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PHOENIX FUSES EXTREME SPORTS AND CIRCUS ACTS

A Northern Rivers freestyle trials rider has teamed up with a seventh generation circus performer to create a new kind of hair-raising show. One of the main attractions at Circus Phoenix Extreme is the Globe of Death and NBN reporter Leah White got a special close-up preview of the show on the Lismore leg of its national tour.

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CONSERVATION GROUPS CONSIDERING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DPI

Conservation groups say they’re considering legal action against the Department of Primary Industries for breaching their own disentanglement plans. It follows an incident earlier this month, in which Sea Shepherd alleges contractors refused to rescue live rays entangled in one of the nets off Ballina. “The preliminary advice seemed to agree with what our thoughts were which is they could be in breach of their own management plans that clearly states that all live animals must be released” They say leaving marine animals entangled in nets could also lead to an increased risk of shark attacks. “Would you feel particularly comfortable going to a beach knowing that live animals were being left to struggle and die, therefore becoming an attractant for passing marine predators” The Department of Primary Industries is yet to respond. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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CALL TO END SHARK NET TRIAL

The New South Wales Greens are calling for an early end to the North Coast shark net trial, in the wake of the latest by-catch figures. During the first five weeks of the second trial, only one target shark was caught, while 54-non-target species were entangled – almost half of which, died. “We’re calling on the Minister to pull the nets up now. It’s belligerent to keep them in there when we’ve got this much by-catch so early on and so few target species being caught” A spokesperson for Primary Industries Minister, Niall Blair, says it’s disappointing the Greens are using the regular, planned release of a monthly report as an opportunity to run a scare campaign. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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