Some of Sydney’s most popular beaches are set to be patrolled by both Lifeguards on the beach and from the air with drones in a bid to stop shark attacks, according to 9 News.

The new $8 million program has been trialled for five years and is set to kick off this summer alongside the government’s already established SMART drumlines that sees sharks tagged and released.

The new surveillance measures will be used at 34 beaches across New South Wales such as Palm Beach, Dee Why, Tamara, Maroubra and Wanda.

This comes after multiple shark sightings in the past few weeks, including a terrifying moment as a shark chased a teenager and her brother near Bulli Point, south of Sydney.