Changes to Fitzroy River's crocodile management

BOATIES, water-skiers and anglers are set to benefit from changes to the Crocodile Urban Management Area in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne announced the changes last week, saying they came after consultation with the Fitzroy River User Group.

"It was agree to extend the Crocodile Urban Management Area to Long Island," he said.

"This signals a formal change in the 'riding instructions' provided for Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as to how crocodile sightings in the location are to be treated.

"It means there is a larger part of the Fitzroy in which any crocodile sighted of more than two metres in length is targeted for removal."

Mr Byrne said any animals detected in the area could be caught and moved to a new location humanely.

"Everyone understands that crocodiles naturally live in saltwater estuaries like the Fitzroy but river users would prefer not to share the river with crocodiles," he said.

"The expansion of the CUMA will mean that locals and visitors to our city who enjoy participating in water sports and recreation on the river will feel more at ease, over a larger portion of the river.

"This is a sensible way of ensuring that people can enjoy the river and not need to share it with crocodiles."

Similar management zones are in place in areas including Mackay, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairna.

However, Mr Byrne said the removal of sighted animals should not lead to complacency among river users.

Crocodile sightings can be reports to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all reports received.

Crocwise behaviour:

  • Obey croc warning signs
  • Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Never provoke, harass or fee crocs
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
  • Always supervise children


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