Surf life­savers em­brace bar­rier

Wanneroo Weekender - - Quinns Rocks - Lucy Jarvis

QUINNS Min­darie Surf Life Sav­ing Club has wel­comed the com­ple­tion of a shark pro­tec­tion bar­rier this week.

President Neil Rigby said the club, which has about 600 mem­bers, fully sup­ported the in­stal­la­tion at the beach it pa­trolled on week­ends.

“We are pa­trolling in­side the shark pro­tec­tion bar­rier and out­side as well,” he said.

“We’ve in­creased the pa­trol hours on Satur­days and Sun­days due to the pub­lic at­ten­dance and we’ve in­creased pa­trolling mem­bers as well.

Mr Rigby said the club also wel­comed the City’s de­ci­sion to open tem­po­rary park­ing at the for­mer Quinns Rocks Car­a­van Park site.

The City’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Simms said that over­flow park­ing space would be open through­out sum­mer, with the City mon­i­tor­ing the num­ber of cars us­ing it and the per­ma­nent park­ing bays.

As­sets direc­tor Har­min­der Singh said it was not a bi­tu­men car park, and they had just laid lime­stone on it.

Mr Simms said plans to re­de­velop the car­a­van park with hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion was still pro­gress­ing.

“We are work­ing with the WA Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to un­der­stand their ex­pec­ta­tions and re­stric­tions on the land – that will in­form the de­sign,” he said.

At the of­fi­cial open­ing on Tues­day, club vice-president Neville Ho­gan said peo­ple had al­ready started us­ing the en­clo­sure over the week­end.

Mr Ho­gan said it was long enough to ac­com­mo­date the club’s nip­pers pro­gram, which has 250 mem­bers spread across the un­der-7 to un­der13 age groups.

He said the club would still host car­ni­vals out­side the bar­rier, and Mr Rigby said it would host Surf Life Sav­ing WA’s beach com­pe­ti­tion for the first time this Sun­day.

Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett and politi­cians from Lib­eral, La­bor and lo­cal gov­ern­ment at­tended the of­fi­cial open­ing of the $450,000 bar­rier made by Global Marine Bar­ri­ers on Jan­uary 31.

Mr Bar­nett said the shark bar­rier pro­gram would see the in­fra­struc­ture in­stalled at two beaches a year.

Mrs Roberts said this was the first one within the City and there was de­mand for more in the grow­ing north coastal corridor.

Mrs Roberts said the site could be­come pop­u­lar for snorkelling as well as swim­ming as smaller marine life could swim through while sharks could not.

Mr Ho­gan said the club had dis­cussed get­ting fund­ing from both ma­jor par­ties for an ob­ser­va­tion post that could im­prove beach sur­veil­lance for the vol­un­teer life­savers and paid life­guards who do week­day pa­trols in sum­mer.

Quinns Min­darie Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s Adrian Krop, Neville Ho­gan, Saxon France, Neil Rigby and An­drew Mor­gan.

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