‘No’ to fences at Falls

Recent loss spurs Shannon Lidgard into action.
Recent loss spurs Shannon Lidgard into action.

A spokeswoman for the department said due to the nature and topography of the Serpentine Falls site, a fence or barrier would not completely prevent people from gaining access.

‘Any barrier or fence may also result in additional visitor risks by forcing people to take a more difficult route and by providing a fixing point for ropes or similar,’ she said.

The potential cost to fence the area was not provided to Comment News.

A DEC internal review after the February death of a German tourist at the Falls recommended the department investigate the option of making the cliffs a prohibited area.

‘While the process of investigating the possible classification of the Serpentine Falls cliffs as a prohibited area is yet to commence, visitor risk will be the primary consideration during assessment,’ the spokeswoman said.

‘It is likely that a prohibited area would include the steep and vertical section of the Falls’ rock face, as climbing and jumping from these areas poses significant risks.’

Comment News took to the streets to ask people what they thought of making part of the Falls a prohibited area.

‘Signs aren’t going to work, I think maybe they should look at another way,’ said Sherree Morgan of Armadale.

Rick Powley, of Byford, said a memorial with the list of names of people who had died at the Falls could act as a deterrent.

Darling Range MLA Tony Simpson last week also expressed his support for any memorial at the entrance to the park.

There are no plans for a memorial.

Instead, the DEC encourages commemorative services or the establishment of bequests, sponsorships and other forms of recognition.

However, written applications for a memorial are considered.