Shark bar­rier idea floated for Bondi

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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