Keep the crocs out
THE State Government is giving $500,000 to help control crocodiles which is to be shared between four regional councils - Townsville, Hinchinbrook, Cassowary Coast and Cairns.
But Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu fears that this will not be enough, or is the wrong approach entirely, as she has heard it may cost $30,000 to relocate just one rogue crocodile from populated regions.
“And if that is true, then the $500,000, which is to be shared between the four council regions, will dry up very quickly,” she said.
The LNP Government is seeking council input into the drafting of a crocodile management plan for the Cairns region and is being asked to support the LNP’s proposed three-tiered management approach.
Council has recommended Lake Placid and Freshwater Creek swimming hole as “exclusion zones” and the Cairns northern beaches, Cairns urban areas and boat
tolerance” ramps areas.
The three-tier crocodile management approach - based on the Northern Territory Government’s crocodile plan - aims to erect exclusion zones and to prevent crocodiles from entering an area so people can swim, practice zero tolerance by removing any crocodiles that enters the area to help reduce the risk of attack and remove “problem” crocodiles.
Council says owing to the potential danger that crocodiles pose to humans, an active education and awareness program is a vital component of any management plan.
The plan should have a strong education focus that will help improve community awareness of crocodiles and promote public safety when in or near crocodile habitat.
The CRC yesterday endorsed the submission at its ordinary meeting and it will be forwarded to the State Government.