Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA
Saturday, 5 January 2013
- $300,000 to Cottesloe SLSC towards Cottesloe Beach watchtower
An observation tower to enable surf lifesavers to better monitor conditions at Cottesloe Beach would receive substantial funding from the State Government, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.
Mr Barnett said the Government would contribute $300,000 to the tower as part of its shark mitigation strategy.
This was in addition to the $6.85million in shark mitigation funding announced in September.
The Premier said Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) had identified a site at the foot of the Cottesloe groyne as the best place to build a tower.
“This would give an almost 270 degree view and allow volunteer surf lifesavers and full-time life guards to look out over Cottesloe Beach, as far north as Peters Pool and south to Dutch Inn,” he said.
Mr Barnett said lifesavers would not only keep watch for sharks but also rips and dumping swells. A tower would also allow them to better monitor swimmers who might get into trouble and keep an eye on the behaviour of other beachgoers.
“Lifesavers with binoculars will be also able to see several kilometres offshore and also up and down the coastline,” he said.
The Premier said Cottesloe was one of the most popular beaches in the State, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the metropolitan area, as well as tourists from across the country and the world.
It is also the site of several open water swimming events, including the start of the Rottnest Channel Swim.
“It is very important surf lifesavers have the best equipment and infrastructure to help create the safest environment for all beachgoers,” Mr Barnett said.
The Premier made the announcement at the Cottesloe Classic Mile swim, where he also presented 50 Year Volunteer Service Badges to Frederick Johnson and Lyal Dedman from Cottesloe SLSC and Peter Goff from Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC.
Mr Barnett said representatives from Cottesloe SLSC had approached him about the tower, which they expect would also house beach rescue equipment and a first aid post.
- In November 2011, the State Govt released funding package of $13.85m to establish a shark response unit, to boost aerial shark patrols and further shark research
- In September 2012, the State Govt announced $6.85m funding for a range of shark mitigation strategies, education and research across four years
- In December 2012, Surf Life Saving WA took delivery of the first of 12 new jet-skis funded under the shark mitigation strategy
- All shark sightings should be reported to WA Water Police on 9442 8600
- More information at fish.wa.gov.au
Premier’s office – 6552 5000
Source: Government of Western Australia