Safety boost at Perth beaches

Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon with Surf Life Saving WA's Nick Pavy and one of the BEN signs.
Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon with Surf Life Saving WA's Nick Pavy and one of the BEN signs.

EMERGENCY information named in honour of a shark attack victim feature at City Beach and Floreat beaches.

The Town of Cambridge has installed Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs at the two popular beaches ahead of the warmer weather.

The coding system is designed to improve emergency response times, with the numbers on each sign reflecting a beach access point so emergency services know exactly where to attend.

Though an acronym, BEN was chosen in honour of Ben Gerring, who died after being attacked by a shark in Falcon in 2016.

The Town is installing 60 signs along the coast, thanks to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development funding, with all expected to be installed by November.

Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon said safety, peace of mind and enjoyment of the beaches and foreshore areas was paramount.

“The signs will prove most helpful for interstate and overseas visitors to our wonderful beaches as they may not be that familiar with the beach names or the surrounding road names should they need to call for emergency help,” she said.

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