Campaign To Reduce Shark Attacks
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today welcomed the announcement the NSW Government will invest $250,000 to fund a campaign to increase public safety and reduce the risk of shark attacks in communities along the Mid North Coast.
“A raft of measures, including trials of new technology, will commence along the Mid North Coast to reduce the risk of shark attacks in those waters,” Mrs Williams said.
“Those living in communities along the Mid North Coast can be assured that the Government is taking their concerns seriously by initiating the tagging and tracking of sharks in local waters.”
“As well as on water shark surveillance and advice from shark expert Dr Vic Peddemors, a safety campaign is being initiated in October to educate the people in coastal communities to be SharkSmart, in partnership with Surf Life Saving NSW,”
“The Government is taking decisive action to reassure the people of the Mid North Coast that we are dedicated to the safety of the public in the water,” Mrs Williams said.
The tagging and tracking campaign will determine shark behaviour in local waters through scientifically sound research, providing vital information on shark movements in local waters and how they interact with humans.
The State Government has already allocated $100,000 towards a review of new shark control technologies including shark deterrents and barriers, which will be completed next month.