Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Funding For Cottesloe Shark Observation Tower
Victor P Taffa
- $300,000 to Cottesloe SLSC towards Cottesloe Beach watchtower
An observation tower to enable surf lifesavers to better monitor conditions at Cottesloe Beach would receive substantial funding from the State Government, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.
Premier Barnett said the Government would contribute $300,000 to the tower as part of its shark mitigation strategy.
This was in addition to the $6.85 Million in shark mitigation funding announced in September.
The Premier said Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) had identified a site at the foot of the Cottesloe groyne as the best place to build a tower.
“This would give an almost 270° view and allow volunteer surf lifesavers and full-time life guards to look out over Cottesloe Beach, as far north as Peters Pool and south to Dutch Inn.” Premier Barnett said.
Premier Barnett said lifesavers would not only keep watch for sharks but also rips and dumping swells. A tower would also allow them to better monitor swimmers who might get into trouble and keep an eye on the behaviour of other beachgoers.
“Lifesavers with binoculars will be also able to see several kilometres offshore and also up and down the coastline.” Premier Barnett said.
The Premier said Cottesloe was one of the most popular beaches in the State, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the metropolitan area, as well as tourists from across the country and the world.
It is also the site of several open water swimming events, including the start of the Rottnest Channel Swim.
“It is very important surf lifesavers have the best equipment and infrastructure to help create the safest environment for all beachgoers.” Premier Barnett said.
The Premier made the announcement at the Cottesloe Classic Mile swim, where he also presented 50 Year Volunteer Service Badges to Frederick Johnson and Lyal Dedman from Cottesloe SLSC and Peter Goff from Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC.
Premier Barnett said representatives from Cottesloe SLSC had approached him about the tower, which they expect would also house beach rescue equipment and a first aid post.
- In November 2011, the State Govt released funding package of $13.85 M to establish a shark response unit, to boost aerial shark patrols and further shark research
- In September 2012, the State Govt announced $6.85 M funding for a range of shark mitigation strategies, education and research across four years
- In December 2012, Surf Life Saving WA took delivery of the first of 12 new jet-skis funded under the shark mitigation strategy