Keeping our swimmers safe

shark netBoth sides of parliament are working together to ensure our beaches remain protected after the recent news that Shark Control Measures were being removed from Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

We have been assured Rainbow Beach will keep the safety measures in place to protect our swimmers.

Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett MP said: “While Rainbow Beach won’t be directly affected, this development has indirect consequences for the region.

“I completely support the Shark Control Program and it’s up to the State Government to adequately resource it. People must come before sharks.”

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said: “With only one fatality at a Shark Control Program Beach since 1962, beachgoers will fight to keep this program and I will fight right alongside them.”

He recently spoke to Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley seeking urgent support in the form of updated legislation.

“We agreed that human life was the top priority, and Ms Ley indicated that legislation changes were being looked at,” Mr Furner said.

“I am pleased that, at this late hour, the Federal Government is now willing to examine its options for supporting the Shark Control Program.”