Communities from Moncrieff and Amaroo have been physically connected by the newly-built Wagi Bridge, which was officially opened last Friday morning (9 February) by Minister for Housing and Suburban Development Yvette Berry.
The pedestrian bridge stretches 55 metres between the two Gungahlin suburbs, putting people from both communities in touch.
The word Wagi, or Waagi, represents dancing in Ngunnawal language.
The Wagi Bridge crosses the traditional water line the Ngunnawal people followed for thousands of years through the middle of Moncrieff and Amaroo to Ngunnawal and down to Nicholls.
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Ms Berry said that a short walk across the Wagi Bridge will open up a range of business and social experiences for people looking to explore a little further than their own backyard.
“Built locally, the Wagi Bridge maintains the ACT Government’s commitment to make Canberra a city which encourages active living. We are making it easier for people to connect with their friends, family or colleagues across suburbs without having to jump in the car,” Ms Berry said.
“This bridge offers commuters with a safe, easy to access transport option which integrates active living into daily life. This valuable piece of infrastructure will give people living on either side of the bridge the best of both suburbs.”
The Wagi Bridge will make life easier for Gungahlin’s diverse population, with younger families, senior citizens and people with disability all considered during the project’s design and construction phases.
“The new bridge is a good fit for Moncrieff, which continues to develop as one of Canberra’s most exciting new communities,” Ms Berry said.