A lethal en­vi­ron­ment

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

I DO think there is a need to place highly durable and very clear sig­nage to some of the ex­its off Four Mile Beach.

If it was in­deed the case that Mrs Cameron made her way to the beach and in poor light — wors­ened by her poor eye­sight – she could not find the right exit to get back off the beach, then it be­comes eas­ier to see how she made what was prob­a­bly a fa­tal mis­take.

I went to the mouth of Craiglie Creek sev­eral times late last week, in the af­ter­math of Ms Cameron’s dis­ap­pear­ance and the find­ing of her clothes etc.

Even spot­ting the right exit in broad day­light can be tricky. And that’s with some lo­cal knowl­edge. In fad­ing light sev­eral times on Four Mile Beach I’ve been look­ing for the main Bar­rier St exit and found it dif­fi­cult, and I’ve learned to make sure I get off the beach be­fore dark.

Even if only some of the main ex­its are marked this way, they serve as way­points and in­di­ca­tors for all the other ex­its. I dont think it’s ex­pen­sive or hard to im­ple­ment this.

CON­SIS­TENT rain will likely trig­ger cer­tain re­sponses in the croc­o­dile pop­u­la­tion. In the build up to the Wet Sea­son, it in­stinc­tively puts them in mat­ing mode, mean­ing they will be more up and about from now on.

Many peo­ple who have lived here a long time, some born here, say the croc num­bers have ex­ploded in the past few years. We’re in for a “big” sum­mer.

One of the au­thor­i­ties said be­ing taken by a croc was a lesser chance than be­ing hit by light­ning.

This is disin­gen­u­ous. It de­pends on con­text. If you stand in the mid­dle of an ex­press­way you will get hit by a ve­hi­cle soon enough. It seems just as lethal for some­one to stray just a lit­tle around here and come to grief. This is a lethal en­vi­ron­ment next to, and in places part of, a town.

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