Coroner's Act In the Matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations into the death of Briony Anne Goodsell pursuant to section 46B dated 30 August 2010
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evidence before this inquest confirmed my impression gleaned from media reports that crocodiles are increasingly present in what would be regarded as semi rural or even urban areas of Darwin. It is for this reason that the new public education campaign CrocWise, seeks to convey the message that if a waterway is not designated as safe for swimming, the public should assume that it may be inhabited by saltwater crocodiles and it is not safe to swim there. Despite its name, the saltwater crocodile can occur in almost any freshwater (or saltwater) body in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Crocodile Culling A view was expressed by Winston Anspach, part of Brionys family, that crocodiles are out of control and closer and closer to populated areas and that we should reduce the numbers [by culling]. I understand that there are members of the public who share this view. 1 heard expert evidence from crocodile expert Professor Grahame Webb (by way of a written report) and Dr John Woinarski of the Biodiversity and Conservation Division of the Department. With respect to culling, both scientists explained that removing crocodiles from designated large areas is neither practical nor achievable. Dr Woinarski. explained that (i) if crocodiles are removed from a particular area, other crocodiles will move in to inhabit that area each wet season; (ii) suggesting to the community that crocodiles have been culled from a sizeable area may give a false sense of security; and (iii) reducing crocodile numbers to the point that they qualify again as a threatened species would be in contravention of Australian law. I accept this evidence. 17 J The Saltwater Crocodile Management Plan 18. I had in evidence before me the NT Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile 2005-2010, which was the plan in place at the time of Brionys death, and I also had in evidence the 2009-2014 Plan which is the presently applicable plan. The Management Plan is prepared under the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act and prepared by the Biodiversity Division of 7
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