Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Leisure Matters

WA Labor to build ocean pool at Bathers Beach

Labor Statement

A WA Labor Government will build an ocean pool at Fremantle's Bathers Beach, to provide swimmers with a safer beach environment, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said Bathers Beach, located between Fishing Boat Harbour and the iconic Round House, was the third location identified as part of WA Labor's $10-15million commitment to build three new ocean pools along the WA coast.

"Following a string of fatal shark attacks off the WA coast last year, WA Labor believes ocean pools are one component of a broader strategy to encourage swimmers back into the water," Mr McGowan said.

"Bathers Beach is an ideal location for an ocean pool. It has potential as a tourist destination and is currently underutilised.

"WA Labor's commitment will attract young families back into the water and will help Bathers Beach to reach its full potential."

Mr McGowan said ocean pools were immensely popular in other States and provided a safe alternative for swimmers.

"Unlike the Barnett Government, WA Labor does not support the culling of sharks," he said.

"There are currently no shark-free ocean swimming options available to Western Australian swimmers.

"Ocean pools provide a barrier between swimmers and the open ocean and do not pose any threat to marine life.

"They will provide a safe environment for families and swimmers who wish to enjoy Western Australia's beaches but are nervous about swimming in the open ocean.

"WA Labor is also considering constructing another ocean pool in the northern suburbs. Potential sites include Ocean Reef, Quinns Rocks, or Scarborough.

"We are keen to work with local authorities, in particular the City of Joondalup, to progress these plans."

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