Passing Motorist views crocodile attacking & dragging cow into the Mary River

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The Mary River where the crocodile was spotted attacking the cow.

A SHOCKED motorist has spotted a cow being dragged into the Mary River by a crocodile at Maryborough.Qld.

The incident happened yesterday as the woman drove across the Henry Palmer Bridge into Maryborough.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she saw the cow on its side near the bridge and then saw the crocodile attacking it.

She said she would report the incident to the Department of Heritage and Protection.

“It was amazing to see,” she said.

The woman said she could not tell how big the crocodile was from what she had seen.

The sighting comes just weeks after wildlife rangers were on the lookout for a crocodile spotted in Tooan Tooan Creek on Hervey Bay’s Charlton Esplanade.

A spokesperson from the EHP said while the sighting could not be immediately confirmed, the warning signs were erected, but removed after 7 days.

In April two crocodiles, including one larger than a huge 4.5 metres, were spotted by staff from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

In 2015, a crocodile was captured on film near Petrie Creek at Tiaro by a Landcare group monitoring turtles.


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Two large crocodiles were sighted near Beaver Rock-See map below Mary River Maryborough Qld

WILDLIFE officers are continuing their search for two crocodiles lurking in the waters of Maryborough’s Mary River.


Crocodile on river mud bank

After two crocodiles, one 2.5m long and the other a massive 4.5m long, were seen by wildlife officers near Grahams Creek in April this year, the hunt has been on to find the giant reptiles and relocate them further north.

While the floating trap in Grahams Creek remains empty, members of the public have reported sightings to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection since the search began.

A spokeswoman from the DEHP told the Chronicle the most recent sightings were on Saturday, June 11, when a member of the public reported seeing two crocodiles one kilometre downstream from Beaver Rock.

“EHP wildlife officers conducted a vessel-based patrol but no crocodile was observed,” the spokeswoman said.

“There is a permanent crocodile warning sign in place at Beaver Rock boat ramp.”

The EHP wildlife officers will continue to remove the two confirmed crocodiles present in the Mary River, regular patrols are taking place and cameras have been set up along the river bank.

The floating trap in Graham’s Creek is being re-baited weekly and monitored daily by remote camera.

Members of the public are reminded that it is very important to use “CrocWise” behaviour at all times.

In particular:

  •  Obey croc warning signs
  • Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
  • Always supervise children
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.
  • Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.

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Men splashed by large crocodile while fishing from a boat in the Mary River Fraser Coast

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TWO Maryborough men suffered what they believe was a crocodile shock while they were out fishing on the Mary River.

The two men were in a boat at Walkers Point fishing for catfish when the incident happened.

One of their friends, who asked to remain anonymous, called the Chronicle in an effort to warn other boaties who might be caught by surprise in the river.

He said the anglers were hanging the fish off the side of the 14-foot boat because they didn’t want to bring the slimy catfish into the vessel.

As they continued fishing, suddenly they heard a huge splash at the side of the boat where the catfish were hanging and both men were left drenched.

Their friend said both men believed the huge splash could only have been made by a crocodile.

While the fish weren’t taken from the side of the boat, the man believes that’s what the crocodile was trying to do.

The man, himself a long-time resident and keen angler, said it was no secret there were crocodiles in the Mary and probably more than just the two that were confirmed to be in the river on April 20.

He said it was important for boaties to be aware the reptiles were in the river and to keep an eye out.

The man said it was even more important for boaties to be wary on the river after reports that a 46-year-old woman was believed to have been taken by a crocodile north of Cairns at Thornton Beach.

“After what happened in Cairns, it really sends a message home,” he said.

He said he had told the two men not to leave fish hanging over the side of the boat anymore.

The two crocodiles spotted in the river last month, including a 4.5-metre-long reptile and a smaller 2.5- metre croc, have been targeted for removal from the river.

In the past few years, two crocodiles have been taken from the Mary River and re-homed at Koorana Crocodile Farm in Rockhampton.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Parks and Wildlife encouraged Maryborough residents and anyone using the Mary River to be croc-wise.

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August 2: Monster 12-foot croc spotted off Burnett Traffic Bridge

May 31: Men splashed by ‘croc’ while fishing in the Mary River

May 15: Mary River crocodile: cold snap does not stop search

April 28: Was Mary River croc spotted near the Brolga?

April 21: Mary River crocs – why are they so far south?

April 21: OPINION: Crocodiles should be left alone in Mary River

April 20: WATCH: Wildlife officer says crocs ‘must be removed’

April 20: Wildlife officer ‘not at all surprised’ by croc sighting

Those who spotted a crocodile could also report it by calling 1300130372

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Fisherman sees several baby crocodiles in the Mary River

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WILDLIFE officers  from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are investigating after a recreational fisherman reported seeing two small crocodiles in the Mary River.

The two crocodiles, each estimated to be around 40 centimetres in length, were on top of debris drifting with the incoming tide in the middle of the main channel next to Baddow Island.

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The animals disappeared into the water when they were approached.

They were spotted on September 1.

A vessel based patrol of the section of the Mary River between the Bruce Highway bridge and Lamington Bridge at Maryborough is planned by wildlife officers.

Efforts to capture two confirmed crocodiles in the Mary River are ongoing.

A floating trap near Graham’s Creek was re-baited and a low tide vessel based patrol was carried out on August 26 2016 between the Lamington Bridge and the Barrage.

Fresh crocodile tracks were observed on the river bank near the Bruce Highway bridge upstream of Maryborough.
Members of the public are reminded to exercise CrocWise behaviour at all times. In particular:

· Obey crocodile warning signs
· Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
· Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
· Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
· Never provoke, harass or feed crocodiles
· Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
· Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
· Always supervise children
· Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.


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Fraser Coast councillors have their say on high-rise development at Urangan in Hervey Bay

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TWO councillors have voiced their opposition to building high-rises in Hervey Bay, while others want to wait to consider the development application and how it fits into the town planning scheme before voicing any opinions.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour said he was against the plans for a 20-storey twin tower development in Urangan, which he described as a massive increase in density and not how the community wanted Hervey Bay to develop.

Division 1 councillor James Hansen agreed, saying it would change the character of Hervey Bay forever and for the worse, in his opinion.

Councillor Denis Chapman voiced his support for the project, saying it was crucial for the region to continue building infrastructure, which would lead to population growth and jobs.

“I think it’s great for our region,” he said.

“It’s the way of the future.”

He said in order to hold on to green space in the area, it was necessary to consider options like high rises, which would allow for housing while minimising the region’s urban footprint.

Councillor David Lewis said he was not generally in favour of 20-storey development in Hervey Bay, but as the previous council had amended the planning scheme to allow such developments, there may be little the council could do to refuse the application.

“It is entitled to be assessed on its merits in accordance with the scheme,” he said.

Mr Lewis said he felt a 20- storey development would significantly and irrevocably alter the character of the city and its shoreline.

“Previous councils had a policy of trying to limit buildings to no higher than the tree line,” he said.

“In part this took into account the view from the beaches and the sea.

“I think that was a good policy.”

Councillor Paul Truscott said the planning scheme specifically supported this type of development.

“I will consider the development on its merits when it is presented to full council,” he said.

Councillor Darren Everard said he also needed time to consider the application before voicing an opinion, while councillor Rolf Light said it would be inappropriate to make a comment before considering all the facts and whether the development met the criteria in the current town planning scheme.

Councillors Anne Maddern, Daniel Sanderson, Stuart Taylor and Mayor Chris Loft were contacted, but had not responded at the time of going to print.

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Editors Note

**This is a great opportunity for us Fraser Coast residents to join the real world & get jobs & prosperity for the region.Not only in construction but thereafter with servicing the development & its occupants.We have many kilometres of beach shoreline in the Fraser Coast Region and just a tiny portion of that allocated for such a development is a pittance of a price to pay for the good it will do & bring to the community. Most of us are getting tired of this region being branded as one of the most unemployed regions in the nation.

The quicker this and similar developments take shape the better but in a controlled and well planned manner.


Water from Colton Mine will “improve Mary River” says New Hope Coal

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The proposed open-cut Colton coal mine is facing a legal challenge in the Queensland Land Court in Brisbane.

Community group Aldershot and District Against Mining has objected to the mine based on dust and noise concerns as well as Colton’s proposal to discharge water into the Mary River.

But Colton lawyer Damien O’Brien told the court the proposed water discharge was not involved in the mining process and was “chemically benign”.

Mr O’Brien said the discharge could help offset water released from an upstream sewage treatment plant.
“It’s actually of a cleaner standard than the water in the Mary River,” Mr O’Brien said.

He said the water was runoff collected from the mine and stored in a different dam than any water used in the mining process.

Mr O’Brien said experts from Colton and ADAM agreed on noise and dust restrictions – except for the possibility of real-time noise monitoring.

The hearing is expected to finish later this week.


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EARLIER: Controversial New Hope Coal project dragged into court

A PROPOSED Fraser  Coast coal mine will be the focal point of a Brisbane court hearing today.

The  Land Court this morning will start hearing arguments in the legal challenge against the proposed Colton open-cut coal mine near Maryborough.

Aldershot and District Against Mining Group will argue the New Hope Coal project could put the Great Sandy Strait at risk if it is allowed to go ahead with plans to discharge untreated waste water from the mine into the Mary River.

The group will argue drinking water could be tainted, there will be excess noise from the mine and  coal dust could also be a major issue for the residents of Aldershot.

The proposed mine is about 2km outside the village.


Numbers were down from previous years I was told but still some interesting outfits & people attended this famous & much loved event in Maryborough Queensland Australia. Some pics & stuff for your enjoyment below











Interesting article below from the Fraser Coast Newspaper where it was said that nice older guys are treated with suspicion . When I was covering this event with my sturdy Olympic hand camera & was videoing some of the patrons of this event in the street it was not appropriate that I was called a paedophile by one of the girls because I was filming the event & the group walking the streets for my web site

Sad when a citizen [an older one at that] cannot record an event such as this without some misguided person making comments that tarnish the integrity of the event.


I am just grateful that this is probably a one off incident by a confused individual attending.

Most attendees were certainly a pleasure to praise in them adding colour & vitality to the city of Maryborough Qld

We must make allowances for drunken behaviour so we move on.

This comment is just to support the comments made below in the Fraser Coast Chronicle article

HAS the presumed innocence of older men been lost in today’s society?

OPINION: We should stop assuming nice older men are creeps

HAS the presumed innocence of older men been lost in today’s society?

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UNITED FRONT: Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders joined Downer EDI workers rallying for more company contracts to safeguard jobs.

MARYBOROUGH’S Downer EDI will share in a $400 million maintenance contract which will secure the jobs of 200 workers at the factory for seven years.

The Chronicle can reveal Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has directed Queensland Rail to negotiate the $400 million maintenance contract with Downer’s Maryborough centre and UGL in Townsville.


HerveyB – Pialba: “Wonderful news for Maryborough, and hopefully it will be the start of greater things to come, with more contracts for the firm in Maryborough.”

Ragamuffin4 – Maryborough: “About time our political parties woke up and started supporting Australian workers as the modern trend of today with all politicians is support overseas company’s and forgot about when Australian workers are employed they pay taxes, but when unemployed they cost Australian tax payers money and when all said and done wasn’t it a labor party that gave all the contracts to china that would have maintained a strong workfoce at edi in Maryborough.”

Terry01 – Harristown: “And along will come the union and decide when work will take place all because they don’t want anyone looking into the running’s of their business. Don’t worry about the workers who actually pay the union leaders how they will get on financially during your strike, just use them as your pawns for your political agenda.”


HELP WANTED: Workers from Downer rally outside their workplace to win more contracts for their company – and job security for workers. Alistair Brightman

Downer EDI is expected to receive about half of that $400 million package of rolling stock maintenance and overhaul works.

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders said the partnership would provide vital projects for Downer and its Maryborough workforce of more than 200.

“This is the start of a revitalisation of Maryborough – this is just the start,” he said.

“I was elected to protect the future of Downer and that’s certainly what I and this government is doing.

“This will secure the future of Downer and the future of Maryborough.”

Projects will include the overhaul and modification of Queensland Rail’s L-series carriages, the diesel Tilt Trains, train units, locomotives and wheel sets.

The contract announcement comes as a grassroots campaign to save Maryborough manufacturing jobs was held at the City Hall last night.

Ahead of her visit to Maryborough this afternoon Ms Palaszczuk said the State Government direction would create a pipeline of guaranteed work for seven years to support jobs.

“My focus is on jobs for Queenslanders, especially in regional Queensland,” she said.

“This announcement is a vote of confidence in the future of the Queensland railway industry and reflects my government’s determination to ensure it can flourish as an important part of our state’s economy.”

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Queensland Rail had $400 million in planned maintenance and overhaul projects needed for its rolling stock over the next seven years which would provide a steady stream of local work.


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Property owners told to pay FCRCouncil rates or homes will be sold at auction

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THE Fraser Coast Regional Council is set to auction off 74 homes to recover more than $887,000 in outstanding rates.

But Bill Towers says his home should not be one of them after he paid off more than $10,000 in rates last week.

The Granville man was left upset and embarrassed after his home was included among the list of homes and properties to be auctioned, which was made public by the council this week.

Bill said he had been in contact with the council last week and the amount had been paid in full.

For others, the struggle to pay off the rates debt before the auction on March 16 continues.

A 77-YEAR-OLD Torquay man, who asked not to be named, said his home had been on the market for three weeks and he was in a race to sell his home for an appropriate price before it went up for auction at a reserve determined by the council.

“I don’t like the way the council goes about it – selling a person’s home from under them,” the man said.He said that with a bit of patience, the council would have the money owed to them.”I want to sell it in my time for my price,” he said.

“We are trying to do the right thing.”

Severe health problems played a role in both Bill and the elderly Torquay man falling behind in their rates, with both saying they wished council had shown more compassion for their circumstances.

But the council said putting a house up for auction was one of the final steps in its recovery process in situations where rates remained unpaid for three years or more.

“If owners do not wish to enter into a payment plan to substantially reduce the amount outstanding within a reasonable period, when the rates exceed three years overdue, the property owners are advised that the property would be recommended for sale at a public auction,” council chief executive officer Lisa Desmond said.

Property owners have until the sale starts to remove the property from the auction list by payment of the full amount.

“Under the Local Government Act, council can take action to recover unpaid rates if the rates are overdue for three years or greater,” she said.

“Once the land is sold, council only retains the value of the outstanding rates and charges with the balance provided to the mortgage holder or property owner.”

Last year 82 properties were set to be placed up for auction to reclaim $1.4 million in outstanding rates.

But of these, fewer than 10 were auctioned off on the day.


  • HadagutfullMaryborough 14 hours ago
    Maybe if rates were not as high as they are and continually “gouged” by this so called “regional” council, people may be able to afford to live here but when you have people on a salary in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, they simply don’t care. Pay up, sell up or get out is their attitude. As I have said previously, you rarely seen anything like this before amalgamation, either here or in Hervey Bay… I wonder why, maybe because of the money wasting FCRC who continually increase rates so they have more money to pay for their idiotic ideas… roll on March 19th.


  • VagabondMaryborough 13 hours ago
    “$887,000 in outstanding rates” means a short fall in council’s budget or they borrow the money to make up for the rates. If the money to cover this short fall is borrowed it means we pay interest on the loan. The other option is to cut services/infrastructure by $887,000.

    Why should those who pay their rates suffer because some people can’t or won’t?

    These people have had three years to front council and make some offer to pay, if only $25 or $30 per week.


  • ernest2Urraween 13 hours ago
    When the council sold off houses before they made no attempt to get a market rate, the auctions were not advertised properly and only a few people knew about it ? the result was that the houses sold for less then half their worth and the owners got little from it . As long as our council got it’s pound of flesh they cared nothing about the owners and celebrated their win and how clever they were . YUCK.


  • HerveyBPialba 11 hours ago
    Seems to quite a lack of communications between Council Departments when a house that had its rates fully paid for still appears on the list of those being sold, There has to be an enquiry into the running of the Council and find out what else goes wrong, although the list would be endless.


  • Jerabek2Tiaro 10 hours ago
    Yes the Mayor needs the $$$ for more Rocks in Parks, BBQs, skating
    $100,000 for a platform for a bronze Turtle…… well spent…worth loosing your home for?????????


  • Michael-1961Urangan 10 hours ago
    It is a difficult decision and if you see the hoops the council has to get to before this there are many. There will be no winners in this it is just part of the the difficult and hard things councils have to do best of luck to all


  • duck1952Howard 9 hours ago
    FCRC may have the right to recover the monies owed BUT in a compassionate manner and if sold should receive the TRUE MARKET VALUE of these properties or close to market value.
    If this Council is so concerned about $887.000 back rates and desperate for this money ,” PLEASE ,PLEASE EXPLAIN CEO ” the appointment of the 4th DIRECTOR at around $350.00O per year give or take a few dollars PLEASE explain THE jobs for the boys totally wasted monies AND JUSTIFY IN WRITING AROUND $1 MILLION OVER 3 YEARS FOR THIS TOTAL WASTE or do you have the need to embarrass these ratepayers due to unfortunate circumstances BUT then again you do a lot of running and hiding from enforcing Local Government Acts and Laws out here at Howard to suit yourself . Refer to page 1 minutes of FCRC Ordinary Meeting 10/2/16 for verification of 4 DIRECTORS but then again after March 19 much MASSIVE SAVINGS will be achieved with 5 positions going under the microscope .


  • KiwiBayHervey Bay 8 hours ago
    I certainly don’t agree with the level of rates we pay here in Hervey Bay (disgustingly high for what we get) but if you don’t pay your rates, then you will eventually lose out. If you’re struggling to pay your rates then talk to the council early rather than wait for the debt to build up over 3-4 years and DON’T drag out that out ‘health problems’ excuse either.


  • ozbirkoPoint Vernon 6 hours ago
    Interestingly, many countries have a different approach to rates..they only pay a rate determined at the last sale, plus ongoing CPI, and this remains in place until the next time the property is is then re-evaluated and set at a new level based on value at that time. This prevents people being priced out of their homes as the property value increases, but their income drops in retirement. They get to remain in the house that that have lived in for years (sometimes decades), and paid rates towards the services that later generations will benefit from. Stops cashed up sharks waiting for desperate pensioners to be forced out and picking up the property at auctions such as this. Our current system is totally unfair IMHO.


  • ACBOCALLCENTREMaryborough an hour ago
    Duck 1952 tells us this>
    ” PLEASE ,PLEASE EXPLAIN CEO ” the appointment of the 4th DIRECTOR at around $350.00O per year give or take a few dollars ”
    If this is the case where 4 FCRC council employees are being paid around $350k each we should be very concerned & be class action driven if not dutifully publicly explained in detail by council to its constituents.
    Does not however allow us to not pay our rates



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