Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ruled out the culling of crocodiles.

During a visit to Mackay the premier said it has been a policy of the state government to relocate problem crocodiles in populated areas.

Meanwhile members of the public are urged to remain calm but vigilant as wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection continue to monitor the waterways around Mackay for signs of crocodiles.  

An EHP spokesperson said reports were coming in from members of the public with sightings at Slade Point and Dolphin Heads, as well as Eimeo Creek.  

"We appreciate each and every report we receive because each one helps us to build a more complete picture of how many crocodiles we are dealing with and how they are behaving," a spokeswoman said.  

"At the moment our priority is to establish a timeline of sightings and their locations based on the reports we have received.

"Timely notification and any photographic evidence - when it's safe to obtain - are extremely useful.  

"Crocodiles are more active at this time of year and it's possible that sightings relate to the same animal but we are not taking any chances with public safety and will continue to investigate every report."  

Recent warning signs are being deployed at Slade Point today (Thursday, 22 October) and wildlife officers are working closely with Surf Life Savers and Mackay Regional Council to make sure the community is kept informed.  


Dawson MP George Christensen.
Dawson MP George Christensen. Contributed


Member for Dawson George Christensen has called for a crocodile cull after a 5m animal chased crabbers from the water at Slade Point.

Mr Christensen took to social media calling for the cull of crocodile in populated areas.

"This could be done is a strict, managed fashion and create some jobs (possibly for local Aboriginal people) in the process with hunters needed and carcasses available for processing into leather and meat products," he said in the post

It is quite obvious that there needs to be a cull of crocodiles in our area and other areas. This could be done is a...

Posted by George Christensen on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"But the most important thing here is community safety. I publicly call upon the State Government to implement a legal croc cull as soon as possible."

Ciaron Paterson replied to Mr Christensen arguing against a cull

"Come on Mackay we all live in a area where there are crocs and every year when it worms up we see crocs on our beaches," Mr Paterson said.



"They, the big males, come out of the creeks and move to the next creek to his girlfriends for breeding yes they are dangerous so proceed with caution.

"We do not need a "cull".  Watch a documentary or two have a read about this prehistoric animal."

Christine Spry supported Mr Christensen's cull.

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"There are so many.  They are dangerous to humans if they get closer to populated areas," Ms Spry said on his Facebook page.

"This sounds sensible to me.

"I guess you'll get all the frothing Greenies crying and wringing their hands."

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