Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Sports Minister Stuart Ayres today marked the start of work on the new pedestrian bridge paying tribute to Australia’s Anzac and cricketing history in the Moore Park sporting precinct.
Minister Gay and Minister Ayres were joined at the sod turning by the Chairman of the SCG Trust Tony Shepherd AO.
“The start of construction on the $25 million project also marks the start of a lasting tribute to Albert (Tibby) Cotter, a former Australian Test cricketer who was killed in action during World War One,” Mr Gay said.
“Mr Cotter played cricket for Australia as a fast bowler between 1904 and 1912 and was killed in action in 1917 in Turkey while serving as a stretcher-bearer in the 4th Light Horse Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force.
“The NSW Government thanks the RSL and Mr Cotter’s family for their roles supporting this project.
“Moore Park is one of Sydney’s key cultural precincts with Sydney Cricket Ground, Allianz Stadium, The Entertainment Quarter and Fox Studios attracting almost 1.5 million spectators and event patrons and up to 350,000 pedestrian and cyclists annually.
“The Tibby Cotter Bridge will transform the experience for spectators arriving at and leaving the Moore Park precinct and for cyclists during non-event periods,” Mr Gay said.
Mr Ayres said the $25 million project is on track to open in time for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
“The walkway will improve safety for hundreds of thousands of people attending sporting venues each year including major events attracting international visitors,” Mr Ayres said.
“The location of the bridge above Anzac Parade was chosen to best fit in with the existing road network including proximity to the Eastern Distributor and Devonshire Street and multi-modal transport connections, including the future South East Light Rail project.
“The innovative bridge design and location was chosen to minimise the heritage, visual and environmental impact on the parklands, including minimising the loss of Moreton Bay fig trees along the boulevard.
“The project was approved by the Office of Environment and Heritage and determination of the REF, including consideration of all feedback during the recent public display of the REF from 21 March to 13 April.
“Extensive consultation on the project has been carried out with stakeholders including event operators, local trusts, businesses, City of Sydney, Veterans Affairs and Transport for NSW.
“Further consultation is under way with local stakeholders to ensure disruption is minimised during work,” Mr Ayres said.
“The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust congratulates the NSW Government on moving to start work on the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway,” SC & SG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said.
“The timing couldn’t be better given that the eyes of the world once again turn to the SCG for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
“Tibby Cotter, a fiery quick bowler, was a hero on and off the field and it is fitting that he is recognised forever alongside his teammates Victor Trumper and Monty Noble.
“The walkway that will carry his name is an important part of our overall transport plan to make it easier and safer for people to get to the SCG and Allianz Stadium – the sporting heart of Sydney,” Mr Shepherd said.