Surf Life Saving WA Patrols and Shark Mitigation Commitments

With the first day of Spring commencing tomorrow, West Australian’s will soon be flocking to the beaches making good use of our beautiful weather. Surf Life Saving WA will begin beach patrols again, with assistance from the state funded Westpac Rescue Helicopter, keeping an eye out for sharks, rips and other dangerous ocean risks. “I…

Beach Emergency Number signs revealed for Perth beaches

In deliverance of a McGowan Government election commitment, the City of Kwinana was proud to reveal one of nine Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs today at Wells Park.Being the first of more than 1,000 BEN signs, it’s anticipated to strengthen emergency responses should a serious incident occur.Each sign features a unique code, pinpointing that particular…

Shark Mitigation Device Added to Deterrent Subsidy

The State Government has included a new surfer specific device has been included to its shark deterrent subsidy. It has included the Surf+ device formerly known as Sharkshield in the subsidy program following the release of a New South Wales report into the effectiveness of personal shark deterrent devices. “This weekend, we expect to see…

Margaret River Pro Cancelled After Gracetown Shark Attacks

The World Surf League has cancelled the Margaret River Pro, following two shark attacks near Gracetown during the week. The World Surf League (WSL) made the announcement on Wednesday morning, claiming there was “unacceptable risk” to allow the competition to continue. “The WSL puts the highest premium on safety,” WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said in…

Liberal Senators Endorse WA Government Shark Deterrent Subsidy

The WA Government’s shark mitigation and deterrent measures have been approved by the Federal Government, after a senate inquiry recommended other states to adopt the McGowan Government’s shark deterrent subsidy. A bipartisan committee tabled a report in Federal Parliament on Tuesday endorsing the state government’s subsidy, which undertook non-lethal measures to prevent shark attacks. The…

Ministers debate over Shark cull AGAIN

The shark debate has erupted again after Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, accused the WA State Government of not doing enough to prevent shark attacks. Mr Frydenberg said WA’s response to the shark threat was “Nothing short of pathetic,” He commented drum lines should be put in the water to protect its own citizens and…

Government Seeks Feedback On Shark Detection Receivers

The WA Government is asking for the Esperance community for input about where they should put two satellite-linked shark detection receivers. The McGowan Government announced the extension of Western Australia’s shark monitoring program to Esperance as part of their response to a fatal shark attack in the area. The attack claimed the life of Laeticia…

New Measures to Keep Families Safe in Our Waters

The WA Government has announced three new initiatives to keep swimmers safe from shark attacks. A new Beach Emergency Numbering system has been developed to improve emergency response times. Local councils in metropolitan areas will have access to grants of up to $25,000 to implement the system and regional councils will have access to grants…