’More needs to be done’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

EX­EC­U­TIVE of­fi­cer of Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree Tara Ben­nett has said more needs to be done to en­sure beach go­ers safety in Port Dou­glas.

“The is­sue of croc­o­dile man­age­ment along the Dou­glas Shire coast and wa­ter­ways is reach­ing a critical stage that re­quires prompt ac­tion from the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Her­itage and Pro­tec­tion,” said Ms Ben­nett.

“Beaches are one of the top three rea­sons peo­ple visit the Dou­glas Shire.”

She said that be­cause of the im­por­tance of beach ac­tiv­i­ties to the Dou­glas Shire tourism ‘mix’, “mea­sures need to be taken to strengthen beach­go­ers safety.”

While croc­o­diles are them­selves an­other im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent in the re­gions di­ver­sity, “right now, our des­ti­na­tion’s rep­u­ta­tion as a safe beach hol­i­day is in jeop­ardy.

“This will see a re­duc­tion in vis­i­tor num­bers and their length of stay.”

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