Gov­ern­ment cracks down on crocs in our pop­u­lar spots

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce amended crocodile man­age­ment mea­sures in the Dou­glas Shire.

The new mea­sures will see all crocodiles larger than two me­tres or dis­play­ing ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour re­gard­less of size tar­geted for re­moval off Four Mile Beach un­der a more strin­gent Tar­geted Beach Man­age­ment Zone and the Moss­man River up­stream of Fox­ton Bridge, Shan­non­vale Cause­way and Spring Creek up­stream of the cause­way un­der the Tar­geted Man­age­ment Zone.

The area around Newell Beach’s Rankin St boat ramp and Fern­dale Lake in Port Dou­glas will also be re­zoned to Tar­geted Man­age­ment Zones to re­move all crocodiles larger than two me­tres or dis­play­ing ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour re­gard­less of size.

The State Gov­ern­ment will also pro­vide train­ing to In­dige­nous Land and Sea Rangers from Ja­bal­bina Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion so they can as­sist the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion by col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on the pres­ence and be­hav­iour of re­ported crocodiles.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu wel­comed the news and con­grat­u­lated the State Gov­ern­ment for lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns.

“I’m par­tic­u­larly pleased the Min­is­ter has lis­tened to our re­quest for lo­cal in­dige­nous rangers be trained so they can help man­age the prob­lem.”

Mayor Leu said Coun­cil’s calls for a re­zon­ing of Cooya, Newell, Oak and Wonga Beaches as well as the boat ramp at Rocky Point and a num­ber beach ar­eas in the Dou­glas Shire have not been in­cor­po­rated into the changes.

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