Council bid to remove large crocs
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”.