The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010
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2 Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 14 27 38 12 12 9 14 27 27 29 31 15 32 34 A HORROR car crash in which five young men were killed and a 15-year-old girl seriously injured was every parents nightmare, Acting Victorian Roads Minister Tim Holding said. THE whos who of Australian actors in Hollywood turned out at the weekend to honour all things Aussie including sportsman Greg Norman. SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton has pledged US support for Haitis recovery from a devastating earthquake, in a lightning visit to the hub of relief operations for the Caribbean nation. HOSPITALISED one week, running rings around Waratahs the next. Rupert Pupangamirri checked himself out of Nguiu hospital on Monday, returned to training and played lead role in the Tiwi Bombers 89-point thrashing of Tahs at TIO Stadium on Saturday. OUR SOUR SAAYY...... ...at a glance...at a glance GET YOURS DELIVERED! Call 8944 9901 NORTHERN Territory Police speed cameras will be in the following areas today: Wake up to the Territorys favourite newspapers GET YOUR AND HOME DELIVERED 9 THETerritory economy seems to haveweathered the global financial crisis in good shape and is headed towards sustained prosperity. EDITORIAL: P12 DARWIN: Bagot Rd; Gilruth Ave; Berrimah Rd, Berrimah; Stuart Highway, Parap. NORTHERN SUBURBS: Dripstone Rd; Rothdale Rd; Trower Rd; Vanderlin Drive. PALMERSTON: Temple Tce; Tilston Ave; University Ave; Wishart Rd. RURAL: Arnhem Highway; Stuart Highway, Coolalinga; Virginia Rd; Whitewood Rd. Toomany big crocs putting lives at risk ByNADJAHAINKE Are we going to put human lives infront of crocs or crocs in front of human lives A RENOWNED croc hunter has warned saltwater crocodiles would continue to kill despite a no tolerance plan promising to control the deadly animals. Crocodile Mick Pitman has handled the killer machines for more than 30 years. But he said the number of large animals in Top End waters had reached abnormal levels. Ive been to Queensland, PNG and Ive never seen so many 3m to 4m crocodiles in the river systems like here, he said. Some of the areas that surround Darwin and even out at Kakadu are like volcanos at the moment. Large mature animals are just overflowing like lava. The number of salties in the Top End is believed to have risen from about 3000 to more than 100,000 since croc shooting was made illegal in the 1970s. A new croc management plan, which was triggered by the death of croc victim Briony Goodsell, 11, included a 50km no tolerance zone around Darwin and an additional 20 traps. Mr Pitman said the zone was too small. And he said the plan gave people the idea they were safe swimming within the zone. Its not a safe zone, he said. Crocodiles are killers and not friendly little animals. People think oh well, when theyre cleaning them out in the 50km zone, it should be reasonably safe. But thats not the case because you always have animals slipping through. The Environment Department is reluctant to extend the plan, saying saltwater crocodiles were key predators and major decreases could damage the river systems. It said crocodiles were a valuable tourist attraction but Mr Pitman retorted that lives were more important than tourist dollars. Are we going to put human lives in front of crocs or crocs in front of human lives, he said. Mr Pitman is also a strong advocate of including traditional owners in the management plan and ensuring revenue is made from dead animals through their skin and safari hunting. Pool shop shock as snapper drops in MEASURING UP: John Fulton and his son Wylie ran the ruler over their little intruder From Page 1 you find a croc in a pool in Yarrawonga. We turned up for work and went out to have a look at our display pool area and there was a little 2ft crocodile swimming around in the pools, he said. We thought we had to get him out before anyone came in, because you never know what might happen with a crocodile. (We were) very surprised, I thought somebody may have thrown it over the fence, but it could have come up at the back where the swamp is as well. Theres a lot of them around at the moment. Our back area is pretty swampy and it goes back all the way to the Howard River, it could have come in anywhere. And the little croc which had not been aged by having parts of his tail marked was making the most of his unexpected visit. He was back and forth and back and forth right across the pool, Mr Fulton said. He was quite comfortable. Hes very very healthy fat and healthy, he said. Looks like he has just had a feed. It is not the first time the pristine waters of the display pools have attracted a croc. About six months ago, (another croc) was here in the yard, Mr Fulton said. Unfortunately it was dead when we retrieved it this one is alive and kicking and well. The snappy sort was kept until he could be collected by Parks and Wildlife on Friday. Anyone who spots a crocodile thats not in the wild can report it to Parks and Wildlife on 0419 822 859. For further information about crocs, visit www.nt.gov.au/ becrocwise