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New beach enclosure opens at Quinns Beach31 January 2017
- Liberal National Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation
Quinns Beach is the latest coastal area to have a beach enclosure after it was officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett.
"This is the fifth Government-funded beach enclosure now available to beach-goers along the Western Australian coastline," Mr Barnett said.
"The Quinns Beach enclosure is 300 metres in length along the beach and about 85 metres out from the shore. It will be in place all-year-round for a minimum of five years.
"Beach enclosures are an important component of the Liberal National Government's shark hazard mitigation strategy and are incredibly popular with swimmers and families.
"The Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation measures including research, public education, shark tagging and aerial patrols.
"The investment also includes $88,000 to enable Surf Life Saving WA to conduct a three-month trial of drone surveillance at a number of beaches and up to $500,000 to trial the Clever Buoy sonar shark detection system at City Beach.
"However, no single measure alone will protect water users from shark interactions but a complementary suite of measures will reduce the risk."
Other Government-funded beach enclosures are at Old Dunsborough, Busselton foreshore, Middleton Beach in Albany and Sorrento Beach. There is also an enclosure at Coogee Beach which was funded by the City of Cockburn.
The Premier said Western Australia had an amazing coastline and the beaches and ocean represented a core part of our way of life.
"The ability to swim and train within a protected area will make a significant difference to people's peace of mind and enjoyment when undertaking ocean-based activities," he said.
- There have been 23 shark-related fatalities in the last 100 years in WA, 14 of which have occurred since 2000
- For more information, read the Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation strategy and visit the Sharksmart website
Premier's office - 6552 5000