In defence of Bob's crocodile cull
I must take you to task about Bob Katter's crocodile comments (editorial Feb 11).
I live among them on Cape York Peninsula and there are many more salt water crocs now than ever before, albeit some do disappear each year from non-natural causes.
When we see tourists up here every resident I know warns them of the crocodile danger in any water.
While there are few crocodiles in Lake Moondarra you should be aware that every crocodile from a foot long to 25 foot is a potential man eater and there is no such thing as a passive croc in spite of what the armchair experts of the NPWS might claim.
There are many incidents where crocodiles attack tinnies and lunge at fishermen that are never reported.
The Bloomfield River has more resident crocodiles than ever did the Daintree and they are just as dangerous and I dare you to swim in the Jardine River or any of its tributaries or any other water up here including the ocean.
I have seen crocodiles ten kilometres from any water slithering along the dirt in the dry looking for a dam to infest.
One pastoral property in the Weipa district has 70 dams and 30 of them are home to crocodiles of all sizes.
Why not ask the cattleman near Burketown when 12 years ago he found 63 plastic cattle ear tags in a large dead croc?
What is the cost to the pastoral industry?
Any ground water from a foot deep is a habitat.
Katter is absolutely right and a cull across the state and NT is urgently needed.
Rail link for northern Australia
The Prime minister talks about reducing carbon emission from trucks so proposals for railway connection between Mount Isa and Tennant Creek and Katherine and Kununurra are must to achieve such goals.
Then there is issue with Darwin port has been leased to China for 99 years.
This can be undone, be building alternative port in Wyndham 80 km from Kununurra and extend the railway line there.
If Australia want to diversify and find markets out of China in Middle- East, Africa and India, then extending the railway from Townsville to Broome in WA is must.
Broome will be serving as port of north Australia, for export to above markets.
Wyndham will serve traditional markets for which Darwin port was built.
If John Olsen was able to achieve to build railway from Alice Springs so Scott Morrison can build railway from Townsville to Broome, the same way as John Olsen did.
Anzac Day school awards now open
THE 2021 Anzac Day Schools' Awards are now open, encouraging students to learn about veteran service and Australian wartime history by asking the question, 'what does commemoration look like in your community?'
The awards honour the service and sacrifice of Australians across a range of conflicts and peacekeeping operations and encouraged students to find out more about our military history.
This year students are being asked to look at the importance of commemoration to local communities and how that has changed over time in our society.
The awards encourage the next generation of Australians to study and gain a deeper understanding of Australia's wartime history - from the First World War to modern day conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
I encourage all schools across Australia to take part in this competition and I look forward to seeing this year's entries showcasing how our local communities commemorate the service and sacrifice of our service men and women.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs