Media | State News

Drumlines must go back after surge in shark alerts

16th October 2019

Labor must immediately reverse its decision to remove drumlines from north Queensland beaches after a surge in shark sightings, the LNP said today.

Eight beaches have been forced to close because of sharks since the Palaszczuk Labor Government removed drumlines from the Great Barrier Reef marine park just three weeks ago.

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Industry Development and Fisheries Tony Perrett said only 15 beaches in the park were closed because of sharks in the whole of last year.

“The surge in shark reports show that drumlines protect swimmers and Annastacia Palaszczuk must put them back in the water now,” Mr Perrett said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to remove the drumlines is putting swimmers in serious danger.

“The LNP’s position is clear – put people before sharks and put the drumlines back.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is gambling with the safety of swimmers and it has got to stop.

“The LNP has given Labor a solution to get the drumlines back in and they need to implement it.”