Why the shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach has stalled

A PERSISTENT southerly swell of has delayed work on the Lighthouse Beach shark barrier by up to a week.

Craig Moss, director of Eco Shark Barrier, said while the swell was bigger than a metre, work on dropping the barrier into position could not begin.

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He said he hoped to start installing the barrier on Monday or Tuesday next week, weather dependent.

"It really comes down to what the conditions are on the day," he said.

Over the weekend a team of divers are hoping to drop a 400kg steel anchor into position on the northeast corner point, and then lock a steel cable into place linking from the anchor to North Wall.

The barrier would then be put together on the beach, in 12m sections to be fit it into place one section at a time.

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Mr Moss estimated it would take about six days to install the entire barrier, which runs 650m across the beach and will sit 250m out to sea.

Parts of Lighthouse Beach will remain off limits until the job is done, which has frustrated some locals.

"We're driving bobcat up and down the beach with purloins and an anchors, it's a worksite, I'm putting signs up and everything to comply, we've got to keep it safe," Mr Moss explained.

"I don't really want to close the beach either."



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