Jobs Events Advertise Newsletter

Federal Government to probe Perth bridge plan over Indigenous heritage fears

Giovanni Torre -
: The Federal Government will investigate the proposed Lloyd Street Bridge in Midland to assess any risk to Aboriginal heritage sites in the area. A spokesperson for the Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley confirmed on Friday that the Minister had received an application which will be assessed under Section 10 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act. While the current design concept for the bridge received a Section 18 approval under Western Australia’s notorious 1972 Aboriginal Heritage Act, a Commonwealth Government finding against the bridge could override the State approval. Ms Ley confirmed the assessment would go ahead after receiving a letter from Greg Ugle on behalf of a group of 12 Traditional Owners. The letter said the entire floodplain was the mythological site for the Wagyl and was culturally important. “If a bridge must be built, then it should be the widest bridge possible that has the least impact on the river and the floodplain," the letter said. "The current concept design is not acceptable to us in any way and should be amended so there is better protection for this important heritage and mythological site and its inhabitants. “We will accept a maximum of around 30 metres infill on either side of the road ends to connect the bridge - there should be no other infill of the floodplain." The letter said the current bridge design would permanently bury long neck turtle habitat. “We have made many attempts to pause the project so the bridge can be redesigned to have a lower impact on this site," the letter said. "We have written to the City of Swan, various State and Federal Ministers and Main Roads, both directly and through representatives, but we are not being listened to.” Last week, the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council said a heritage management plan would be created to protect sites around the bridge. A SWALSC spokesperson said the agreement with Main Roads would deliver employment and procurement opportunities for Aboriginal people. “We trust that survey participants will be shown this management plan and given the opportunity to endorse it before any work begins, to ensure that those commitments will be honoured," the spokesperson said. "We are assured that the uninterrupted span over the main Helena River channel remains in place and the river will not be impacted during construction.” SWALSC said Whadjuk Traditional Owners who participated in the survey had taken a pragmatic approach to find the least impactful design. “We have spoken with Main Roads who have assured us the design has not substantially changed from the one shown during the survey, other than to marginally increase the span length across the main river channel, and to add retaining walls in places to reduce the overall project footprint,” they said. Five City of Swan councillors, which is collaborating with Main Roads and the State Government on the project, have unsuccessfully attempted pursue a new design to reduce the impact to the area.


Barry Cable charged with historical sex crimes against underaged girl
Western Australian police have charged disgraced former North Melbourne and WAFL...
Dechlan Brennan 24 May 2024
Victorian Police Chief Commissioner makes "long overdue" apology for police role in Stolen Generations
Victoria Police chief commissioner Shane Patton has made a personal apology, and...
Jarred Cross 24 May 2024
Anniversary of the killing of Noongar leader Midgegooroo acknowledged by the City of Fremantle
The City of Fremantle lowered flags to half-mast this week as part of its truth-...
Rhiannon Clarke 24 May 2024
Pacific graduate beats the odds and earns her master's degree
Veronika Ruby Iloilo, a Masters graduate from the University of Auckland, turned...
Joseph Guenzler 24 May 2024

   Giovanni Torre   

Waanyi Garawa Gudanji woman Lizzie Hogan steps up for NT seat of Barkly
The Waanyi-Garawa-Gudanji woman Lizzie Hogan will run for the NT seat of Barkly...
Giovanni Torre 24 May 2024
Advocates urge Queensland spit hood ban as inquest into death in custody hears final witness
After over one month of hearings, on Tuesday the inquest into the death of mothe...
Giovanni Torre 21 May 2024
Exclusive: Board of leading WA native title group asks regulator to appoint special administrator
The board of a leading native title body in Western Australia’s Kimberley region...
Giovanni Torre 21 May 2024
Indigenous education peak body alliance welcomes federal commitment to community-controlled sector
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Corporation (NATSIE...
Giovanni Torre 20 May 2024