No vote for beacon

Councillors at the February 2 meeting unanimously agreed to decline a tender submission from Downer Edi to supply, install and maintain the equipment.

The agenda report had recommended the City not proceed with the beach risk monitoring and warning system project, originally recommended through Surf Life Saving WA’s (SLSWA) coastal risk assessment at the beach in 2014.

It said value for money could not be determined, nor did SLSWA have the resources to respond if it was activated.

“Advice from Surf Life Saving WA that they are not able to adequately resource a 24/7, 365-day-a-year response to the proposed emergency beacon, thereby posing an unacceptable risk to the City of Wanneroo, should the project go ahead,” it said.

Councillor Sabine Winton successfully moved an amendment to also ask administration to review the overall coastal risks and safety project status, update its budget and report back to the council in March.

Cr Winton said it would help councillors understand how the project was tracking and whether the $120,000 set aside for the beacon and CCTV camera could be reallocated.

Two people died after being caught in rips at the beach in 2013, with memorials to both set at the top of the beach access stairs. The council approved installation of a third memorial plaque last November, for Shane Frazer of Merriwa, who the Times understands loved the beach but, aged 30, died of a heart attack elsewhere.