‘Wait…did I just see a shark?!’ Not an unusual thought on Adelaide’s seashores. And certainly, town has a nasty fame for shark assaults. But strikes are afoot to construct a shark-proof ocean pool at Hallett Cove, 25 km south of town centre.
Ocean swimming pools aren’t a brand new factor in Australia – Sydney has dozens of them, together with the super-scenic Bondi Icebergs Pool. They’re normally constructed out into the ocean on the foot of cliffs on the ends of seashores, offering calm, kid-friendly, safe-swimming alternate options to swimming within the surf.
But is the specter of shark assault actual or imagined? Since South Australia was colonised in 1836, with Adelaide as its capital, there have been 82 recorded assaults right here, 20 of them deadly. Most assaults have occurred off the Eyre Peninsula within the state’s west, however Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula instantly to the south have had their justifiable share, with eight recorded deaths. No doubt boosting the statistics is the truth that Adelaide will get critically scorching throughout summer time, every day maximums often topping 42°C (107°F). The lure of a swim in cool blue ocean is irresistible.
So why not construct an ocean pool at Hallett Cove? Local resident Joshua Harkness is petitioning the state government and native Marion Council to again the thought, however there are some hurdles to clear. Hallett Cove itself is a vital geological and archaeological web site, protected by the Hallett Cove Conservation Park. There are spectacular ‘glacial pavements’ right here, relationship again to an ice age 280-million years in the past, whereas 1700 Aboriginal websites and artefacts have been found within the space. These options would require safety from pool building, elevated foot and car visitors and ongoing tidal and sand-movement impacts.
There’s additionally the small difficulty of cash. Most of Sydney’s ocean swimming pools had been constructed 80 to 100 years in the past, and the one South Australian equal – at Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula – dates again to the 1930s. There are merely no funding fashions which may apply as we speak. But Joshua Harkness’s petition is gathering momentum – watch this house.
Words: Charles Rawlings-Way