Should the Shark Barrier Stay at Coogee Beach?

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Background

Three years ago, the City of Cockburn installed the State’s first Eco Shark Barrier at Coogee Beach for a three-year trial, allowing people to enjoy a safe swimming environment all year round. The physical barrier is recyclable and safe for marine animals and the environment. The area has become a popular and safe swimming destination for people from around Perth.

  • The barrier is 300 metres long and 75 metres wide.
  • It costs about $100,000 a year to lease.
  • It extends from seabed to surface and creates a safe swimming beach.
  • It is a strong physical barrier made from a sturdy flexible nylon with steel cables.
  • It is expected to last at least 10 years and can be recycled at the end of its life.
  • The barrier does not harm marine life but provides a unique marine habitat while it is in place.
  • It has proven to be a popular destination for swimmers from all around Perth.
  • It attracts school students and other swimming groups.
  • During summer months, one of the City's three pontoons remains in the barrier, providing a source of entertainment for swimmers.

Have Your Say

Now that the three-year trial is about to end in November 2017, the City seeks your feedback about whether the barrier should stay or go?

Please vote in our online poll below and/or leave a comment by Friday 30 June 2017.


Background

Three years ago, the City of Cockburn installed the State’s first Eco Shark Barrier at Coogee Beach for a three-year trial, allowing people to enjoy a safe swimming environment all year round. The physical barrier is recyclable and safe for marine animals and the environment. The area has become a popular and safe swimming destination for people from around Perth.

  • The barrier is 300 metres long and 75 metres wide.
  • It costs about $100,000 a year to lease.
  • It extends from seabed to surface and creates a safe swimming beach.
  • It is a strong physical barrier made from a sturdy flexible nylon with steel cables.
  • It is expected to last at least 10 years and can be recycled at the end of its life.
  • The barrier does not harm marine life but provides a unique marine habitat while it is in place.
  • It has proven to be a popular destination for swimmers from all around Perth.
  • It attracts school students and other swimming groups.
  • During summer months, one of the City's three pontoons remains in the barrier, providing a source of entertainment for swimmers.

Have Your Say

Now that the three-year trial is about to end in November 2017, the City seeks your feedback about whether the barrier should stay or go?

Please vote in our online poll below and/or leave a comment by Friday 30 June 2017.

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  • Shark barrier - should it stay?

    by deanie, almost 4 years ago
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    The barrier was placed at Coogee Beach for a three-year trial which ends in November 2017. Please provide your views here about your experiences using this beach and whether you think the barrier should remain?

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