Lismore and Ballina have joined forces to launch a website that will provide information on beach closures as part of efforts to reduce the likelihood of further shark attacks along the Ballina coastline.
The MyBeachInfo website will provide up-to-date information on beach closures and openings along the Ballina Shire coastline.
It is just one in a raft of measures designed to keep beaches safe, including the installation of smart drum-lines, which were installed yesterday but failed to catch any sharks.
Ballina Shire Council general manager Paul Hickey said the recent spate of shark attacks had highlighted the need to further improve the beach information provided to the public.
‘After the proven success of MyRoadInfo, it made perfect sense to use this same technology to relay information on beach closures and openings in the Ballina Shire,” Mr Hickey said.
He said a map of the coastline on the website displayed icons of beach openings, closures and cautions.
‘When a decision has been made by the local authorities to open or close a beach, updates can be made to the website remotely by authorised personnel,’ he said.
MyBeachInfo also provides links to information on what beaches are patrolled via https://beachsafe.org.au/.
MyBeachInfo has been developed by Lismore City Council and Ballina Shire Council as part of a NOROC resource sharing project.
Mr Hickey said future enhancements would include the release of a mobile app which would provide similar functionality to the website, as well as the ability for users to receive a notification when their favourite beaches were updated.
To view the website go to www.mybeachinfo.com.au.