Crocodile management zone changed in Cairns Regional Council area

Issued: 19 Sep 2018

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) will amend the Crocodile Management Plan’s zoning area near Babinda.

This announcement comes after discussions with the Babinda community and Cairns Regional Council.

DES Director for Northern Operations (wildlife) Lindsay Delzoppo said the changes would be made to the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan’s zoning maps in the Babinda Creek area.

“The section of Babinda Creek, upstream of Peever Rd, will be reclassified from Zone E (General Management Zone) to Zone C (Targeted Management Zone),” Mr Delzoppo said.

“The new Zone C area at Babinda includes popular swimming areas such as the Babinda Rotary Park, Wonga Park and The Boulders.

“The Queensland Government welcomes all discussions with local governments about crocodile management and public safety and DES is open to discussing proposed changes to crocodile management zones.”

Mr Delzoppo said any saltwater crocodiles reported in the identified areas of Babinda Creek that are over 2 metres in length would be targeted for removal once their presence was confirmed.

“The change to this management zone is similar to the change that was made last year for the Ross and Locke area, on the Mulgrave River near Gordonvale,” he said.

“Members of the public are urged to call 1300 130 372 whenever they spot a crocodile.

“DES investigates all crocodile reports it receives.”

Members of the public are reminded to always be Crocwise in Babinda, as it is known Croc Country. In particular:

  • expect crocodiles in all Far Northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • obey all warning signs—they are there to keep you safe
  • be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • stay well away from croc traps—that includes fishing and boating
  • the smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
  • never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country
  • report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Further information on being Crocwise is available.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to DES on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

Please see these helpful safety videos for people who may be fishing or boating.