News

Fisherman against croc cull, says sightings are common

SNAPPED: This 4.5m crocodile was spotted by boaties in the Fitzroy River near Gavial Creek on Tuesday.
SNAPPED: This 4.5m crocodile was spotted by boaties in the Fitzroy River near Gavial Creek on Tuesday. Contributed

FISHERMAN Terry Grant used to head out on the water at least once a week, and says he's seen crocodiles "more times than I can count" in the Fitzroy River.

While the Rockhampton man doesn't get the chance to cast a line as often as he used to, he says he doesn't understand why some people are so eager to try to cull the prehistoric creatures.

"Crocs have been in this river forever. I don't know how people are still surprised by it," he said.

"You can go for a quick trip in the boat and spot three of them.

"It's not uncommon to go out there and see them."

Over the past week there have been several reported sightings of crocodiles in the Fitzroy River, and a small estuarine crocodile was sighted at Yeppoon Main Beach on November 14.

One video captured this week shows a crocodile lunging out of the water at a group of people who were on the Fitzroy River in a tinnie.

But Terry said people needed to respect the animals in their natural environment.

"They only get like that when they're protecting something. It wasn't being aggressive, it was being defensive," he said.

"People are worried about crocs taking people out of the river… you've got to be pretty stupid to swim in there.

"Don't go up and poke it with a stick or go into the water, you'll be right."

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said the Fitzroy River was a known crocodile habitat, and it was common for crocodiles to become more active in the warmer weather, which could lead to more sightings.

"Wildlife officers are encouraging residents to avoid recreational activities in the Gavial Creek section of the Fitzroy River following a number of reports of croc sightings in the area," a spokesperson said.

"While there is no evidence to suggest this crocodile is behaving in an aggressive manner, wildlife officers will be undertaking a night-time survey to observe its behaviour."

Recent warning signs have been placed at all local boat ramps.

It is important that all crocodile sightings are reported to EHP as soon as possible on 1300 130 372. EHP investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

Crocodiles which are identified as "of concern" will be targeted for removal.

Be croc-wise

The public is reminded to always be "croc-wise" in croc country. In particular:

  • Obey 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 feed 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
  • Always supervise children

Topics:  crocodiles rockhampton



Where to find the best coffee

COFFEE snobbery is at an all-time high in Australia with the hipster movement carving a whole new breed of caffeine-loving consumers.

10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

Send yourself on a scavenger hunt around Brisbane to discover the incredible street art.

GET your phone and selfie-stick ready!

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Riders revel in enduro action at Yeppoon track

HOLD ON: Kane Tougher leads the field through one of the obstacles during Round 1 of the CQ Off-Road Series.

Competitors try to overcome man-made obstacles in series opener

Wagner's ready to stand tall for Rockets

SHARP SHOOTER: Towering basketballer David Wagner will join the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets after a five-year stint in the Canadian college system.

New recruit joins Rockets after stint in Canadian college system

New telecommunications tower for North Rocky

The proposal states it is part of a nationwide rollout to improve mobile coverage and access to enhanced services.

Development Application approved by council, with conditions

Local Partners

Jora: Hundreds of jobs available in Rocky region

From retail to the mining industry, according to Jora, there are 795 positions available within 50km of the Rockhampton region


Feeling Lucky?

Win $1000 worth of Scratchies
Learn More

Everything you need to know about Nitro Circus's regional show

Oakes Oval in Lismore will host the sell-out, worldwide phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live during its 15-city Australian tour in April.

World famous high octane show coming to Browne Park

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Jimmy Kimmel opens up about Oscars stuff-up

Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel gives his take on the epic Oscars envelope error: “It was the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost’”

Groom threatens to walk out of Married At First Sight

Andrew is just about done with his “horrible” relationship with Cheryl.

ANOTHER explosive breakup is looming after a disastrous home visit.

'I wasn't naked': Blanca Blanco speaks out

Blanca Blanco arriving at the 89th Academy Awards. Picture: Ian West/PA WireSource:AAP

"It was a nude colour, it matches my skin, so I wasn’t naked.''

‘IT’S A LITTLE SAD’: Trump makes Oscars bungle all about him

US President Donald Trump claims Hollywood's elite were too busy mocking him to pay attention on Oscars night.

Donald Trump ‘explains’ Oscars stuff up.

Lama and Sarah’s ‘epic’ MKR fail

My Kitchen Rules contestants Lama and Sarah.

Tempers flare as Lebanese feast turns into an epic fail.

New plans unveiled: Rocky's way to lure in tourists

Photos shared to the Fishing Central Queensland Facebook of the 2017 Barra season.

Fishing platforms coming to the region

Oscars 2017: How did biggest award get stuffed up?

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

'Guys in headsets starting buzzing around. They took the envelope.'

Custom built unit development that screams Gen Y

36 Mary St Yeppoon concept development proposal plans.

Up market coastal building complex to answer local demand

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

REVEALED: Peaceful Rocky suburb everyone wants a slice of

Kevin Hogan has lived in Koongal for decades and loves the neighbourhood.

The Village a popular place to live and underpriced

REVEALED: Rocky region's best performing property suburbs

Check out the suburbs selling well in Rockhampton.

New NAB report shows CQ's top real estate areas

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!