The Crocodile Dundees of the world are being called upon to help rid all crocs, large and small, from a number of waterways in far north Queensland.
The state government wants to remove crocodiles from Trinity Inlet in Cairns to Ellis Beach, about 50 kms north.
The waterways to be targeted include Lake Placid, the namesake of a 1999 horror film about a giant man-eating croc.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell says all crocodiles, regardless of size, will be removed.
‘While this is crocodile habitat, it is also an area where 160,000 people live and tourists come to visit,’ he said on Tuesday.
‘Crocodiles cannot co-exist with people in this highly populated area and they have to go.’
Mr Powell is calling for experts to submit expressions of interest for a 12-month contract and trial period to help the government’s wildlife officers trap and relocate crocs, most likely to a croc farm or zoo.
Queensland wildlife officers caught a three-metre croc in Thomatis Creek, north of Cairns’ CBD on Sunday night and trapped a 2.5 metre crocodile in the Barron River on Tuesday.
Member for Barron River Michael Trout says it’s difficult to say how many crocs there are in the area.
‘However, we do know there would be dozens in some parts of these waterways,’ he said.