourism strategies for the region.

Acting chief executive Anita Kane said she was confident the changes would lead to a better Visitor Centre experience for tourists and members.

“Absorbing the day to day operations of the centre into MAPTO means we can better use its assets to help boost tourism in the region,” Ms Kane said.

“We can direct resources to where they’re needed most and ensure the way the centre functions align with our tourism strategies.

“It also means we can better use the building itself, which is in a prime location to attract visitors and promote the region in line with marketing campaigns and events we may be running.”

The changes follow last year’s council Notice of Motion to devote the expertise and resources of MAPTO to focus on growing Mandurah’s tourism sector, and MAPTO’s relocation to visitor centre.

Ms Kane said existing centre members would be offered a complementary six month interim membership renewal while centre operations were reviewed.