New drum­lines call af­ter shark at­tacks

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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