UK local government declared “major incident” as thousands ignore social distancing to flock to beach

Story By: Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council Thousands of people have ignored social distancing requirements and flocked to the beach at the beachside town of Bournemouth, causing the local council to declare a “major incident”, and urged people to leave the town. This happened on Thursday (local time), on the second…

Scorched Perth: sizzling hot days come early

By Sarah Smit Summer has started with a bang according to the Bureau of Meterology, with Perth scorching in the hottest first week of December on record.  Neil Bennett of the Bureau of Meterology told WAMN that the heat is starting much earlier than usual.  “Normally the very hot temperature is out the back end…

Helicopter beach patrols to begin on Sunday

With spring just around the corner, the McGowan Government’s strategy to keep beachgoers safe will see two helicopter patrols deployed from Sunday 1st September, covering the Perth Metropolitan area and South-West region. Extensive weekend surveillance of beaches will occur during the first month of spring, with patrols increasing to daily from October through end of…

WA Trials SMART Drumlines to Improve Shark Mitigation

SMART drumlines will be deployed off Gracetown’s coast, as part of a trial into the effectiveness of the shark mitigation technology. The 10 non-lethal drumlines will be deployed set up about 500 metres away from the coastline over the next 15 months, with the scientific trial designed to help fill knowledge gaps from trials off…

Calls for Gracetown Shark Drum Line trial to be cancelled

Greens MP Dianne Evers has called on the State Government to cancel the proposed smart drum line trial to be held in Gracetown. The state opposition accused Fishieries Minister, Dave Kelly, of trying to sabatage the measure. Ms Evers said the drum lines are being used as political tools, and explained there is no evidence…

Man attacked by shark on popular beach south of Perth

By Anton La Macchia A bodyboarder in his 20’s has been attacked by a shark off the southern coast of Mandurah on Sunday morning. The man was bodyboarding at a point off Pyramids Beach just before 9am when he was attacked. The man kicked out and broke free before running to seek assistance from surf…

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…

Sculpture By The Sea Stuns Cottesloe Beachgoers

It’s that time of the year again! The annual sculpture by the sea exhibition is underway at Cottesloe Beach, with plenty of artistic displays to inspire the public’s imagination. Overall, there were 73 sculptures in the exhibition, created by 77 artists from 18 countries. The exhibition will continue until the 19th, March, 2018, a total…

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…