NSW Government Funds Whale Removal

NSW Government Funds Whale Removal

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has today announced the NSW Government will allocate up to $50,000 funding for the removal of the whale carcass from Nobby’s Beach.

Mrs Williams made the announcement in Parliament this afternoon when she updated the House on the incident in Port Macquarie this week involving a humpback whale.

“Since this action was taken there has been considerable community angst around the decision to bury the carcass on the beach for the fear that this will attract sharks to the area for months and possibly years to come as the whale decomposes and the oil leaches into the ocean.

“Regardless of whether there is any evidence or data that supports this view of a potential risk, I can understand the concerns from the community that have been raised with me.

“Last night at the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council meeting Councillors requested that the General Manager contact me to discuss if there was any financial support that the State Government might be able to provide Council in order to assist them with costs associated with the disposal of the carcass,” Mrs Williams said.

“I can confirm to the House that I spoke with Council’s General Manager Craig Swift-McNair early this morning and have also been in constant contact this week with Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair and Minister for Lands, Paul Toole to see what assistance is available.

“I am very pleased to announce that up to $50,000 emergency funding from the Public Reserve Management Fund has been made available from the State Government to cover the cost of removing the whale carcass from Nobby’s Beach and transported to landfill,” Mrs Williams said.

“In addition, with the raising of the flags heralding the start of surf patrols on Saturday and the start of school holidays, Surf Life Saving NSW is working with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council commence continual daylight drone surveillance at local beaches over the school holiday period using the Little Ripper.

“I want to let all local residents in the Port Macquarie area know that everything possible is being done to ensure that our patrolled beaches remain safe for all beach users.

“I also want to remind beach users to only swim at patrolled beaches and between the flags.

“Of course with hot weather predicted to start tomorrow and as we move into the swimming season we should thank the tireless work of Surf Life Saving NSW and Mid North Coast volunteers who will give up their time to protect us on our beautiful beaches and in the surf,” Mrs Williams said.

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