Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Concept plan unveiled for Albany's landmark pedestrian bridge

    6/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today unveiled the concept plan for the construction of a landmark pedestrian bridge in Albany.

    The bridge will link Albany’s central business district and the lower York Street tourist precinct to the proposed $27.8million Albany waterfront development and Anzac Park.

    “This is an important step in progressing stage one of the Albany waterfront project, which in addition to the pedestrian bridge, also includes the creation of sites for the Albany entertainment centre and a hotel,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “The steel bridge will be 167 metres in length and 9 metres in height, providing an important linkage to the waterfront development.”

    Ms MacTiernan said public art would be feature of the bridge, providing an opportunity for artists in the Great Southern.

    “The construction of the pedestrian bridge is expected to be completed in the first half of 2006, with the City of Albany also anticipating commencement of work on the entertainment centre next year,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    Preparation for the entertainment centre site will involve LandCorp undertaking remediation of any residual contamination from former industrial activities, in accordance with Department of Environment guidelines.

    A draft structure plan for the area is also currently under development and is due to be available for public comment by the end of October 2005.

    “The second stage of the development, the construction of the boat harbour, will start in 2007 after the necessary environmental approvals have been obtained,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “This will cater for some 20 to 30 vessels, with a capacity when fully developed of 70 to 80 berths, and includes the development of public facilities and adjacent land for retail and general commercial businesses.

    Public enquiries can be directed to LandCorp’s dedicated Albany waterfront information line on 1300 730 245 (for the cost of a local call).

    Minister's office: 9213 6400