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News and Alerts

02 December 2021

Safe ocean swimming for Esperance this summer

Media Release
  • McGowan Government has allocated $400,000 for a beach enclosure in Esperance
  • Shire of Esperance to manage and operate the enclosure
  • Esperance beach enclosure an important addition to the McGowan Government's comprehensive $17 million shark mitigation strategy
18 November 2021

Cottesloe’s beachside shark warning towers are ready for summer

Media Release
  • Shark Warning towers use lights, sirens and audio alerts to notify shark activity
  • 10 beachside shark warning towers have been fully automated to link with receivers
  • McGowan Government is committed to making WA beaches as safe as possible 
17 October 2021

Shark Warning System upgrade to boost safety

Media Release
  • WA's beachside shark warning towers to be automatically triggered as tagged sharks are detected
  • McGowan Government is committed to making WA beaches safe
  • Automation program forms part of WA's $17 million world-leading shark mitigation strategy 
24 September 2021

Chapman Valley leads northern rollout of McGowan Government’s BEN sign program

Media Release
  • McGowan Government initiative working to improve beach safety along the WA coast
  • Chapman Valley the first Shire to share in $600,000 of available grant funding for the northern rollout of the BEN sign program
  • BEN signs provide vital support to first responders to emergencies and form part of the State Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy 
04 September 2021

Shark patrols underway as State Budget provides funding certainty

Media Release
  • Surf Life Saving WA shark mitigation services funded until 2024-25 in State Budget
  • Weekend patrols begin for Perth and South-West helicopters this weekend
  • $12 million allocation in State Budget providing comprehensive beach and aerial patrols, integrated communication systems and jet ski response team 
12 May 2021

Boost for white shark tagging and monitoring in expanded mitigation program

Media Release
  • McGowan Government commits a further $5 million for shark hazard mitigation
  • Increased funding for highly effective targeted shark tagging and upgrades to the Shark Monitoring Network
  • Support for beach enclosures and continuation of personal shark deterrent rebate scheme
  • SMART drumline trial ends on May 20, with use of the SMART drumlines to be discontinued following advice from the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.
31 March 2021

Western Australians urged to stay SharkSmart during Easter salmon run

Media Release
  • Annual salmon run and Easter school holidays coincide this year, promising exciting family fishing fun
  • Western Australians implored to switch on their Sea Sense and stay SharkSmart over the Easter break to reduce the risk of a rare shark encounter.
25 January 2021

Funding boost for Surfing WA to help keep wave chasers safe

Media Release
  • $119,000 over three years will help improve surfer rescue skills and keep events safe
  • The funding will also deliver a new jet ski and an extra hi-tech drone for Surfing WA
  • The McGowan Government is committed to keep WA on the world surfing map 
24 December 2020

BEN signs to aid safety at beaches in the State’s north

Media Release
  • McGowan Government offers BEN sign grants to 12 northern shires
  • Up to $600,000 available to shires for signage
  • BEN signs vital in supporting first responders in beach emergencies
03 December 2020

Permanent mobile tower boosts coverage at Esperance beach

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers on commitment for permanent mobile tower at Twilight Beach in Esperance
  • Extended mobile coverage will ensure quick and effective communication in an emergency