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Shark nets to be installed at NSW beaches

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Anna Hitchings

Five NSW beaches will soon be trialling mesh shark nets under legislation to be fast-tracked into parliament.

The legislation will be tabled by NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair on Wednesday.

It proposes the nets be trialled for six months at Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach and Shelly Beach at Ballina, Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Head and Evans Head Beach in the NSW north coast.

The promised move by Mr Blair comes after three shark attacks were reported in northern NSW last month.

The nets are the latest stage in the NSW government's $16 million shark management strategy, which includes smart drumlines, increased shark-tagging stations and drone surveillance.

The announcement has been met with strong opposition from locals, who argue the nets could endanger other marine life, such as dolphins.

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