Stay out of the sea, says Gordon
STATE member for Cook, Billy Gordon has said he wouldn’t swim in the Douglas Shire, and has advised others to avoid waterways.
He said that tourists seeking a classic beach holiday should go to the Gold Coast instead.
Mr Gordon backed the DEHP’s advice to stay away from the water due to the crocodile hazard.
“I think as an interim measure that’s pretty sensible, sound advice,” he told the
“With a bit of common sense you don’t jump into waterways of beaches where there’s a crocodile population.
“(But) It has to be matched with the government providing resources to deal with the issue.”
While Mr Gordon said that there was no easy fix in balancing conservation and control, he hit out at fans of a cull, saying it wasn’t the way forward.
He added that Four Mile Beach needed special attention.
“Four Mile is such a popular iconic beach, and I think if there’s crocs there, we need to be able to remove some of those problem crocs (but) crocodiles are territorial - if you take one out another one replaces it. I’m not entirely sure what the solution is to that particular issue but I think there are opportunities for us to come together and come up with a collection of measures to deal with the problem.”
Mr Gordon told the that to come up with those solutions, he favoured community engagement to work through the options - but only if there was action afterwards.
Mr Gordon said that Port Douglas couldn’t be everything to everyone though.
“We’re definitely not the iconic oceanside tourist destination like the Gold Coast ... if you want that type of experience with swimming in the ocean, then go to the Gold Coast.
“Sometimes I think we get caught in the trap where we’re trying to cater for a whole bunch of people that want the same experiences here. Unfortunately in Port Douglas and Far North Queensland ... you might not get that experience.”
Billy Gordon: “We’re definitely not the iconic oceanside tourist destination like the Gold Coast”