Shark protection

Premier contradictory over Cottesloe shark proof enclosure omission

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says the Premier's lack of interest in funding a shark-proof enclosure at Cottesloe Beach is inconsistent with the way he singled out Cottesloe Beach as requiring protection from shark hazards last year when he was promoting drum lines.

"The popularity of Cottesloe Beach was specifically cited by the Premier in his application last year for Federal environmental approval to run a three-year drum line program," Ms MacLaren said.

"The Premier, whose Department wrote the application, mounted a spurious argument about WA's tourism industry under threat by sharks, including at Cottesloe, to claim the drum lines were 'in the national interest'.

"So his latest comments that Cottesloe 'doesn't necessarily need' an effective shark hazard protection tool such as a shark-proof enclosure are contradictory, to say the least. Read more »

Have your say on an EPA assessment of the shark drum lines

If you haven’t done so already, please consider taking the opportunity to express your opinion to the WA Environmental Protection Authority on the WA Government’s drum lining strategy before the current public comment period closes this Thursday 20 February.

Go to and take a few minutes to complete the survey.
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