Miles gives nod for upgraded crocodile zonings in Douglas
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.