Official Opening- Djindi Bridge, Calderwood Valley

30/05/2017
 
Calderwood Valley’s new Djindi Bridge – the longest in Shellharbour City - will be officially opened today.

Located on Escarpment Drive in Calderwood Valley, Djindi Bridge measures 144 metres long and 12 metres wide. In addition to two car lanes, the bridge includes a 3m wide shared path for pedestrians and cyclists to ensure their safety when travelling across the bridge.  

The name Djindi means ‘mist’ in the Dharawal Language. This milestone in the Calderwood Valley development coincides with National Reconciliation Week.

A traditional smoking ceremony will be held before a ribbon-cutting and plaque unveiling on the bridge.

This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’. Fittingly, this particular smoking ceremony is a celebration of unity, healing and building bridges.

Goombine will perform the smoking ceremony. He is a Songman from the Yuin Nation along the Southeast Coast NSW, carrying ancient songs passed down through his bloodline for thousands of years. 

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the partnership between Shellharbour City Council, Lendlease and the State Government to design and construct the bridge was a great example of how business and government could work together to benefit communities in the Illawarra region.

She added that this year represented two significant anniversaries - 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. 

“We must all be part of the next big steps in our reconciliation journey if we’re to ensure we create a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Cr Saliba said.

Lendlease Regional Development Manager, Tamara Rasmussen, said it was wonderful to celebrate the proud heritage of Australia’s First People as part of the opening of Djindi Bridge.

“We’re proud to deliver this significant piece of infrastructure in Calderwood Valley in just over two years of launching the project,” Ms Rasmussen said. 

“Djindi Bridge is an important milestone for the Calderwood Valley community, providing connectivity for local residents over the Macquarie Rivulet.”

For more information contact Council’s Media Officer on 4221 6038.