Fixed shark-proof en­clo­sure ad­vo­cated

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

SUB­JECT to a rec­om­men­da­tion by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and ap­proval of the Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter, the State Gov­ern­ment pro­poses to con­tinue the shark kill pol­icy for a fur­ther three years with up to 72 baited drum lines off Perth beaches and south-west surf­ing spots over the sum­mers.

While th­ese drum lines will catch many sharks un­der three me­tres in length, there is no guar­an­tee that they will pre­vent a “shark at­tack”.

Over the past 12 months, I have been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the Fish­eries Depart­ment and rec­om­mended that a fixed shark- proof en­clo­sure, of sim­i­lar de­sign to the suc­cess­ful one built at the orig­i­nal Fre­man­tle South Beach in the late 1920 and early 1930s (and used for more than 30 years), be lo­cated at a suit­able site in the Fre­man­tle area.

Beaches to the north of the port city are more sub­ject to win­ter storms than those to the south.

I rec­om­mended that Bathers Beach as a suit­able lo­ca­tion for an en­clo­sure, with it ex­tend­ing from the South Mole to Chal­lenger Har­bour’s north break­wa­ter.

This lo­ca­tion is less prone to sea dam­age from the north-north west and is pro­tected to some ex­tent by off­shore reef sys­tems. It is not sub­ject to swell and wave ac­tion to the same de­gree as beaches to the north. There­fore, it could be used safely all year.

To­gether with the ad­ja­cent fer­ris wheel and restau­rants, this site could be made into an “amuse­ment area” with a merry-go-round and other show- type attractions, as ex­isted at the orig­i­nal South Beach area many years ago.

I have made sim­i­lar rec­om­men­da­tions to the City of Fre­man­tle.

Trevor Leaver,

Mt Pleas­ant.

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