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A public forum organised by the state government will be held at Lennox Head on Friday to inform locals of the latest  shark safety measures underway across the region.

NSW primary industries minister Niall Blair will host the meeting, from 6pm-7.30pm at the Lennox Head Public School Hall (Byron Street, Lennox Head) on Friday, October 16 to provide up-to-date information on bather protection and shark attack mitigation measures.

The ‘North Coast Shark Forum’ follows a summit in Sydney last month at which around 70 shark experts from around the world gathered to look at shark-attack mitigation measures suitable for triallling.

Mr Blair told media that communities all along the NSW coast were concerned about the number of shark attacks and ‘that’s why we are determined to see trials of emerging deterrent technologies on the North Coast this summer’.

‘This forum will provide the community with the opportunity to hear first-hand from our experts what some of those technologies could be as well as providing an update on the tagging program that is currently underway on the north coast,’ he said.

The summit on Friday will hear from police, lifesavers and Ballina Shark Mitigation Advisory Panel members and locals will be invited to ask questions about shark safety measures and bather protection.

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    • Couldnt agree more. Last public forum, we all sat and were told by the speakers that we would get to have our say but time was limited so would be at end. Most speakers then proceeded to spend 5 or so minutes thanking and patting each other on the back before any relevant information was delivered. Of course at end bugger all time left for public. The government should have set up a daily updated blog by now where they communicate consistently. This whole plan of action has been nothing but disorganised. Barrier still not in at North Wall, now and again a new date comes up but they come and go with zero progress. I understand that the changing sand levels have effected timeframes, but if these guys actually knew what they were doing they would have studied weather patterns etc and known what times they should have aimed to build the barrier. i have zero faith in any of them- I want to but simply do not- total shambles.


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