Falcon Bay shark barrier still some way off

An artist's impression what a shark barrier could look like.
An artist's impression what a shark barrier could look like.

A SHARK barrier for Falcon Bay could be months away.

It is not just a matter of tendering and construction, according to a City of Mandurah report.

Initial reports from councils that have installed shark enclosures report widespread community support and increased activity at the beach where the barrier is installed.

Such a move could mean a review of carparking bays near the site as well as the suitability of existing infrastructure to accommodate bigger crowds at what is already a highly popular beach in summer.

The suitability of other facilities such as toilets, seating, shade structures, barbecues, rubbish bins, drinking water, beach access, road crossings and emergency access would also need review.

And then there’s a consultation period, a five month tender process and a three month construction period.

In August, council considered a report on the possible installation of a shark barrier in Falcon Bay after advice was received that a $200,000 grant would be made available.

The death last year of local surfer Ben Gerring following a shark attack at Gearies Beach, near Falcon Bay, was followed by huge community concern and culminated in residents seeking protection via a safe beach enclosure.

City chief executive Mark Newman was asked to prepare a feasibility study for council’s consideration on an enclosure for Falcon Bay and possible alternative sites.

The latest report builds on the August report.

So far, council officers have only been able to identify two companies offering a product that meets the barrier requirements, according to the report.

The council received the report at its meeting last night and said a further report outlining the proposed community consultation process, possible options, the potential impact on Falcon Bay and the local amenity would be provided to the council in November.

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