Large crocs on notice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Tibballs CON­TIN­UED PAGE 5

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.

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