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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



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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we respond to those particular sightings ....depending on the situation we may go out and harpoon those animals or we may set a trap. He and his team also engage regularly with the media and take part in public education activities with respect to crocodile safety. 22. The draft 2009-2014 Plan was amended after Brionys death to place a greater focus on public safety, both in terms of the Objectives of the Plan and its content. I was told by the Executive Director of the Department, Mr Graham Phelps, about the new initiatives included in the present Plan. I was told (at transcript p 82) that: the crocodile management zone has been extended to the Darwin rural area and that there will be increased intensity of trapping, an increased surveillance of the receding water bodies as the dry season approaches, increased surveys on the Adelaide River, and the development of a monitoring program for the Darwin rural freshwater areas, and increased intelligence gathering about human as well as crocodile activities. The Additional Increased public safety measures to be implemented in the Darwin Rural Area are set out on page 30 of the Crocodile Management Plan prepared and approved by the NT government. Sections 4.4 - 4.6 of the Crocodile Management Plan set out all of the measures that the NT government indicates it will take to improve public safety, including the ones I have already referred to, and includes Performance Indicators related to those stated measures. 23. k J < I heard evidence that funding had been approved for the purchase of 20 new traps (and those traps have been purchased), however funding was not approved to increase staff numbers to the crocodile management team who set, monitor, and check those traps as well as respond to calls from the public about crocodiles in those traps or damage to those traps. Funding has not been provided to commence the program to monitor crocodile populations in freshwater rural areas. It is obvious that if the rangers ox 24. 9

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