City of Mandurah Council took home a host of honours at the recent Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.
The Council won Silver in the ‘Excellence in Local Government: Tourism’ category, Bronze in the ‘Events’ category for the Christmas in Mandurah program and the Visit Mandurah team won the Gold award in the ‘Visitor Information Services’ category and Gold in the ‘Tourism Marketing and Campaigns’ category for its 2022/23 destination campaign, ‘BIG reasons to visit Mandurah this summer’.
The successful Giants of Mandurah exhibition also struck Gold in the ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category with FORM Building a State of Creativity winning the award for their work in initiating and producing the outdoor art trail.
Mayor, Rhys Williams said it had been a momentous year for tourism in Mandurah.
“We are incredibly proud of the accolades received at last night’s WA Tourism Awards as they further cement Mandurah’s place as a trailblazer and innovator in the tourism industry,” he said.
“In 2018, having recognised that Mandurah’s reputation as a tourist destination was slipping, Council set an ambitious agenda to re-establish our city as a prominent part of the WA tourism scene. This included a major upgrade to our public spaces and the establishment of Visit Mandurah, a Council-funded tourism organisation with a dedicated and skilled team led by some of WA’s most talented tourism minds.
“These accolades are a testament to the collaboration between Visit Mandurah, our hardworking City of Mandurah staff, the team at the Peel Development Commission, our neighbours in the Shire of Murray, and of course our deeply committed local hospitality and tourism operators who have embarked on this journey with us from day one. I thank them for their efforts.
“Obviously a key part of this success has been the overwhelming popularity of the Giants project, which has really given us the chance to showcase Mandurah to visitors from across Australia and the world. Our sincere thanks go to our Giants project partners in FORM Building a State of Creativity, the State Government and of course Thomas Dambo for choosing our city as his canvas.
“This is just the beginning of this new chapter in Mandurah’s tourism story, and Council is working hard with our partners to ensure the momentum continues.”
Visit Mandurah General Manager, Anita Kane said the awards underscore the organisation’s dedication to promoting Mandurah as a leading destination in the tourism industry.
“We are thrilled with the recognition for Mandurah and the commitment of our small yet passionate team to promote Mandurah, enhance tourism offerings and outcomes, as well as gaining well-deserved recognition for Mandurah, not just on a state and national level but also on the international stage,” she said.
FORM Building a State of Creativity CEO, Tabitha McMullan said their award is an important acknowledgment of the contribution arts and culture makes to a thriving State and economy.
“FORM is so proud to be recognised for our work initiating, producing, delivering, promoting and managing the Australian-first cultural tourism project, Thomas Dambo’s Giants of Mandurah,” Ms McMullan said.
“As a not-for-profit arts and cultural organisation, we have been gratified by the amazing public response and community impact of the project. Thomas Dambo’s work has engaged hundreds of thousands of people around the world, but it is wonderful to see so many people connect with the unique stories and environment of Mandurah through this initiative. In this way, the Giants of Mandurah has helped us deliver on our mission of developing a vibrant creative economy for the benefit and wellbeing of all Western Australian communities.
“Anything of this scale and ambition takes a cast of many. The Giants of Mandurah would not have been possible without the support of our fantastic partners who we sincerely thank, including the State Government, the City of Mandurah and Visit Mandurah, and the Alcoa Foundation.
“We are also incredibly grateful to our collaborators in Winjan Aboriginal Corporation, the amazing volunteers, local community groups and businesses, students from Fairbridge College, Alta-1 College and Glencoe Primary School, Mandurah-based artist Callum Davies, the dedicated artist team, and of course, the one and only Thomas Dambo.”
The annual Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards honour businesses, individuals, and destinations that exemplify excellence and innovation in the tourism sector.