Queens­lan­ders get­ting Croc­wise

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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/

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A KEY MES­SAGE IN­CLUDES URG­ING ALL QUEENS­LAN­DERS TO RE­PORT A CROCODILE AS SOON AS THEY SPOT ONE

LEEANNE ENOCH

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