’More needs to be done’
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.”