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Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018



Katherine Times Wed 25 Apr 2018


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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NEWS WednesdayApril 25, 2018 KATHERINETIMES 3katherinetimes.com.au Most are against any croc culling CROCS were the talk of the town last week with an increase in captures reigniting a culling debate. A poll conducted by the Katherine Times last week show most still opposed any culling. In a good response to the poll with more than 200 voting, more than 60 per cent were against culling. In March, NT Parks and Wildlife pulled out two, almost-four-metre crocs from the gorge. Just last week, freshly baited traps near the centre of Katherine and just upstream near a popular swimming hole were both triggered catching four crocodiles. One of the traps hadnt caught a saltie for almost two decades. In past years, Katherine has only recorded about four crocodile captures in the entire season. Our tally for the year so far is up to seven. Katherine Mayor Fay Miller said she is concerned that crocodile populations are increasing in popular tourist destinations where people swim. On board with culling crocodiles Mayor Miller is calling on the NT Government to start looking at a long termmanagement plan. NT Parks and Wildlife rangers are doing a great job at catching and trapping. But we went from culling many moons ago to nothing at all and weve seen a significant increase. Its time for the government to start looking at control, she said. Katherine Times also spoke to Katherine MLA SandraNelsonwho said culling is the extreme option, instead backing a croc-wise education program. If the current management plan isnt effective I would support culling, she said. I would like to thoroughly read through the management plan to see what other options are available first. Ms Nelson said that the wild beasts add to the attraction of the NT. For a tourist I think its great, Its not everyday you can go down a river and see a crocodile, you definitely cant do that in other parts of Australia, Ms Nelson said last week. BY ROXANNE FITZGERALD A poll conductedby the KatherineTimes last week showmost still opposed any culling. NOTHING could have prepared Lauren and Brett Monaghan for the birth of their first child. Not even watching hours of One Born Every Minute episodes in preparation. It just doesnt do it justice, MrsMonaghan said. You think youd know what it would be like, but actually nowords describe how out of this world painful it is. On Tuesday last week, Mrs Monaghan gave birth to beautiful baby girl, Amelia Matulis Monaghan at Katherine Hospital. Her waters broke before contractions started and after a 48-hour wait doctors decided to induce. I was induced at midday and I wanted a natural birth. The couple, who moved from Melbourne two years ago for work, said that more children are possibly on the cards, but drugs are a sure thing next time. Its always a unique experience, and Im glad I did it, but you have to know your limits, you could have hours of labour left. The Monaghans said they were especially appreciative with professionalism of hospital staff. Unique experience couples baby joy ROXANNE FITZGERALD Mr and Mrs Monaghan with their new born baby Amelia Matulis Monaghan Timber Creek - Mataranka - Katherine Pine Creek - Katherine Rural Regions P: 08 8971 0000 Owner/Director Cale Peirce WWW.KATHERINESHEDSANDGARAGES.COM.AU Sheds & Garages Carports Workshops Open Arenas Machinery & Industrial Sheds A W 33 16 45 1 Come and see us for help managing your tax affair's A W 32 61 46 4 KATHERINE ACCOUNTING SERVICES PTY LTD 16 Fourth Street, Katherine | Phone 8972 3384 Email: admin@katherineaccountingservices.com.au WE ARE HERE TO HELP! DO YOU HAVE ADO YOU HAVE A TAX PROBLEM Stay at Value In n between 16th A pril and 31st May 2018 for th e chance to win this amazin g prize! 50 Mitchell Street Darwin City | 08 8981 4733 reservation@valueinn.com.au | Book online @ valueinn.com.au 50 Mitchell Street Darwin City | 08 WINWIN V8 AdreNAlINe PAckAge 15-17 JuNe 2018 3 day pass for 2 to the V8 Supercars 3 nights accommodation at Value Inn Cage of Death dive for 2 at Crocosaurus Cove