Perth, Western Australia, Victoria Park, Swan River, Heirisson Island, Whadjuk Noongar, Pedestrian Bridge, Cycling, Bicycles
The Western Australian government has released early designs for a $50 million pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the Swan River, stretching from Victoria Park to the city via Heirisson Island, on the Country of the Whadjuk Noongar people.
The initial design, which envisions gigantic boomerang-shaped pylons supporting a gently curved bridge, has been prepared by multidisciplinary firm IPV Delft in consultation with a Whadjuk working group.
It takes inspiration from the stories of two key figures associated with Heirisson Island: Noongar Whadjuk woman Fanny Balbuk, who lived during the early days of the Swan River Colony and is remembered for her resistance to colonial expansion; and Noongar man Yagan, famed for his resistance to British colonial settlement in the early nineteenth century.
The bridge stretches out over more than 650 metres, travelling 250 metres over the river on the Victoria Park side and 140 metres on the city side, with a 270-metre path running through Heirisson Island connecting the two river crossings. The pylons in the Swan River will soar to 35 and 40 metres high.