All Abilities Paddle Launch Officially Opens in Mandurah’s Renowned Estuary System

  • New ‘All Abilities Paddle Launch’ now open, part of the City of Mandurah’s ‘Peel-Harvey Estuary Trails’ project
  • Upgrades also completed at Novara Foreshore and Dawesville paddle launch sites, enhancing Mandurah’s network of paddling facilities
  • The Cook Government funded $1.2 million for Peel Regional Trails in Mandurah, with $400,000 allocated to upgrade the paddle trail network

Local member for Mandurah David Templeman MLA has officially opened the ‘All Abilities Paddle Launch’ today on behalf of Regional Development Minister Don Punch.

The facility, an all abilities launch platform at Riverside Gardens in Greenfields, is one of the first of its kind in Western Australia, and is part of the City of Mandurah’s ‘Peel-Harvey Estuary Trails’ project.

The accessible platform features two custom slipways and special seating, facilitating safe river access for all-abilities paddlers, and seamless transitions from wheelchairs to canoes.

The Cook Government invested $1.2 million in ‘Peel Regional Trails’ in Mandurah, as part of a 2021 election commitment.

Of this, $400,000 is allocated to the paddle trail network, with the remaining $800,000 set to enhance the City’s outdoor recreational infrastructure, including starting the development of a 30km Island shared-use trail, and enhancing the visitor experience at the Thrombolites, Lake Clifton.

Upgrades at key paddle launch sites at Novara Foreshore and Dawesville have introduced new sand, tables, seating, improved stairs, handrails, benches, shelters, and extended paving along with beach matting.

The ‘Peel Regional Trails’ project focuses on creating dedicated trails around the Peel-Harvey Estuary, aiming to enhance recreation, tourism, and events, and guide local government areas in realising their potential as premier trail destinations.

You can read more information about the ‘All Abilities Paddle Launch’ project at

As stated by Regional Development Minister Don Punch:

“The opening of the ‘All Abilities Paddle Launch’ and upgrades at Novara Foreshore and Dawesville are a key milestone for the ‘Peel Regional Trails’ project and mark a significant advancement in ensuring outdoor activities are accessible to all.

“By investing in the Peel region’s tourism and recreation infrastructure, the Cook Government is supporting economic growth and development, along with promoting health and wellbeing for the local community.

“This innovative project positions the City of Mandurah as an active and vibrant regional centre, as well as a prime destination for nature-based tourism.”

As stated by Mandurah MLA David Templeman:

“Mandurah’s upgraded paddle trail network enhances the region’s appeal as a top destination for water-based activities.

“The project creates accessible and adventurous experiences that attract more visitors and encourage longer stays, as well as helping to boost tourism and spending in the Peel.

“The new ‘All Abilities Paddle Launch’ sets a high bar for recreational infrastructure, ensuring wide accessibility and showcasing the area’s natural beauty and rich biodiversity.”

As stated by City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams:

“Mandurah is proud to be a State-wide leader in accessibility and inclusion, so we are delighted to welcome another facility where all members of our community and visitors can be included and have a go.

“Thanks to the State Government for its support with this great facility, and also the City’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Group, as well as local paddle groups for their guidance and efforts in making this a reality.

“The Riverside Gardens ‘All Abilities Paddle Launch’ is one of the first of its kind in the State. It is part of great network of paddling facilities that allow people to enjoy the beauty of Mandurah’s environment and waterways, as well as immerse themselves in Australia’s Top Tourism Town.”

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