Forum on shark spotting program to be held in Ballina

A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Ballina on Thursday night to discuss the possibility of introducing a shark spotting program on the North Coast.

Organised by Sea Shepherd Australia and No Shark Cull, the forum will host representatives of Shark Spotters, who have travelled from Cape Town, South Africa to ascertain whether local beaches may be suitable for a similar type of program.

The initiative started 11 years ago by "caring members of the community", and Shark Spotters said it had since developed into a very successful program.

It is the only program of its kind and aims to protect people and marine animals.

Allira Budd, the Northern NSW representative of No Shark Cull, said she was hoping for a good turn out at the public meeting.

"It's great we have Surf Life Saving working here, but their job is to save people from drowning and beach injuries," she said.

"Let's give them a bit of relief during the busy periods and get shark spotters out there to keep our surfers safer."

The event will be held at Dunes on Shelly Beach from 6.30pm on Thursday.

For more information visit the Facebook page: Community Forum with Shark Spotters - Ballina.