The Department has supported the overwhelming Community feedback in favour of a swimming zone the entire length of both beaches at South Beach.
It was the most number of submissions they have ever received on an Aquatic Use Review with 2533 submissions received. There were 750 in support of the DoT proposal (with the boat channel at the north of little dog beach) and 1650 opposed (120 were neutral)
“This is a great outcome for the whole community. The Department of Transport is to be commended for supporting the community and the Council’s wishes to make South Beach a safe swimming zone,” said Cr Rachel Pemberton.
“Fremantle Council designated South Beach a swimming zone in 2015, but we are limited in how we can inform boat users and enforce the safe swimming zone. This decision means that the DoT will now do that.”
“The community is to be congratulated for the tremendous campaign to make all of South Beach a safe swimming zone, as was shown in the overwhelming number of submissions made.”
The Fremantle Sailing Club has also welcomed the decision.
“Fremantle Sailing Club is aligned with the Fremantle City Council in supporting the Department of Transport to ensure a safer environment for both the boating public and beach goers. The proposed speed restrictions and the introduction of restricted access to the beach for powered vessels at South Beach will go a long way to achieve the Aquatic Use Review objectives for a safe, equitable and sustainable use of our important waterways,” Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Terry Baker stated.
“In conceding access to the beach by powered vessels, the club’s preferred position was to retain a narrow access corridor, but recognise and accept the strong feedback from the local community. We have long stated whatever the outcome, the impact of club members is minimal and going forward believe we can work with the community to build our relationship to our mutual benefit” he added.
The decision has been made but it wont take affect until May when it is gazetted through an act of Parliament.