WHY BE BULLIED BY CROCS IN PLACES WHERE WE USED TO SWIM?
Not only are there out of control crises with crocs and stingers, we now have someone who doesn’t even live in our Shire telling media and tourists to go to the Gold Coast! Seriously? That was the most irresponsible quote! What right does he have to trample on one of the most iconic areas in the world!
I came here 25 years ago and have watched my offspring safely enjoy swimming at Cooya, Newell, Cow Bay and Port.
Daintree is croc country and their sanctuary which we embrace. Why should we be bullied by the crocs in areas that were once deemed safe to swim?
I have so many tourists ask me, that they are confused why there is a croc warning sign next to the public beach and can they swim before and after the surf life guy isn’t on duty!
What would you say? I have no idea, so look like a fool as it feels wrong to explain, don’t be an idiot there’s 4 metre crocs in there all the time!
It’s time we grew some balls and realise we have now run out of time regarding what to do but get a date set and cull the crocs over 2.5 metres or whatever.
I’m sick of hearing, one will take its place .... Then shoot it!! The whole Shire is doomed if we don’t act now. It will have a domino effect.
Julie O’Gorman, Mossman
their winter holiday and if Port Douglas cannot provide this they will choose another warm location that does! Numbers will decline, high season stays will shorten, and our thriving tourism will be in deep do-do. And in a few years, it will not just be our repeat guests going to the Gold Coast, it will be those in our tourism industry having to relocate for work.
So what to do? Your suggestion of closing Four Mile Beach to swimming until a solution is found is not it – once Four Mile Beach is perceived as being crocdangerous, this perception will linger for years even if an ace solution is found. A lagoon is arguably a good idea (especially if a saltwater lagoon on Four Mile Beach) particularly in boosting low season. However a lagoon will not be sufficient to sustain our profit making high season as high season guests want to freely swim on a safe beach. And doing nothing is not a solution – the crocodile population is increasing (along with the size of them) and therefore so is their presence in public places.
It is said that the issue is complicated. It is not. We either reduce and maintain the crocodile population and therefore reduce their risk to that of 10 years ago (and we have the same relocation plan as Cairns). Or Four Mile Beach and other local beaches are closed for swimming and our tourism industry faces the dire consequences. Do we put the livelihoods of those dependent on tourism income first or the crocodiles!?
No one, me included, likes the idea of killing or relocating any living being and whole issue is hard for many. I respect that. However, no one seems to have a problem that our iconic kangaroo population is controlled to protect our farming industry but when our tourism industry is about to be decimated by an increasing reptile population (which the majority of our guests to our region and scared and repulsed by) the politically correct talk is one of balancing the needs of reptiles and human beings.
It is becoming very clear that the government of the day is going to close our beaches to swimming rather than reducing the threat of crocodiles. This action is imminent and after one high season the damage will start and once started will be very hard to stop.
Wendy Crossman, Local Business operator for 20+ years
I believe tourists wish to swim at Four Mile Beach, and not in a chlorinated pool beside our beautiful St Mary’s Church with many weddings and funeral services which don’t need the fun shouts of a public pool. Should an EPA report be a problem I would ask that the safety of people and wildlife be considered. I would like to see a seawater, fine filtered pool. Can we do this.
Rhonda Kibble, Port Douglas
Enjoying a dip on Four Mile Beach