Beaches in Ballina Shire to stay closed until Sunday

UPDATE 4pm: BEACHES throughout the Ballina Shire will remain closed over the weekend following more shark sightings in the area over the past two days.

A number of shark sightings have been reported, including one that was spotted by surf live-savers at Lighthouse Beach earlier today.

The latest sightings, and the fact that large numbers of bait fish remain present in the area, have prompted the decision to keep beaches closed until 6pm Sunday.

Police and local life-savers will reassess the situation on Sunday evening.


INITIAL REPORT: BEACHES across Ballina Shire will be closed again today, with Ballina Surf Life Saving Club deciding to keep Shelly Beach and Lighthouse Beach closed until at least Monday.

SLS North Coast duty officer Garry Meredith said lifesavers were consulting with Ballina Shire Council and police and would make a group decision on the remainder of the coastline later today.

Lifesavers have staked 21 closed signs along the Shire's beaches and will continue to monitor the beaches today with jetskis and vehicles.