Second beach enclosure installed at Busselton


The City of Busselton's second beach enclosure has been installed on the Busselton foreshore ahead of the summer period.

The enclosure, installed earlier this week, has been funded under the State Government's Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy after the success of the enclosure at Old Dunsborough Beach.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said that tens of thousands of people visited the Busselton foreshore every summer and the foreshore beach was a practical location for a second enclosure.

"The City has certainly benefited from being part of the initial trial and we were very pleased to receive funding for a second enclosure," he said.

"Coupled with regular air and beach patrols and improved communication, including public hotlines and online information, people now have more choice and information about shark activity."

The new enclosure has a 500m perimeter and will cover an area of about 30,000sqm. The enclosure is made of net panels constructed from high-strength UV-stable braided twine and will be suspended between 11 steel piles - which have already been driven into the seabed - and a galvanised chain along the bottom will weigh it down.

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said Busselton was fortunate to have two beach enclosures.

"As we move into the summer months, beachgoers are already enjoying our spectacular coastline and it is great to have this secure option available to swimmers," she said.

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