City of Cockburn agrees for shark barrier to remain at Coogee Beach for another 5 years

Eco Shark Barriers owner Craig Moss and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d444132
Eco Shark Barriers owner Craig Moss and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d444132

COOGEE Beach’s shark barrier will stay put for another five years after City of Cockburn councillors voted to lease it again following a successful three-year agreement with Eco Shark Barriers.

The $90,000 per year lease extension, which will cost a maximum of $450,000 over five years, was the preferred the option with the other being to purchase it outright.

City of Cockburn infrastructure services manager Doug Vickery previously told the Cockburn Gazette funding allocations were insufficient to cover the cost of purchasing the barrier.

The previous three-year agreement with Eco Shark Barriers, due to end in November, saw the barrier installed in 2014 to attract more beachgoers.

According to a June online poll run by the City, 99 per cent of respondents were in favour of the barrier staying, while one per cent was happy to see it stay but preferred council to buy it outright due to the costs to ratepayers.

It is estimated the cost of the barrier lease option would be $2 per household on a straight cost/number of rateable properties basis.

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