City of Wanneroo seeks feedback on shark barrier

RESIDENTS have until December 14 to have their say on plans to install a shark barrier proposed for Quinns Beach.

The City of Wanneroo is investigating a barrier for the southern end of the beach near the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club.

A 300m barrier parallel to the coast and 75m barrier perpendicular to the coast has been recommended.

It is expected to cost about $300,000 for its design and installation and between $10,000 and $20,000 for annual inspection and maintenance fees.

“The preferred location for a shark barrier would be near the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club, because of safety, favourable beach conditions and proximity of supporting infrastructure,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

“The proposed shark barrier would be made from PVC mesh that runs the full length of the water column and is anchored to the sea bed and to floats at the sea’s surface.

“Trials at Coogee Beach suggest the shark barrier is safe for fish and marine mammals.”

They are calling on the community to share their views and opinions in an online survey at www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au/consultations