MP says calls for crocodile removals have been disregarded

ROCKHAMPTON MP Bill Byrne launched an attack on the Newman government yesterday after hearing about a jet skiing family's close encounter with a large crocodile on the Fitzroy River.

In a speech prepared for State Parliament last night, Mr Byrne accused the government of ignoring the threat posed by saltwater crocodiles in the Rockhampton area.

He used an email from Brian Smith of Rocky's Own Transport as evidence.

"I took my sons jet skiing on the Fitzroy. What a wonderful natural asset,'' the email reads.

"On our return we arrived at a point about 500 metres from the Laurel Banks Ski Gardens, where the boys had stopped on the north side of the river and were pointing to the bank.

"In the water, close to the bank, was the biggest saltwater crocodile I have seen in the wild. It was approximately three to four metres.

"I feel this is an unacceptable risk to the general public. Surely a removal program can be implemented to rectify this situation."

Mr Byrne said his attempts to get crocodiles removed from the river at the Ski Gardens had been disregarded by the environment department. "It is simply outrageous that animals of this size can be identified by members of the public regularly while the supposedly professional departmental staff can find nothing and are unwilling to deal with the issuewhen approached by a Member of this House," he said.

The Morning Bulletin will seek a response from the government.



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