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DesignFreo Conversation 01: Old Bridge / New Bridge

A recording of this event can be found here

The first in the DesignFreo Conversations Series will discuss the replacement of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

The Fremantle Traffic Bridge holds a special place in the life and fabric of Fremantle. At 80 years old, the ‘old bridge’ is showing its age and is soon to be replaced.

We’ve invited a panel of experts to engage in a respectful discussion around the fate of the old bridge and the design of the new. Main Roads will soon be releasing their plans and going out for public consultation. Ahead of this, it is critical that the community is fully informed of the options and issues.

DesignFreo believes that all projects should aspire to the highest quality design, and that bridges are not just funnels for vehicles but also placemakers with the potential to deliver long-lasting benefits to our City. 

This is sure to be a lively and informative discussion. It will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Panel members:

  • Rebecca Clarkson, Community Development Expert and instigator of the change.org campaign to retain the old bridge as a public space;
  • Russell Kingdom, Urban Designer (Manager City Design and Projects, City of Fremantle);
  • Dr Anthony Duckworth-Smith, Research Fellow, Australian Urban Design Research Centre; 
  • Brendan Moore, Aboriginal Engagement Officer, City of Fremantle; and,
  • The Honorable Simone McGurk MLA, Member for Fremantle.

An invitation to participate has been extended to Main Roads – we are awaiting confirmation.

The conversation will be facilitated by Meri Fatin.

Date: Thursday 30 July
Venue: Tannock Hall of Education, Cliff St, Fremantle
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Tickets: $5 (plus booking fee) to assist with costs. 

*Note that numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions so please secure your seat quickly.

Thanks to our Event Partner The Fremantle School of Architecture