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News and Alerts

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 
13 November 2020

SharkSmart WA app ticks over 30,000 downloads

Media Release
  • SharkSmart WA app reaches 30,000 downloads in 12 months
  • The app is a key part of the McGowan Government's shark mitigation strategy
16 October 2020

Bunker Bay gets two new-generation shark monitoring receivers

Media Release
  • McGowan Government delivers two new-generation shark monitoring receivers and a beach based warning system at Bunker Bay
  • The two new-generation receivers are solar/battery powered and will have up to double the range of existing receivers 
04 September 2020

Beach safety continues to be a priority for McGowan Government

Media Release
  • McGowan Government invests $7.78 million for helicopter beach patrols
  • Helicopter patrols begin tomorrow 
  • 1,000th BEN sign installed in the City of Wanneroo 
30 August 2020

Popular surf spot in Bunker Bay to get shark monitoring receivers

Media Release
  • Site assessment and range-testing find Bunker Bay suitable for the technology
  • Two new Shark Monitoring Network receivers due for deployment early October
  • A beach-based Shark Warning System will also be installed to alert beachgoers
30 June 2020

Targeted tagging of white sharks takes WA total to 115

Media Release
  • Number of white sharks tagged in WA almost double since 2017
  • Decomposing whale carcasses used to boost State's shark mitigation efforts
  • Tagging allows electronic monitoring of sharks and early warning to beach users 
09 June 2020

New beach enclosure for Albany creates jobs and supports tourism

Media Release
  • McGowan Government approves up to $200,000 to replace barrier at Ellen Cove
  • City of Albany will remain responsible for maintenance of beach enclosure
  • Project expected to support two full-time jobs once completed