Coun­cil bid to re­move large crocs

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The coun­cil also wants Fern­dale Lake at Port Dou­glas and boat ramps through­out the shire, as well as pop­u­lar swim­ming spots in freshwater creeks at Moss­man, Shan­non­vale and Mow­bray changed to zone C as well.

The vote on the may­oral minute in­tro­duced by Mayor Ju­lia Leu passed 4-1 with coun­cil­lor David Carey speak­ing at length re­ject­ing any of the changes, say­ing that as eva­sive and mobile crea­tures, proac­tive mea­sures on their re­moval were im­prac­ti­cal and ex­pen­sive.

“Crocs don’t know when they come out of the Dain­tree River they’re not al­lowed to turn right,” he said.

Cr Carey said that, while min­imis­ing hu­man risk was paramount, the may­oral minute ap­peared to be mo­ti­vated by min­imis­ing risk to tourism and rep­u­ta­tions.

“It will never be safe to swim,” Cr Carey said.

“Who’s go­ing to be game enough to stand up and de­clare it’s safe to swim. Are you go­ing to stand on Four Mile and say that?

Cr Michael Kerr said the tourism in­dus­try had spent mil­lions of dol­lars mar­ket­ing the des­ti­na­tion, in­clud­ing croc­o­diles and “I be­lieve, very fool­ishly, our beaches”.

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