Public meeting tonight on crocs

By DARRYN NUFER ? CONCERN over crocodiles in a recreational area of the Fitzroy River prompted a public meeting in Rockhampton tonight.

Organiser and Central Queensland Water-ski Racing Association president Rob Weaver said more than 40 people were expected to attend.

"We're hoping to prepare a strong case for the removal of crocodiles upstream of the barrage which we will ask our local members to put to the Environment Minister,'' Mr Weaver said.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife recently decided to allow crocs to remain in an area north of the Fitzroy River barrage.

It said crocs reported in the river recently did not display "problem croc'' behaviour so did not qualify for removal.

Mr Weaver said there was a "very real'' fear of crocodile at- tack in the area. "We've noticed a dramatic drop-off in the number of people using the Ski Gardens . . .

"During the Easter break we usually see six to eight families camping at Laurel Banks ? this year there were none.''

Mr Weaver said the fourth round of a ski racing series scheduled for upstream of the barrage last weekend was transferred to Gladstone.

Those planning to attend tonight's public meeting, at Rockhampton Town Hall's reception room, from 7pm, should register by phoning 4922 3322.



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