Group bridges the gap


Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Belinda Cipri­ano­mu­ni­ d474453

BASSENDEAN’S Fore­shore En­vi­ron­men­tal Ac­tion Group’s de­sire to build a bridge con­nect­ing the Town of Bassendean with the City of Bel­mont could be­come a re­al­ity after Bassendean coun­cil­lors agreed to re­ceive the re­port and con­sider its fea­si­bil­ity and po­ten­tial part­ner­ships.

A no­tice of mo­tion from re­tir­ing coun­cil­lor Gerry Pule sup­ported by coun­cil­lors fol­lowed a dep­u­ta­tion on the “Con­nect­ing Com­mu­ni­ties – Con­nect­ing Bridge Pro­posal” pre­sented by group com­mit­tee mem­ber Lea Baw­den.

The con­cept would see a bridge over the Swan River from the Ash­field Pa­rade area to Ron Court­ney Is­land and on to Gar­vey Park in Ascot.

It would also in­clude a small bridge at South Guild­ford across the He­lena River in the City of Swan.

“The sen­ti­ments be­hind the Con­nect­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Con­nect­ing Bridge idea lie in the de­sire to con­nect our up­per Swan River com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vide di­rect ac­cess to open space and the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able on both sides of the river,” Ms Baw­den said.

“It would pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for the stake­holder coun­cils to work to­gether on a com­mu­nity-cen­tred project that is of mu­tual ben­e­fit, pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the area to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and see the now dis­con­nected com­mu­ni­ties con­nected and able to have di­rect en­gage­ment at coun­cil events on ei­ther side of the river.

Mrs Baw­den said the group had pre­sented the con­cept in 2006 and while it was well re­ceived, cir­cum­stances beyond the group’s con­trol saw it halted.

She now hoped coun­cil­lors would see it as an op­por­tu­nity to spear­head an in­no­va­tive project that would be em­braced and be part of its con­tri­bu­tion for its 2032 Vi­sion for Bassendean.

Mayor John Gan­gell said the con­cept was a very ex­cit­ing pro­posal for the com­mu­nity and the broader east­ern metropoli­tan re­gion.

“This pro­posal will in­ter­con­nect our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether across the river and will en­sure ev­ery­body has the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the best of our river­side parks and green spa­ces,” he said.

City of Bel­mont act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Robin Gar­rett said the City would look at any pro­posal from the Town of Bassendean on this mat­ter, based on its mer­its.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Lea Baw­den on the banks of the Swan River.

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