Light rail project honours Aboriginal leader
The life, work and contributions of Bidgee Bidgee have been honoured with the Parramatta Light Rail project naming the new bridge over James Ruse Drive in Rosehill after the local Aboriginal leader.
Recognising Bidgee Bidgee as the namesake for the bridge ensured significant contributions made by Aboriginal people to the area would be marked in history.
For 20 years, Bidgee Bidgee led the Burramattagal clan of the Darug people, bringing all people together to help shape the region’s history.
He was a city-shaping elder who was engaged as a tracker by Governor Macquarie and rewarded by being appointed ‘Chief of the Kissing Point tribe’.
A Bridge Naming Consultation Panel assessed over 500 community suggestions in line with naming guidelines and conventions.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Benjamin Franklin said ‘Bidgee Bidgee’ was selected following close engagement with the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation.
Several shortlisted names celebrated local culture and history, however Bidgee Bidgee was the standout choice that had unanimous support from all parties highlighting its connection to Country.
The bridge will link commuters to the Tramway Avenue light rail stop on the western side of James Ruse Drive, and connect to the Camellia to Carlingford corridor, including the five-kilometre walking and bike-riding path.
Stage 1 of the Parramatta Light Rail will connect Westmead to Carlingford via the
Parramatta CBD and Camellia, and is expected to open in 2023.
Read the full media release here.