A LOAD OF CROC
WE DO not need our state government commissioning an $8 million research program to tell us that crocodiles are increasingly appearing of a dangerous size in our public waterways and, in doing so, increasingly endangering both the safety of humans and our tourism industry.
One does not need to be a rocket scientist to work it out: crocodiles were culled up until 1974 and now they are not — their population every year has been steadily increasing.
Unfortunately, their natural habitat has been decreasing, resulting in these very territorial flesh-eating reptiles being on the move, looking for a new territory and increasingly unable to find one.
And, as they mature, so does the size of those thrown out of territories and on the move. This is increasingly affecting beaches, local populations and tourist destinations in Queensland as ever larger crocodiles keeping moving south in the hunt for a home they can call their own.
However, with the conspicuous abstinence of Douglas Shire, affected destinations such as Cairns and Townsville do at least have a zerotolerance policy concerning crocodiles in public places where all 2.2m + size crocodiles are removed and relocated.
Beaches and local swimming areas in the Douglas Shire are not afforded this same protection, allegedly because our mayor and council have been against this policy choice introduced back in 2012.
To the Queensland Government your policy and philosophy to appease the greenies, which compromises the lives of human beings (both their safety and their income) for the wellbeing of large reptiles is an outrage.
Sooner or later crocodiles in their never-ending search for a home are going to end up on the Sunshine Coast (they are already in the Whitsundays and Rockhampton), at which point I suspect your attitude may dramatically change. In the meantime, you will be held accountable for any human life taken by the explosion of the crocodile population.
To our local council at this 11th hour of the government’s implementation of a new crocodile management plan, I implore you to vote for our shire to have the same zoning as Cairns and do not compromise by voting for anything less. The automatic relocation of 2.2m+ crocodiles in public swimming areas is not a total solution to the croc problem by any means, but at least it affords greater protection for humans and is a step forward in the right direction.
The current zoning (old zone 3, now zone e) wherein 2.2m+ crocodiles in public places are first studied often for weeks and only removed if actively demonstrating dangerous behaviour is just ridiculous for pedestrian areas.
To those who are against our public waterways being afforded the same crocodile management that Cairns and other towns benefit from, I say get a grip. Good gracious. This zoning issue is about relocating crocodiles in public swimming places — not shooting, mutilating or harming them.
Wendy Crossman, Port Douglas
Joanne Ablett and presented his resume. Within 10 minutes Joanne interviewed him and felt she could create a job for Levi.
Levi approached Mossman Youth Services with disbelief and enthusiasm. Joanne contacted MYS and expressed great interest in Levi.
Joanne consulted management at Cairns Hardware and, after a team meeting, Levi gained employment on a casual basis.
One week’s employment has passed, with Levi being supervised by Warren Assman and Dale Bishop. Levi has expressed appreciation to be given the opportunity to gain new skills and enabling him to identify what area within the hardware store he has passion for.
Mossman Youth Centre also applauds you Levi Williams.
Youth Development Coordinator Sara Harris and Youth Worker Robert O’Gorman, Mossman Youth Services
barely hear them”.
Surely something can be done and done promptly and cheaply and yes why not start with alternate days?
Andrew Mackay, Port Douglas
Warren Assman, Joanne Ablett, Levi Williams and Dale Bishop.