The City of Mandurah is inviting the community to join the conversation on the proposed installation of a shark barrier at Falcon Bay.
The conversation is due to the City receiving 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.
Following a preliminary feasibility study undertaken in October, it is proposed that a 265m shark barrier would be installed in an 'L-shape' encompassing the swimming pontoon in Falcon Bay.
A community information session will be held at 6pm on March 7 to discuss the proposed shark barrier.
The feasibility study addressed options for a shark barrier, site constraints and costs associated with the installation, which varies depending on the length of the barrier chosen and the seabed terrain.
There are four sites on the West Australian coast with shark barriers installed (Cockburn, Albany, Quinns Rock and Hillarys). Based on these projects the order of cost was $1100 per lineal metre, excluding ongoing maintenance. The final cost of the Falcon Bay barrier will be dependent on the type of barrier used to satisfy the conditions of the bay and the community consultation outcomes.
Mayor Rhys Williams urged the community join in the discussion regarding the proposed Falcon Bay shark barrier and encouraged people to come to the information session on March 7.
“We all know that Mandurah is such a special place with plenty on offer, from our waterways, our people and our relaxed alfresco lifestyle so it's important that our community joins in conservations, like the Falcon Bay beach enclosure, to help shape our future together,” he said.
“Now is the time to have your say on the proposed shark barrier and we hope to see you at this important community meeting.”
The community information session will be held at the Falcon Pavilion, located at 27 Lynda Street, Falcon.
The information session forms part of the community consultation which commenced earlier this year and included a community information session on March 1 for nearby residents where around 60 people attended and joined the discussion.
Key findings from the community consultation will be presented back to Council in May/June.
For more information or to register to attend the session go to haveyoursaymandurah.com.au.