‘ They don’t be­long here’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

CHAIR­MAN of Trop­i­cal Table­lands Tourism and the LNP can­di­date for Bar­ron River Michael Trout wants the es­tu­ar­ine crocodiles gone … yes­ter­day.

He says the crocodiles do not be­long on the Table­land and should be shot.

“We don’t want a ‘ go softly’ ap­proach on the crocodiles. Shoot them. They don’t be­long here. Peo­ple come here to go wa­ter ski­ing on Ti­na­roo, swim­ming in the lakes. What’s go­ing to hap­pen?” he said.

“It’s a risk to work­ers, lo­cals and tourists camp­ing at Ti­na­roo and the Walsh River. It’s just lu­di­crous. If this was Cape York Penin­sula or the Gulf Coun­try you’d know that there are crocodiles in the wa­ter and you’d take pre­cau­tions. But, this is the Table­land. Peo­ple are not used to this.”

Mr Trout said the threat to tourism was “mas­sive” and that if some­one was at­tacked by a croc­o­dile the con­se­quences would be “im­mense”. “Of­fi­cers ( from EHP) should find them and shoot them,” he said.

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