Stay out of the sea, says Gor­don

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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.”

Picture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Billy Gor­don: “We’re def­i­nitely not the iconic ocean­side tourist des­ti­na­tion like the Gold Coast”

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