New boat boosts wildlife management in M'boro

THE management of crocodiles and other wildlife in the Maryborough region has been boosted with the arrival of a new fast and flexible boat.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said the new boat, the Brolga, had been delivered to its base after successful open water trials.

The arrival of the boat follows the reported sighting of a 2m croc in the water near the boat ramp at popular Hervey Bay swimming spot Shelly Beach about 4pm on Thursday.

"Our Queensland Government is committed to conserving crocodiles while keeping people safe on our waterways and a big part of that is investing in the tools that will enable our wildlife officers to do their jobs most effectively," she said.

"That's why we've invested $250,000 in three new boats, which will be based in Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Mackay, each one selected specifically to suit local requirements."

"Here in the Maryborough region it is important that the new boat is capable of operating just as effectively at sea as in the quieter waters of the Mary and other local rivers.

"We also wanted to ensure that wildlife officers had that extra flexibility to assist with other operations as required - including marine strandings, whale watching monitoring and responding to incidents such as oil spills."

Crocodiles are not common in the Maryborough region but are automatically targeted for removal if they venture south of the Boyne River.

"The ongoing efforts to remove the Mary River crocodile have demonstrated this can take time, particularly when the animal in question is wary of human activity," Mrs Maddern said.

She said if people believed there was a crocodile in the vicinity, it was important to report it to EHP on 1300 130 372.

Crocwise behaviour

  • Obey croc warning signs
  • Don't swimming or letting 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
  • Always supervise children.