COMMON SENSE PREVAILS AT DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL
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 (email@example.com) 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