AFL NSW/ACT welcomes new walkway to SCG

The bridge will be known as the Albert ‘Tibby‘ Cotter walkway. Mr Cotter was a fast bowler for Australia from 1904 to 1912 and was killed in action in while serving as a stretcher-bearer in the 4th Light Horse Brigade of the Australian Imperial Force.

The walkway, which links to existing paths on Anzac Parade, will support the movement of spectators in and out of the area and improve road safety and access to major sporting events, including a raft of AFL games. 

“The new Albert ‘Tibby‘ Cotter Walkway is an important piece of infrastructure in the overall master plan for the SCG precinct and will improve safety for sporting fans crossing Anzac Parade,” said AFL NSW/ACT State Operating and Major Projects Manager Joseph La Posta.

“Access via the bridge will help connect the SCG precinct and Bus Loop Oval to the shops and public transport around Surry Hills and Central Station. 

“I can’t wait to see AFL fans using the bridge at the Sydney Swans’ first home game at the SCG in Round 3 on Saturday April 18 at the local derby against the GWS GIANTS!”

The NSW Government committed to completing the bridge for the Cricket World Cup, with completion delivered on time for the tournament’s first match at the SCG, on Friday February 27.

Extensive consultation to understand community need and reduce the impact of work has been carried out with stakeholders including event operators, local trusts, businesses, City of Sydney, NSW Office for Veterans’ Affairs, Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW) and Transport for NSW.

Work on the 420-metre walkway started in May 2014, with more than 50 workers working throughout the night in the past month to finish the project.

Above: An aerial shot of the new walkway.