More than $2 million of dredging has been completed in Ballina and Kingscliff to improve access for boaters during the busy holiday period.
A sign-up and fundraiser for volunteers wanting to become part of Australia’s first Shark Watch crew using state-of-the-art drones for spotting held at Byron Bay’s Belongil Beach on Saturday had a buzz of excitement in the air about it.
NSW premier Mike Baird will oversee the installation of the first shark net at a Ballina beach tomorrow. The installation of the net comes after the state government passed the Shark Management Amendment Bill on Tuesday night, which allows for a six-month trial of nets at five local beaches.
A rally against shark nets will be held at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina on Sunday to coincide with the release of a rescued sea turtle. The rally, organised by the Australian Seabird Rescue group, coincides with moves to set up a volunteer Shark Watch program at Ballina beaches.
The Ballina family of missing woman, Ellen Wilson, have joined the NSW Police Force at the launch of NSW Missing Persons Week this year in a bid to help locate her.
Only a handful of beaches in Ballina and Byron shires were deemed suitable for a ‘shark spotters’ program by visiting South African experts. But a majority of Ballina Shire councillors recently voted to not even receive a report from the experts, who toured the region visiting beaches.
Residents opposed to the proposed deviation of the Pacific Highway through the Blackwall Range near Ballina are hoping to make Burabi, the local Aboriginal name for koala, a household word. It will feature on t-shirts being designed by local artist Tim Roberts.
Two South African shark experts will visit Ballina on Thursday to assess whether local beaches are suitable for the Shark Spotters project.
Shark mitigation experts from South Africa will be visiting Ballina next month to determine whether the ‘Shark Spotters’ program would work in the area.
Wooden boat fever is again sweeping the Northern Rivers as Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club is hosting its 3rd Annual Wooden Boat Regatta on Sunday 24th January.
So-called 'smart drum lines' in Ballina and Byron Bay could be a threat to boaties, the Sea Shepherd Australia group has claimed.
Shark barriers are set to be in place along the entire length of Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach and a section of Lennox Head Beach by the end of February as part of the NSW government’s multi-million-dollar plan to protect swimmers and surfers from shark attacks.
Jann Gilbert, Ballina. No-one in the water? Too frightened to surf? Really?
The state government is set to begin trials of ‘smart drum-lines’ off the coast of Ballina today in an effort to stop shark attacks in the area
Update: A bull shark around three metres is believed responsible for an attack on a 20-year-old man at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina around 6pm yesterday. The man was last night flown to a Gold Coast hospital for surgery on serious wounds to his left thigh.
Carolyn Bryant, Program Manager, Youth Frontiers, Tweed and Ballina Electorates. The NSW Government-sponsored Youth Frontiers Program held in the Ballina Electorate will hold its final showcase on Monday November 9 at Ballina RSL commencing at 4.00pm.
Ballina's mayor David Wright and Greens MP Tamara Smith have welcomed a $16 million strategy to prevent shark attacks along the NSW coastline.
Another two great white sharks were tagged at the weekend and more sharks sighted this morning. They follow a ‘shark summit’ at Lennox Head on Friday, where primary industries minister Niall Blair promised trials of new technology by summer.
A public forum is being held in Lennox Head this evening to provide up-to-date information on bather protection and shark attack mitigation measures. It comes as the NSW government launches an online map showing the movements of sharks in local waters.
Ivan Kolarik, Croydon. Recently we offered our overseas visitors an opportunity to see the beautiful coastline of northern NSW, but we were embarrassed to se the shocking condition of this busy road.
A 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman have been charged with drug offences following a search of a Ballina property yesterday.
A parliamentary inquiry has been set up to investigate the impact of tourism in tourist destinations including Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay as a result of shark attacks. The inquiry has been announced amid calls to rule out shark nets or drumlines.
Less than a year ago, the concept of an ocean pool at Ballina seemed hopeful, at best, but the drama that has surrounded recent shark sightings may have given it an extra push.
Steve Berry, Mullumbimby. Hearing of the call from local surfers to cull sharks in the area is as surprising as it is disturbing.
Migrating whales, baitfish and marine parks are causing a ‘McDonalds drive through’ situation for sharks that has the NSW north coast surfing community scared. Many are now calling for a limited cull.