Miles gives nod for up­graded croc­o­dile zon­ings in Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

MAYOR of Dou­glas Shire, Ju­lia Leu, is “very pleased” with the out­come of a meet­ing yes­ter­day with En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter, Dr Stephen Miles.

The meet­ing was in Cairns with the may­ors of the Cas­sowary Coast, Ma­reeba and Dou­glas Shires and was in re­sponse to sub­mis­sions re­lat­ing to the Queens­land Croc­o­dile Man­age­ment Plan.

Dou­glas Shire wrote to the Min­is­ter in March ask­ing for tougher man­age­ment of croc­o­diles par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas such as Four Mile Beach, Wonga Beach, Newell, Cooya and at boat ramps.

“The Min­is­ter has agreed to re­view the cur­rent plan and agreed in prin­ci­ple to up­grad­ing the zon­ing of some ar­eas in Dou­glas,” Mayor Leu said.

“We have agreed that de­tails of this up­grad­ing will be fi­nalised within the next few weeks,” she said.

The Min­is­ter also ac­knowl­edged there was more work to be done with Coun­cils in re­la­tion to croc­o­dile man­age­ment.

“I am very pleased with the out­come of the meet­ing and very pleased for the op­por­tu­nity to speak di­rectly with the Min­is­ter in re­gard to this is­sue,” Mayor Leu said.

“The three may­ors present em­pha­sised that we did not ad­vo­cate culling,” Mayor Leu said, “and this is not about get­ting rid of crocs but man­ag­ing the in­creased ac­tiv­ity in places they pre­vi­ously were not a threat.”

The Mayor said these con­cerns have come about due to the in­crease in size and numbers of croc­o­diles in the Shire.

“We need to min­imise the risk in the Shire and these con­cerns were ex­pressed at the pub­lic meet­ing held in Novem­ber,” she said.

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