Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW - Media Release
24 Dec 2020
Holidaymakers and beachgoers heading to the coast have today been reminded by the NSW Government to be proactive about their safety in the water this summer.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said the NSW Government had recently invested $8 million into the most effective ways to protect beachgoers, but that it was also important for people to be shark-smart to reduce the risk of interactions.
“The NSW Government is expecting to see an influx of tourists to our coastal communities this summer for a well-earned break, and our priority for swimmers and surfers is their safety in the water,” Mr Marshall said.
“That’s why the NSW Government has committed $8 million to the 2020/21 NSW Shark Program to use the most effective ways to protect beachgoers from sharks, backed by five years of scientific research.”
Mr Marshall said the 2020/21 NSW Shark Program included:
“The NSW Government has made every effort to protect people, but there is always a natural element of risk every time we enter the water,” Mr Marshall said.
“Our significant investments in shark mitigation and monitoring methods mean we are better informed and prepared than ever before.”
The NSW Government has a range of resources, including the SharkSmart website and mobile app, which swimmers and surfers can use before and during their visit to the beach.
More information can be found SharkSmart website.
Some SharkSmart safety tips include:
Media contact: Luke O’Donnell | 0427 837 497