Push for crocodile survey
BUSINESSWOMAN Wendy Crossman is canvassing support for a professional survey to gauge public opinion over the crocodile management issue in Port Douglas.
“The time has come,” Ms Crossman told the Gazette. “It’s jobs or the crocodiles. “It’s time to be heard above the hysterical voices of a few.”
Ms Crossman, who has operated a holiday resort for many years, is concerned at revelations at a public forum last November in which it became clear that state departmental policy was that the crocodile situation along Four Mile Beach was such that public safety could not assured and it was therefore advisable for the public not to swim there.
In an email to federal MP for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, Ms Crossman said: “The tourism-crippling solution about to be enacted making the waters of our beaches a no-go zone did not need to be inevitable.
“When human life and human livelihoods are threatened by wildlife the normal response is to put the needs of human beings first and reduce/ control the wildlife.
“This does not necessitate the obliteration of said wildlife, but controlling and managing that population so the threat posed to people and livelihoods is kept to reasonable levels. Decisions to put the needs of human beings first are routinely made throughout the world.”
Mr Entsch told her he would attend any public forum on the crocodile issue that might be held, with regard to the matter’s impact of local businesses.
Ms Crossman believes the Port Douglas area should be in a Zone 2 croc management regimen, such as in parts of Cairns.
In this zoning, crocs over 2.2 metres are relocated.
She has written to the Mayor, Julia Leu, pressing this point, while also asking if there was any progress on the council’s proposal to the government that local indigenous rangers be tasked with croc management.
When human life and livelihoods are threatened by wildlife the normal response is to put the needs of human beings first
Wendy Crossman says signage warning anyone from swimming could hurt Port Douglas