State rolls out the Croc mat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A gath­er­ing of Far North Queens­land may­ors was given a pre­view of a stun­ning new teach­ing aid which is rolling out to schools and com­mu­nity groups to re­mind peo­ple to be Croc­wise in croc coun­try.

The Croc­wise mat was un­veiled to 13 may­ors at a meet­ing of the FNQ Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils (FNQROC), hosted by Yarrabah Abo­rig­i­nal Shire Coun­cil.

The Croc­wise mat de­picts life-sized out­lines of a 5 me­tre crocodile, an av­er­age sized per­son and a stan­dard tinny.

De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion’s Lind­say Del­zoppo said the Croc­wise mat would be­come an in­te­gral part of the ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams which EHP wildlife of­fi­cers de­liver to schools and com­mu­nity groups in far north Queens­land.

“I’m de­lighted the first Croc­wise mats were ready for the FNQROC may­ors to get a look at this bold new aid to help their com­mu­ni­ties be Croc­wise,” Mr Del­zoppo said.

“There are four Croc­wise mats in a car­pet ma­te­rial, each with its own carry case, to make it as easy as pos­si­ble to take them around to schools, coun­cil of­fices, com­mu­nity events and tourist des­ti­na­tions – any­where that peo­ple need to be re­minded of the im­por­tance of al­ways be­ing Croc­wise in croc coun­try.

“A fur­ther four Croc­wise mats have been pro­duced on a light weight, colour-fast vinyl and these can be hung on the wall as well as placed on the floor to show peo­ple just how much big­ger crocodiles can be than they might ex­pect.”

Mr Del­zoppo said the mats were part of a re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Croc­wise pro­gram which was cur­rently in the fi­nal stages of de­vel­op­ment.

“We want to make sure that whether you are a first-time vis­i­tor or a long-term res­i­dent, young or old, you will be well aware of the need to al­ways be Croc­wise in croc coun­try,” he said.

Schools and other or­gan­i­sa­tions wish­ing to book a Croc­wise mat and a free pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion with a wildlife of­fi­cer can email EHP at NQe­d­u­ca­tion@ehp.qld.gov.au

View of 5m long car­pet de­vel­oped for Croc­Wise ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses by the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion

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