Thursday, 30 November 2017

At the Committee of Council meeting on Tuesday, December 5, the Mandurah Council will discuss seeking feedback from the community on the installation of a beach enclosure at Falcon Bay.

The report to Council puts forward the community consultation plan in regards to the beach enclosure in order to understand the potential impacts on the amenity within the area and the possible solutions to those impacts.

Once approved by Council, the community consultation will commence in the early part of 2018, with key findings being presented back to Council in March/April. The consultation will include face-to-face community workshops.

A feasibility study on the enclosure was presented to Council in October, which addressed options for a beach enclosure and/or shark attack mitigation, site constraints and costs associated with the installation, which varies depending on the length of the barrier chosen.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Council will consider the recommendation to consult with the community on a 265m shark barrier, which would be installed in an ‘L-shape’ encompassing the swimming pontoon in Falcon Bay.

The estimated cost of this option is $312,000, which includes design and construction costs. There could also be an additional cost up to $100,000 for ongoing annual maintenance.

The City has received an offer for a one-off grant of $200,000 from the State Government that is specifically to provide a safe area for swimmers at Falcon Bay.

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