Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach and Shelly Bbaqlleach at Ballina, Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head, and Evans Head Beach, each areas with high shark activity, have been announced as the beaches where six month tests will take place. It’s hoped the nets will be in place before the summer school holidays,
“The NSW Government has consistently said all options are on the table to deal with the rise in shark attacks on the North Coast,” NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said.
“Our legislation — to be introduced to NSW Parliament tomorrow — will allow this trial to be fast-tracked, so that we can have nets in the water in time for the summer school holidays.”
A phone poll of 600 Ballina and Evans Head residents found 57 per cent were “extremely” or “very” concerned for the community about shark bites, while 54 per cent felt a trial of shark nets would have a positive impact on the area.
More than 60 per cent of surfers felt the trial would have a positive impact. An online survey of more than 5,400 people found 61 per cent of people believe the nets would have a positive impact on the area.
The Australian revealed the NSW Department of Primary Industries is also looking at GPS equipment, which would alert shark net contractors when an animal is trapped.
The state government has pledged to spend $16m under its Shark Management Strategy, including smart drumlines and increased drone surveillance.