Two large crocodiles were sighted near Beaver Rock-See map below Mary River Maryborough Qld

WILDLIFE officers are continuing their search for two crocodiles lurking in the waters of Maryborough’s Mary River.

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After two crocodiles, one 2.5m long and the other a massive 4.5m long, were seen by wildlife officers near Grahams Creek in April this year, the hunt has been on to find the giant reptiles and relocate them further north.

While the floating trap in Grahams Creek remains empty, members of the public have reported sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection since the search began.

A spokeswoman from the DEHP told the Chronicle the most recent sightings were on Saturday, June 11, when a member of the public reported seeing two crocodiles one kilometre downstream from Beaver Rock.

“EHP wildlife officers conducted a vessel-based patrol but no crocodile was observed,” the spokeswoman said.

“There is a permanent crocodile warning sign in place at Beaver Rock boat ramp.”

The EHP wildlife officers will continue to remove the two confirmed crocodiles present in the Mary River, regular patrols are taking place and cameras have been set up along the river bank.

The floating trap in Graham’s Creek is being re-baited weekly and monitored daily by remote camera.

Members of the public are reminded that it is very important to use “CrocWise” behaviour at all times.

In particular:

  •  Obey croc warning signs
  • Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
  • Always supervise children
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.
  • Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

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Men splashed by large crocodile while fishing from a boat in the Mary River Fraser Coast

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TWO Maryborough men suffered what they believe was a crocodile shock while they were out fishing on the Mary River.

The two men were in a boat at Walkers Point fishing for catfish when the incident happened.

One of their friends, who asked to remain anonymous, called the Chronicle in an effort to warn other boaties who might be caught by surprise in the river.

He said the anglers were hanging the fish off the side of the 14-foot boat because they didn’t want to bring the slimy catfish into the vessel.

As they continued fishing, suddenly they heard a huge splash at the side of the boat where the catfish were hanging and both men were left drenched.

Their friend said both men believed the huge splash could only have been made by a crocodile.

While the fish weren’t taken from the side of the boat, the man believes that’s what the crocodile was trying to do.

The man, himself a long-time resident and keen angler, said it was no secret there were crocodiles in the Mary and probably more than just the two that were confirmed to be in the river on April 20.

He said it was important for boaties to be aware the reptiles were in the river and to keep an eye out.

The man said it was even more important for boaties to be wary on the river after reports that a 46-year-old woman was believed to have been taken by a crocodile north of Cairns at Thornton Beach.

“After what happened in Cairns, it really sends a message home,” he said.

He said he had told the two men not to leave fish hanging over the side of the boat anymore.

The two crocodiles spotted in the river last month, including a 4.5-metre-long reptile and a smaller 2.5- metre croc, have been targeted for removal from the river.

In the past few years, two crocodiles have been taken from the Mary River and re-homed at Koorana Crocodile Farm in Rockhampton.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Parks and Wildlife encouraged Maryborough residents and anyone using the Mary River to be croc-wise.

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August 2: Monster 12-foot croc spotted off Burnett Traffic Bridge

May 31: Men splashed by ‘croc’ while fishing in the Mary River

May 15: Mary River crocodile: cold snap does not stop search

April 28: Was Mary River croc spotted near the Brolga?

April 21: Mary River crocs – why are they so far south?

April 21: OPINION: Crocodiles should be left alone in Mary River

April 20: WATCH: Wildlife officer says crocs ‘must be removed’

April 20: Wildlife officer ‘not at all surprised’ by croc sighting

Those who spotted a crocodile could also report it by calling 1300130372

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Fisherman sees several baby crocodiles in the Mary River

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WILDLIFE officers  from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are investigating after a recreational fisherman reported seeing two small crocodiles in the Mary River.

The two crocodiles, each estimated to be around 40 centimetres in length, were on top of debris drifting with the incoming tide in the middle of the main channel next to Baddow Island.

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The animals disappeared into the water when they were approached.

They were spotted on September 1.

A vessel based patrol of the section of the Mary River between the Bruce Highway bridge and Lamington Bridge at Maryborough is planned by wildlife officers.

Efforts to capture two confirmed crocodiles in the Mary River are ongoing.

A floating trap near Graham’s Creek was re-baited and a low tide vessel based patrol was carried out on August 26 2016 between the Lamington Bridge and the Barrage.

Fresh crocodile tracks were observed on the river bank near the Bruce Highway bridge upstream of Maryborough.
Members of the public are reminded to exercise CrocWise behaviour at all times. In particular:

· Obey crocodile warning signs
· Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
· Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
· Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
· Never provoke, harass or feed crocodiles
· Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
· Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
· Always supervise children
· Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

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

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Fraser Coast councillors have their say on high-rise development at Urangan in Hervey Bay

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TWO councillors have voiced their opposition to building high-rises in Hervey Bay, while others want to wait to consider the development application and how it fits into the town planning scheme before voicing any opinions.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour said he was against the plans for a 20-storey twin tower development in Urangan, which he described as a massive increase in density and not how the community wanted Hervey Bay to develop.

Division 1 councillor James Hansen agreed, saying it would change the character of Hervey Bay forever and for the worse, in his opinion.

Councillor Denis Chapman voiced his support for the project, saying it was crucial for the region to continue building infrastructure, which would lead to population growth and jobs.

“I think it’s great for our region,” he said.

“It’s the way of the future.”

He said in order to hold on to green space in the area, it was necessary to consider options like high rises, which would allow for housing while minimising the region’s urban footprint.

Councillor David Lewis said he was not generally in favour of 20-storey development in Hervey Bay, but as the previous council had amended the planning scheme to allow such developments, there may be little the council could do to refuse the application.

“It is entitled to be assessed on its merits in accordance with the scheme,” he said.

Mr Lewis said he felt a 20- storey development would significantly and irrevocably alter the character of the city and its shoreline.

“Previous councils had a policy of trying to limit buildings to no higher than the tree line,” he said.

“In part this took into account the view from the beaches and the sea.

“I think that was a good policy.”

Councillor Paul Truscott said the planning scheme specifically supported this type of development.

“I will consider the development on its merits when it is presented to full council,” he said.

Councillor Darren Everard said he also needed time to consider the application before voicing an opinion, while councillor Rolf Light said it would be inappropriate to make a comment before considering all the facts and whether the development met the criteria in the current town planning scheme.

Councillors Anne Maddern, Daniel Sanderson, Stuart Taylor and Mayor Chris Loft were contacted, but had not responded at the time of going to print.

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Editors Note

**This is a great opportunity for us Fraser Coast residents to join the real world & get jobs & prosperity for the region.Not only in construction but thereafter with servicing the development & its occupants.We have many kilometres of beach shoreline in the Fraser Coast Region and just a tiny portion of that allocated for such a development is a pittance of a price to pay for the good it will do & bring to the community. Most of us are getting tired of this region being branded as one of the most unemployed regions in the nation.

The quicker this and similar developments take shape the better but in a controlled and well planned manner.

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