SHARKS ON THE MENU AT TALKS
Attacks at Cid Harbour prompt major roundtable meeting
A ROUNDTABLE discussion about what to do about sharks in Cid Harbour in the future will be held tomorrow, following the death of a Victorian man on Monday. Melbourne doctor Dan Christidis, 33, died after being bitten by a shark while swimming at Cid Harbour shortly after 5.30pm.
The roundtable, called by Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner, will see them sit down with community leaders, tourism operators and experts to talk about the best way forward.
In the meantime, Ms Jones said temporary shark warning signs will be installed at Cid Harbour by the weekend, while permanent ones would be erected in the next few weeks.
This fatal attack on Dr Christidis follows on from an attack in the same area on Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick on September 19 and one on Victorian Hannah Papps, 12, less than 24 hours later.
So far there are no plans for drum lines to be deployed, something Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan is not happy about.
Mr Costigan believes the Queensland Government needs to put drum lines back into the water at Cid Harbour.
He also believes they should have been left in longer after the last attacks on Tasmanian Justine Barwick and Victorian girl Hannah Papps.
“Sharks are important for the ecosystem... but human life comes first every day of the week,” Mr Costigan said.
“Nothing can be done to bring back this man.
“They (the drum lines) were in for a matter of days last time.
“I’m not saying that it would have saved this man’s life but we’ll never know.
“How many more people have to die before we have some action?” he said.
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Kate Jones said advice telling people not to swim in Cid Harbour would be fast tracked following conversations with Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox and the local tourism industry.
As well as the signs being erected, Ms Jones said local charter operators had already been active in telling anyone hiring a boat that no one should swim in Cid Harbour.
PROBLEM AREA: Three shark attacks have occurred in Cid Harbour within seven weeks.