Queenslanders getting Crocwise
THE Crocwise education program is proving vital for keeping Queenslanders safe near waterways in crocodile country.
Figures show more people are becoming engaged and reporting crocodiles than ever before.
In Cairns for a crocodile roundtable yesterday, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the government’s Crocwise public education program was crucial.
“Our government has committed $630,000 to Crocwise this financial year and we are increasing the reach and impact of this vital education program,” Ms Enoch said.
“This year we are commencing the development of a webbased CrocWatch platform so people will be able to submit sighting reports from their smartphones and we are also looking to expand our presence across different media.”
The Crocwise program informs communities about staying safe in crocodile country and provides guidelines about how to stay safe.
“A key message includes urging all Queenslanders to report a crocodile as soon as they spot one,” Ms Enoch said.
“The Department of Environment and Science investigates all reports it receives and problem crocodiles are always targeted for removal.
“Figures are proving that this reporting method, and an increase in education, is working.”
Visit ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/ livingwith/crocodiles/
A KEY MESSAGE INCLUDES URGING ALL QUEENSLANDERS TO REPORT A CROCODILE AS SOON AS THEY SPOT ONE