What's HappeningThe standard development application process requires landowners to provide written consent to allow for the submission of development applications. As this project footprint extends across Town of Victoria Park land and also State land, which is under a management order with City of Perth and Swan River Trust, this project requires consent from all three to submit the development application. A public comment period will be open from 10 October to 7 November.
Details of the proposal and information on how to make a submission are available to the public via these local government websites:
Town of Victoria Park
City of Perth
In April 2022, a contract was awarded to Causeway Link Alliance, comprising Civmec Construction and Engineering Pty Ltd, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd, WSP Australia Pty Ltd and Main Roads, to design and construct this iconic project.
Early construction and ground improvement works are scheduled to begin in early 2023, with bridge construction scheduled to commence in mid-2023.
The design of the bridge resulted from consultation with key stakeholders including local governments, Traditional Owners, specialist groups, cycling and boating authorities and other government agencies, taking into consideration path user requirements, local developments on either side of the bridges, future maritime height allowances and the needs of existing river users.
Built as two bridges that connect over Heirisson Island, the s-shaped curves of the bridge’s design represents the sinuous movement of the Wagyl (rainbow serpent), while supporting the increased clearance heights above the river and minimising the number of trees impacted by construction.
Key to this design is minimising impacts to the sacred Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan). The cable-stay design ensures less impact to the river, with only three permanent piers required to support both bridges.
The location, approximately 90 metres downstream of the existing Causeway traffic bridge, was chosen as it minimises impacts on flora and fauna, while improving path user connections and amenity.
Integral to the design are references to prominent Whadjuk Noongar people, including: Yagan, a warrior and young leader, represented by a boomerang-inspired pier, and Balbuk who fought to retain the Swan-Coastal Plain’s over-development and is represented by two digging stick-inspired piers.
The bridges have been designed to cater for navigational clearance and future sea level rises. The new bridge on the Point Fraser side will have 6.2 metres of navigational clearance, while the new bridge on the McCallum Park side will have 5.1 metres of navigational clearance, allowing for smooth passage of marine vessels.
Construction on land will involve ground preparation, piling (setting deep foundations for bridge abutments) and earthworks for the bridge approach embankments.
In-river works will include piling, pile caps and constructing pylon structures. The two ‘lay down areas’ will be at the Point Fraser and McCallum Park foreshores near to where the bridge lands.
Works will be conducted to minimise any impact to community, foreshore park users and river vessels. Advanced notice of impacts will be provided on the project website and to those directly affected.
The existing Causeway traffic bridge is heritage listed and will not be modified as part of this project. The current path will remain and path users will continue to have access, both during construction and once the new bridges are open.
Two cable stayed bridges will be constructed, approximately 90 metres downstream of the existing Causeway Bridge, comprising a six metre wide shared path, connecting Victoria Park foreshore, Heirisson Island and Perth’s CBD at Point Fraser. There will be dedicated rest points along the bridges, which are being built for path users, not vehicles.
The innovative design is being developed in consultation with key stakeholders including local governments, Traditional Owners and specialist groups, taking into consideration path user requirements, local developments on either side of the bridges, future maritime height allowances and the needs of river users. The design will reflect and embed Whadjuk Noongar culture, recognising the significance of Aboriginal heritage at Heirisson Island and the Swan River.
The scope includes the following:
- Ground preparation, earthworks and piling (setting deep foundations for pylons) for the bridge approach embankments
- In-river works, including piling, pile caps and constructing pylon structures
- Complete the design, based on the concept that was provided at the commencement of the procurement process
- Construction methodology will include local steel fabrication of the bridges
- The scope does not include the existing Causeway Bridge, which will remain in place for vehicles
We acknowledge that the Swan River and Heirisson Island are very significant to the Traditional Custodians of the area and the wider Perth community.
Whilst the bridges and connecting path alignment has been designed to minimise the impacts and removal of trees, some vegetation clearing will be required on Heirisson Island and at Point Fraser. These clearing works will commence in early 2023.
We will be using bridge construction techniques that minimise impacts on the surrounding environment, including the marine, bird and land animals. The kangaroos that currently live on Heirisson Island will remain.
A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) that defines the minimum management requirements during construction will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders and once all environmental surveys are complete.
During development of the concept design in 2019, the Department of Transport led engagement with key stakeholders including Traditional Custodians, local governments, relevant government agencies, service providers, specialist groups and river operators.
Extensive engagement with local Traditional Custodians and Whadjuk Noongar community members included the design and alignment (location) of the bridges.
We have continued this consultation with all key stakeholders, including local businesses, to gain valuable input during the design process.
We recognise that this site holds strong cultural significance to Aboriginal people. We acknowledge the importance of ensuring the cultural heritage values of the area are respected, protected and celebrated. As such, we expect extensive, ongoing engagement with local Traditional Custodians and Noongar community members.
We hosted the inaugural Aboriginal Elders advisory group meeting in September 2021 and have held many further meetings to date. The group’s name, Matagarup Elders Group (MEG), was decided by its members and is symbolic of the project footprint on the Swan River near Heirisson Island, which Aboriginal people refer to as “matagarup”, meaning “a place where the river is only leg deep” (also known as “muddy knees”).
The MEG will provide valuable cultural input and inform the design of the bridges and the pathway. Traditionally, the site of this project had specific areas for “women’s” and “men’s” business, therefore the MEG consists of eighteen members, with equal male and female representation for each of the families recognised as having cultural connection to the area.
As part of the development of tender proposals, members of the MEG were involved in interactive workshops with the proponents to ensure their input to design was captured meaningfully and appropriately.
By acknowledging the deep cultural significance and connection to the land, and involving Matagarup Elders throughout the planning, design and construction of this project, we strive to ensure that together, we will deliver an iconic, culturally-sensitive legacy project that all stakeholders and community members can connect to with a sense of shared ownership and immense satisfaction.
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This project is funded as part of the Perth City Deal, jointly funded by the Australian ($50 million) and Western Australian ($50 million) governments and the City of Perth.