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Beachgoers in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River are being urged to please heed beach closure signs following the second shark incident for the day near Lefthanders surf break near Gracetown.
The closure extends from Ellensbrook in the south to the North Point in the north, and from the shoreline to 2km offshore.
Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers and Shire Rangers implemented the closure after this morning’s incident and advise beaches will remain closed until further notice.
“The safety of our community and our visitors is paramount,” Shire Ranger Coordinator Mick O’Regan said.
“We have put up beach closure signs along all major beach access points to ensure everybody is aware of the current danger.
“PaW and Shire Rangers will be patrolling the beaches to further inform the public and enforce the closures.
“Anyone entering the closed beaches may be fined for failing to obey the direction of an authorised person.”
Beaches from Gnarabup to Gnoorcardup remain open for water recreation activities, however, warning signage has been erected in high traffic areas to advise swimmers of the recent incidents.
Fisheries and Water Police are continuing to monitor the waters in the area.
Should members of the public sight a shark they are asked to please report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. This number is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week and will activate any required response.
Anyone wishing to receive alerts about shark sightings in the Margaret River area can follow @SLSWA on Twitter or refer to
General information on sharks is also available online via the Department of Fisheries shark information page at

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