The WA government wants your advice
You may recall that, after much debate and hand-wringing from all parties, the WA government recently announced they'd follow the lead of NSW and start laying drumlines across the south-west.
At first it would be a twelve-month trial program, after which time the results would be assessed.
Before it begins, however, the WA government needs to know where the drumlines should be anchored and they've asked to public to have their say.
There are two options on the table:
Option 1 (see image below) proposes that twelve SMART drumlines will be deployed in four groups of three, about 500 m from shore. Drumlines are clustered around surf breaks across nine km of coastline. Clusters include The Womb, Nowheres, Umbies, Lefthanders, Noisies to the south; Cobblestones and Big Rock; South Point, Huzzawooee and North Point in Cowaramup Bay; and Guillotine, Gallows and Hangmans to the north.
In this scenario it is possible to have two additional drumlines (compared to option 2) as the grouping means they are easily accessible within the minimum response time.
Option 2 proposes that ten SMART drumlines will be deployed evenly, about 500 m from shore, across 11.5 km of coastline from Hangmans in the north to Ellensbrook in the south.
"My priority is to ensure the non-lethal SMART drumline trial is well-managed and transparent, which is why I invite the community to have their say," says Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly.
Takes a minute or two tops. Get it to WA surfers. You have until the 10th of October.