Beach audit finds changes needed

Wanneroo City Council received the first part of its coastal risk and safety signage audit from Surf Life Saving WA last month, prompted by two deaths at the Mindarie beach last January and in March.

It included reports on access and safety signage at Clayton’s Beach, as well as beaches at Two Rocks, Yanchep and Quinns Rocks.

‘In the opinion of SLSWA, the implementation of a flagged swimming area should focus on the beach south of Clayton’s Beach, linking into the beach access provided via the Catalina development,’ the April 29 council report said.

‘In the interim, the report suggest that swimmers should be directed to Quinns Beach, where a direct surveillance and rescue service is currently in place.’

It said emergency action plans already existed at Yanchep Lagoon and Quinns Beach, but not Clayton’s and recommended one be developed. It also suggested the City, SLSWA and WA Police trial installation of a permanent emergency response beacon at Clayton’s.

The council agreed to list $75,000 annually in the City’s draft 10 year capital works program for coastal aquatic risk assessments and supported developing a beach policy.

The report noted the City had installed signs at all swimming beaches before the start of last summer.

It said the second part of the audit would finish this September and enable the City to develop a beach policy.