Keep the crocs out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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