October 30th 2008
Reynolds cool on croc compo
Following the Member for Townsville, Mike Reynolds, saying today he was, "absolutely flabbergasted" the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had relocated a very large crocodile from Injinoo near Bamaga in Far North Queensland to the Townsville region, and in the light of reports by water-sport related business owners on the Island suffering as a result, Magnetic Times asked Mr Reynolds if he would support those businesses with a compensation claim against the government.
The croc's appearance, although in a traditionally quiet time tourist-wise had, according to Rob Keonen from the Arcadia News Agency next to the Island's most popular swimming beach, Alma Bay, "... a huge impact. There's no people-flow. Look at the car park - just nothing! It feels like the quietest business week since we've been here."
The Townsville Bulletin reported Mr Dave Swinburn, manager of Pleasure Divers on Magnetic Island, who claimed that every day the croc was not caught brought him a step closer to unemployment.
"The dive shop has lost about $6000 in the two weeks that swimming areas and dive sites have been off limits," according to the report.
The croc, which we have dubbed, Wighty Houdini, after the first man to report his presence on Magnetic, Paul Wightman, and Harry Houdini, after the croc's surprising escape from a creek mouth netted by the EPA last week, has now been swimming in Island waters for near to one month.
But when Magnetic Times sought Mr Reynold's support for Island businesses affected by the important but unfortunate experiment designed to provide insight into the homing instincts of crocodiles, he would only say, "I am aware of some Magnetic Island business owners who have had a reduced income. If a business owner wishes to proceed with a claim it will be their responsibility to make such a claim to the Queensland Government."
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