Ballina shark attack: Teenage surfer bitten at Lighthouse Beach:
-- The trial was announced last year as part of a $16 million State Government package in response to a spate of shark attacks in the region.
-- "[The victim] received lacerations and bite marks to his upper-thigh area, he was assisted into the shore and off-duty nurses treated him," Inspector Bruce said.
a spate of sth: a large number of things, which are usually unpleasant, that happen suddenly within a short period of time.
a deep cut in someone's felsh