22
Mar

Calls for large crocs to be removed from recreational areas in Cassowary Coast

Calls for large crocs to be removed from recreational areas in Cassowary Coast

Cassowary Coast Regional Council is taking a safety-first stance to prevent further crocodile attacks following the death of a spearfisherman and the mauling of a teenager at the weekend.
Councillor Mark Nolan said the council was keen to put forward a submission at the council meeting tomorrow.

“Residents are demanding council take a lead role in calling for action, particularly in recreational areas where the public is at risk of attack, eg, boat ramps, and Etty Bay, beaches, so I am pushing for the state government to agree that any crocodile over 2m in known ‘recreation areas’ will be removed regardless of displaying ‘aggressive behaviour’, which is their current stance,” Mr Nolan said.

“Any croc over 2m is an unacceptable risk and must be removed.”

MP Bob Katter is taking it a step further, calling on crocodiles to be shot.

Mr Katter said crocodile culling needed to be carried out or more deaths and attacks would happen.

He said yesterday it appeared the state government expected North Queenslanders to stay away from the region’s many rivers and waterways.

“I’m sick to death of people saying how irresponsible of the lad to jump into the river at Innisfail,” he said.

“Well, kids have been jumping into rivers in North Queensland for hundreds of years. And are we going to ban people spearfishing and ban people fishing from the banks of rivers?”

Katter’s Australia Party will draft legislation to go before state parliament to allow a controlled cull of the animals.

The state government’s crocodile management plan, released by Environment Minister Steven Miles last week, would let the public know exactly how crocodiles would be handled using a zone system.

Mick Tabone, who was widely regarded as North Queensland’s “crocodile whisperer” when he owned the hugely popular Johnstone River Crocodile Farm and zoo, said crocodile management came to one question.

“What is more important: humans or crocodiles?,” he said. “Crocs need to make way for us. We can’t give up our lifestyle for crocodiles.”

Credit: The Cairns Post

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