Government cracks down on crocs in our popular spots
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.