Kat­ter: New croc pol­icy is a crock

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A MUL­TI­MIL­LION-dollar crocodile man­age­ment fund that pro­motes pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion “spits in the face” of North Queens­lan­ders, say Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia Party.

State leader Robbie Kat­ter said the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s three-year $5.8 mil­lion en­hanced crocodile man­age­ment, which in­cluded $919,000 for 2018-19 al­lo­cated in the bud­get, was a “use­less” spend. “Ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple is a eu­phemism for telling peo­ple not to swim in the wa­ter­ing holes and beaches you’re used to swim­ming in all your life be­cause of the ex­plo­sion in croc num­bers,” he said.

The gov­ern­ment’s strat­egy also in­cludes funds for pop­u­la­tion sur­vey­ing. Mr Kat­ter said the gov­ern­ment needed to act on the data col­lected by the croc pop­u­la­tion sur­veys.

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