Push for croc­o­dile sur­vey

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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

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