North Coast shark scare prompts call for nets in Byron
NEIL Cameron, a 45-year-veteran of the Byron surfing scene, vice president of the Byron Bay Boardriders, current Australian over 60's surf champion and highly regarded local real estate agent is not afraid to call for shark nets.
"Local surfers are all freaked out, no-one I know has ever seen anything like it, I surf everyday and I am scared when I go into the water," he said.
Mr Cameron emphasised that he is speaking personally and is calling for shark nets to be used to protect the shire's beaches.
"The beaches on the Gold Coast and in Sydney are netted and they have not had any attacks," he said.
"As a major Australian tourist destination, why has this not been done here? We need that protection."
Mr Cameron is also concerned the recent spate of shark attacks and incidents are doing real harm to local business.
"I have spoken to many business people who are hurting over this- as there has been a real downturn in business.
"If people can't swim here, then visitors won't come here."
Mr Cameron praised Ballina Mayor David Wright, "who has been pro-active and wants to see something done."
"But I am concerned that so far our mayor has been missing in action on this, but it does need to be a state government decision," he said.
"I am aware that what I am saying may not be popular in some sections of the community, but I am willing to put it out on the table
"I will take the flack if it means protecting human beings- no one wants to lose a friend."
See page 4- Southern Cross University shark expert Dr Daniel Bucher.