Shark Barrier Trial to Continue at Middleton Beach Albany

Middleton Beach Shark Barrier Aerial View

The trial of the Aquarius Barrier at Middleton Beach, Albany is set to continue after overwhelmingly positive results from the community survey. 

The independent survey was conducted by the City of Albany and of the 146 people surveyed, 75% of respondents said they had spent more time swimming at Middleton Beach because of the barrier.

More than 90% indicated that they saw value in the enclosure and 75% recognised social benefits. 

Importantly, 91% of the local community surveyed indicated that they supported the continuation of the trial.

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Quinns Beach Shark Barrier officially opened by WA Premier

Edward Khoury of Global Marine Enclosures meets with the WA Premier Colin Barnett to discuss shark barriers.
Global Marine Enclosures Team meets with WA Premier Colin Barnett to officially open the Quinns Beach Swimming Enclosure. 

The Quinns Beach Shark Barrier was officially opened this morning by WA Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, alongside the City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. 

The Quinns Beach Shark Barrier is now fully complete and open to the public. The public feedback and support for the project has been incredible and it appears to have already had an impact on people's swimming choices. 

The Quinns Beach Swimming Enclosure was co-funded by the WA State Government and the City of Wanneroo. The installation process began on the 18th January and was fully complete and demobilised by the 30th January, less than two weeks after it began. The speed and effectiveness of the installation program was due to the innovative new processes; including using a helicopter, producing the barrier in sections, and completing most of the works out of the water. 

Quinns Beach Installation Update

Construction on the Quinns Beach Swimming Enclosure is nearing completion as the barrier sections are secured in place.

The entire Quinns Beach shark barrier is approximately 450m in total length and is assembled in the factory in 9 separate sections of approximately 50m. Installation works have begun on the south side of the shark barrier in front of the Quinns Mindarie Surf Club and will connect each section around the barrier, finishing on the north side. 

Installation is expected to be complete by the 31st January. 

Quinns Beach Shark Barrier Construction Flying Along

The construction on the Quinns Beach shark barrier took a significant step forward on Wednesday as a helicopter was called in to install the 23 concrete blocks and anchors that secure the barrier to the seabed. 

Quinns Beach was closed for only a few hours on the 18th January to allow a commercial lifting helicopter to deliver the anchoring components. The process went extremely smoothly and the barrier is now one step closer to completion.

A State-Of-The-Art Process

The use of a helicopter for installation is a unique new method that has been devised for speed, efficiency and accuracy. It drastically reduces time spent on the beach and in the water and achieves greater precision in positioning.  It also reduces the risks of the marine environment delaying installation progress.


The story was first published in the West Australian: