Crocodile Management

Crocodile Management

In 2013, the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation (DWAC) applied for the highly competitive tender for the Provision of private operator estuarine crocodile monitoring and capture service for the North Queensland coastline from north of the Cairns Trinity Inlet to Ellis Beach for the Queensland State Government, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).

The DWAC were announced as the successful applicants for the highly competitive tender by the Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell on the 6th November 2013 for a one (1) year period. This was the first time in Queensland that Crocodile Management had been privatised.

During the course of the contract, DWAC was fully staffed, skilled and equipped for the job. Under the current contract, DWAC works in partnership with the DEHP to help minimise negative interactions between wildlife and communities. This is also to ensure accountability, transparency, best practice and value for money. There is no conflict of interest between DWAC personnel and DEHP.

The corporation was then awarded a second temporary contract for another one (1) year period, after successfully completing the first contract, through meeting all contractual requirements and demonstrating the capacity and ability to deliver the crocodile management service.

This is not a culling program. It is a crocodile capture and monitoring service.

Crocodiles have been safely re-located, free of charge, to crocodile farms and zoos including Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Melaleuca Crocodile Farm, Daintree Wild Zoo and Koorana Crocodile Farm. All estuarine crocodile capture, removal and transportation is undertaken in accordance with the DEHP's 'Code of Practice for Taking, Handling and Transportation of Crocodiles'.

The DWAC also operates in accordance with the 'Cairns Regional Council Saltwater Crocodile Management Policy', which lists areas between Chinamen Creek and Ellis Beach (excluding Cairns Trinity Inlet) as Zone 2 - Proactive Zones - 'where crocodiles irrespective of size and behaviour are removed on a proactive basis to the greatest extent possible'. Surf Life Saving Queensland are also integral to the policy.

DWAC has been endorsed by the Chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission Crocodile Specialist Group and Director of Wildlife Management International (Australia) for undertaking the crocodile management service.

The crocodile management service, operated by the DWAC, has delivered a range of outcomes for the Cairns community including the provision of training, skills and employment opportunities for Indigenous Traditional Owners and benefiting the local economy.

Be Crocwise

Estuarine and freshwater crocodiles are an important part of north and central Queensland’s wetlands, freshwater and marine areas. They are often the largest predator in these areas and help to maintain the overall health and balance of these ecosystems.

Estuarine crocodiles live mainly in tidal reaches of rivers, as well as in freshwater lagoons, swamps and waterways. They can occur along some of the beaches and around inshore islands. Estuarine crocodiles can be active at any time.

Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean they are not there. Never take unnecessary risks in crocodile habitat.

When you are in croc country, be crocwise. And stay safe, don't risk your life.

You are responsible for your own safety.

Feel free to watch the 'Croc Wise' videos on your right (of the screen). They were produced by DEHP and reserves all rights to those media.

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