Dr Burns and Territory Environment Minister, Marion Scrymgour, the
delegation, consisting of indigenous representatives, cattlemen and
crocodile experts, will seek to discuss the Territory’s plan to allow
limited crocodile safari hunting in the Territory.
safari hunting of 25 adult crocodiles will not have a negative impact on
the Territory’s highly successful crocodile management program, which
has seen crocodile populations in the Territory grow significantly in
recent years,” Dr Burns said.
Dr Burns said
the provision for safari hunting of 25 adult crocodiles to be harvested
each year would not increase the current quota of 600 adult crocodiles.
Government received overwhelmingly positive submissions to the plan
supportive of the introduction of safari hunting - which will not affect
the current quota of crocodiles removed from the wild for safety reasons
disappointed that the Federal Environment Minister Dr Kemp appears to have
concerns over the safari hunting proposal as part of the plan, so Ms
Scrymgour and I are now taking a six person team to
Commonwealth cannot blatantly disregard a proposal that won’t have any
adverse affect on current numbers of crocodiles being harvested, but will
provide enormous economic spin-offs, particularly for Aboriginal
communities and pastoral lessees.
Dr Burns said
that he would also be seeking a meeting with the Commonwealth to discuss
the serious impact on the Territory’s pastoral and tourism industries
caused by the closure of the
Scrymgour stated that she would be holding meetings with various groups
and agencies on a number of environmental issues, including discussions
about greenhouse strategies.
will be seeking to discuss better bushfire management in savannah areas
with the Commonwealth while in
“I will also be seeking to discuss with the Commonwealth infrastructure issues relating to services to some of the Territory’s offshore islands,” Ms Scyrmgour said.