Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Swan River navigation channel closure starts soon

    25/03/2018 1:00 PM
    • Navigational channel to be temporarily closed at Burswood
    • Industry consultation undertaken
    • Communications with boat users ongoing  

    Swan River users are advised that during parts of April and May, the navigation channel between Burswood and East Perth will be closed to all vessels.


    The Department of Transport and Main Roads Western Australia have advised the closure is required to enable a safe area for the construction of Matagarup Bridge.


    The navigation channel closure will be implemented from 300 metres south to 300 metres north of the footbridge piers.


    It is anticipated that closures will be in place for up to eight weeks, with the confirmed start date and the duration of closures, which are dependent on weather, to be confirmed.  


    To assist river users, signage, navigational buoys and spotter boats will be in place to keep all vessels away from the restricted area, with the closure applying to all on-water craft such as pleasure craft, small boats, kayaks and canoes.


    Closure updates will be available from Main Roads' website and the Department of Transport's Marine Safety notification services.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "As Transport Minister, I have asked the Department of Transport to work with local industry, such as tour providers, to see what can be done to provide alternative access. This may include using the new jetty in place at the Optus Stadium precinct to assist services.


    "The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge Alliance has also been working with commercial river users to manage and minimise the implications of the closure on their operations.


    "Patrons of commercial operators should check with their provider for details about whether a voyage is likely to be affected by the closure and any alternative arrangements that may be in place.


    "Within the closure period, we will provide some intermittent periods of opening using spotter boats for commercial operators, but regret this will not be possible for recreational river users.


    "We don't like to have to make these closures and inconvenience river users, but this is an essential part of the bridge construction."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500