Shark nets will be temporarily removed from Gold Coast beaches, with some rough weather on the way.
Heavy rainfall, strong winds and increased swell are forecast to hit the South East from Friday, with the worst of it predicted to lash the Gold Coast on Sunday and Monday.
As a result, the shark nets will be taken out from Main Beach, Kurrawa and Tallebudgera tomorrow, with the Kirra, Coolangatta, Miami and Currumbin nets expected to be removed on Saturday.
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Fisheries Queensland Shark Control Program Operations Coordinator Sam Fary said it is normal practice to take equipment out of the water when bad weather conditions are forecast.
“A low pressure system will affect South East Queensland over the weekend and into early next week, with winds of more than 35 knots and swells up to 4.5 metres expected,” Mr Fary said.
“It’s important that our Shark Control Program contractors act early to prevent equipment becoming dislodged and posing a risk to swimmers and boats.”
Shark control nets will also be removed from vulnerable locations on the Sunshine Coast and Rainbow Beach, including eight nets at Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Wurtulla and Caloundra.
It’s understood the nets will be redeployed to the water when it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, swimmers are being urged to follow safe swimming practices, including swimming between the flags and not swimming at dusk or dawn, particularly with the shark control nets out of action.
Anyone who sees any unsecured shark control equipment including ropes, netting or buoys is also being urged to call the Shark Control Program Hotline on 1800 806 891.