Suspension Bridge

The Suspension Bridge across the Murray River is a popular tourist attraction which provides a pedestrian link from the east side residential area to the town centre.

Bridge Builders

The bridge was constructed by the 22nd Construction Regiment (renamed 22nd Engineer Regiment in 2013), Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Army. This Regiment’s motto is: ‘with diligence and honour’ and consists primarily of reservists and in particular provides aid to local communities and emergency services during disaster response. The Regiment is also deployed overseas for humanitarian and peace-keeping missions.

Council had been looking for ways to better connect the residents of the east to the main street and decided that lobbying the Army to construct the bridge as a training mission was the best way forward. After a few years of correspondence, the bridge was built and officially opened on 10th of November 1985 by the Hon. Wendy Fatin MP, Member for Brand.

Alcoa’s Involvement

The project looked like it would not go ahead as the Federal Government agreed only to fund travel and labour. Alcoa of Australia Ltd stepped in to show their community support by not only donating materials, but also providing accommodation for army personnel during their stay in Pinjarra.

Murray River Square

The town square was developed in the late 1990s, being dedicated on 26th of January 2000, and is a tangible link to the Murray River which flows behind the main street.

The town square features the town clock, constructed by Dwellingup artisan Carl Macmillan, and mosaic art bench seats, created by local artists and students. The motifs include:

•   Sandy banks- a swimming hole and turtle hunting ground
•   G-class locomotive- timber to tourists
•   Town of Friendship- the importance of youth and friendship
•   Murray River- travelling down the river from Pinjarra to Cooper’s Mill in the Delta Islands.

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