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Helena River Alliance's John Considine, Lower Helena Association chair Marilena Stimpfl, Friends of Woodbridge Bushland chair Lynn Deering, Guildford Association president Barbara Dundas, Bobbi Ilchik and Friends of Woodbridge Bushland member Simon Ashby

Lloyd Street Bridge design rethink lost

By Claire Ottaviano

A MOTION for a design review of the soon-to-be-built Lloyd Street Bridge narrowly missed the mark at Council this week.

Councillor Ian Johnson moved a motion to request Main Roads WA review the bridge’s design after public environmental concerns with the single span design.

The motion lost 7/8.

“The Helena River Alliance, a coalition of local community groups, is calling for a better bridge redesign to lessen the environmental impact,” Cr Johnson said.

“The Helena River floodplain is home to sacred registered Whadjuk Noongar sites including a rock shelter, more than 100 mature flooded gums and two billabongs.

“With a better design it would be possible to save a number of trees and the billabong habitat.”

The bridge construction is included in the Great Eastern Highway Bypass interchange project.

Swan mayor David Lucas said the design was developed based on extensive consultation with Traditional Land Owners who preferred a single span design over the Helena River Alliance’s suggested pier design.

“The Whadjuk Native Title Working Group suggested impacts of the [pier] design could be mitigated by redesigning the bridge structures so they had a clear span rather than piers and to move the abutments back as far as possible,” he said.

“As a result of this feedback, Main Roads redesigned the bridge by adopting a continuous 57m single span steel bridge.

“To change the design we would have to go back and start consultation again leading to significant delays.”

He also said Hasluck Federal Member Ken Wyatt threatened to pull the bridge’s funding if the project was delayed.

“His words to me exactly were, use it or lose it,” he said.

The Helena River Alliance will host a rally on December  4, 10.30am, at the corner of Stirling Street and Lloyd Street.

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