The Beagle editor,
I have been trying to establish, with no success, when the Narooma Bar Beach shark net will be removed for its annual clean. This has previously occurred every year during winter, for at least the last 15 years. If it isn’t done, the net can very quickly fall into total disrepair and require replacement.
The net is worth tens of thousands of dollars compared to the small amount it would cost to have it cleaned. The cynic in me has immediately seen the corollary of the absence of any representation from Narooma on Council, with this decision. Despite all the groups represented there being supported by Narooma candidates at the last election, running in unwinnable positions on tickets supporting them, they clearly have no interest in issues that are important to us.
Local supporters of these councillors are well meaning, but naïve people, and they have done Narooma a huge disservice.
Councillors will be told that the net isn’t a guarantee of shark free swimming but the known facts are that the net encourages huge numbers of visitors to use the beach in summer and indirectly provides a major economic benefit to the town.
Centenary Drive, a major thoroughfare accessing bar beach, was damaged by water undermining it in March 2020 reducing it to one lane, but nothing has been done to effect a repair in more than 2 1/2 years. Maybe the Council is betting on no one wanting to use the beach so why would they need a two lane road to access it anyway?
My guess is that none of the councillors would know where Bar Beach is, let alone Centenary Drive so why would they care?
Perhaps they might consider that the last Council to pull this stunt resulted in the then Mayor being chucked out of office at the next election along with half the Council. My advice is that they treat Narooma with contempt at their own peril.
This stunning image courtesy of South Coast Pix