The identity of the contractor that will install a new roof climb for members of the public at Optus Stadium in Perth is set to be confirmed by Christmas, with the facility itself likely to be in place early next year.

Western Australian Legislative Assembly Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that the shortlist had been whittled down to three potential providers.

The winning contractor will be responsible for installing the stadium facility, as well as a 314-step climb to a viewing platform at the top of Matagarup Bridge and a 300m zip-line from the bridge onto the Burswood Peninsula.

The Perth Now news website reported that the stadium climb is likely to be up and running before the start of the 2020 Australian Football League (AFL) season. Optus Stadium’s two AFL tenants are the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers.

“The proponents will be asked to come back to government in September with their final proposals and we will be selecting a contractor by Christmas to facilitate the roof climb, the bridge climb and also the zip-line,” Saffioti said.

“This will add another tourism project to Western Australia and I think maximise what is a beautiful area of Perth and really make sure we continue to create events and experiences to bring interstate and overseas tourists to WA.”

There are also plans to install some seating on the roof of Optus Stadium. Although details are still sketchy, the project would allow people with limited mobility to enjoy the panoramic view from the planned 360-degree tour at the stadium.

Image: Tama Leaver