For the past month or so, padlocks with the initials or names of Melbourne couples have been appearing on the cables of the Yarra footbridge at Southgate. This symbolic gesture of love involves a couple writing or engraving their names on a padlock and locking it to the railing then you throw the key into the river. This trend has been popular throughout Europe since the early 2000s.
Whether these locks will be allowed to stay on the bridge is uncertain as there is a possibility that cheap locks may rust and cause damage to the bridge. This has been an issue elsewhere, so it is currently under review by the engineering team of the bridge as to whether or not they will be removed or not.
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