Councillor rethinking croc stance
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.