Coodanup Foreshore Upgrade

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The City of Mandurah has prepared a Landscape Masterplan for Coodanup Foreshore Reserve, located on Peel Parade between Wanjeep Street and the end of John Street to the Serpentine River, Coodanup, on the northern foreshore of the Peel Harvey Estuary.

The Peel Harvey Estuary sits inside the boodjar (country) of the Bindjareb (Pinjarup) Noongar people. The Binjareb people refer to the Peel Harvey estuary as Djilba. This is the ancient name used for thousands of years. Both names are used on the Masterplan.

Why develop a Landscape Masterplan?

A framework was needed to update the previous 1999 Concept Plan to plan for upgrades, manage this valuable community asset and to address future opportunities while respecting local residents and the environmental values of this location. The Coodanup Foreshore Reserve is a large and popular reserve which spans approximately 2.6 kilometres and a total of 15.9 hectares. The foreshore forms a part of the Peel-Yalgorup System, which is listed under the Ramsar Convention 's List of Wetlands of International Importance. The City recognises the foreshore reserve as a valued community asset with well established facilities, trees and foreshore habitat and activities. However, the current standard of the foreshore falls short of the standard expected for key foreshore reserves that have a Regional Reserve classification. The opportunity to improve the reserve has been recognised and the City has worked to address this by developing a masterplan for the full project site.

Input from the local community is greatly valued and has been used to inform the design process.

The process to date?

Council endorsed the Masterplan at the 15 December 2020 meeting.

Thank you to all residents and other stakeholders who provided input to develop the Coodanup Foreshore Masterplan during the August 2019 to June 2020 consultation. The City asked local residents and the broader community to share their thoughts and comments on the vision for Coodanup Foreshore Reserve to guide the development of a Landscape Masterplan. The first round of comments from residents and the local community were submitted to the City of Mandurah by Sunday 22 September 2019.

Consultation with key stakeholders continued through December 2019 to February 2020, including Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Winjan Aboriginal Corp, the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group and others, with earlier drafts of the Masterplan for reference.

To ensure the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders, the City has worked through a detailed process to develop the plan and provide a draft to residents and stakeholders for further comment prior to finalising the Masterplan.

Development of the draft May 2020 Masterplan (Revision F) followed, and the plan was available for comment. The City encouraged residents and stakeholders to have their say on the draft Masterplan which was available for comment from 8 May to 23 June 2020. An all-day Information Drop in Session at the Coodanup Community Hall on 19 June 2020 provided an opportunity to view large size (A1) plans of the draft May 2020 Masterplan, and discuss them with staff, submit the survey and/or other written comments.

All feedback was then collated to inform the final masterplan Revision G Masterplan For Council December 2020.

Council endorsed the Masterplan at the 15 December 2020 Council meeting.

View the Coodanup Foreshore Masterplan Rev G DEC 2020 A3 document which is 8 pages and a cover page
- for download as PDF pages for onscreen viewing, or for print at A3 size / landscape orientation/ in colour.

  • Masterplan Cover page
  • 2 Site Plans
    • Existing Site and Zones of the foreshore
    • Proposed site masterplan - Site Layout & Zones, indicating locations of major infrastructure including carparks, toilets, playground. Main viewing points and points of access into the estuary water for recreational activities are also indicated.
  • Zone Plans: 5 pages of concept plans in more detail for each of the 7 Zones, with graphics indicating level of facilities that are proposed:

Zone 1 Wanjeep - West, near Wanjeep St, adjacent to the Creery Wetlands

Zone 2 Central Recreation – the central recreation and playground area to Beacham St

Zone 3 Peel Parade Recreation – east of the Central Recreation area

Zone 4 Peel Parade Wetlands – Central wetlands north / south

Zone 5 East Recreation - Peel Parade to William Rd

Zone 6 Nairns Transition – John St

Zone 7 Nairns - the priority conservation area of Nairns, to the east, to the Serpentine River

  • Summary page, showing the site with Zones, Site layout and major infrastructure and summary text.

Graphic images shown on the plan are indicative of the level of facilities planned, which continue the theme and level of provision of Mandurah’s other estuary foreshore reserves recently upgraded, including Novara foreshore in Falcon.

Also available for download:

  • 2020 Brochure sent out to local residents and
  • Sign installed on the foreshore during the second round of consultation mid 2020.

What does the Masterplan include?

The plan includes many elements that the community indicated are important through the earlier community consultation process and subsequent input from other key stakeholders.

The draft Masterplan aims to balance the competing demands for the space - retaining environmental and aesthetic values while continuing to provide for recreational activities.

The plan indicates the 7 Zones of the foreshore - character zones showing a focus of environmental or recreational, including the conservation areas of Nairns to the east and the adjoining Creery wetlands to the west, transitional zones adjacent to these, and the main recreation zones, as listed above.

The plan includes elements such as:

  • Areas for recreation - play and activity areas, and future upgrades
  • Public amenities including shelters, seating, barbecues, parking and lighting, toilets, signs
  • Viewing points, including viewing platforms and decks, and bird hide upgrade
  • Environmental and cultural interpretation included in landscape components
  • Path and trail connections and upgrades, for accessibility and continuity of path networks
  • Connections and access to the Estuary water, for viewing and access for various recreational activities
  • Grass and planted areas
  • Protection of existing trees
  • Mulch zones under trees to improve health and provide for succession planting and seedlings
  • Additional planting of trees and shrubs/ groundcovers / stormwater planting of reeds and sedges
  • Environmental considerations and management, including biodiversity, planting and fencing
  • Management of stormwater outputs
  • Consideration of site context and uses of adjoining land, including future development of private land.
  • Environmental considerations and management
  • Management of stormwater outputs.



The City of Mandurah has prepared a Landscape Masterplan for Coodanup Foreshore Reserve, located on Peel Parade between Wanjeep Street and the end of John Street to the Serpentine River, Coodanup, on the northern foreshore of the Peel Harvey Estuary.

The Peel Harvey Estuary sits inside the boodjar (country) of the Bindjareb (Pinjarup) Noongar people. The Binjareb people refer to the Peel Harvey estuary as Djilba. This is the ancient name used for thousands of years. Both names are used on the Masterplan.

Why develop a Landscape Masterplan?

A framework was needed to update the previous 1999 Concept Plan to plan for upgrades, manage this valuable community asset and to address future opportunities while respecting local residents and the environmental values of this location. The Coodanup Foreshore Reserve is a large and popular reserve which spans approximately 2.6 kilometres and a total of 15.9 hectares. The foreshore forms a part of the Peel-Yalgorup System, which is listed under the Ramsar Convention 's List of Wetlands of International Importance. The City recognises the foreshore reserve as a valued community asset with well established facilities, trees and foreshore habitat and activities. However, the current standard of the foreshore falls short of the standard expected for key foreshore reserves that have a Regional Reserve classification. The opportunity to improve the reserve has been recognised and the City has worked to address this by developing a masterplan for the full project site.

Input from the local community is greatly valued and has been used to inform the design process.

The process to date?

Council endorsed the Masterplan at the 15 December 2020 meeting.

Thank you to all residents and other stakeholders who provided input to develop the Coodanup Foreshore Masterplan during the August 2019 to June 2020 consultation. The City asked local residents and the broader community to share their thoughts and comments on the vision for Coodanup Foreshore Reserve to guide the development of a Landscape Masterplan. The first round of comments from residents and the local community were submitted to the City of Mandurah by Sunday 22 September 2019.

Consultation with key stakeholders continued through December 2019 to February 2020, including Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Winjan Aboriginal Corp, the Access and Inclusion Advisory Group and others, with earlier drafts of the Masterplan for reference.

To ensure the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders, the City has worked through a detailed process to develop the plan and provide a draft to residents and stakeholders for further comment prior to finalising the Masterplan.

Development of the draft May 2020 Masterplan (Revision F) followed, and the plan was available for comment. The City encouraged residents and stakeholders to have their say on the draft Masterplan which was available for comment from 8 May to 23 June 2020. An all-day Information Drop in Session at the Coodanup Community Hall on 19 June 2020 provided an opportunity to view large size (A1) plans of the draft May 2020 Masterplan, and discuss them with staff, submit the survey and/or other written comments.

All feedback was then collated to inform the final masterplan Revision G Masterplan For Council December 2020.

Council endorsed the Masterplan at the 15 December 2020 Council meeting.

View the Coodanup Foreshore Masterplan Rev G DEC 2020 A3 document which is 8 pages and a cover page
- for download as PDF pages for onscreen viewing, or for print at A3 size / landscape orientation/ in colour.

  • Masterplan Cover page
  • 2 Site Plans
    • Existing Site and Zones of the foreshore
    • Proposed site masterplan - Site Layout & Zones, indicating locations of major infrastructure including carparks, toilets, playground. Main viewing points and points of access into the estuary water for recreational activities are also indicated.
  • Zone Plans: 5 pages of concept plans in more detail for each of the 7 Zones, with graphics indicating level of facilities that are proposed:

Zone 1 Wanjeep - West, near Wanjeep St, adjacent to the Creery Wetlands

Zone 2 Central Recreation – the central recreation and playground area to Beacham St

Zone 3 Peel Parade Recreation – east of the Central Recreation area

Zone 4 Peel Parade Wetlands – Central wetlands north / south

Zone 5 East Recreation - Peel Parade to William Rd

Zone 6 Nairns Transition – John St

Zone 7 Nairns - the priority conservation area of Nairns, to the east, to the Serpentine River

  • Summary page, showing the site with Zones, Site layout and major infrastructure and summary text.

Graphic images shown on the plan are indicative of the level of facilities planned, which continue the theme and level of provision of Mandurah’s other estuary foreshore reserves recently upgraded, including Novara foreshore in Falcon.

Also available for download:

  • 2020 Brochure sent out to local residents and
  • Sign installed on the foreshore during the second round of consultation mid 2020.

What does the Masterplan include?

The plan includes many elements that the community indicated are important through the earlier community consultation process and subsequent input from other key stakeholders.

The draft Masterplan aims to balance the competing demands for the space - retaining environmental and aesthetic values while continuing to provide for recreational activities.

The plan indicates the 7 Zones of the foreshore - character zones showing a focus of environmental or recreational, including the conservation areas of Nairns to the east and the adjoining Creery wetlands to the west, transitional zones adjacent to these, and the main recreation zones, as listed above.

The plan includes elements such as:

  • Areas for recreation - play and activity areas, and future upgrades
  • Public amenities including shelters, seating, barbecues, parking and lighting, toilets, signs
  • Viewing points, including viewing platforms and decks, and bird hide upgrade
  • Environmental and cultural interpretation included in landscape components
  • Path and trail connections and upgrades, for accessibility and continuity of path networks
  • Connections and access to the Estuary water, for viewing and access for various recreational activities
  • Grass and planted areas
  • Protection of existing trees
  • Mulch zones under trees to improve health and provide for succession planting and seedlings
  • Additional planting of trees and shrubs/ groundcovers / stormwater planting of reeds and sedges
  • Environmental considerations and management, including biodiversity, planting and fencing
  • Management of stormwater outputs
  • Consideration of site context and uses of adjoining land, including future development of private land.
  • Environmental considerations and management
  • Management of stormwater outputs.


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    Hello Karen Realise this is a late call but a running surface along the foreshore would be good. The type with a bit of give. Not as expensive as it used to be and I feel it would get used well. Build it and they will come as they say. Along top of reserve away from the annual flooding of the path near the water. I presume the council knows it floods every year. BBQs would be good and lots more seats too. I have come to the website but there is no plan here that I can see. Have a lovely day Best wishes Martyn Biggs

    MartynBiggs asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Martyn,
    If you scroll down on the page, the documents are available as PDF downloads to the bottom right.
    Seats and bbqs are planned for. There is a plan to realign the path out of the flood zone.
    Refer the Zone Plans 1 to 7. Paths are likely to be made of standard concrete to connect with the existing ones and provide a continuous path along the length of the foreshore. This would still be good for jogging/ running with a good pair of shoes! :) Have a lovely day too, Karen

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    I filled out the survey but it wouldn't let me put much in the suggestion area :) Anyway MY husband asked if a row of small trees are planted on the waterside of the playarea to stop the sand getting blown out across the path. We often see mums and children playing there so a water drinking fountain or bottle filling station would be handy. Many thanks

    PhilBingham asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Phil, This comment has come up now although made during the last round 1 of consultation in August - September last year? We're now on Round 2, with the draft masterplan available for comment until 9 June 2020. 

    Zone 2 Plan on page 4 shows more trees around the playground including to the waterside and a new drink fountain and outdoor shower near the nearby existing toilets, as an improvement to existing facilities.
    Kind regards, Karen

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    I'd like to know if there is going to be a better off leash dog area put in as the area that is designated for that at the moment is ridiculous.you can't even throw a ball for your dog as it's so close to the road it's to dangerous.i wont even walk my dog at the Coodanup off leash areas.i drive to Dudley park or Falcon off leash areas.

    Bren asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Bren, thanks for your query. The off leash dog area that has been designated on the Coodanup Masterplan as shown on the Zone Plan 4 to the east of the playground is sizeable. However, it is quite close to the road, but that's unavoidable with this foreshore as all of it is bounded by Peel Parade. The City has future plans for dog exercise areas. Refer this page for information and the council report available from it https://www.mandurahmatters.com.au/dogpark Cheers, Karen 


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