Council’s croc stoush
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.