City of Mandurah hosting community forum to discuss Falcon Bay shark barrier

Mayor Rhys Williams discusses the proposed beach enclosure with Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.
Mayor Rhys Williams discusses the proposed beach enclosure with Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.

CITY of Mandurah has invited the community to join the conversation on the proposed installation of a shark barrier at Falcon Bay.

The conversation is due to the City receiving an offer for a one off grant of $200,000 from the State Government

Following a preliminary feasibility study in October, it is proposed that a 265m shark barrier would be installed in an L-shape encompassing the swimming pontoon.

A community information session at Falcon Pavilion at 6pm tomorrow will discuss the barrier.

The feasibility study addressed options for a shark barrier, site constraints and costs associated with the installation which varies depending on the length of the barrier chosen and the seabed terrain.

Shark barriers are installed at Cockburn, Albany, Quinn’s Rock and Hillarys and based on those projects, the cost was $1100 per lineal metre excluding ongoing maintenance.

The final costs of the Falcon Bay barrier would be dependent on the type of barrier used to satisfy the conditions of the bay and the community consultation outcomes.

Key findings from the consultation will be presented to the council in May/June.

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