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Crocodile Management Policy Pilot Areas (Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Townsville)

Crocodile Management Plans

The Queensland Government has changed the way it manages crocodiles in Queensland. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has developed a new crocodile management policy that strikes an improved balance between community safety and crocodile conservation.

Implementation of the new crocodile management policy has started with the development of Crocodile Management Plans (CMPs) for the Cairns, Townsville, Hinchinbrook and Cassowary Coast local government areas. These areas have been chosen as they experience a higher level of potential crocodile-human interaction than other population centres on the east coast of the state. 

Under the new policy, CMPs have been developed in consultation with Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council and Townsville City Council. Modelled on the Northern Territory's three-tiered approach, the plans set out a risk-based approach to crocodile management consisting of 3 different zones:

  • Zone 1: The objective is to prevent crocodiles from entering the zone and remove all crocodiles that enter into it
  • Zone 2: The objective is to remove all crocodiles two metres or greater in length or any crocodile displaying aggressive behaviour once a sighting is confirmed
  • Zone 3: The objective is to remove crocodiles of concern. 

The CMPs will be valid for 3 years from 1 January 2013 and will be 'living documents'. Over the life of the CMPs, remaining areas of the state will continue to be managed in accordance with the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Management Plan 2007, where any crocodile of concern will be targeted for removal from the wild.

Cairns Crocodile Management Plan (PDF, 276K)*.

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Last updated
19 November 2014