New drumlines call after shark attacks
SMART drumlines for sharks may be considered in Western Australia if the NSW trial is successful, the deputy premier said after two attacks at beaches this week.
Argentinian-born Alejandro Travaglini, 37, was mauled at Cobblestones beach in Gracetown on Monday morning, but managed to bodysurf back to shore where friends applied tourniquets. Several hours later, Jason Longgrass, 41, walked to an ambulance after he was bitten on the leg at the nearby Lefthanders break.
The attacks have renewed debate about how WA deals with sharks. The Liberal Oppo- sition continues to push for SMART drumlines, while the Labor government has been promoting its subsidised personal shark deterrents.
Deputy Premier Roger Cook, who is also acting Fisheries Minister, said the government would look into the drumlines, but noted a trial at six locations would cost about $10,000 a day.
“On the 12,000 kilometres of coastline that we have in WA, where would you deploy the SMART drumlines?” he asked yesterday.
Mr Cook said there needed to be a level of personal responsibility in the water.