East Perth light win

East Perth Community Group residents and Perth councillors gather to switch on the Adelaide Terrace pedestrian bridge.

EAST PERTH residents have had a long-running wish granted with more lighting coming to their suburb, kicking off with a blinged out pedestrian bridge over Adelaide Terrace.

More light’s been a main request from locals for years, and in February 2021 East Perth Community Group treasurer Lesley Warren told councillors the bridge is meant to be a landmark and gateway, but its surrounds have “very little lighting” and are “unsafe and uninviting” (“Into the light”, Voice, March 6, 2021).

Perth council’s currently in the midst of a multi-million renewal of the street pole lights, and adding artistic lighting on Adelaide Terrace stemmed from a motion by Cr Sandy Anghie.

The bridge switch was flicked on this week, and lord mayor Basil Zempilas said “it is fantastic that the City of Perth has an entry statement and the timing is perfect as we begin welcoming returning West Australians and visitors back to Perth.

“This bridge is a great example of community and council working together on projects.”

The bridge lights can be set to match illumination on Council House, and on Tuesday night both were lit up yellow and blue – the colours of Ukraine’s flag.

by DAVID BELL

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