EXCLUSIVE: Mandurah Waters plan could see wave park, hot springs and brewery come to West Pinjarra

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A WAVE park, hot springs, a brewery and accommodation are part of a major tourist attraction that has been given in-principal support by the Shire of Murray.

The proposed development, called Mandurah Waters, will be built on a 170ha site in West Pinjarra – west of Forrest Highway and midway between Greenlands and Beacham Roads – which is currently used for grazing.

On-site accommodation options will include a caravan, park home and chalet park as well as seasonal workers’ accommodation.

A produce and market stall, events space and hot springs with an indoor pool and treatment room are also on the cards.

The wave park would be the main drawcard to the area, with the developers in talks with Surf Lakes over the company’s patented natural wave and beach technology.

The proposed wave park technology to be used in the planned Mandurah Waters development.

Murray councillors provided in-principal support to the proposal by Palmer Group, subject to all necessary statutory approvals being obtained and relevant technical matters being addressed.

According to the application submitted to council, a ‘green and beach’ area will be used to a range of events such as a farmers’ produce market, polo and equestrian events, concerts, beach volley ball competitions and other family events.

Spokesman Steve Palmer said Mandurah Waters was an “exciting” development for the local area.

“It’s all about jobs and tourism and creating exciting recreational facilities for locals to enjoy,” he said.

Mr Palmer said the proposal had also received in-principal support from the Peel Development Commission, and he believed it would create significant employment opportunities for the region.

More details on the proposal are expected to be revealed in the coming months.

A report to council ahead of last week’s meeting said the development would provide a substantial recreation facility for the local community and draw a number of visitors from outside the region.

The report added that on the basis of available information, it appeared the majority of components of the development would be permissible under existing zoning.

There was still a substantial amount of further work to be done and the proposal would need to be advertised for public comment.