Lifesaving signs that would assist beachgoers in emergency situations are likely to be installed across Broome’s world-famous hotspots. It comes after two rare shark attacks in one month in the tourist town. Broome’s Charlie Cernobori was killed while bodyboarding 30m offshore 2km north of the Cable Beach rocks. Earlier this month, local youth worker Sam Heseltine was lucky to escape without injury after his board was bitten by an unidentified shark in the early hours of the morning at the same beach. The State Government is set to extend its Beach Emergency Numbers program to the North, offering 12 local governments along coastal towns in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West $50,000 each to produce the equipment at different access points. Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey told the Broome Advertiser he would not hesitate to accept the funding because of the dangerous conditions along its popular coast. Aside from shark incidents, the town is also known for its crocodile sightings, as well as irukandji jellyfish, which give people a “feeling of impending doom” when they are stung. The BEN program would see signs with unique numbers — similar to bus stops — installed across the different beaches, which allow the exact location to be easily pinpointed to improve critical emergency response times during serious incidents. In all, 1173 signs are currently in place across 26 local government areas in WA after the measure was first launched by the State Government in 2018. Cr Tracey said he had wanted signage in place in Broome ever since he first came across them during a trip down south. “I was walking down the foreshore in Dunsborough and noticed the signs and sent a photo to our Shire up here and we were all for them, so I am amazed this opportunity has come up,” he said. “Trying to describe your exact location on a beach in Broome can be extremely difficult, so this automatically makes life easier. “Cable Beach itself is 25km long and when you look at what has happened here in the past month, plus the crocodiles and irukandji, I think this will be extremely helpful.” Local Government Minister David Templeman said the program was an important initiative that would ensure emergency services could respond as quickly as possible. Other shires eligible for the funding are Wyndham-East Kimberley, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Roebourne, Ashburton, Exmouth, Carnarvon, Shark Bay, Northampton and Chapman Valley and the Town of Port Hedland.