Drones on shark watch in holidays
DRONES will take to the skies during the school holidays as part of the efforts to prevent shark attacks at our beaches.
Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin, said drones had proven themselves an effective tool for detecting sharks.
He said the trial of drones at Byron Bay, Ballina, Lennox Head and Evans Head was part of the $430,000 in funding provided to Surf Life Saving NSW to give lifesavers “extra eyes in the sky this summer and deliver live vision back to the beach”.
“Surf Life Saving NSW used the funding to purchase drones and train drone pilots, which is allowing for never-before-seen shark surveillance at beaches,” Mr Franklin said.
Two of the drones will be part of mobile units fitted with a flotation device that can be dropped down to swimmers, an alarm and a loudspeaker.
Up to nine beaches will have the smaller drones fitted with Shark Spotter technology and will fly each morning.
Mr Franklin said this innovative technology was again proving to be a genuine lifesaver in our communities and an essential piece of equipment on our beaches.
The drones will complement helicopter surveillance already underway on the North Coast for both the Queensland and NSW school holidays.