Coun­cil­lor re­think­ing croc stance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE de­cid­ing vote in an Au­gust coun­cil de­ci­sion on whether to adopt more proac­tive croc man­age­ment in pop­u­lar swimming spots around Dou­glas is wa­ver­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Kerr voted against the more proac­tive Zone 2 man­age­ment pol­icy out of fear of nur­tur­ing a false sense of se­cu­rity in swim­mers, but in the months since, he’s come close to chang­ing his mind.

“Since then, the de­part­ment (of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion - DEHP) has shown no just rea­son why I should keep sup­port­ing a zone 3 (now Zone E) when a croc­o­dile that is sup­pos­edly deemed dan­ger­ous is still not re­moved,” said Cr Kerr, cit­ing a re­cent com­plaint from a res­i­dent about a croc­o­dile that had made its nest less than 80m from a res­i­den­tial house in a flood area.

The new doc­u­ment this week “makes it very clear what their po­si­tion is re­gard­ing mov­ing croc­o­diles from this re­gion and that is they won’t, re­gard­less if it is af­fect­ing a hu­man’s qual­ity of life.

“I very strongly feel that coast­lines in Dou­glas with res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties need to be added to at least Zone D and Four Mile Beach to Zone C.”

Cr Kerr said that if Zone 3 failed com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions then more was needed.

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