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Cairns councillor wants action on crocs

AAP logoAAP 8/09/2016 David Sigston

A far north Queensland councillor has urged the state government to act before there's a fatal crocodile attack on a Cairns beach.

Cairns councillor Brett Olds said there had been a surge in the crocodile population in the region.

"I'm not advocating a cull, remove them and take them to a crocodile farm to grow old and fat, but I'm worried if there is a death - that's exactly what's going to happen," he told AAP.

"I'm just bloody fearful it's going to happen soon," he said.

Mr Olds has been approached by a developer who has pledged $1 million a year to help fund the removal of crocodiles from popular tourist spots.

The proposal, by AAB Group managing director Adrean Boyd, has been taken to the state government by Mr Olds.

"They really need to look at it, they're down in Brisbane, they don't know what it's like up here," Mr Olds said.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is conducting its own internal review into the Crocodile Management Plan.

The EHP said 115 crocodiles had been successfully removed from the Cairns region since the plan started in 2013, and they have responded to all reported signtings.

The state government allocated $5.8 million over three years to go towards crocodile management after the death of NSW woman Cindy Waldron, 46, who was taken by a croc at Thornton Beach, north of Cairns, in May.

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