Call for shark findings
SCARBOROUGH Beach stakeholders are urging the State Government to release results of last year’s shark alert system trial at City Beach.
Smart Marine Systems’ Clever Buoy marine monitoring system was installed at the beach over the 2016-17 summer as part of a $500,000 trial funded by the previous State government.
The Scarborough Beach Association is considering using the system this year but chairman Wayne Bowen said they needed to know the outcome of the trial.
“Unfortunately this report has not been released by the State Government, even though they have had it since December 2017,” he said.
“Until the report and its results are released, the benefits or appropriateness of this technology for our purpose cannot enter the public debate.
“This delay is unnecessary and time-wasting, particularly if there is any chance or desire of having this or some other system in place for the coming spring months when beachgoers start to rebuild again.”
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly would not confirm when the report would be released.
“We’re still considering the findings of the Clever Buoy trial,” he said.
Mr Kelly announced last week that the Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent would be added to the list of subsidised devices.