Plans for new bridge shelved

A concept design for the pedestrian bridge linking Southport and Oxford streets.
A concept design for the pedestrian bridge linking Southport and Oxford streets.

Mayor Simon Withers told the Western Suburbs Weekly the council would continue to plan for the West Leederville business precinct, but not the bridge linking it to the Leederville town centre, because it was too complex to develop during its remaining two years.

‘The council owns a lot of land on the development site on the northern side of Cambridge Street and we want to bring a development partner to develop the whole thing, utilising our land and building the bridge,’ Mr Withers said.

‘That is probably a five-year process and we only have two years as a council, so there’s no point in starting.’

Mr Withers said because the bridge was not on the State Government’s agenda and the transition period of a new council could take a number of years, the bridge would likely be a minimum of 10 years away.

City of Vincent Mayor Alannah MacTiernan said under current circumstances it was virtually impossible for councils to plan any large projects.

‘It is entirely understandable and reflects this problem that local governments have another nine months of uncertainty before we know exactly what, if any, amalgamations will take place,’ she said.