Shark barrier idea floated for Bondi
ECO Shark Barriers inventor Craig Moss claims the NSW government could install the barriers at world-famous Bondi Beach in Sydney.
“They’re evaluating alternative shark attack prevention methods and I’ve given them a quote on a 1km barrier, and I think that if it goes in, it would only be to that beach,” Mr Moss said.
He has also sent quotes for shark barriers at Tamarama and Coogee beaches, south of Bondi.
The plastic floating barrier was developed as an alternative to lethal shark netting after a spate of attacks in WA until 2012.
The City of Cockburn paid for a three-year trial of the device south of Fremantle.
But the Town of Cottesloe last month rejected a barrier, despite attacks off its beaches, because of no support from the State Government, which funded $400,000 for shark enclosures of an undecided type in Albany and Sorrento in July.
The NSW investigation, including a $250,000 shark tagging program, was prompted by a recent series of shark attacks in that state’s northern and southern coasts.
A NSW Department of Primary Industries spokesman said a review of chemical and shark electrical repellents, land-based shark spotters, barriers, magnetic and sonar technologies would be discussed at a summit in Sydney this month before consultation to identify any to be trialled.
Next month, the City of Albany will decide on the feasibility of an enclosure or barrier after current public consultation on the device being installed at Middleton Beach and council staff finish investigating design options.