COM­MON SENSE PREVAILS AT DOU­GLAS SHIRE COUN­CIL

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS @SCHOOL -

TUES­DAY’S de­ci­sion by the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil to lobby the state gov­ern­ment for a re­zon­ing of the cur­rent croc­o­dile man­age­ment plan to zone C for Dou­glas Shire is mu­sic to our ears. Fi­nally, we have some com­mon sense pre­vail­ing within the coun­cil to show some sup­port for our lo­cal tourism busi­nesses and the safety of the pub­lic on our beaches and wa­ter­ways — lo­cals and tourists alike.

Th­ese past sev­eral weeks we’ve heard sto­ries from all over the shire about peo­ple’s dogs be­ing at­tacked and killed and to go with it a lot of stupid com­ments about how they should have been on leads or should not be taken to the beach in the first place as they at­tract croc­o­diles.

What is this place com­ing to? I’d like to refer to the story out of Cow Bay where the man was on the wa­ter’s edge sim­ply throw­ing a stick for his dog to fetch (fairly nor­mal thing to do with your pet dog I thought) and then to see his pet taken right in front of his eyes in an­kle deep wa­ter. That could eas­ily have been a child at Cow Bay, Wonga or Four Mile Beach and I’ve been say­ing this for a long time.

Is that what it is go­ing to take for the state gov­ern­ment to take this is­sue se­ri­ously? Let’s hope not. I urge ev­ery busi­ness and lo­cal to sup­port this move by coun­cil and write to the En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Steven Miles in Bris­bane (en­vi­ron­ment@min­is­te­rial.qld.gov.au) and drum it in to their head that we need some­thing proac­tive done about this is­sue. Most of us in this shire are in tourism or in some way con­nected to the in­dus­try and we need to pre­serve and pro­tect pub­lic safety for every­one be­fore an­other tragedy oc­curs. This is at least a step in the right di­rec­tion and I sin­cerely hope it does not fall on deaf ears.

Dar­ryl Tenni, Man­ager, Pin­na­cle Vil­lage Hol­i­day Park, Wonga

the dump, leav­ing a trail of nasty rub­bish fly­ing all over the roads, while mo­torists are forced to do the same try­ing to avoid bits of trees as if a for­est is cre­ated on the high­way be­cause th­ese il­le­gal lit­ter­ers never check be­hind them.

Next time, it may be me again, no doubt feel­ing temped to write num­bers down so that their num­ber is up.

It’s amaz­ing what peo­ple learn to do when they cop a $1500 fine for their ig­no­rance and plain, dan­ger­ous stu­pid­ity.

And no, bits of string won’t help ei­ther un­less you tie up ev­ery leaf or bit of lawn.

Kathe­rina Hunter, Moss­man

liv­ing in this trop­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment for many thou­sands/mil­lions of years and is the best am­bush preda­tor in the world.

We also have cho­sen to live in the trop­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and should be well aware of the in­her­ent dan­gers of liv­ing with croc­o­diles.

Yet we swim in croc­o­dile ter­ri­tory, we clean fish at boat ramps in croc­o­dile ter­ri­tory, we walk and swim our pet dogs in croc­o­dile ter­ri­tory and we en­ter the wa­ters in known croc­o­dile habi­tat. Sen­si­ble pre­cau­tions taken to not cause th­ese an­i­mals to get used to our rep­e­ti­tious be­hav­iours. Re­duce the risk, which is al­ways present.

The croc­o­diles will never be ab­sent and will rein­habit va­cant ar­eas. It is not log­i­cal to cull the croc­o­diles, rather we should se­ri­ously con­sider culling the id­iots.

Ross Grant, Cairns

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