The Department of Transport is conducting a survey as part of a review of aquatic use of south metropolitan waters (Fremantle to Port Kennedy).
Proposal 1 – backed by the Fremantle Sailing Club and others – would excise the northern 120m of the Dog Beach south of the FSC for use as a boat access zone, including access for motorised and sailing vessels, including jetskis, tenders and RIBs (zodiacs) over a 30m stretch directly in front of the new stairs at the northern end of the dog beach adjacent to the FSC.
This access presents grave safety and health risks to swimmers and beach users, including children, the elderly, people with physical disabilities, and our dogs.
Save Freo Beaches calls for a boat exclusion zone for ALL of South Beach, including the community’s precious Dog Beach.
Over the last year, we have worked hard with the City of Fremantle to secure a motorboat free swimming zone, from the Dog Beach to the southernmost South Beach groyne, to protect the amenity of this small, precious piece of remaining public coastline south of the City of Fremantle, and to ensure the safety and enjoyment of beach users.
As well as being dangerous, it will inevitably lead to fuel spills and fumes, destroying one of the few unspoiled stretches of beach in the City of Fremantle. This is the LAST CHANCE to save Dog Beach from the latest attempt by the Fremantle Sailing Club to encroach on our very small public beach.
We want GROYNE to GROYNE, swimmers only! No boats, No jet skis, No accidents!
What can you do?
- Go to www.transport.wa.gov.au/southmetroreview, click on the link to the survey and vote NO to Question 4, Proposal 1 with the comment: ‘South Beach – Groyne to Groyne, Swimmers Only! No boats!’ Add your own personal reasons!
- Like our savefreobeaches Facebook page and share with your FB friends.
- Follow us on Twitter @savefreobeaches for quick updates.
We have until 30 January 2016 to put our case forward for protecting this beautiful, untouched stretch of beach that – although small – is an irreplaceable asset to the many beach users who enjoy it all year-round. It’s a community beach – let’s keep it that way.