Public meeting on shark summit to be held in Lennox Head
A PUBLIC meeting on the shark issue in Lennox Head tomorrow night will give the locals a chance to find out exactly what measures are likely to be trialled by the State Government to reduce the risk of more shark attacks in our region.
The forum will be hosted by NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair at Lennox Head Public School from 6pm.
Present will be experts from the Department of Primary Industries and members of the Ballina Shark Mitigation Advisory Panel, including local police, surf lifesavers, and Ballina mayor David Wright.
At some point during the meeting local community members will be invited to ask questions.
Trials need to be done
Minister Blair said in a statement this week he was "determined" to see emerging deterrent technologies trialled on the North Coast this summer.
However, it's understood many of the technologies previewed at the shark summit last month in Sydney are barely beyond the prototype stage.
In what could quickly become a costly exercise, the State Government is under pressure to test technologies which may end up having little impact on reducing the risk of a shark encounter.
DPI shark expert Dr Vic Peddemors who is leading the shark tagging program of Ballina said that the recent independent review highlighted that there "wasn't a lot of technology ready to be tested".
"We're dealing with human lives, so we have to be 100% sure that these things are effective," Dr Peddemors told The Northern Star.
"Any devices that we use must provide that safety.
"I think it would be very reckless throwing things in the water claiming they will work when they haven't actually been tested properly."
The North Coast Shark Forum will be held from 6pm - 7.30pm at the Lennox Head Public School Hall (Byron Street, Lennox Head) on Friday, October 16 2015.