Stronger shark net in the water at Middleton Beach in time for summer

Albany Advertiser
Work on Middleton Beach swimming enclosure continued Wednesday morning.
Camera IconWork on Middleton Beach swimming enclosure continued Wednesday morning. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Swimmers can enter the water with peace of mind at Ellen Cove over the summer, with the installation of the new shark net finished this week.

Installation started on Monday, with all work completed by Wednesday.

It replaces the original enclosure, which was installed in 2016 for a three-year trial at a cost of $340,000, of which the State Government contributed $200,000.

In May, City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the old net was de-teriorating rapidly and would need to be replaced. At that time, funding for a replacement or other shark mitigation measures had not been secured.

Premier Mark McGowan threw his support behind the enclosure when he visited Albany in June, pledging up to $200,000 for its replacement on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the City.

The new net is designed to be more flexible and stronger, with the outside ropes made of a combination of steel and nylon.

Mr Wellington said it would need to last a minimum of five years.

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