Gor­don re­sists croc cull call

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

MP for Cook Billy Gor­don still hasn’t made up his mind whether will stand for re­elec­tion, but has his money on an Oc­to­ber elec­tion.

“I’ve still got a bit of time to make a de­ci­sion on stand­ing,” he told ABC Far North ra­dio yes­ter­day.

He also said En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Miles would visit the Far North next week to dis­cuss the crocodile man­age­ment is­sue with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

How­ever, the min­is­ter’s of­fice told the that it was only an idea at this stage and no firm plans were in place.

Mr Gor­don chided his fel­low cross bench col­leagues, Kat­ter’s Aus­tralia Party, for com­ing into his elec­torate with­out invit­ing him to their meet­ing in Ma­reeba and Port Dou­glas to dis­cuss croc­o­diles.

He dis­tanced him­self from their ini­tial as­ser­tion that he would back their plan to block sup­port for the state bud­get un­til they saw mean­ing­ful ac­tion on re­duc­ing the crocodile haz­ard in the Far North.

“I am very sup­port­ive of an ad­e­quate re­sponse to this trou­bling is­sue of an in­crease in crocodile num­bers on our north­ern beaches and, par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing, in our wa­ter­ways in and around Ma­reeba,” Mr Gor­don said.

He didn’t see culling as a so­lu­tion, though he added that he saw merit in the KAP’s sa­fari hunt­ing propo­si­tion.

He thinks re­lo­ca­tion is a key part of a “ro­bust” man­age­ment so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

He would cer­tainly not aim to block the bud­get over a de­mand for the culling of croc­o­diles to be in­stated.

But he would sup­port KAP’s Shane Knuth and Robbie Kat­ter at bud­get time if it ap­peared that the Far North was go­ing to miss out on fund­ing and re­sources, par­tic­u­larly as there was a risk that those things would flow to more south­ern ar­eas af­fected by Cy­clone Deb­bie, with politi­cians tempted to “pork­bar­rel” var­i­ous elec­torates.

Mr Gor­don said there was a per­cep­tion “out there” that he was not very ac­tive in do­ing his job, but said his of­fices were in fact flat out deal­ing with elec­torate mat­ters all over the seat of Cook.

Billy Gor­don in Moss­man re­cently for a meet­ing to dis­cuss lo­cal anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is­sues

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