Yamba chamber's school holidays shark test

THE September school holidays will provide the first indication for local tourism operators that the shark menace off our coastline is bad for business.

The secretary of the Yamba Chamber of Commerce, Bev Mansfield, said there has been talk in the community about the shark attacks to the north and south of the Clarence, but it remained low key.

"I don't know if it's because there haven't been many incidents here, but there hasn't been much more than the usual talk about it," she said.

"The September school holidays are coming up soon (September 19 to October 5). That will give us an indication if it's going to have an effect on tourist numbers coming here."

Meanwhile the NSW Government has set up a Lower House committee to report on shark management and the economic impact of shark attacks.

The committee is seeking submissions from businesses and the community on the impact of shark attacks.

The terms of reference are:

  • The impact of shark attacks on tourism and related industries;
  • Changes in shark numbers, behaviour or habitat;
  • Adequacy of management strategies;
  • Measures to prevent attacks by sharks, including strategies adopted in other jurisdictions; and
  • Any other related matters.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, October 23.

For more information go to the committee's website at: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/investmentindustryandregionaldev



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