Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Lit­tle chil­dren, when they learn that croc­o­diles can kill them and eat them, may cry “mummy make them go away”. Re­cent let­ters to the edi­tor have adopted the same immature tone.

My fam­ily, my friends and the many, many vis­i­tors to Port Dou­glas who I speak to (I’m a tour guide) will never be “sav­aged” by croc­o­diles be­cause they chose to in­form them­selves about croc­o­diles and act in a “croc-wise” man­ner in FNQ.

They are pre­pared to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own safety in­stead of child­ishly de­mand­ing the gov­ern­ment do it for them.

Uni­ver­sally, with­out ex­cep­tion, vis­i­tors come here to ex­pe­ri­ence our mag­nif­i­cent WILDlife. Alarmist pre­dic­tions about the demise of our tourist in­dus­try are laugh­able. Not one vis­i­tor who I speak to is de­terred by the risks at our beaches be they box or irukandji jel­ly­fish or croc­o­diles.

Tourists will con­tinue to flock here know­ing that here they can ex­pe­ri­ence truly wild na­ture, as long as we’re smart enough to ig­nore the hys­te­ria of the “red­neck” kill-em-all mi­nor­ity.

I urge all Port Dou­glas res­i­dents to de­sist from “spin­ning” that our beaches are com­pletely safe.

They are crocodile (and jel­ly­fish) habi­tat and long may they re­main so un­spoiled!!!

Geoff Crowther, Port Dou­glas

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