More funding for shark barrier enclosures for Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo


Location of proposed beach enclosure at Sorrento Beach (about 250m out from the first groyne and about 400m back to the Hillarys Boast Harbour wall).
Location of proposed beach enclosure at Sorrento Beach (about 250m out from the first groyne and about 400m back to the Hillarys Boast Harbour wall).

THE northern suburbs will receive an additional $400,000 funding for beach enclosures.

It was announced at Quinns Rocks today the City of Joondalup would receive a further $200,000 for its enclosure at Sorrento Beach and the City of Wanneroo would receive $200,000 for one at Quinns Beach.

The funding is part of $1.54 million to be spent in 2016-17 on shark hazard mitigation strategies.

“This will bring to five the number of beach enclosures across the State, with three already installed at Dunsborough, Busselton and Albany,” Treasurer Mike Nahan said.

The State Government announced last July that it would contribute $200,000 towards an enclosure at Sorrento Beach.

However, discussions with the City indicated the government would consider providing greater funding because of engineering and construction challenges.

“The State Government has acknowledged the need for a bigger financial contribution on their behalf to a Sorrento Beach enclosure and recognised this facility will be a regional asset catering for the needs of both local residents and the wider community,” Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said.

“The City will now work with all key stakeholders to deliver the beach enclosure, which will be completed by the start of summer.”

Last week, City of Joondalup councillors accepted a $910,000 tender from Eco Shark Barrier for the supply, installation and maintenance of the Sorrento enclosure.

In February, City of Wanneroo councillors agreed to list $300,000 in the City’s long-term capital works program to install an enclosure at Quinns Beach.

At the time, the City had asked the Premier for funding but was still waiting for a response.