Additional warning signs after drowning

One of the new beach warning signs recently put up at Claytons beach.
One of the new beach warning signs recently put up at Claytons beach.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was a temporary measure until a Surf Life Saving WA audit was completed of Wanneroo’s beaches.

She was speaking a day after the signs went up and straight after the beach memorial for Jenon on Sunday.

Mrs Roberts said she had rejected calls to close the beach or prohibit swimming at the increasingly-popular Mindarie spot.

‘We have fishermen, surfers, volleyballers, people walk the beach, jog,’ she told the Weekender.

‘People say close the staircase (down to the beach) but the City won’t because beach-users would then make an informal way (through the dunes) down and that’s more hazardous.

‘We even have schools doing phys-ed on the beach.’

Mrs Roberts said she had come from a ceremony to award certificates to children involved in the Nippers program at Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club. She said the children said they would return to the club next season.

‘I want to promote that (swimming and beach safety) and see if anything can be done through the WA Local Government Association,’ she said.

‘We are a growing, multicultural city.’