On complaints about road closures

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. 

The national and international exposure for Mandurah through the event seems quite evident. 

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.


FYI

The “70.3” refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments is half the distance of that segment in an Ironman triathlon.
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