News

Evans Head shark alarm due in next couple of weeks

THERE will be a shark alarm system operating at the Evans Head Surf Lifesaving Club by mid-November, says Richmond Valley chief executive John Walker.

And it is likely that the local marine rescue unit at Razorback Lookout will participate in the warning program, as long as the sound of a loud alarm doesn't interfere with an emergency radio call.

The plan is to have an alarm that can be activated by lifesavers, police or even a third-party private security firm, in the event of a shark sighting at Main Beach.

Initially Marine Rescue NSW raised concerns that a shark alarm located at the Razorback lookout radio room - and activated by a third party - could pose a noise risk to emergency marine radio communications if not set up correctly.

"Monitoring the water for sharks is not our core business," said Marine Rescue spokesman Dean Storey, indicating that listening out for and responding to emergency distress calls on the radio network took precedence.

"But considering where we are located at Evans Head, if we are in a position to help we will."

Mr Storey said his organisation was happy to have further discussions with the council on the matter.

Meanwhile, Rod Kinnish, president of Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association, said local pilots could offer a warning service from the air for as little as $10/hr.

Already aircraft flying along the coast between Cape Byron and the Clarence are advised to phone Triple-0 if they spy a shark.

Rod admitted aerial surveys were not completely reliable because as soon as a plane flies past, it's Murphy's Law that a shark will surface immediately behind it.

"It's more of a feel-good thing for the people on the beach," he said.

Topics:  evans head lismore shark alarm sharks



'I didn't even know what a mum was': Celeb on Byron cult

Former The Bachelor Australia contestant Keira Maguire.

Keira Maguire reveals her past to I'm A Celebrity camp mate

Pacific Hwy fully reopens after truck inferno

Emergency services cleaning up the remains of a truck fire that erupted on the Pacific Hwy northbound near Watsons Ln. February 20, 2017.

Pacific Highway fully reopen after truck fire

Special strike force captures alleged ice dealer

90 grams of crystal methamphetamine was found in a car on the Coffs Coast. Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the drug is cloudy and of poor quality and posed a significant risk to meth users.

22 JULY 2015

Photo Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advocate

Accused Wardell man, 42, to face Lismore Court today

Local Partners

Paul Murray listens to regions

The man who can talk underwater is ready to listen and broadcast it back to the pollies.

'I didn't even know what a mum was': Celeb on Byron cult

Former The Bachelor Australia contestant Keira Maguire.

Keira Maguire reveals her past to I'm A Celebrity camp mate

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

Jolie may have the kids, but Pitt has custody of Hollywood

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Proposed $21 million airpark in holding pattern

A front view of the proposed new aviation museum at Evans Head.

Late businessman's dream on hold ... for now

Clarence River island paradise selling for $5M

Former Ballina councillor Margaret Howes is selling her island getaway.

GALLERY: Tropical getaway with beaches and airstrip put on market.

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!