SHARKS HID­DEN FROM TOW­ERS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

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

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