NSW funds for drones to watch for sharks

Tiffanie Turnbull
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More drones will be used to watch out for sharks at NSW beaches during the school holidays, with the state government offering grants for local shark control programs.

The $200,000 grants scheme, open to councils, surf lifesaving groups and Marine Rescue NSW, comes after a spate of maulings - six fatal - across Australia this year.

Organisations can apply for funding for drones, observation towers and equipment, emergency evacuation alarms and communication systems.

"We are ramping up efforts to ensure swimmers have a safe summer at the beach by putting more eyes in the sky and keeping a close watch on sharks," NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said.

The money is in addition to $8 million worth of measures already announced, including 35 SMART drumlines in the Ballina and Richmond Valley areas, 21 shark 'listening stations' and drone aerial surveillance of 34 beaches during the September-April school holidays.

Applications close on December 11.