City of Joondalup shark enclosure at Sorrento Beach on track for repair

The shark enclosure at Sorrento Beach after the storms on August 1. Picture: Matt Jelonek
The shark enclosure at Sorrento Beach after the storms on August 1. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE supplier of the shark enclosure at Sorrento Beach will be responsible for paying to repair damage caused by recent heavy storms.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the enclosure required repairs in two locations, with part of the barrier torn off the anchoring system and a cable near the harbour wall coming away.

“The cost of repairs has yet to be ascertained but is covered by the supplier as per their contract with the City, which includes ongoing maintenance,” he said.

“Repairs are scheduled to be completed by mid-October in time for the busy summer period.”

Eco Shark Barrier designer Craig Moss said repairs were “all going well” and he believed they were on track to finish in October.

The $910,000 enclosure, which was installed at the end of 2016, was jointly funded by the City ($510,000) and the State Government ($400,000).

Meanwhile, the City of Wanneroo’s enclosure at Quinns Beach remains temporarily decommissioned for winter following severe storm activity and damage to the enclosure near the shoreline.

“The enclosure walls will be reinstalled by October to ensure it is fully functional for the busy summer period,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.