Thursday, 27 October 2011 09:33

Families want swimming enclosures for protection

Increased shark sightings across Australia have renewed calls from Dr Duncan McFetridge, Member for Morphett, for a swimming enclosure at Glenelg Beach to protect swimmers.

Dr McFetridge has been calling for a protected area for a number of years - where families can swim, free from the fear of sharks off the shore at Glenelg.

“The Government can’t continue to ignore this issue.  With the increased number of shark sightings and attacks in Australia in the past year the fear factor is rising and people will stay away from the beach,” he said.

“We are expecting a very hot summer ahead where families and tourists will be swimming at suburban beaches along the coast with no protection.”

Shark patrols will not provide a 24 hour a day 7 day a week protection for swimmers, he said. Aerial shark patrols are only partially effective and shark experts say that there will be more attacks along our coastline with an increase in the number of sharks coming up the Gulf St Vincent to feed.

“Unless measures to protect swimmers are provided, families may not come to the Bay and this will have an effect on our local tourist trade and the income of small businesses that rely upon summer trade," said Dr McFetridge.

“These enclosed areas are not kilometers of netting, but small areas where families can swim with peace of mind.

“A safe enclosed swimming areas is a small price to pay for the value of a life; I don’t want this to be a summer with a shark tragedy on the suburban beaches along the coast.”

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