Dale Carr joins shark bite survivors to raise awareness

Spreading the word: Murray Taylor and NSW Premier Mike Baird meet with Bite Club's Dale Carr, Dave Pearson and Kevin Young on January 20.

Spreading the word: Murray Taylor and NSW Premier Mike Baird meet with Bite Club's Dale Carr, Dave Pearson and Kevin Young on January 20.

THE profile of a group of shark attack survivors, many of whom live on the Mid-North Coast, continues to grow.

Bite Club includes Port Macquarie's Dale Carr, who was attacked at Lighthouse Beach in August, and Kevin Young, father of Zac who was killed in 2013.

Mr Carr has praised the recent media coverage of their efforts to increase awareness of the human side of shark interactions.

That coverage has included a longform piece by Fairfax Media, a live television cross and social media efforts.

"Our goal is to build a positive relationship between marine science, policy makers and survivors," Mr Carr said.

One of the positive outcomes has been ongoing direct consultation with the Premier's Department about providing assistance to access existing health support services.

Another was the group's meeting last month with the Department of Primary Industries' Dr Vic Peddemors, the man designated to lead the Baird Government's response to shark attacks.

That meeting ended with Dr Peddemors offering to consult with the club on future bather safety programs.

"We want people to actually make decisions with the full knowledge that there are people out there like us," Mr Carr said.

The global reach of the club has started to go beyond what is possible online.

They have been consulted by research scientists in America and throughout Micronesia, while they will soon be visited by a team from the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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