Crocodile sighted three times around a Fraser Coast wharf

A CROCODILE has been spotted several times underneath a Fraser Coast wharf this month.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Environment and Science said a number of sightings had been reported regarding a crocodile seen at Little Tuan Creek under the wharf near Eckert St at Boonooroo.

The reptile has reportedly been seen on March 4, March 12 and March 16.

“On the three occasions the animal was not behaving in an aggressive or otherwise dangerous manner,” the spokeswoman said.

The reptile is estimated to be approx 2.5 metres long, but that information had not been substantiated by the department.

Warning signs have been placed in the area, with wildlife officers investigating during the day on March 13 and doing a night spotlight patrol of the river.

No evidence of crocodile activity was discovered.

Staff are currently investigating the most recent sighting on March 16.

Crocodiles south of the Boyne River are targeted for removal.

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Ninth Irukandji jelly fish sting on Fraser Island Fraser Coast Queensland Australia

Ninth Irukandji sting on Fraser Island

A SNORKELLER is in hospital after the ninth suspected Irukandji jellyfish sting at Queensland’s Fraser Island in just over a week.

The 19-year-old man was stung on the lip while swimming in Coongul Creek on the western side of the island about 11am on Tuesday.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital.

Paramedic Phillip Switzer said the man didn’t see the jellyfish but experienced severe nausea, vomiting and pain within 10 minutes of being stung. The incident is the ninth suspected Irukandji sting at Fraser Island since December 22, with the venomous jellyfish positively identified as being responsible for at least one of the incidents.

Mr Switzer said all nine cases had happened on the western side of the island in its calmer and warmer waters.

“We have no evidence to say they are or are not Irukandji,” Mr Switzer said. “There are certainly jellyfish floating but no one’s actually caught one so we can’t disprove that they’re not Irukandji or a jellyfish in the same family that produced the symptoms of an Irukandji jellyfish.” Eight people were treated at Fraser Island for Irukandji-like symptoms in 2015, Mr Switzer said.

The Irukandji — the world’s smallest jellyfish — is usually found in waters north of Mackay, about 700km further up the coast.

But news.com.au reported this week that the deadly jellyfish are on a southern invasion to warmer waters.

Scientists predict the jellyfish, of which there are at least eight species, will reach the Sunshine Coast within the next two decades.

Victims initially experience severe nausea, followed by multiple bouts of vomiting, pain that normally begins in the back and radiates up the neck to the chest and abdominal cavity, leg pain and cramping.

Mr Switzer said anyone believed to have been stung by one should treat the sting with vinegar and call triple-0.

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Passing Motorist views crocodile attacking & dragging cow into the Mary River

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The Mary River where the crocodile was spotted attacking the cow.

A SHOCKED motorist has spotted a cow being dragged into the Mary River by a crocodile at Maryborough.Qld.

The incident happened yesterday as the woman drove across the Henry Palmer Bridge into Maryborough.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she saw the cow on its side near the bridge and then saw the crocodile attacking it.

She said she would report the incident to the Department of Heritage and Protection.

“It was amazing to see,” she said.

The woman said she could not tell how big the crocodile was from what she had seen.

The sighting comes just weeks after wildlife rangers were on the lookout for a crocodile spotted in Tooan Tooan Creek on Hervey Bay’s Charlton Esplanade.

A spokesperson from the EHP said while the sighting could not be immediately confirmed, the warning signs were erected, but removed after 7 days.

In April two crocodiles, including one larger than a huge 4.5 metres, were spotted by staff from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

In 2015, a crocodile was captured on film near Petrie Creek at Tiaro by a Landcare group monitoring turtles.

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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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MORE LOCAL CROC STORIES HERE BELOW>>

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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WILD FERAL PIGS IN THE FRASER COAST BECOMING A BIGGER PROBLEM AFER THE HEAVY RAINS

FERAL PIGS IN THE FRASER COAST ON THE INCREASE

FERAL pig numbers are on the rise in parts of the region following the recent flooding and wet weather across the Fraser Coast.

Landowners and primary producers are urged to be vigilant and report any sightings to the council.
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Councillor for primary production and rural infrastructure James Hansen said creeks and waterways were full after the rain allowing the animals to spread.

“During the dry spell the pigs were concentrated around the few waterways that still had water in them,” he said.

“Now there’s plenty of water and plenty of food around for them and it makes it harder for landowners and vector control officers to locate and eradicate these animals.

“If any landowners see feral animals or signs of feral animals on their property, including pigs, dogs, foxes and cats, please contact council on 1300 794 929 to discuss eradication options.”

Council vector co-ordinator Col Zemek said a number of eradication options were available for local landowners having problems with feral animals.

“We offer landowners assistance with baiting and trapping and further information on successful control methods,” he said.

“The key is for landholders to remain vigilant and report any sightings.

“This way we can work together to eradicate these problem animals.”

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TORBANLEA HORSERIDERS OUT IN FORCE

Recently a group of horse riding enthusiasts went a horse riding in the streets of Torbanlea in the Fraser Coast Queensland.The following photos to view.

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THE SICK ATTITUDE OF SOME COUNCILS IN CHARGING THROUGH THE NOSE TO KEEP A PET

GREEDY GRUBBY COUNCILS DENY OLDER & YOUNGER CITIZENS

PET OWNERS ARE BEING EMOTIONALLY BLACKMAILED BY COUNCILS

PET owners are being asked to pay premium charges to keep their beloved companions.
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Councils over rate the work involved with the pet brigade & keep some overzealous compliance officers in work.Justifying their jobs & positions by keeping fees high to register the pets and even higher again if a lapdog or a small cat escapes to threaten the population with carnivorous zeal.

The little old lady or the pet loving child gets threatened with the pets extermination or a huge fine with warning to the pet owner to remove the pet from their care if the killer cat or dog escapes again from their confines.

The entire issue of pet restraint and confinement and punishment is beyond belief.It needs total revision.This is an area for retirees & families & should be a haven for more pets not fewer.

The system created by the council is for finders of dogs to report to council,whereby as a result the offending escaped dogs owner will be charged extraordinaryly high fines for letting their killer lapdog or kitten escape.

A real aussie way.Dob in your neighbour so the council workers job is easier.

Council are experts at justifying their stand on pet matters & the charges they apply.The rates set as an example speak for themselves.We here at the Fraser Coast with lonely retired people & family facilities should be the lowest not almost the highest.

We the Fraser Coast are sending a message to any incoming retirees & families,

WE ARE GOING TO TAX YOU TO THE HILT IF YOU BRING YOUR ANIMALS

Convince your kids they need plastic toys not live animals-It’s far cheaper,

They poison our water without asking us & force us to drink it

now they inflict super high charges for keeping & or maintaining a pet

I have no pets but feel greatly for those people who are financially effected
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The $105 fee payable to maintain a whole dog or cat in the Fraser Coast is more than many other local government areas.

From a list of five Queensland councils, it was found whole cat owners in the Fraser Coast faced the second highest charge.

While people who registered whole dogs were slapped with the third largest fee.

The region also rated poorly in the desexed pet category, with locals asked to pay one of the highest charges.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said he believed pet registration fees were comparable to other local government areas.

“I do think they are fair,” Cr O’Connell said.?????

“In terms of compliance for animals and animal care, it’s one of the fairly significant costs of council…really, I see pet registration as an investment in the welfare of your pets.”

Cr O’Connell said the fees had been reviewed previously.

He said they would be assessed when budget discussions commence later this year and claimed the council was working within its means. He said a pensioner discount would also be discussed.
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Comparisons:

Whole Dog

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $99.50 / pensioner $49.60
  • Bundaberg: $85 / pensioner $40
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Whole cat

  • South Burnett: $142 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $105 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $45.40 / pensioner $22.80
  • Bundaberg: $64 / pensioner $30
  • Gympie: $80 / pensioner $40

Desexed dog

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51  / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $42.20 / pensioner $15.90
  • Bundaberg: $27  / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

Desexed cat

  • South Burnett: $55 / No discounts offered
  • Fraser Coast: $51 / No discounts offered
  • Brisbane: $22.80 / pensioner $11.30
  • Bundaberg: $21 / No discounts offered
  • Gympie: $20 / No discounts offered

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