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Published Tuesday, 31st January 2017
The City of Wanneroo’s $450,000 swimming enclosure at Quinns Beach was officially launched today by Mayor Tracey Roberts and Premier Colin Barnett.
Mayor Roberts said the 85 x 300 metre eco-friendly enclosure was a result of extensive community consultation and will be a welcome addition to the popular Quinns Beach.
“I have been contacted by many people who are very happy and eagerly anticipating having a local beach where they can swim in the ocean, without being fearful of large predators,” she said.
“I am delighted that the City of Wanneroo has been able to provide this peace of mind for our community, in partnership with the state government.”
Premier Barnett said the government had provided $200,000 for the Quinns enclosure and was committed to protecting the WA community with a wide range of shark mitigation measures.
“We have invested more than $33 million on research, education, tagging, aerial patrols and drones to reduce the risk of shark attacks,” Mr Barnett said.
“WA has an amazing coastline and using the beaches is a core part of our way of life.
“The ability to swim and train within a protected area will make a significant difference to people’s peace of mind and enjoyment when undertaking ocean-based activities.”
To cater for increased numbers of beach visitors, the City has installed a temporary overflow carpark and permanent additional parking requirements will be assessed in the coming months.
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