Large crocs on notice
THE Douglas Shire Council wants crocodiles 2m or longer to be removed from popular beaches in the shire, including the famous Four Mile Beach.
Mayor Julia Leu will write to the state government requesting parts of the shire be rezoned under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan to minimise the increasing risk of crocodiles.
“Our request for the rezoning of these locations within the Douglas Shire is not a knee-jerk reaction to these recent dog attacks but rather a considered evaluation by council of the issues surrounding crocodile management over several months,” she said.
Cr Leu told the that the DSC “initially looked at zone D ... (but) believe in light of the increased sightings and aggressive behaviour of crocodiles off these beaches in recent months that zone C was more appropriate from a risk management and public safety perspective.” It comes two weeks after three dogs were attacked, including one killed, by crocodiles at Cow Bay, Rocky Point and Four Mile Beach. Under the requested changes, Four Mile Beach, Newell Beach, Wonga Beach, Cooya Beach and Oak Beach would become zone C — a “targeted management” zone where all crocodiles larger than 2m and any crocodile displaying dangerous behaviour are removed.