The first section of the Lennox Head trial shark barrier was put into position on Tuesday.
The first section of the Lennox Head trial shark barrier was put into position on Tuesday. Hamish Broome

Surf club hopes shark barrier will boost member numbers

PRESIDENT of the Lennox Head Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club Geoff Harris says he is hoping the presence of the shark barrier will help boost the club's membership after a horror season for the club last year.

"We lost 30% last year, which was mainly attributed we think to the shark problem. It had a big impact financially," Mr Harris said.

He said having the barrier into position would be a "whole new learning experience" for lifesavers when the start patrols on September 23, the first weekend of the school holidays.

 

President of the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club Geoff Harris
President of the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club Geoff Harris Hamish Broome

"There are going to be times where we need to look at where we put our flags, people are going to expect us to put the flags there (inside the barrier) but sometimes it's not going to be the safest place," he said.

"It's all going to be trial and error."

Asked if he had faith whether it would survive severe weather, he said he was "a little sceptical" about its chances.

"It's going to be interesting... the conditions we get here on a big East Coast Low, whether it will hold up time will tell," he said.

"We'll have to wait and see."

But the director of Global Marine Enclosures Ed Khoury has said he is very confident about the barrier's ability to survive heavy swells.

It is tied to a series of steel anchors and 2.5 tonne concrete slabs on the sea floor which can withstand hundreds of tonnes of force.


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