$200,000 in shark surveillance grants available
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has encouraged Mid North Coast community organisations and local councils to apply for grants to improve shark surveillance at NSW beaches.
The NSW State Government has announced $200,000 in funding under the popular Observation Tower Grants program to help improve safety for beach goers, and applications are now open.
Melinda Pavey said that for a number of years the Government had allocated grants totaling $30,000 each year, but had increased the available funding this year as part of the $16m Shark Management Strategy.
“The NSW Government is writing to coastal councils, Surf Life Saving NSW and the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguards Association (APOLA) to invite them to apply for funding.” Mrs Pavey said.
“Observation towers on beaches or headlands improve shark surveillance and the safety of beachgoers.
“The towers provide a clearer line of vision for surf lifesavers and lifeguards to spot sharks, and are also useful for spotting people in distress and monitoring beach conditions.
“This is a great opportunity for these organisations, which already do such wonderful work for the Oxley community, to further enhance the protection they offer visitors to our beautiful beaches,”
Applications under the program can be made for mobile structures to complement existing fixed observation tower projects or for observation equipment and warning systems. Joint applications are also encouraged.
For more information visit: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/sharks/management/observation-tower-grant-program.