DESTRUCTION: The shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is now on hold for at least seven days, after huge swells hit last night caused this erosion.
DESTRUCTION: The shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is now on hold for at least seven days, after huge swells hit last night caused this erosion. Jeff Massey

POLL: Should the shark barrier be abandoned?

PICTURES of building materials for the eco shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, strewn about and in disarray following yet another storm event this week, was not a good look.

This project has been beset by problems since the outset and hasn't enjoyed the best of luck either in terms of the weather and some community opposition.

Should the installation of eco shark barrier be:

This poll ended on 12 August 2016.

Current Results

Paused pending further community consultation

21%

Scrapped altogether

64%

Be abandoned at Ballina but go ahead at Lennox Head

7%

Be abandoned at Lennox Head but go ahead in Ballina

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Is it time for the powers that be to pause this project and again assess whether it is something worth pursuing?

I know the overriding reason behind the trial of an eco shark barrier is sound.

After all, who wouldn't want a greater level of protection from the potential of shark attacks.

Most opposition to the eco barrier seems to be to the one they are trying to install at Lighthouse Beach.

Surfers and other ocean users are worried it will ruin their amenity and the beach topography also seems to be making it particularly difficult to install.

Should the shark barriers at Ballina and Lennox Head go ahead?

This poll ended on 12 August 2016.

Current Results

Yes

50%

No

49%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

I've heard surfers on radio already stating they will probably bypass this beach in the future and simply surf at a beach that doesn't have a net.

Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?

It also seems that the weather and heavy surf conditions in this area have the poptential to wreck this venture before it even gets started.

To gauge whether a pause in the project may be needed, or whether the community is happy to see it it go ahead, The Northern Star will conduct a poll in conjunction with this column and publish the results soon.



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