Pitt calls for urgent croc action
COOYA Beach identity George Pitt wants politicians to “get off their backsides”, listen to the people’s concerns and take some visible action on the issue of crocodile management, including “controlled’ culling.
“My number one priority would be to see human lives be saved at all costs,” Mr Pitt said.
He said the current State Government plan to remove crocodiles if they display dangerous behaviour won’t solve the issue.
“Animals found bigger than two metres would be encouraged to move, now this is just outrageous…the removal of crocodiles is pointless and scientists have proved that on a number of occasions,” he said.
He has some sympathy with One Nation’s plan.
Their proposal is to develop crocodile farms to facilitate croc egg harvesting which in turn creates jobs for communities in Cape York and stimulates the economy as a whole.
Federal member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, has repeatedly called for a cull of problem crocs, a stance Mr Pitt agrees with.
“We need controlled culling because what else are you going to do with them?” Mr Pitt said.
“We have got to have something done and it’s got to happen very soon before someone else gets taken,” he said.
He described a time when he could safely use a cast net in knee-deep water back in the ’70s and he says since then crocodile sightings have significantly increased.
Douglas Shire mayor Julia Leu joined Mareeba, Cairns and Cassowary Coast mayors recently in a meeting with Environment Minister Dr Stephen Miles, asking for tougher management of crocodiles in areas like Four Mile Beach, Wonga Beach, Newell, Cooya and popular boat ramps.
Dr Miles agreed in principle to revisit once more the zoning levels involved in the state crocodile management plan which the government released only a month or so ago.
George Pitt, of Cooya, critical of politicians