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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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Statement of actions takemby the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport 4.4. Risk assessment Management plans have been developed for each of the Parks located in regions that are inhabited by crocodiles. A Plan has been completed for nine Parks, Reserves and Management Zones, including; Darwin Harbour, Outer Darwin Rural Residential Area, Katherine River, Borroloola Management Zone, Elsey National Park. Flora River Nature Park, Limmen National Park, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge and Leliyn), Barranyi National Park, Wearyan River (Manangora) Cycad Site and Caranbirini Conservation Reserve. The plans are available on the Departments website. The Darwin Harbour Management Zone is reviewed every six months to analyse the risk and assess the number and placement of traps. An additional two traps were installed at the end of the 2009/10 wet season after an analysis of the Darwin Harbour Management Zone. The Department records crocodile capture information as collected by Parks and . Wildlife staff across the Top End and Katherine. This information is regularly analysed to assess and identify changes in density and areas of increasing risk. A review of the information is completed every six months and used to reassess the number and placement of traps. Legislative amendments have been proposed to the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act specifically relating to the public interfering with crocodile traps and subsequently putting themselves and others at risk of attack. Cabinet approved drafting instructions. The draft bill has been prepared and will be circulated in July. Ail existing personnel required to undertake crocodile management activities have undertaken extensive training. This includes five Parks and Wildlife staff and seven Indigenous Rangers. 4.5. Removal of problem crocodiles An additional 20 crocodile traps were manufactured following receipt of $150 000 from Cabinet in 2009-10. Of the 20 new traps, five were used to replace unrepairable traps, and 15 have been used as new mobile traps in the freshwater river systems, including two for Litchfield National Park and one for the Katherine River. j The Department introduced an additional 16 crocodile traps in the new Darwin rural management zone. The traps are relocated as required in response to a problem crocodile, and are removed in the wet season due to rising waters. The traps are checked and rebaited weekly as part of the Management program. The location and number of traps is reviewed regularly in response to crocodile captures to determine the location and number of traps required. The total number of crocodile traps available for this task will be reviewed every six months or as required in response to an assessment of crocodile captures. In response to an analysis of current crocodile activity trends, the Department introduced an additional two traps to Darwin Harbour following the 2009-10 wet season. There are currently 22 traps located in the Darwin Harbour Management Zone. This will be revised every six months or as required in response to an analysis of captures in Darwin Harbour, the Darwin rural management zone and the Katherine River.

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