DESTRUCTION: The shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is now on hold for at least seven days, after huge swells hit last night caused this erosion.
DESTRUCTION: The shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is now on hold for at least seven days, after huge swells hit last night caused this erosion. Jeff Massey

Shark barrier construction will go on: Minister

UPDATE, 2.15pm: MINISTER for Primary Industries Niall Blair has reiterated the NSW Government's commitment to installing the shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach.

Mr Blair's announcement follows the battering of Lighthouse Beach overnight which has put the project on hold for at least a week - and shown how volatile the exposed beach can be.

"The NSW Government is committed to installing shark barriers off Lighthouse Beach and Lennox Head under our $16 million Shark Management Strategy," Mr Blair said.

"The installation process has begun - but this is a NSW and Australian-first, these eco barriers have never before been tried in such a dynamic coastal environment.

"As such, we are taking all precautions and working closely with the community to make sure they're installed safely."

Installation of the Lennox Head barrier has also been put on hold - although that could restart by earlier next week when conditions improve.

Both public access points along Lighthouse Beach and Lennox Head's Seven Mile Beach have re-opened while the projects are on hold.

It's understood the situation will be reassessed at the earliest next Wednesday, after which beach access restrictions and works could recommence.

The public has been asked to take care around construction materials, such as anchors, that are located on the beach at the high tide mark.

Further information on the barrier installation program is available on the DPI website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/sharks/shark-management/barrier

 

ORIGINAL: THE installation of an eco-friendly shark barrier at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina has been halted due to weather.

It is expected that installation of the barrier, by Eco Shark Barrier Pty Ltd, is will be paused at Lighthouse Beach for the next seven days, due to a low pressure system that will bring large and powerful surf conditions.

Accordingly, public access points to Lighthouse Beach will re-open.

 

DESTRUCTION: The shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is now on hold for at least seven days, after huge swells hit last night caused this erosion.
DESTRUCTION: The shark barrier planned for Lighthouse Beach at Ballina is now on hold for at least seven days, after huge swells hit last night caused this erosion. Jeff Massey

The public is asked to take care around construction materials, such as anchors, that are located on the beach at the high tide mark.

Building materials do not obstruct any of the walkways and are clearly fenced with flags.

Progress will continue at Seven Mile Beach Lennox Head when conditions improve, as GME connects chains and anchors to concrete blocks which were positioned in the water by a helicopter last week.

Further information on the barrier installation program is available on the DPI website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/sharks/shark-management/barrier


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