Published: Wednesday, 7 March 2018 at 5:00:48 PM

The Shire of Dandaragan are seeking funding from the Western Australian Government to introduce emergency response signs along beaches with public access.

The Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) system – named in honour of fatal shark bite victim Ben Gerring - is a coding system designed to improve emergency response times by installing signs with unique numbers at beach access points. 

These signs will provide specific location information where people on site can include the code in the information provided to emergency services, allowing them to pinpoint the person’s exact location and GPS coordinates along the coastline.

Closest vehicle access points, potential obstructions and other useful information is also linked to each code, allowing for a quicker and more efficient response, which is vital when emergency services are deployed in the event of a shark sighting, bite or other beach emergency.

To support our application for funding, the Shire of Dandaragan would like to obtain suggestions and feedback from a small group of regular beach users to identify suitable and appropriate beach access points to be considered for BEN signs.  The number of signs per Shire will depend on demand and funding availability.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr David Chidlow, Shire of Dandaragan Executive Manager Development Services advising your interest and knowledge of local beach access points on by 5pm Friday 23 March 2018.

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