Quinns Rocks is one of the Perth metropolitan region’s northern surf beaches. The rocky outcrop on the far southern side of this beach has been flagged as a potential site for an ocean pool and lobbying for an ocean pool has now continued for several years. Quinns Rocks already has a surf lifesaving club and a park, as well as shops and other facilities for visitors.
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The relevant local government body: City of Wanneroo
In 2012, the City of Wanneroo saw no need for provision of a tidal pool since it had a number of swimming beaches within its local government area.
Lewis Flood, who had already dream for the 5 years about starting a campaign for a tidal pool was distributing handouts about an ocean pool for Quinns Rocks at local shops and shopping centres and gathering signatures for a petition seeking development of a Quinns Beach Ocean pool at Quinns Rocks.
Flood and other ocean pool supporters believed that unlike development of a freshwater, chemically treated pool, development of an ocean pool:
- would enhance the appeal of the beach by providing a space where people could swim in seawater without fearing a shark attack,
- boost tourism and employment,
- be a better and wiser use of money than investments in shark-culling programs,
- foster more respect for the sea and its creatures.
- offers lower operating costs than a freshwater, chemically treated pool.
By February 2012, 1800 people had petitioned their local State member John Quigley to fight in the Western Australian Parliament for development of a Quinns Beach Ocean Pool.
By July 2012, 1,604 people had signed the petition to the Council of the City of Wanneroo seeking development of a Quinns Beach Ocean Pool
Following a spate of shark attacks in Western Australia, the Western Australia government was “happy to talk” about the construction of ocean pools. Opposition leader Mark McGowan promised in July 2012 that if the Labor party won the next state election, it would spend ten to fifteen million dollars constructing ocean pools at Albany, Cottesloe and another location in Perth.
In August 2012, Wanneroo Council agreed to a feasibility study for a tidal pool at Quinns Beach.
The Liberal Party/National Party coalition retained government after Western Australia’s 2013 state election.
By November 2013, the ocean pool envisaged for Quinns Beach was a 30m wide, 50m pool sited below the low tide mark.
No ocean pool has as yet been constructed at Quinns Rocks