Perth’s $100m Causeway pedestrian/cyclist bridges project wins Cycling Luminaries Award in Canberra

Causeway Link Alliance commended for multi-stakeholder engagement and effective detour implementation and management

Zaneta Mascarenhas accepts the Built Environment Award on behalf of the Causeway Link Alliance at the Cycling Luminaries Awards in Canberra last night. Picture: Andrew Taylor

The team behind Perth’s spectacular Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges took home the Built Environment Award at the We Ride Australia Cycling Luminaries Awards in Canberra last night.

Award judges said the project team, “set the standard for comprehensive and inclusive consultation with stakeholders” especially in regard to the effective and popular detours put in place during the construction period set to conclude in late 2024.

“The Alliance has excelled at engaging with stakeholders from very early in the design process, to ensure Indigenous, ecological, economic, disability, recreation and active transport concerns have been accommodated,” the judges said.

Main Roads WA and the Causeway Link Alliance said the Award was, “testament to our commitment to engaging with stakeholders on path detours and our approach to addressing diverse concerns to provide successful outcomes.”

Doing detours right

WestCycle Active Transport Manager Dr Georgia Scott, who nominated the Alliance for the Award, celebrated the victory.

“I am so pleased they won,” said Dr Scott. “Perth has a lot of massive infrastructure projects going on at the moment that are causing a lot of negative impacts to the Principal Shared Path network.”

“This project really stands out for the care shown for bike riders through and around their construction site, to the extent that they have installed new, smooth concrete paths and a staffed boom gate that gives path users priority over work site vehicles. The team is doing a great job, and the award is well deserved.”

Zaneta Mascarenhas, Federal MP for Swan and Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Cycling group, collected the Award on behalf of the Alliance that began work on the $100m bridges earlier this year.

The project is comprised of cable-stayed bridges that will traverse the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) from Victoria Park to Point Fraser via Matagarup (Heirisson Island) in two s-shaped curves that represent the movement of the Waugyl (rainbow serpent). 

Main Roads WA and the Causeway Link Alliance said the bridge would provide a, “critical link for cyclists and pedestrians heading to and from the CBD, celebrating the natural beauty of Perth, and importantly, the long and enduring connection the Noongar community has with the land and water in this place.”

The Alliance is made up of Civmec Construction & Engineering, Seymour Whyte Constructions, WSP Australia and Main Roads WA. 

The bridge is part of the Perth City Deal and jointly funded by State and Federal contributions. 

The 2023 Cycling Luminaries Award winners are: 

Built Environment Award – The Causeway Link Alliance

Leadership Award – Charlene Bordley

Bike Culture Award – Open Streets, Bicycle Network

Special Recognition Award for Social Impact – Revolve Recycling

We Ride Australia’s just-published report into the Australian cycling and e-scooter economy was also presented at the Awards Ceremony

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Tim Roach

Elected Director | Off Road

Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.

Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.

Denise Sullivan

Chair | Governance & Risk Committee

Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.

In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.

Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.

She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).