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In February 2014, the government called for expressions of interest for the design and construction of the bridge.

Four parties were shortlisted to bid—Decmil/OHL joint venture, Freyssinet, Georgiou, and York Civil/Rizzani de Eccherjoint venture.

Due to delays and issues, Malaysian-based Toyota Tsusho, which was sub-contracted to manufacture the bridge, had its contract terminated; the contract was re-tendered and was won by Western Australian company Civmec.

In November 2017, the Government announced that the bridge would officially be named "Matagarup Bridge", where "Matagarup" is the Nyungar name for the whole area - waters included - around Heirisson Island, and which means "place where the river is only leg deep, allowing it to be crossed".[9] It had previously been referred to as the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge.


Matagarup Bridge without its concrete deck while under construction in May 2018

The bridge's two main arches were hoisted into place in early May 2018.

Testing of the bridge's LED lighting occurred on 18 June.

Concrete pouring of the bridge deck was completed on 1 July.

On 4 July, Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffiotiand other officials, as well as bridge workers, walked across the bridge.[13] From 7–9 July, hundreds of volunteers walked across the bridge so that engineers could assess the movement of the structure and tune the bridge's mass damper to minimize vibrations.

The bridge was opened to the public on 14 July 2018.Landscaping and removal of the lay-down area and reclaimed land will continue after the bridge is completed.





MATAGARUP HERITAGE

Matagarup (Heirisson Island) is a Registered Site with the Government of Western Australia Department of Indigenous Affairs (Site ID 3589). 



Listed as a mythological site, with open access and no restrictions, Matagarup has been officially recorded as a Meeting Place, Plant Resource, Camp and Hunting Place.
Section 8 of the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act states:

"Where the Committee is satisfied that a representative body of persons of Aboriginal descent who usually live subject to Aboriginal customary law has an interest in a place or object to which this Act applies that is of traditional and current importance to it, and which is in the custody or control of the Minister, the Minister after consultation with the Committee shall make that place or object available to that body as and whenever required for purposes sanctioned by the Aboriginal tradition relevant to that place or object."

The Nyoongar Tent Embassy is the sole Tribal Sovereign Embassy sitting on a listed Aboriginal Heritage site. To access the Aboriginal Heritage Register enquiry system follow this link.






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