The multibillion-dollar Perth City Deal is set for a major funding boost by the Morrison and McGowan Governments to bring the centrepiece inner-city campus of Edith Cowan University (ECU) to life, and also ensure the delivery of the new Swan River Bridge which was first announced back in 2020.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has just revealed what the new Swan River Bridge in East Perth will look like.
“We’re delivering a stunning new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Swan River.
The new bridge will be constructed locally by Western Australians, creating and supporting hundreds of local jobs, while providing a new walking and cycling opportunity for our local community. This is a key part of the Perth City Deal, a partnership between the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments – that will see more than $1.6 billion invested in projects across our CBD, supporting local jobs, local businesses and encouraging people into the city,” stated Mr McGowan.
Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the new bridge would be six metres wide and significantly higher than the current Causeway Bridge, with dedicated pedestrian and cyclist lanes providing safer access for the more than 1,500 cyclists and 2,000 pedestrians who use the path on the existing Causeway Bridge daily.
Building the bridge will be the team at Civmec have constructed the Matagarup Bridge and the Kids Bridge connecting Perth Children’s Hospital with Kings Park.
The Swan River Bridge is being jointly funded by Morrison and McGowan Governments on a 50:50 basis, with each providing an additional $25 million to the project, bringing the total to $100 million.
As well as the new ECU campus and Swan River Bridge, the $1.69 billion Perth City Deal includes:
- Investment in Curtin University’s Historical Heart Cluster, including the expansion of the Graduate School of Business and Law School and the creation of a healthcare and clinical training facility.
- Investment in Perth’s cultural attractions, including the Perth Cultural Centre rejuvenation, the Perth Concert Hall Redevelopment and the WACA redevelopment and public swimming pool. These investments will create vibrant, safe and attractive offerings delivering improved liveability, cultural and tourism outcomes for the city.
- Investment towards the celebration of Western Australia’s rich Aboriginal culture and history, including important community consultation and engagement, feasibility studies and preliminary design work for the Perth Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
- The CBD Transport Plan, an investment to improve active and public transport accessibility and safety in the CBD, increasing the attractiveness and sustainability of the city for residents and visitors.
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