CROC­O­DILE MENACE AF­FECT­ING TOURISM PROSPECTS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

When are politi­cians at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment go­ing to grow up and face the facts, crocodiles have bred into enor­mous num­bers since hunt­ing was stopped back in the 70s, and tourist des­ti­na­tions such as Dou­glas Shire will soon start to feel the pinch as vis­i­tors be­gin to dwin­dle due to feel­ings of insecurity while swim­ming any­where in this area be­come dom­i­nant in the minds of those who ven­ture in.

The late croc­o­dile man had a lot to an­swer for for hav­ing pop­u­larised this deadly crea­ture and politi­cians are still in­flu­enced by this PC non­sense that he es­poused.

Sure, they are a great draw­card at croc farms and the Dain­tree, but a sub­stan­tial ef­fort has to be made to erad­i­cate them from pop­u­lar swim­ming lo­ca­tions and a se­lec­tive culling pro­gram is well over­due. We need to make our tourists not only feel wel­come but face.

Coun­cil­lor Noli’s sug­ges­tions make sense and should be re­searched and sup­ported, rather than the facts be­ing pushed un­der the car­pet.

The eco­nomic sur­vival of Dou­glas Shire de­pends on a com­mon-sense erad­i­ca­tion pro­gram.

Mal Phillips, Port Dou­glas

Pic­ture: Mike D’Arcy

The Dain­tree River is a bar­rier for first-world ser­vices ac­cord­ing to one Cape Tribu­la­tion res­i­dent.

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