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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.

In a state first, the so-called ‘eco barriers’ now under manufacture will be rolled out in January and be operational in February.

Premier Mike Baird and primary industries minister Niall Blair visited Ballina yesterday to announce the new barriers, as well as inspect recently-installed drum lines and shark listening stations to tag and monitor the sharks in the area as part of the government’s $16 million shark deterrent strategy.

Two listening stations are in place at Sharpes Beach, Ballina, and Clarkes Beach, Byron Bay, to monitor sharks that have been tagged, and the government plans to roll out more.

It follows a fatal attack on a surfer in February and the serious mauling of another surfer off Ballina’s beaches in November.

The proposed shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach is around 650 metres long, and the barrier net at Lennox Head Beach around 150 metres long.

Mr Baird told the ABC that if the smart drum lines were successful they would be deployed permanently off the north coast.

He said it was a new technology which had only been trialled in the Reunion Islands.

Ballina Mayor David Wright said that just yesterday there were two shark sightings off Lennox and Shark Beach where swimmers were warned by a patrolling helicopter to get out of the water.

Cr Wright  told the ABC he would be asking for more helicopter patrols till the barriers were in place.

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  1. Why bother? I bet loads of things will get caught in the nets over time 🙁 Txt’s and drones is enough imo.

    If people wont to use the ocean they should do it at their own risk. The amount of people who use the ocean all around Australia every single day compared to how many shark attacks there are seems very much like a small issue, a very small issue. I’m willing to be there are thousands more major incidents on the roads every year.

    Leave the sharks alone, it is their domain, not ours.


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