- A saltwater crocodile was spotted sunbaking on a local beach in the Far North
- The sighting prompted Bob Katter to promise to ‘take action against the Premier’
- Katter will be moving for the urgent removal of all crocs in QLD populated areas
Bob Katter raised eyebrows last week when he appeared conflate the success of the marraige quality campaign with an increase in croc attacks – and he’s come out swinging after a saltie wandered up onto a Far North beach.
The Federal Member for Kennedy has demanded that the state government take ‘urgent action’ to manage crocodile numbers when a reportedly 2m crocodile left the water and sunbaked just metres from beachgoers on Friday night.
Witnesses at said that the reptile relaxed on the sand for about half an hour before quiety returning to the ocean at about 6.30pm.
A saltwater crocodile wandered up onto Kewarra Beach in the Far North on Friday night at 6pm
Federal Member Bob Katter has vowed to ‘take action against the Premier’ regarding crocs
But Katter was anything but relaxed as he detailed his plans to ‘take action against the Premier and the two relevant ministers for the most obvious breach of duty of care’, reported news.com.au.
‘In the last 10-12 days we’ve have had a croc in the swimming enclosure at Machans Beach, in the swimming enclosure at Palm Cove, a sighting at the beach at Port Douglas, an attack upon a tourist in the Daintree and now a sighting at Kewarra,’ he ranted.
‘The fact is that the croc numbers have exploded over the last 10 years … And the crocs need to be removed. We are now one seat away from achieving this end if we can get the LNP on side.’
Katter confirmed that he will be moving for the urgent removal of all crocs in populated areas between Mackay and Port Douglas.
The saltie walked out of the water and settled down on the sand just metres from beachgoers
He was backed up by Cairns Regional Councillor Brett Olds, who emphasised that it was time for action ‘before another life was lost’.
‘It’s not a good situation for us to be in as a community,’ he said. ‘It’s not good enough and there is going to be a kid taken soon.’
Surf Life Saving Queensland regional director Rob Davidson confirmed to the Cairns Post that beaches were always closed after a croc sighting, with lifeguards patrolling Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and other areas seven days a week.
People are reminded to swim only between the flags and to remain inside the safety nets at local beaches.