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

Strong, but mixed opinions on shark barrier

THE reaction to the news that the shark barrier installation at Ballina will be halted for the meantime due to weather conditions has been varied, yet strong.

Following last week's east coast low, the construction of the eco shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina was halted for a week while weather conditions eased, while progress continues at Seven Mile Beach Lennox Head.

The Northern Star asked our readers what they thought of the situation.

In one poll, which asked simply "Should the shark barriers at Ballina and Lennox Head go ahead?" 56% voted "yes".

However, in a second poll, which asked "Should the installation of the shark barrier be..." 63% voted "scrapped altogether", while 22% voted "paused pending further community consultation".

In addition, 7% voted "Be abandoned at Ballina but go ahead at Lennox Head" and another 7% voted "Be abandoned at Lennox Head but go ahead at Ballina."

Comments rolled in on The Northern Star's Facebook page as well.

Cheryl Siddon wrote: "Something has to be done if people want tourist and locals to swim in the water. Surely when we get told rough weather is coming there should be a way to remove the shark barrier and close the beach."

Bill Slade said: "I have NOT changed my opinion in the least - leave the bloody sharks alone - it's their environment - if you wish to share it - take the consequences - what an absolute waste of taxpayers money!"

Mark Ross said: "Between the surfers and mother nature are they getting the point."

Marcus Dorsman said: "Sharks 1. Ballina council 0."



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