City may shelve camera, beacon proposal

A report on the February 2 meeting agenda recommends council decline a tender submission to supply and install the camera and beacon at the beach where two people died in 2013.

At last week’s briefing session, community programs and services manager Shane Spinks said the infrastructure was recommended in Surf Life Saving WA’s (SLSWA) report on coastal risks and safety following the deaths.

However, Mr Spinks said after the tender period, SLSWA indicated it and the local volunteer surf club did not have the resources to monitor and respond to emergency calls from the beacon if it was activated.

He said there were currently no standards in place for the technology, procedures or guidelines, although Surf Life Saving Australia was trialling a system in NSW.

The recommendation to council is to decline the sole tender because it cannot determine whether it represents value for money.

“Putting the beacon (at Clayton’s) would put the City and residents at some significant risk on the assumption that if there’s a beacon, there will be a response forthcoming,” Mr Spinks said.