New beach signage promotes safety and wayfinding

Thursday, 29 November 2018 

New signage has been installed along Bunbury beaches to assist the public in the event of an emergency as well as help direct residents towards the City’s iconic coastline assets.

Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs, created thanks to a State Government grant, have been installed at primary beach entry points. 

These signs have a location specific code supported by emergency services and allow them to pinpoint the caller’s exact location in the case of an emergency such as a shark sighting or a shark attack. 

These signs incorporate the SharkSmart message and were developed by the State Government following a fatal shark bite incident at Falcon Beach in 2016 that claimed the life of Ben Gerring. 

These signs are able to be rotated by City of Bunbury Rangers when there is a shark sighting and the beach needs to be closed.

The new wayfinding signs have been placed along Ocean Drive and are a helpful tool for visitors and tourists alike.

Developed in house at the City of Bunbury Works and Services Depot the signs include distances to public toilets and showers, parking, bins as well as information about camping and dog exercise areas and beach access.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan thanked the State Government for the $20,000 grant.

“In the unfortunate event that there is an emergency these signs will go a long way in improving emergency response times,” Mayor Brennan said.

“Whilst the wayfinding signage will help residents and visitors to navigate their way along our coastline and notify them of beach-side attractions.”