Greens MP lashes con­sul­ta­tion over drum lines trial

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

South West Greens mem­ber Diane Evers has rub­bished pro­posed com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion about a pro­posed smart drum line trial for Grace­town.

“If the Govern­ment has no idea where to place the lines, then it will surely have no idea of whether the tri­als will work,” she said this week. The cost of run­ning it has been es­ti­mated at $5 mil­lion to $7 mil­lion, as the tech­nol­ogy re­lies on a crew be­ing avail­able at all times to go out to res­cue the shark, tag it and take it fur­ther out to sea.

“Con­tin­ued use of this tech­nol­ogy could cost much more, and a trial can­not prove that it does work, only that it doesn’t,” she said.

Con­sul­ta­tion of­fered no op­tions for those op­posed to the tri­als, she said. Ms Evers was pleased the trial would be over­seen by WA chief sci­en­tist Peter Klinken, but she was “doubt­ful a well-rea­soned con­clu­sion could be de­rived from the trial if its pa­ram­e­ters were set up in such a hap­haz­ard way”.

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