The WA Government has announced the construction of a new bridge across the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River), taking pedestrians and cyclists off the existing major bottleneck of the Causeway bridge.
The bridge will be constructed west of the heritage-listed Causeway, across the Swan River and Heirisson Island (Matagarup).
It is hoped the new river crossing will provide a safer connection from Perth CBD to Victoria Park and beyond, for people walking and riding.
Estimated to cost around $50 million, the initial concept followed consultation with the Whadjuk Working Party – made up of members elected by their family groups to represent Whadjuk People.
The design of the bridges’ structural elements are inspired by the stories of Fanny Balbuk – a Whadjuk woman who resisted colonisation in the 19th century, and Yagan – the Noongar leader and resistance fighter.
The Causeway is one of the busiest connections into central Perth, and the current path has long been recognised as too narrow to accommodate people walking, running and riding.
Currently, more than 1,400 cyclists and 1,900 pedestrians funnel through the two-metre-wide Causeway path each day, equating to 500,000 bike trips a year.
The new path will be at least 6 metres wide, with dedicated cycle and pedestrian lanes.
It will be comprised of two river crossings – measuring 250 metres on the Victoria Park side and 140 metres on the City of Perth side – connected by a 270 metre path through Heirisson Island.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said “The Causeway is one of the busiest connections into central Perth, and the current path has long been recognised as too narrow to accommodate demand from people walking, running and riding.”
Consultation will continue, to ensure the bridge showcases local Aboriginal heritage and meets environmental needs.