SHARKS HIDDEN FROM TOWERS
COTTESLOE swimmers will be safer from rips but not sharks with the new beach towers installed last week. The structures will give surf lifesavers a better view of the open water but the lack of height and their positions on the beach mean they will not help lifesavers spot sharks. The State Government has shelled out $175,000 from its Shark Hazard Mitigation Program for two towers even though the big fish will be largely undetectable from the structures. Premier Colin Barnett previously pledged $300,000 from the same program for a proposed watch tower at the bottom of Cottesloe Groyne that would protect swimmers from rips and sharks. Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club is positive about the big white structures but farther north in Scarborough they’re concerned the significant investment lacks thought. Scarborough SLSC will consider the temporary towers but only to help lifesavers keep struggling swimmers safe, not as a shark watch tower. If nothing else, the towers have become a talking point for our premier beach – Cottesloe.
Denise S. Cahill - Editor