Council will request the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection be more responsive in regards to reported crocodiles of concern around boat ramps and swimming areas in the Douglas Shire.
Council today resolved to request for Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell to instruct his departmental staff to be more responsive to indications of potentially dangerous crocodile activity and to communicate more effectively about actions they are or are not taking in response to reports of crocodile activity in the Douglas Shire.
Council will also request for crocodiles that present themselves at boat ramps or swimming areas and are reported by the community as being of concern to be removed by the Department using contractors.
The resolution was adopted after Council noted the outcomes of community engagement activities on crocodile management in the Douglas Shire which included an information session in Port Douglas in August.
Mayor Julia Leu said that while the community was divided on how to best approach crocodile management in the Douglas Shire, she is confident Council’s request to the Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection for additional resources and stronger enforcement was the best outcome.
“This approach is all about ensuring the safety of beachgoers and boat ramp users from the risk of crocodiles to the best of our ability,” Mayor Leu said.
“Having local contractors who can provide a rapid response to reports of crocodiles of concern means they have the best chance of locating and trapping them.
“Crocodiles are an important part of our local natural environment but it is vital we do all we can to prevent an attack.
“Of course we live in croc country and it is essential for locals and visitors to remain ‘Croc-Wise’ and take all necessary precautions whenever they enter the water.”
Croc-Wise information is available on Council’s website by clicking HERE.