Quinns Mindarie Surf Life saving Club sets sights on observation tower

Cassie Choake, Des Choake, Elli Cammeresi and John Quigley are calling for an observation tower at Quinns Beach. Picture: Emma Reeves d394437
Cassie Choake, Des Choake, Elli Cammeresi and John Quigley are calling for an observation tower at Quinns Beach. Picture: Emma Reeves d394437

SURF lifesavers want to see more of Quinns Beach and are petitioning for construction of an observation tower.  

Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club’s surf sports director Des Choake said an observation tower close to the beach would improve lifesavers’ ability to watch swimmers.  

“We have this trailer here, which folds out on top, (but) when you are standing on that, you don’t get any elevation,” he said.  

Mr Choake said an ideal location for a tower would be on dunes near the ramp to the beach, and it should be a simple 7m tall structure, placing lifesavers three storeys above water level.  

“Then we could see beyond the point and down to the old club (on Ocean Drive),” he said.  

The lifesaver said the structure, which could be 3m by 3m at its base and have ladder access, would cost between $50,000 and $75,000.  

“We just want a bricked-in structure like Sorrento’s tower,” he said.  

“We patrol on weekends and public holidays with 100 patrolling members.”  

Although there are plans to add a second storey to the surf club, Mr Choake said having an observation deck in the surf club building still would not provide clear sight of the beach because it was set back so far.  

Mindarie MLA John Quigley said he had written to Premier Colin Barnett after his announcement of $300,000 for a tower at Cottesloe.  

Mr Barnett said they would consider a proposal for an observation tower if the surf club approached the State Government.  

However, Liberal MP Albert Jacob, who will be vying for votes in Mindarie when the suburb transfers to the Ocean Reef electorate at the March elections, said provision of surf lifesaving facilities was a local government responsibility.  

The City of Wanneroo did not respond to questions before deadline.