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A Christmas Message from PMRA President Jim Booker
Thank you to those that brighten our lives by putting up Christmas Lights. This year is better than ever with the whole of Mandurah joining in, making our City the Capital of Christmas.
We encourage you to observe the traditional 12 Days of Christmas by leaving your lights on until about 10.30pm at least until 6th January.
With the enormous increase in Christmas Lights tourists this year, maintaining this tradition guarantees the best possible result for the Rotary Wishing Well which raises thousands of dollars for local charities. Visit their JustGiving page. This year we have the added bonus of the canal tour operators contributing towards four St. John’s automatic external defibrillators to be installed in Port Mandurah.
I’m sure that these worthwhile causes, combined with the knowledge that many thousands of families enjoy our magnificent light display, will strengthen the Mandurah Canal Christmas Spirit and maintain a traditional Christmas Calendar.
As always, Mandurah Cruises are running their Christmas Lights Competition & People’s Choice Awards and will be generously hosting a Thank You Beach Party and Awards Ceremony after Australia Day.
Below is a thank you video from Mandurah Cruises.
Port Mandurah – 30 YEARS – Making a Community
This is the title of the book that was written for PMRA in 2019:
Each Port Mandurah household may have one of these books for free! Visit us on Facebook for pick-up details. Extra copies are $20 each.
Please bring proof of residence, and pass this information to your friends and neighbours (who must be current ratepayers within the Port Mandurah Boundary) as we don’t have everyone’s email addresses.
PMRA Committee Vacancies
If you’re a Port Mandurah resident and care about your neighbourhood, please consider joining the committee. We meet every 6 weeks or so for a couple of hours, on a day/time to suit all committee members.
You don’t need any specific skills, just a willingness to work as part of a team, and a commitment to attend at least 50% of the meetings.
For more information please contact us.
The Friends of Samphire Cove meet on the last Sunday morning of each month at 9.00am to take care of this A class nature reserve in Wedgetail Retreat (down Leisure Way).
If you would like to help the Friends on an occasional or regular basis, just turn up or visit their website for more information
If you would like some free reflective tape for your jetty poles, please contact us to arrange pick-up.
Also available at our AGM and other events.
Sutton Farm is a heritage-listed place dating from the 1860s comprising a homestead building, single men’s quarters and a barn, as well as significant trees. The development plan was adopted in 2017 subject to certain modifications.
To keep the entrances of the Port Mandurah canals open it has always been recognised that some degree of dredging would be required and that is why we have a reserve account within the SAR structure to pay for periodic dredging and annual surveys of accretion.
Since the agreement that was made in the 1990s, there have been significant changes in the estuary circulation patterns and sediment sources, e.g. the Dawesville Channel, the regrowth of Fairbridge Bank, and issues with sand bypassing at the Northern Entrance. These have altered the rate of siltation of the entrances which were originally estimated to require dredging every 5 years.
Here are the latest hydrographic surveys (November 2017) showing the water depths at both entrances to the main canal:
|Northern Entrance||Southern Entrance|
• To view the Department of Transport’s coastal engineering assessment and recommendations regarding the formation of sand bars outside the Mandurah entrance channel please click here.
Canal properties in Port Mandurah have a designated jetty envelope located within the mooring envelope of the property.
Provided that the proposed jetty is within the jetty envelope and complies with the City’s Local Planning Policy 4 relating to Canal Waterways Structures LPP4 then a Development Approval (i.e. a Planning Approval) is not required.
A Building Permit is needed prior to construction specifying the dimensions and the shape, i.e. finger shaped, ‘T’ shaped, ‘L’ shaped or land backed. Most jetty companies will submit this Building Permit Application to the City on your behalf.
You will also need a Jetty Licence from the Department of Transport. PMRA is advocating for a transfer of jetty administration to the City of Mandurah. We believe that the City already does most of the work and could receive over $300,000 revenue per year.
Speed Limits in Mary Street
There is a section of Mary Street where the speed limit increases from 50km/h to 60km/h for a short stretch. PMRA supports the residents in this locality to have the speed limit reduced to 50km/h. If you would like to add your name to the petition being organised by Ted Ion in Baruna Court, please click here.
PMRA has several volunteers who, whilst out walking, regularly pick up litter in the precinct. On Clean Up Australia Day in March, the committee and a few friends collected dozens of bags of rubbish; a few of whom are pictured below. The City of Mandurah pays PMRA $650 a year for keeping the streets of Port Mandurah clean.
Our thanks go to John Randall who picks up rubbish on a twice daily basis.