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Posted in bathers beach, fremantle, indian ocean, nature, oceans by freoview on January 30, 2017



I hear Fishing Boat Harbour traders are telling fellow business people the State Government have promised them $ 200,000 to install a shark net at Fremantle’s inner city Bathers Beach.

This would be a ridiculous waste of money as the beach is hardly used and only a handful of people swim there and I have never heard of a shark scare in Bathers Bay.

I have seen dolphins, seals, pelicans, drunks and even a dead whale there but never a shark, so why waste tax payers money on a shark net?

Some of the major traders down there are treating Bathers Beach as if it is their own property and that does not sit well with the community and other businesses.

There were thousands of people protesting against a shark net at Cottesloe Beach a few years ago so I wonder how the Fremantle community will react to this news.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Lionel said, on January 31, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Perhaps we should bubble wrap everything too so nobody gets hurt ever. I would be happy to see the 200k spent on essential services rather than trying to protect a few people from a non existent threat. There are sharks in the ocean, you may get eaten by one. You are far more likely to die in the car on the way to the beach though.

  2. freoishome said, on January 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

    The Coogee Beach Eco shark enclosure, has proved extremely popular. I have used this beach for decades, always pleasant, clean but not terribly popular beach. Now about 3 years after the installation of the Eco enclosure it has suddenly caught on and it has been packed since Christmas.
    This Eco enclosure, is a local man’s invention, based in Bibra Lake. Instead of a net, it is a plastic fence, with 300mmx300mm holes, ie, big enough for fish, etc to enter, but not larger creatures like rays and larger sharks, but also seals and dolphins. The fence, becomes a place for seaweed to grow.
    Another one has been installed near Hillarys. They seem to work extremely well on coasts like our metro with small tidal differences.
    I don’t think these would get any opposition like that seen at Cottesloe.

  3. freoview said, on January 31, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Just stick to the matter at hand Clayton and Lionel. No need to make it personal.

    I was part of a working groups some years ago on what needed to be done at Bathers Beach and Arthur Head and connectivity-extending the boardwalk- to J Shed was seen as a priority and so were public toilets and change rooms. We did get the cliff face lit up but the City is still closing the Whalers Tunnel at 7 pm and that is silly when one puts an attraction there.

    A shark net will do very little to attract more people to BB as sharks have not been an issue there at all. If the City actually actively promoted Bathers Beach for the gorgeous inner city beach it is there would be more people visiting. I have absolutely no idea why they don’t do that!


  4. Clayton Gunning said, on January 31, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Lionel feel free to use any words you like, I know how to use a dictionary and google. I don’t judge a man by the depth of his vocabulary but I assure you it doesn’t reflect intelligence.

    I again point you to Coogee Beach and how the shark net has brought life to that beach. Bathers Beach needs something and the shark net, along with clearing the weed will make the beach a nicer and safer place to swim. What is your suggestion for the area? Have you got your own projects you’d like to see the $200K spent on? Or are you just against expenditure on public facilities?

  5. Lionel said, on January 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    You should take your ‘build it and they will come’ business plan to the bank then Clayton. Sorry I use words you aren’t familiar with.

  6. Clayton Gunning said, on January 30, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Roel none of the facilities you mention are at Coogee yet the beach is well patronised every day. During the school holidays for the first time I can remember cars were parked on Rockingham Rd. as the carpark was full.

    The surf club at the southern end of the beach has facilities usually used by people preferring to swim between the jetties and away from the kids and crowds.

    Lionel I imagine it would be easy to blow your mind. Yes “Build it…..” is a well known and often used quote from a movie but if your mind is so small you can’t see it being appropriate I don’t really care. It was/us used to make a point most would clearly understand a lot easier than your use of the term “public lexicon”. What are you trying to prove? You are the smartest man in Fremantle? What you see in your public lexicon must be very disturbing and maybe you should stick to Dickens.

  7. Lionel said, on January 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    ‘Build it and they will come’ is not justification to do something (especially not spend tax dollars). It is a quote from a Kevin Costner movie about building a baseball pitch for a bunch of ghosts.

    How such a stupid comment ever entered the public lexicon is mind blowing. The amount of times I hear this comment used as justification is astounding.

    Just remember, when saying, ‘build it and they will come’, you are endorsing the idea that building a sports field for ghosts is sensible and you are associating yourself with that logic.

  8. Pete said, on January 30, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Because of the seaweed I don’t swim at Bathers Beach these days … not a pleasant experience !

    I agree that a shark net there would be a complete waste of money.

    Spend the money on a memorial to Malaysian Flight 370.

  9. freoview said, on January 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Without the City of Fremantle spending big money on public toilets, change rooms and showers at the northern end a shark net will do little to attract people. It is not as if they are staying away from Bathers Beach because of regular shark warnings, they don’t come because of lack of infrastructure and promoting it.


  10. Clayton Gunning said, on January 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Build it and they will come. The shark net, like the one at Coogee Beach, will see the beach usage increased.

    One could easily argue it, $200K, is money better spent on other projects but the same arguments could be run against expenditure on street art.

    Those that will use it will support it and others will want to see the money spent in areas where they have a vested interest.

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