Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    Matagarup Bridge a permanent tribute to traditional owners

    26/11/2017 9:30 AM
    • ​Swan River pedestrian bridge to be officially named Matagarup Bridge
    • Name selected refers to Heirisson Island in local Whadjuk language

    The Swan River pedestrian bridge connecting East Perth with Optus Stadium will be officially named Matagarup Bridge.


    The name recognises the cultural significance of the immediate Swan River area to the Whadjuk community.


    Matagarup is the name given by traditional land owners to the area around Heirisson Island, meaning a place where the river is only leg deep, allowing it to be crossed.


    The naming of Matagarup Bridge was decided following consultation with the Whadjuk Working Party (WWP), through the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.


    When nominating names for consideration, the WWP was asked to consider the significance of the river and surrounding area to the Whadjuk community.


    Matagarup was one of three names nominated by the WWP for consideration by the Government, based on its meaning for the local area.


    The soon to be opened Yagan Square is another major metropolitan area project given an Aboriginal name, paying tribute to Noongar leader Yagan.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "I want to acknowledge and thank the members of the Whadjuk Working Party for their advice regarding names for the bridge.


    "This name was one of those put forward by the group and reflects the name of the surrounding area in the local Whadjuk language.


    "The new name Matagarup, along with the striking design, will ensure this bridge becomes a must-see icon of Perth."


    Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:


    "The Aboriginal people of the area have had a connection to the Swan River for thousands of years and I'm delighted we have been able to recognise that.


    "We have worked closely with Aboriginal elders to come up with a name which reflects the special significance this area has to the Aboriginal history of Perth."


    Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500

    Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900