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Some 45 potential new shark spotters met on the weekend, with a view to starting a regular patrol on the Ballina to Lennox Head coastline.
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.
Besides the NSW government’s $16 million program – barriers, a phone app and tagging – another option to address shark attacks has been aired at Ballina recently.
The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.
Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.