YOUR STORIES: Watching sharks won't stop them biting people

IT IS encouraging to see that the mayor of Ballina taking the current dangerous shark menace to local beaches so seriously.

Unfortunately I fail to see how expensive and occasional air surveillance is going to stop another incident when we already know that there are a number of man-eaters prowling the area.

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Until someone comes up with a fail safe system to protect our beaches something has to be done to remove these killers in the short term before another attack occurs.

Now after Mick Fanning's encounter the general public has been reminded of just how harrowing a shark attack can be.

Another incident in our area would see many locals and tourists avoiding local beaches in droves.

P. Russell,

Ballina.

Ballina mayor not listening to expert advice

IT IS once again disappointing to note that Mayor David Wright states that aerial patrols are one of the most effective methods and proven shark warning strategies when he has repeatedly been told by authorities that in fact this isn't true and detailed studies have been carried out to prove the ineffectiveness.

The Mayor has been told numerous times about these studies disproving the effectiveness and still pushes for aerial patrols. Why?

In what regard is the Mayor suddenly an expert on sharks or shark mitigation?

Why doesn't he listen to the people who are experts on this matter such as the Department of Primary Industries who could provide detailed reports on shark mitigation, response plans and studies on aerial patrols?

The Mayor is running his own agenda here and questions have to be asked!

The Mayor is worried about tourism in Ballina Shire, but if anything his comments, actions and continual reluctance to look at the evidence have embarrassed Ballina on a far wider scale and will potentially waste tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayer money.

Jim Deerson,

Ballina


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