Watchtower options study

‘We hope to get a report on three options for a permanent watchtower in two months, but part of it may be the use of mobile towers that North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club got last year,’ said Cottesloe SLSC president Ben Stephens.

His club had been studying the location and the services provided by a large tower between the Cottesloe Groyne and clubroom on top of Mudurup Rocks, after Premier Colin Barnett announced $300,000 for the project following five fatal shark attacks in WA.

Mr Stephens said a clubhouse location could allow a tower to be operational this summer when the interim mobile structures may be used in conjunction with North Cottesloe SLSC.

However, it was unlikely a permanent tower on the beach would have a first aid post because of the larger footprint, and it would not be possible to have it built until the end of next year.