Emergency phone to improve safety at black spot

Media Statements from Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC and Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

  • ​$13,530 grant to provide for new emergency phone at Salmon Holes beach
  • 12 people have died while rock fishing at Salmon Holes in the past three decades

An emergency telephone will be installed at a dangerous rock fishing spot near Albany. 

Multiple people have died after slipping or being washed off the rocks at Salmon Holes and the phone will benefit the many local residents and tourists who use the fishing spot regularly. 

The emergency phone will be funded by a $13,530 grant from the State Government's Gaming Community Trust. 

Grant recipient Recfishwest will work with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to determine a suitable installation site for the phone and arrangements for any ongoing maintenance. Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt said the phone was needed to counter poor mobile phone reception at Salmon Holes.  Funding for the phone comes on the back of a separate State and Federal government commitment to upgrade mobile coverage in the area. 

"The installation of the phone has been highlighted as essential for people to contact emergency services more quickly, in the event of an accident," Mr Holt said. 

"Fast communication with emergency services can sometimes be the difference between life and death." 

Accident data shows some of the incidents at Salmon Holes have involved local residents, who often have considerable experience of the coastline. 

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the emergency telephone would be an important addition to a range of other strategies already in place at the site.

 "Should there be an incident, the emergency telephone will greatly improve emergency response capabilities and also serve as a warning that fishing from the rocks in this location is dangerous," Mr Jacob said.

 "The Southern Ocean can be unpredictable and dangerous and it is strongly recommended people fish from sandy beaches where possible." 

Fact File   

  • Money from the Gaming Community Trust is derived from unclaimed winnings in Western Australia as well as gaming operations at Crown Casino
  • The Gaming Community Trust was established in 2002 to provide advice and make recommendations to the Minister for Racing and Gaming on the distribution of funds and grants for the general benefit of the community

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