The IRONMAN 70.3 happened in Mandurah over the weekend.
You, like me, may have been exposed to a small number of locals complaining about the necessary road closures the event required. Parts of Mandurah Road and Mandurah Tce had to be shut down.
I personally live in Meadow Springs, and had to navigate my way to church using back streets. It was a little inconvenient, sure. And I certainly have no personal passion for triathletes specifically. I have a gym membership I try and use a bit. But running just 1km makes me feel like I deserve a cigar and a litre of icecream.
But I honestly can't understand the complaints over the road closures. The net benefits for a city like Mandurah, who's economy is heavily reliant on tourism, far outweigh a few hours of inconvenience in my opinion.
I'm a big believer in keeping our decision makers accountable. But I certainly wouldn't want them to become immobilised out of a constant fear of complaints from the community.
Mandurah is a very suitable place for events like this, with the excellent combination of great weather, beautiful scenery, good facilities, plenty of accommodation and proactive tourism organisations and council.
I look forward to even more events making Mandurah a port of call.
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