Mandurah council to hold a community celebration to say goodbye to the old bridge

Mandurah residents will have the opportunity to say goodbye to the city’s iconic old bridge with a special community celebration on August 20, before the bridge is officially closed in September.

As part of the celebrations, attendees will have the opportunity to walk over the bridge, where there will be live entertainment, and get a commemorative postcard to remember the iconic structure.

“It is also hoped that with the Winter Wonderland in operation people will also go onto the eastern foreshore and enjoy the activities that are underway there,” a report by the City of Mandurah read.

Roads will be closed from Sholl Street to the Mary Street roundabout during the event to allow for residents to access the site from both the wast and west sides of the bridge.

The City of Mandurah allocated $30,000 towards the celebrations, will be held between 1pm and 4pm on August 20, during the council meeting on Tuesday night.

The funding will cover road management, risk assessment, and live entertainment costs.

A Mandurah icon for many decades, the bridge was first commissioned 1953 as as two-lane timber bridge to connect Halls Head and Mandurah as part of the Perth to Bunbury Highway.

The bridge was built to replace the old wooden structure on the site, which was built in 1894.