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Drones To Patrol For Sharks At Blacksmiths Beach

Keeping swimmers safe.

Drones To Patrol For Sharks At Blacksmiths Beach

Drones will soon be keeping an eye out for any shark activity around Blacksmiths Beach.

The state government has announced more than $33,000 dollars in funding to pay for drone equipment and to train local lifeguards how to use the new technology.

While part of the funding will go towards a 14-week trial to see if the program is effective in keeping beach-goers safe.

Lake Macquaire Mayor Kay Fraser says it's one of a range of measures to be introduced to keep swimmers and surfers out of harms way.

“This funding will help Council to continue its work in providing the community with accurate real-time updates on shark sightings, which allows our community to make informed decisions when visiting our beaches.”

“In a first for the City, our Professional Beach Lifeguards will be working with pilots from our local Lake Macquarie Airport, the current DPI helicopter as well as the trial drone, with the aim to make it safer for all beachgoers.”