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President’s Message

Aug 10, 2018

President’s Message

Aug 10, 2018

In March this year, KAP State Member for Hill Shane Knuth re-introduced the Safer Waterways Bill to Parliament, calling on the Innovation Tourism Development and Environment Committee to schedule public hearings in North Queensland. 

The Public Hearings are to be held this month in Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville and Mackay.

The Safer Waterways Bill calls for self-management of crocodiles through the establishment of the Queensland Crocodile Authority based in Far North Queensland. This enables a fast response and more effective management of crocodile numbers in the region, particularly in heavily populated areas, and tourist destinations.

The public hearings are a very positive step in allowing North Queenslanders the opportunity to address the committee and describe the problems first hand, demonstrating how big an issue crocodile numbers are to those that live and work in the region.  We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say and support the Safer Waterways Bill.

The hearings are open to members of the public to attend as observers.  You can also register your interest to speak at one of the hearings by emailing ITDEC@parliament.qld.gov.au or phone 07 3553 6662.

Details of the public hearings are as follows;
Cairns
Date: Monday 27th August 2018
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Venue: Reef Room, Pullman Reef Hotel, Wharf Street, Cairns

Port Douglas
Date: Monday 27th August 2018
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Temple Room, Pullman Port Douglas, Mitre Street, Port Douglas

Townsville
Date: Tuesday 28th August 2018
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Kingston Room, Rydges Southbank Townsville, Palmer Street, Townsville

Mackay
Date: Wednesday 29th August 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:45am
Venue: Flinders Room, Rydges Mackay Grand Suites, Gregory Street, Mackay

For further information on the Safer Waterways Bill click here

Shane Paulger
KAP President