Eco-friendly shark barrier launched at Quinns Beach

Nick White from Surf Life Saving WA overlooking the shark barrier. Picture: Martin Kennealey d464749
Nick White from Surf Life Saving WA overlooking the shark barrier. Picture: Martin Kennealey d464749

SWIMMERS at Quinns Beach can feel safer after the launch of a shark barrier at Quinns Beach today.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and Premier Colin Barnett officially launched the $450,000 eco-friendly barrier, created by Global Marine Enclosures.

Construction of the 85m x 300m structure was completed on schedule and Mrs Roberts said it was a welcome addition to the beach.

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“I have been contacted by many people who are very happy and eagerly anticipating having a local beach where they can swim in the ocean, without being fearful of large predators,” she said.

Mr Barnett said the Government had provided $200,000 for the barrier, which would be in place year-round for a minimum of five years.

“The ability to swim and train within a protected area will make a significant difference to people’s peace of mind and enjoyment when undertaking ocean-based activities,” he said.

“The Government has invested more than $33 million on shark hazard mitigation measures including research, public education, shark tagging and aerial patrols.

“However, no single measure alone will protect water users from shark interactions but a complementary suite of measures will reduce the risk.”

Butler MLA John Quigley said he had been campaigning for the enclosure for 18 months.

“It was a hard job because when I raised it in parliament in April 2016 the Premier said no,” he said.

“I persevered and I’m pleased that the government came around.”

The City has installed a temporary overflow carpark to cater for the expected increase in beach visitors and will assess additional requirements in the next few months.