Crocodiles pose a risk to human safety. People come first and human interactions with wild crocodiles need to be managed in such a way that people in urban Queensland are safe from attack.
Relocation is not the answer, as tagging studies show crocodiles will move hundreds of kilometres and quickly return to locations from which they have been moved.
One Nation believes that areas of coastal Queensland should be considered:
Exclusion Areas—recreation and swimming safety managed by removal of all crocodiles by trained authorities and areas open or closed depending upon the threat.
No Tolerance Areas—regularly patrolled areas where any crocodiles found are removed. Crocodiles may still be present.
Problem Crocodiles Removed Areas—only ‘problem crocodiles’ that have attacked or are aggressive are removed. Other crocodiles are present.
Crocodiles that are removed should be transferred to crocodile farms or humanely euthanised. There is no other solution because of their homing abilities.
Saltwater crocodiles are no longer listed as endangered and are permitted to be harvested and commercially traded according to CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species). Commercial harvesting of hatchlings, juveniles and adults are also permitted under a proper sustainable management program.
One Nation will:
Re-establish a well-resourced expert Wildlife Management Group within Queensland National Parks Department to manage all elements of crocodile management (removal of animals, licensing commercial operations and monitoring). The Wildlife Management Group will manage public awareness to ensure the general public and tourism operators are aware of the dangers posed by wild crocodiles.
Ensure that the importance of crocodiles in Aboriginal culture and nature is well known.
Establish a comprehensive, regional management regime for crocodiles in Queensland jointly supported by the state government and local councils and delivered by trained Wildlife Rangers based on the Northern Territory model.
Include an ability to commercially harvest crocodile eggs in a ‘ranching’ operation in remote locations in Cape York where the local egg abundance allows such harvest, where eggs would otherwise be lost due to seasonal wet-season flooding and where supported by local communities. This policy would also encourage the preservation of breeding habitat and be a revenue source for local communities.