New bridge name is a nod to culture
A bridge over Western Australia’s Swan River connecting East Perth with the city’s new $1.45 billion Optus Stadium will be officially named Matagarup Bridge.
The WA Government said the name recognised the cultural significance of the Swan River area to the Whadjuk community.
Matagarup is the name given by traditional land owners to the area around Heirisson Island, meaning a place where the river is only leg deep, allowing it to be crossed.
The name was decided following consultation with the Whadjuk Working Party (WWP) through the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.
The WWP was asked to consider the significance of the river and surrounding area to the Whadjuk community.
Matagarup was one of three names nominated for consideration by the Government.
The soon-to-be-opened Yagan Square in Perth’s CBD is another major metropolitan area project given an Aboriginal name, paying tribute to Noongar leader Yagan.
“The Aboriginal people of the area have had a connection to the Swan River for thousands of years and I’m delighted we have been able to recognise that,” WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt said.
“We have worked closely with Aboriginal elders to come up with a name which reflects the special significance this area has to the Aboriginal history of Perth.”