State Government leaders will meet with marine experts and tourism industry officials in the Whitsundays this week to discuss a long-term solution to stop shark attacks in the area.
The Palaszczuk Government announced Fisheries Minister Mark Furner and Tourism Minister Kate Jones will hold crisis talks with experts on Friday following the fatal shark attack at Cid Harbour.
“It’s vital that we take the advice of experts and focus on the science to inform our decisions,” Mr Furner said.
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“We want to support our tourism industry and we have some of the foremost marine science and fisheries experts in the world here in Queensland.
“This is about getting the key local stakeholders in the same room to talk about what’s best for locals and visitors. Our safety message remains the same – don’t swim in Cid Harbour.”
Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis was attacked while paddleboarding with friends at Cid Harbour on Monday.
The 33-year-old was rushed to hospital, but sadly, he could not be saved.
The attack was the third in the area in just two months, with a woman and young girl mauled 24 hours apart in September.
Tourism Whitsundays CEO Natassia Wheeler said the industry’s focus was ensuring we work together and listen to experts.
“It’s important that we don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy this week,” she said.
“Local tourism operators continue with stringent warnings to visitors and advising visitors not to swim in Cid Harbour.
“But we need to work with experts and all levels of government to find a longer-term solution.”