Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Perth's aerial shark patrols take-off this weekend

    15/10/2005 12:00 AM
     
    15/10/05

    Sport and Recreation Minister Mark McGowan said the State Government’s aerial shark patrols were due to take-off just after dawn today.

    Mr McGowan said the patrols were scheduled to begin at 6am for 133 consecutive days, concluding on March 6 next year.

    "The patrols will fly between Mandurah and Two Rocks, spending up to eight hours a day in the air during peak times such as weekends and the Christmas period," he said.

    “The idea is to tailor the flights to concentrate on the busiest beaches during the busiest times.”

    The flights will carry independent observers who will spend a total of 700 hours looking for sharks this summer.

    The aircraft will maintain constant VHF radio contact with water police and a patrol boat will be on standby in case of an emergency.

    The Minister said Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) patrols would continue to play a vital public safety role, watching over popular metropolitan and regional beaches.

    Further information about beach locations of SLSWA services could be found at http://www.mybeach.com.au

    Mr McGowan said in the event of a major incident, Western Australia had a shark response plan, which involved police and other government agencies.

    Information about sharks can also be found on the Fisheries Department website at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office: 9222 9111