Safer surf survey

Surf lifesavers Cassie Choake (foreground), Josh Gethin and Jack Mourant monitor conditions at Claytons beach. Picture: Emma Reeves d401669
Surf lifesavers Cassie Choake (foreground), Josh Gethin and Jack Mourant monitor conditions at Claytons beach. Picture: Emma Reeves d401669

Surf Life Saving WA has created an online survey as part of its audit of coastal risk and safety signage for the City of Wanneroo.

SLSWA community safety manager Chris Peck said the organisation hoped the findings of the audit would lead to improved safety at local beaches.

‘Along with formal research and data analysis, local knowledge of the coastline is a very valuable tool in helping to assess coastal safety risks, so the information we get from the local community will be very important,’ he said.

Having commissioned the audit after Peter Swan (57) and Jenon Biwot (13) died in separate incidents in January and March, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts welcomed the involvement of SLSWA.

‘This survey follows several tragic incidents along our beaches in recent months, including two at Claytons beach, Mindarie, and as our population grows we want to ensure beachgoers are as safe as possible,’ she said.

‘SLSWA creates safe environments in and around WA’s beaches through patrols, education and training programs, as well as developing water safety guidelines and policy.

‘As the key agency in coastal water safety, SLSWA has the necessary expertise, technology and networks to undertake the audit and provide meaningful recommendations to improve safety at the City’s beaches.’

SLSWA is encouraging anyone who has witnessed, been involved with, or has heard of any rescues, injuries or near-misses that took place at any beach between Tamala Park and Two Rocks to complete the survey.

For more information on the anonymous survey, visit www.surflifesavingwa.com.au or call SLSWA health promotion and research co-ordinator Belinda Fleay on 9207 6666.