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Gaps in NSW shark net program revealed

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Shark nets protecting NSW Central Coast beaches have been found to be torn and, in one case, no-existent. Photo: AAP
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The NSW government is accused of failing beachgoers after it was revealed that contractors failed to maintain shark nets at Central Coast beaches.

The NSW Opposition has obtained documents from the Department of Primary Industries showing contractors were penalised for multiple breaches in 2014 and 2015, including leaving large holes in shark nets and leaving one beach without a net for more than a week.

“To think you’re swimming safely at a netted beach only to learn the net never existed or had gigantic holes in the nets is everyone’s worst nightmare,” opposition spokeswoman for the Hunter region Kate Washington said in a statement on Sunday.