Nom­i­na­tion a sign of council re­silience

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

THE City of Man­durah is a fi­nal­ist in the Gov­ern­ment Award cat­e­gory in the WA Re­silient Aus­tralia Awards.

The awards recog­nise in­no­va­tive prac­tices and achieve­ments across Aus­tralia that are mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties safer, stronger, more re­silient and bet­ter pre­pared to man­age any emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

The City’s con­tri­bu­tion has been the Beach Emer­gency Num­ber (BEN) signs that have made beaches safer with emer­gency ser­vices know­ing ex­actly where to go.

It is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for surf spots that are of­ten called by their col­lo­quial name or nick­name, and are un­fa­mil­iar to emer­gency ser­vice staff.

With the BEN num­ber, there is no con­fu­sion.

The need for the signs was orig­i­nally raised with the City of Man­durah by lo­cal man Rick Ger­ring af­ter the death of his brother Ben af­ter he was bit­ten by a shark in 2016.

From this, the BEN sig­nage was born.

Since then the City has in­stalled 81 signs with the State Gov­ern­ment and other lo­cal gov­ern­ments also em­brac­ing the idea.

More than 1000 BEN signs are planned for the coast from Ger­ald­ton to Esper­ance.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Septem­ber 6.

The City of Man­durah has been recog­nised for its Beach Emer­gency Num­ber ini­tia­tive.

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