Cottesloe Beach gets shark barrier

Cottesloe Beach.
Cottesloe Beach.

COTTESLOE Beach will get a “protected swimming enclosure” installed in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year the Town of Cottesloe investigated the possibility of installing a protected swimming enclosure at Cottesloe Beach.

At a special council meeting held in June, a contract to construct, install and maintain the enclosure was awarded to Eco Shark Barrier Pty Ltd.

Over the past months the Town has sought and obtained the necessary approvals for the installation of the enclosure and, with the barrier being built off site by Eco Shark Barrier, it is now ready to be installed.

“We are excited to announce that the protected swimming enclosure planned for Cottesloe Beach will be installed soon and will be in place for our busy summer months,” Town of Cottesloe Mayor Phil Angers said,

“The Town of Cottesloe is aware that people are concerned about their safety in the water and we are pleased to be able to offer a protected swimming enclosure at our wonderful beach.”

The enclosure will be built off the groyne and will stretch out 170m north from the groyne and 140m from the shore.

The barrier has been constructed from flexible nylon which moves with the water.

It will be removed for the winter months – around 31 March each year, and will be installed again in late October.

The first installation of the enclosure will be done in two stages, beginning with the anchors, which will be done over approximately two days commencing on October 7.

The barrier will then be installed over approximately three to four days starting on November 4.

Weather permitting it is anticipated that the barrier will be ready for use on Friday, November 8.