The Kingscliff community will receive a boost to their shark-spotting equipment to better protect local beaches.
The New South Wales government is contributing a $10,000 grant to fund more safety tools, including an extra drone to keep an eye on beaches.
Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says the Salt Surf Life Saving Club will receive the grant, which should cover a variety of equipment.
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“Every time we enter the water there is an inherent risk but these additional safety measures funded through the NSW Government’s Shark Observation Grants program mean our beachgoers will be even safer.
“Drones are among the most effective detection and surveillance tools, and already we have them at 34 key beach locations up and down the State’s coastline, so this extra UAV for the Tweed area only adds to our resources.
“The Salt Surf Life Saving Club will also receive two radios, extra binoculars and a shelter for their brave men and women in red and yellow to patrol the beaches at Kingscliff,” Mr Marshall said.
Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has welcomed the additional equipment and congratulated the Salt Surf Life Saving Club for applying for the funding through the Shark Observation Grants program.
“This program means our lifeguards will have even greater resources to detect sharks and keep swimmers and surfers in the Tweed safe.
“We’ve already seen shark-spotting drones literally act as lifesavers at our beaches on the far north coast, so I am thrilled to have another eye in the sky.
“Extra binoculars, radios and a new shelter on the beach mean we are better prepared for shark interactions in our waters than ever before.
“Salt Surf Life Saving Club, along with other SLS clubs in the Tweed area, will also benefit from the upgrade of their UAV training package into online training, which means more pilots can be better equipped to keep our local swimmers safe,” Mr Provest said.
For more information on the NSW Government’s Shark Program, click here.