Whitsunday shark attacks prompt special government meeting
Queensland will try to work out how best to prevent Whitsundays swimmers being mauled by sharks at a special meeting with experts.
It comes after Daniel Christidis, 33, died on Monday after being bitten by a shark at Cid Harbour on the first day of a yachting holiday with friends and colleagues.
It was the third serious attack there in the past two months after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and Victorian 12-year-old Hannah Papps were bitten in separate incidents in September.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner will meet with local tourism operators and marine experts, as well as the Whitsundays council, in Airlie Beach today.
Putting in drum lines to catch sharks has already been ruled out as potentially giving people a false sense of security, despite accusations from the opposition the government is risking lives.
The government's only response to this tragedy has been a talkfest," Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said yesterday.
"Why does the Whitsundays not have a shark control, program?
"It's good enough on the Gold Coast, it's good enough on the Sunshine Coast, it's good enough for areas like Mackay."
The LNP opposition wants a parliamentary review in the wake of the incidents.
Mr Furner said the shark control program elsewhere was "highly successful" but there are no plans to extend it.