Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith
Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith Contributed

Ballina MP on State Government's new shark safety committee

BALLINA Greens MP Tamara Smith will help formulate the NSW Parliament's response to safety concerns following a series of shark attacks on the North Coast.

Ms Smith, who is the NSW Greens spokeswoman on Marine Environment and Fisheries, has announced she will be a member of the new Parliamentary Inquiry into the Management of Sharks in NSW Waters.

The inquiry is a spin-off of the Parliament's multi-party Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development, which Ms Smith already sits on. The committee includes members of the Nationals, the Greens, the Liberal Party and the Labor Party

The inquiry is taking public submissions until October 23. 

The terms of reference are:

That the Committee inquire into and report on the management of sharks and the economic impact of shark attacks on communities in NSW, with particular reference to:

a) The impact of shark attacks on tourism and related industries;

b) Changes in shark numbers, behaviour or habitat;

c) Adequacy of management strategies;

d) Measures to prevent attacks by sharks, including strategies adopted in other jurisdictions; and

e) Any other related matters.

"This will be an important inquiry to assess the current shark management programs in NSW and compare that with experiences in other jurisdictions," Ms Smith said in a written statement. 

"I hope to come out of this inquiry with a strong, evidence based list of recommendations to Government about the best way to keep people safe and also ensure we preserve healthy and biodiverse oceans.

"I look forward to receiving submissions from the local public, scientists, community groups, and businesses to ensure we can put forward the best recommendations to Government. I hope we can also have hearings on the North Coast.

"The current research program and upcoming shark summit will provide even more valuable information for the inquiry to consider."

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