Has it come to this?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE propo­si­tion that swim­ming in lo­cal wa­ters is just too un­safe due to the croc­o­dile threat seems both log­i­cal and lu­di­crous at the same rime. Has it re­ally come to this? MP Billy Gor­don thinks so. If you want to swim in the sea you’d best go to the Gold Coast, says Billy. We’re just not that sort of tourist des­ti­na­tion, he reck­ons.

News to me — fool­ishly per­haps, I thought we were!

I think it’s en­tirely rea­son­able that visi­tors and quite a few lo­cals would ex­pect to be able to swim in the sea with rea­son­able safety.

I don’t mean that should ap­ply ev­ery­where in our re­gion – some places such as the Dain­tree River are best thought of as croc habi­tats and there should be no swim­ming.

But at Four Mile Beach? How do we tell tourists book­ing hol­i­days it is off lim­its as a place to dip a toe in? That is un­ac­cept­able. Any­way, as Billy Gor­don says in our ex­clu­sive in­ter­view in this is­sue, it’s a com­plex is­sue.

One thing for cer­tain at the mo­ment – in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, it is im­pos­si­ble to say it is safe to swim off Four Mile Beach.

It seems ob­vi­ous that crocs tran­sit be­tween Dick­son In­let and the Mow­bray River, and there are re­ports of one or two liv­ing in wash aways along the beach it­self.

Speak­ing of the briny, it’s a worry that sea tem­per­a­tures in the reef la­goon are re­port­edly as much as 33 deg at the mo­ment. Fin­gers crossed we don’t see an­other bleach­ing event.

One in­ter­est­ing thing this week was stinger ex­pert Lisa-ann Gersh­win say­ing that there was a pretty low in­ci­dence of irukandji stings up here this sum­mer and an un­usual amount down south. She thinks the lit­tle blighters may not han­dle el­e­vated tem­per­a­tures very well.

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