Coun­cil’s croc stoush

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Tib­balls

A war of words broke out be­tween Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lors over croc man­age­ment in pop­u­lar swim­ming ar­eas this week.

In a de­bate over the DSC’s ‘Croc­o­dile Man­age­ment’ sub­mis­sion to the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion, deputy mayor Abi­gail Noli pro­posed up­ping the ante on croc man­age­ment over the pro­posed re­port.

While the sub­mis­sion on be­half of the coun­cil rec­om­mended a sur­vey of pop­u­lar swim­ming ar­eas in or­der to de­ter­mine croc­o­dile num­bers, Ms Noli pro­posed the coun­cil go fur­ther.

“At the fin­ish of the sur­vey these three ar­eas should be­come a proac­tive zone 2,” said Ms Noli. A ‘proac­tive zone 2’ is an area where au­thor­i­ties re­move croc­o­diles as they are re­ported, re­gard­less of size or de­meanour.

The three pop­u­lar swim­ming ar­eas iden­ti­fied for the sur­vey are the Moss­man River from Fox­ton Bridge to Anich’s Bridge, and then from the South Moss­man Bridge to the Shan­non­vale Cause­way, and Spring Creek.

Cur­rently, all of DSC is zone 3 for croc­o­dile man­age­ment – mean­ing that ‘croc­o­diles of con­cern’ are re­moved.

Ms Noli said that very few crocs would end up be­ing re­moved if her amend­ment was adopted.

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