Pool plans for central Mandurah which will be transformed within two years

There are plans to completely transform Mandurah foreshore
There are plans to completely transform Mandurah foreshore

CENTRAL Mandurah is going backwards as well as forwards with exciting new developments approved for advertising including a circular swimming pool at Mandurah foreshore and an option for double or single-lane traffic in the Smart Street Mall as it was in the 1970s.

But Mayor Rhys Williams said the traffic option was not a preferred option but the City would consider it if that was what the community wanted.

The massive redevelopment will be finished in just two years.

Earlier this year, the City invited the community to be involved in shaping the vision for the city centre waterfront, share what they loved about the foreshore spaces and priorities that required change.

The consultation resulted in a clear desire to upgrade the western and eastern foreshores and the Smart Street Mall.

Now replacement of the old Mandurah bridge and the new seawall and walkways have been completed and the State Government has committed $10 million to upgrades for the waterfront, the framework has been set to continue upgrades in significant public places.

Mr Williams said the redevelopment was fully funded but he hoped the Federal Government will provide a further $2 million.

Water’s edge and overwater planning will be the go on the “tired and rundown” western foreshore where the skate park is likely to be upgraded.”

The circular estuary pool would be unique – “where else can you swim in a city centre,’’ said Mr Williams.

The proposed pool will be near the former site of the 1960s Robert Day Memorial Pool.

The total structure will be designed to function as a daytime swimming area with the capacity to transform into a night time performance and event space.

Many other areas will be totally transformed.

One local businessman is so engaged in the City’s plans that he has put $25,000 on the table to activate an old courtyard.

And at least 20 suggestions a day are received from the community.

The City will now take the plans back to the community – “we need to see how the community interprets our thinking,’’ Mr Williams said.

“The best thing about this is when business, landowners and the council get together,’’ he said.

He said the City wanted business to thrive and would take care not to make things difficult during the development period.