The Ballina community has been invited to have their say about the North Coast Shark Net trial.
The Ballina community has been invited to have their say about the North Coast Shark Net trial. Twitter

When and where to voice your concerns about shark nets

DISCUSSIONS around the use of mesh shark nets on the North Coast continues with a number of community drop-in stands planned this week.

Ballina Shire Council has encouraged community members to attend these community drop-in stands to get a better understanding of the shark net trial and other measures that the DPI has in place as part of the Shark Mitigation Strategy.

It was a shark attack in Ballina earlier this month that prompted discussions about using Queensland-style mesh shark nets on Northern Rivers beaches.

Last week Ballina mayor David Wright said the meshing added features that ensured the safety of marine life.

The Northern Star reported that the meshing would be monitored frequently by DPI staff and would also be removed at night.

RELATED: Ballina council votes to expand shark net trial

In a Northern Star poll conducted in mid October, 40% of readers were in favour of the nets and 59% were against them.

The Department of Primary Industries is hosting this week's drop-in stands.

Monday October 31, 10am-2pm at the Ballina Visitor Centre, Cnr River St & Las Balsas Plaza, Ballina.

Tuesday November 1, 1pm-5pm, Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, 84 Kerr St, Ballina.

Wednesday November 2, 2pm-6pm, Club Lennox Bowls Club, 10 Stewart St, Lennox Head.

Thursday November 3, 10am-2pm, Ross Park, Cnr Ballina Street and Rayner Lane, Lennox Head.

Friday November 4, 10am-2pm, Ballina SLSC - Lighthouse Beach, Lighthouse Parade, East Ballina.

Saturday November 5, 10am-2pm, Evans Head Council Chambers (out the front), Graham Place, Casino.

Sunday November 6, 8am-2pm, Evans Head SLSC, Beech Street, Evans Head.



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