High swell, windy weather delay reinstallation of Quinns Beach swimming enclosure

The swimming enclosure, originally installed in 2017, is now expected to be reinstalled in February.
The swimming enclosure, originally installed in 2017, is now expected to be reinstalled in February.

HIGH swell and strong winds will further delay reinstallation of the Quinns Beach swimming enclosure.

According to the City of Wanneroo, the repaired swimming enclosure will be back in place in February, not by Australia Day, as expected last year.

The 85x300m eco-friendly enclosure was removed for essential repairs by contractor Global Marine Enclosures following severe winter storms last year.

A City statement said reports of high swell and strong winds this week have prohibited installation, and the City did not want to inconvenience the public by closing beach access during busy weekends.

Once reinstalled, the enclosure will remain in place until April when it will be removed prior to the winter storm period, before being reinstalled in October in time for the Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club patrol season.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said many members of the community had been eagerly awaiting its return and delays to reinstallation had been caused by contractor supplies, and more recently, weather conditions.

“Our residents appreciate having a local beach where they can swim in the ocean during the warmer months, without being fearful of large predators,” she said.

“The City understands that the enclosure offers peace of mind to members of the community who may otherwise not feel comfortable swimming at beaches.”

Late last year, reinstallation was delayed due to delays in manufacturing materials being delivered, and subsequent quality control testing by Global Marine Enclosures.

The City also expects a surf patrol tower to be installed at Quinns Beach in February, which will remain in place until the end of the patrol season in April.

“We hope the swimming enclosure and patrol tower will encourage more members of our community to enjoy the great outdoors,” Mrs Roberts said.

Visit Surf Life Saving Australia’s website, beachsafe.org.au/surf-safety/lifeguards-top-tips for beach safety advice.