KAP hits Port Dou­glas to talk about crocs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

KAT­TER’S Aus­tralia Party MPs Bob Kat­ter, Shane Knuth and Rob­bie Kat­ter are tour­ing Far North Qld, pro­mot­ing their ideas about crocodile man­age­ment, which in­cludes le­galised culling.

To­day (Thurs­day, 9:30 am) they will hold a meet­ing in Port Dou­glas com­mu­nity Cen­tre – one of a series that in­cludes In­n­is­fail and Ma­reeba – to gauge pub­lic opin­ion to their ideas such as culling, in­dige­nous shoot­ing sa­faris and egg har­vest­ing.

“The re­al­ity is that we’re getting sick of croc stud­ies and croc counts,” Mr Knuth told the “It’s time that peo­ple take back own­er­ship of the swim­ming holes and wa­ter­ways, in­stead of giv­ing own­er­ship to the crocs.”

The tour fol­lows a spate of at­tacks on hu­mans, in­clud­ing one that killed spear fish­er­man War­ren Hughes near In­n­is­fail last month, at­tacks on dogs and the clo­sure of seven beaches due to crocodile sight­ings.

Mr Knuth said he was “sick of the south­ern­ers’ sym­pa­thy” to­wards the dan­ger­ous rep­tiles jeop­ar­dis­ing Queens­land’s $11 bil­lion tourism in­dus­try.

“Ev­ery­where we go in the north, ev­ery­thing we hear and see is ei­ther croc at­tack, croc signs or tourists avoid­ing our ar­eas in fear that they won’t come back alive,” he said.

KAP is mov­ing its head­quar­ters from Bris­bane to the far North and is par­tic­u­larly fo­cused on the state seat of Cook, for which it holds high am­bi­tions at the next elec­tion.

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