Net im­pact of at­tack

The Northern Star - - YOUR SAY - OPIN­ION DAVID KIRK­PATRICK Ed­i­tor

THE re­turn of shark nets to the North Coast has not been ruled out by the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries.

This fol­lows a shark at­tack at Shelly Beach on Wed­nes­day in which surfer Lee Jon­s­son was bit­ten

A DPI spokes­woman said the State Gov­ern­ment would “put the nets back in at any time if there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence of an in­crease in shark ac­tiv­ity or a change in com­mu­nity sen­ti­ment”.

But the DPI aban­doned its shark net ‘trial’ ear­lier this year be­cause com­mu­nity sup­port had evap­o­rated. A sur­vey showed that be­tween 56 per cent and 66 per cent of res­i­dents in Bal­lina Shire and Evans Head op­posed nets.

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