City of Albany to lobby State for shark net funding

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The Ellen Cove shark net is deteriorating fast.
Camera IconThe Ellen Cove shark net is deteriorating fast. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

City of Albany councillors have been advised to lobby Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley for funding to help with the urgent replacement of the Ellen Cove shark net.

Council is set to decide on a course of action on the deteriorating net this month, with the matter on the agenda at tomorrow’s Development and Infrastructure Services committee meeting.

The City installed the Middleton Beach swimming enclosure in early 2016 with a $200,000 grant from the State Government.

In a report to council this month, the City’s senior civil engineering officer Robert Westerberg said the swimming enclosure had “deteriorated to a point where action must be taken”.

He recommended councillors authorise the tendering process for its replacement and endorse staff to advocate to Mr Tinley for financial assistance.

The City had previously considered a gradual replacement of the enclosure over more than two years.

“Due to the unpredictable rate of deterioration of the enclosure, a complete replacement is now recommended to significantly reduce the risk of a major failure of the enclosure,” the report said.

“The existing enclosure has exceeded the minimum life expectancy.”

Mr Westerberg said alternatives to replacing the net were removing it entirely or using other shark mitigation measures.

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