International Help for the Bridge

More Good News on Heritage Bridge

The Fremantle Society has been working hard with the Save Freo Bridge Alliance to get a world class facility for you and your grandchildren on the Swan River, with a repurposed wooden traffic bridge to be used for recreation and cyclists and pedestrians.

The Fremantle Society broke the news to you last week that the Australian Institute of Architects, the peak architects' body with 12,000 members, support our stand.

We asked you to urgently write to the planning minister Rita Saffioti and the Premier to support the future of the project (see example below).

The appalling lack of leadership from Fremantle Council, and their vote to demolish the bridge as soon as possible has not gone unnoticed in the current election.

Of the mayoral candidates, only Labor's Hannah Fitzhardinge (councillor for Beaconsfield) has come out against the bridge, as she has to toe the Labor party line, which is to destroy the heritage listed icon.

An internationally famous film director currently in Perth has offered free of charge to film a video for us of the bridge to promote its future as an iconic river destination. Planning is well under way, with a script prepared and three actors required (grandfather and two children 8 and 9) for brief roles. Instead of many  thousands of dollars normally needed for such work, we are getting it done through generous help and sponsorship. If you wish to contribute, please contact us immediately.

Have you written YOUR letter to Planning Minister Saffioti about the bridge?

Dr John Watson, a Fremantle Society member, certainly has. The issue is urgent. The time is short. YOU need to do something please  instead of nothing.

Dr Watson's letter:

Dear Minister Saffioti,


         The Old Fremantle Traffic bridge.


Too many opportunities have been missed in Fremantle, too many wrong turns taken and too many millions wasted.


Now the once-in-a-lifetime chance of a great embellishment is occurring; that of converting the use of the Old Fremantle Traffic Bridge and preserving it for non-vehicular and pedestrian purposes (excepting, I expect, such things as bicycles, shopping scooters and so on) in an evolution of function to beautify and add to the amenity of our locality and add significantly to its attractiveness to visitors and the WA tourism industry.


I understand that the Australian Institute of Architects is strongly in favour of retaining this culturally and historically important structure and has submitted the case for that cause to Infrastructure Western Australia. The bridge is a rare part of our heritage: its loss would be to the detriment of us all.


You did a marvellous job with the Matagarup Pedestrian Bridge at East Perth/Burswood, a truly fine addition to its locality, and I respectfully ask that you do not join the unenlightened ranks of those who wish to both rob us of our heritage and deny our populace and visitors, present and future, the pleasure and advantages of the fulfilment of this unrepeatable opportunity for enrichment and enhancement of Fremantle’s locality with the preservation of the Old Traffic Bridge.

 Yours sincerely,


                                    John Watson.

picture: John Dowson

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society


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