Call for more signage at beach

A lifeguard looks at floral tributes, which include two crosses (far right) representing the two lives lost at Clayton’s beach. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d397873
A lifeguard looks at floral tributes, which include two crosses (far right) representing the two lives lost at Clayton’s beach. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d397873

She said she had been calling on the City of Wanneroo since 2010 to acknowledge the beach was dangerous by placing more signs and to include ‘warning’ or ‘caution’ on any signs about strong currents or rips.

The City of Wanneroo replaced a missing sign at the top of the stairs down to the beach after the drowning in January of UK tourist Omri Peter Swan.

It depicts a rip, with reference to a poor and strong swimmer escaping from a current, without any of the words called for by Mrs Randall.

The sign sits above a yellow sign (with exclamation mark) warning that the beach is not patrolled.

‘I know they are trying and are talking with surf lifesaving, but all I have been trying to do is put the message out,’ she said.

‘I don’t want to be cross at them, I just want them to listen,’ she said.

She wants a rip caution sign on the rocks and warning signs on approaches to the beach through dunes, where the late 13-year-old Jenon George Biwot and his friends walked to the water. ‘Not everyone pays attention to signs, but it may save one life,’ she said.

‘People should be swimming at Quinns,’ she said, rejecting any call for Claytons to be patrolled because it would encourage more people to swim at a dangerous beach.