Shark net nets award

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
The net needs maintenance.
Camera IconThe net needs maintenance. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The Middleton Beach shark barrier has been recognised for its innovative design at a prestigious awards ceremony in Sydney.

WA company Global Marine Enclosures won an international design award for its Aquarius Shark Barrier technology, installed at Ellen Cove.

The award was announced last Thursday at the 61st Good Design Awards ceremony.

Good Design Australia chief executive Dr Brandon Gien said the recognition was a significant achievement given the high calibre of entries received this year.

“Australia’s Good Design Award is more than a symbol of design excellence, it represents the hard work and dedication towards an innovative outcome that will ultimately improve our quality of life,” he said.

“This project showcases the brilliance of design and the potential it has to improve our world.”

The shark barrier’s design was described as a well-resolved improvement that addressed concerns about shark nets with an innovative ability to stretch and bend.

The barrier was installed at Ellen Cove in 2016 and recently underwent repairs.

The original three-year trial has come to an end and the City of Albany has been exploring longer-term funding options as the net’s condition deteriorates.

City major projects manager Anthony McEwan said the City was in talks with the State Government.

“The City is currently assessing the feasibility of various options for repair, maintenance and/or replacement in the short, medium, and long-term,” he said.

“There is ongoing monitoring of the asset for this financial year, with a program for repair and maintenance of the asset being carried out as required.

“Council will consider options over the next year in close liaison with State Government to obtain an outcome.”

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