Ballina Beaches Re-open

Surf Life Saving NSW can confirm that Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach, and Shelly Beach (Ballina) have all re-opened on Thursday.

Beaches across Ballina Shire were closed yesterday for at least 24 hours after a 25-year-old surfer encountered a shark shortly before midday.

The man self-presented at a local hospital and was later treated for lacerations to his leg.

Surf Lifesaving assets were on the water from 12:00 PM AEDT conducting a roving patrol along the coastline as part of the comprehensive process of reopening local beaches.

The decision to reopen the beaches was made by local Lifeguards in consultation with NSW Police and Ballina Council.

The public are reminded that Lennox Head is currently the only patrolled location on weekdays throughout the Ballina Shire and are encouraged to enter the water there.

Lifeguards will continue to monitor the beaches for any shark activity with the safety of the beachgoers remaining the number one priority.

Thu 13 Oct 2016