The Kids Bridge is now open!

The Kids Bridge
August 4, 2021

The new colourful Perth Kids' (Koolangka) Bridge linking the Perth Children's Hospital to Kings Park, over Winthrop Avenue, is now open.

Premier Mark McGowan and State Government Ministers joined representatives from the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation for the first walk over the bridge this morning. 

The Kids' Bridge will be dual named the 'Koolangka Bridge', which means 'children' in Noongar.

The three-metre wide, 217-metre-long structure will provide patients and families with easy access to Kings Park.

It will provide an opportunity for a range of therapies, including allied health, to be delivered in an environment harnessing the benefits of nature.

Staff across the QEII campus and the general public will also be able to use the bridge to easily access the park for fitness and wellbeing activities.

The bright colour palette of The Kids' Bridge is complemented by programmable feature lighting that will be able to co-ordinate with other State Government structures such as the Matagarup Bridge.

Local company Civmec constructed the bridge in six months, using almost 300 tonnes of locally fabricated steel, supporting 40 local jobs, including apprentices and trainees.

The idea of the Kids' Bridge was originally raised by the then Princess Margaret Hospital Kids Advisory Group which included Matthew Carulli, who sadly lost his life after a long battle with leukaemia.

Managed by Main Roads, the project was made possible with $6.3 million from the Perth Children's Hospital Foundation.