Women see red over Mandurah traffic bridge demolition

The protesters on the old bridge.
Women see red over Mandurah traffic bridge demolition
The protesters on the old bridge.

MORE than 30 members of local Red Hat Ladies groups made their feelings known last week about the impending loss of Mandurah⿿s old traffic bridge.

Members from Erskine’s Village Vixens, Falcon’s Dolphinettes and Meadow Springs’ Dilettante Dames – three of the five local groups – braved wind and rain to line the bridge and throw red and purple flowers into the water, with plenty of honks of support from passing traffic.

The protest was the idea of Dolphinettes Queen Bee Joan Bailey.

Mrs Bailey (82) grew up in Mandurah from the age of three and remembers the traffic bridge the present bridge replaced.

She recalls standing on the fishing platform as a child with her uncle, scooping crabs by torchlight from the incoming tide.

Mrs Bailey is concerned there have been no protests about the forthcoming demolition of the bridge.

“Its all been very quiet, why have there been no big protests like there were for the Creery Wetlands development back in the early 1990s?” she asked.

Tenders for redevelopment of the area are still being considered and a bridge demolition date is not yet available.

The Red Hat Ladies are now the biggest women’s organisation in the world.