Shark enclosure at Coogee Beach. PIC: Nine News.
Shark enclosure at Coogee Beach. PIC: Nine News.

Liberals pledge shark barrier at Falcon Beach if elected

Locals at Falcon Beach could soon have access to a protected swimming area if Liberal are re-elected in March.

Premier Colin Barnett said the beach enclosure will be a significant addition in Mandurah.

“The Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation measures including research, public education, shark tagging, aerial patrols and the SharkSmart website,” Mr Barnett said.

“Beach enclosures are an important part of the strategy and are very popular with swimmers, surf lifesaving clubs and families.”

Mr Barnett said the Government would provide $200,000 to the City of Mandurah, which would then be responsible for selecting the type enclosure and overseeing its installation.

“No single measure alone will protect water users from shark interactions, but a complementary suite of measures will reduce the risk,” the Premier said.

“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.”

Since 2000 there have been 14 fatal shark attacks in Western Australia, including the death of local Ben Gerring who was mauled by a shark off a Falcon beach in May 2016.

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