MP pushes creek croc eviction
BURDEKIN MP Dale Last has called for the removal of a crocodile that was seen sunning itself on the banks at Groper Creek last week.
The 5m beast was spotted at the popular fishing spot on the bank opposite Health Creek, metres from the jetty, by a young family who were fishing in the area.
This week, photos have also surfaced of a similar sized crocodile on the banks of Cape Upstart.
Mr Last said he has called on Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers to take immediate action to have the Groper Creek crocodile removed.
“These sightings are increasing and if you talk to locals, saltwater crocs are being spotted further upstream in freshwater rivers like the Burdekin,” said Mr Last.
“It’s a real concern that human lives are being put in danger while the Environment Minister Steven Miles has commissioned another audit to review the Government’s crocodile management plan.”
Mr Last said he understood crocodile warning signs had not been replaced in known crocodile habitats.
“I have alerted the department with regards to this,” he said.
The Groper Creek warning sign at the jetty hasn’t been replaced since it was washed away in the last Burdekin River flood in March 2012.
“It’s important for people not to become complacent around our waterways, particularly during crocodile mating season,” said Mr Last.
“It’s the height of our tourist season now, so it would be good if locals ensured the message was passed on.”
A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection spokesman said the Government was committed to an evidence- based approach to crocodile management
“Councils can request changes to the four crocodile management plans while the science is reviewed,” he said.
FEARLESS: Sightings of
large crocodiles have increased in the Burdekin sparking calls for problem crocs to be removed.