Mandurah new bridge site cleansed in traditional smoking ceremony


Taking part in the smoking ceremony were city councillor Lynn Rodgers, Aboriginal elder George Walley, Mayor Marina Vergone, Aboriginal elder Harry Nannup and Transport Minister Dean Nalder.
Taking part in the smoking ceremony were city councillor Lynn Rodgers, Aboriginal elder George Walley, Mayor Marina Vergone, Aboriginal elder Harry Nannup and Transport Minister Dean Nalder.

SMOKE drifted across Mandurah’s western foreshore on Monday as representatives of the Binjareb people – elders George Walley and Harry Nannup – held a smoking ceremony to cleanse the area before construction starts on the new bridge.

Project signs were also installed.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder, who was at the ceremony, said contractor the Georgiou Group had embraced Mandurah’s preferences in the design by including boardwalks and fishing platforms beneath the new bridge and retaining sections of the old bridge.

He said design features including lighting beneath the bridge, stairs to the skate park and shade structures on the remaining part of the old bridge were still being determined by City of Mandurah.

Bridge building activities will start this winter with the new bridge expected to be open by the end of next year.