NSW Premier Mike Baird journeyed out onto the ocean to witness the new drum line be deployed along the Ballina coast line. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
NSW Premier Mike Baird journeyed out onto the ocean to witness the new drum line be deployed along the Ballina coast line. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Premier’s promise to hit water fails to meet challenge

IT'S not quite the challenge Lennox-Ballina Boardriders president Don Munro put forward, but Premier Mike Baird said he would be surfing on the North Coast over Christmas.

"I will be surfing over the Christmas break up here," he said, during an inspection of shark mitigation technologies in Ballina yesterday.

"I'm not at Lennox Head but I am at Sawtell for Christmas, and yes, I hope to be surfing there."

Earlier this month, Shark Action Group Far North Coast spokesperson and Le-Ba president Don Munro invited the Premier to come surfing at Lennox Point over Christmas to put his faith in the government's $16m shark strategy to the test.

"I want Mike Baird and his family to come up for Christmas, to come surfing with us at the Point with his kids," Mr Munro said.

The comments came amidst community frustration over a perceived lack of results on the shark problem a week out from the busy summer season.

Mr Baird said the government had been listening to the concerns of surfers and swimmers on the North Coast and were working hard to reduce the risk of shark attacks.

"We'll never get to a position where it will be risk free to go surfing or swimming in Australia, that's the truth of it," he said.

"But you can take a lot of actions to try and take away as much risk as you possibly can and that's what we're trying to do."

Mr Munro said he didn't consider the Premier's planned surf in Sawtell to be taking up the offer.

"Sawtell hasn't been a targeted area for attacks," he said.



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