Crocodile exclusion zones proposed
Cairns Regional Council will submit its input into a Crocodile Management Plan for the region to the State Government this week.
Council today endorsed the submission, which highlighted several proposed “Exclusion” and “Zero Tolerance” zones.
Mayor Bob Manning said action needed to be taken to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.
“Recent incidents involving crocodiles and sightings around the Northern Beaches have people understandably concerned and frustrated,” Cr Manning said.
“We need to be proactive in certain areas to stop crocodiles becoming a threat to our safety, our amenity and our tourism industry.”
Under Council’s submission, Exclusion Zones are proposed for Lake Placid and Ryan Weare Swimming Hole.
The Northern Beaches, all boat ramps and urban areas are listed as Zero Tolerance Zones, from where any crocodile sighted would be targeted for removal.
“These are areas where people should not have to come in contact with crocodiles,” Cr Manning said.
“We will take preventative measures in the Exclusion Zones that will minimise any risk of a crocodile entering that area.”
It is proposed that crocodile prevention barriers be placed at Lake Placid and Ryan Weare Swimming Hole and regular inspections and monitoring take place.
“We are also looking at having an on-site presence in the form of a lifeguard or Council officer at Lake Placid during peak times,” Cr Manning said.
“We need to return Lake Placid to the people.”
Cr Manning said the submission would be a living document, with potential for further locations to be added over time.
The information supplied by Council will assist in the development of a Crocodile Management Plan by the State Government.