Shark attack fears ahead of summer season

FEARS of a shark attack in Gold Coast canals is behind the renewed safety campaign to protect tourists ahead of a busy summer season.

Signs have been put up across lakes and canals on the Gold Coast warning swimmers of “potentially dangerous aquatic organisms”.

The signs were installed by Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Waterways Authority on Tuesday after reports of bull sharks bumping sailing boats on Varsity Lakes’ Lake Orr.


While bull sharks traditionally live in saltwater environments, females give birth in freshwater areas, which include Varsity Lakes.

The signs have been implemented to make people aware.

It comes six months after 29-year-old Surfers Paradise woman Bianca Freeman was attacked by a bull shark on the banks of the Nerang River.