Shark nets removed from Gold Coast beaches ahead of wild weather

Shark nets have been removed from beaches across the Gold Coast due to the intensifying wild weather.

A large rainband currently wreaking havoc on the state’s north and central west is expected to move towards the coast over the next 24 hours.

Around 150 millimetres of rain has been forecast to fall across the city over the next few days.


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Winds are predicted to reach around 30 knots, with up to four metres of swell expected to affect the majority of Queensland’s east coast until Sunday, prompting crews to remove the nets.

“Shark Control Program nets have been temporarily removed from all Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches, however, drumlines will remain in the water,” Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said

“We will keep a close eye on the weather and teams are ready to respond to re-install the gear, or check gear that couldn’t be removed, when the weather conditions allow.

Mr Fary said removing the nets is normal practice when rough weather is predicted.

“High seas can cause some equipment to come adrift, and loose shark control equipment can be a danger to swimmers and boats,” Mr Fary said.

“Anyone who sees any unsecured shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys, should call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.

“Swimmers are also advised to follow safe swimming practices, including swimming between the flags and not swimming at dusk or dawn, particularly with the shark control equipment out of action temporarily.

“In rough conditions, it’s important that people take advice from lifesavers and lifeguards as to whether they should go into the water.”

At this stage all Gold Coast beaches remain open, however, that is expected to change over the coming days as lifeguards keep a close eye on the conditions.

A strong wind warning is in place.