Signs to pro­vide vi­tal in­for­ma­tion

South Western Times - - News -

New signs at Bun­bury’s beaches will help both wa­ter-users and vis­i­tors to the city.

The Statewide roll out of Beach Emer­gency Number signs has made its way to the city with sev­eral in­stalled at pri­mary beach en­try points.

The signs show a lo­ca­tion spe­cific code al­low­ing emer­gency ser­vices to pin­point a po­ten­tial in­ci­dent such as a shark sight­ing or at­tack.

The ini­tia­tive was de­vel­oped by the State Gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing the death of Ben Ger­ring, who was bit­ten by a shark at Fal­con Beach in 2016.

City of Bun­bury has also erected new wayfind­ing signs along Ocean Drive in a bid to di­rect tourists to­wards iconic coast­line as­sets.

The signs in­clude dis­tances to pub­lic toi­lets and show­ers, park­ing and bins as well as in­for­ma­tion about camp­ing and dog ex­er­cise ar­eas and beach ac­cess.

Mayor Gary Bren­nan said the city was grate­ful for the Gov­ern­ment’s $20,000 grant for the BEN signs.

“In the un­for­tu­nate event that there is an emer­gency th­ese signs will go a long way in im­prov­ing emer­gency re­sponse times,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“Whilst the way-find­ing sig­nage will help res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to nav­i­gate their way along our coast­line and no­tify them of beach-side at­trac­tions.”

The emer­gency signs are able to be ro­tated by rangers when there is a shark sight­ing and the beach needs to be closed.

Photo avail­able at west­ Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

City of Bun­bury city­fa­cil­i­ties su­per­vi­sor Neil Dyer and se­nior ranger Steve De­lane check out the new signs along Ocean Drive.

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