Shark shield sub­sidy

$200 RE­BATE FOR FIRST 1000 BUY­ERS OF DE­VICE

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

de­vices bought from re­tail­ers reg­is­tered with the Depart­ment of Fish­eries.

This in­cludes the FREEDOM7 from Joon­dalup’s Shark Shield.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for gov­ern­ments in recog­nis­ing those most at risk – surfers and divers – need in­di­vid­ual de­ter­rent pro­tec­tion,” Shark Shield boss Lind­say Lyon said.

“En­sur­ing proven elec­tri­cal de­ter­rent de­vices such as Shark Shield are more read­ily avail­able to those most at risk will greatly im­prove ocean sport safety and save lives.”

The scheme is part of the gov­ern­ment’s Beach Safety Pack­age, which also in­cludes grants for d469717 coun­cils to in­stall beach emer­gency num­ber­ing signs.

Joon­dalup MLA Emily Hamil­ton said these would “make it much eas­ier for emer­gency ser­vices to at­tend an in­ci­dent by hav­ing the ex­act beach lo­ca­tion”.

The pack­age also in­cludes beach sur­veil­lance drones and on­go­ing fund­ing for Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s beach and ae­rial pa­trols.

Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard said im­prov­ing sharkspot­ting ser­vices would “re­duce the risk swim­mers may face”.

“By al­lo­cat­ing more fund­ing to track­ing sharks, we will not only be able to un­der­stand the is­sue of shark safety but will also be able to of­fer swim­mers greater warn­ing,” he said.

For reg­is­tered re­tail­ers, go to www.sharks­mart.com.au.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au

Ashby de­pot waste op­er­a­tions su­per­vi­sor Dan Vi­cen­cio shows the way. WHERE: NOT AC­CEPTED:

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