Croc traps but no staff, inquest told

The Territory Government has not approved funding for new park rangers despite promising extreme measures to control and monitor crocodiles in Darwin, an inquest has heard.

The two-day coronial inquest into the death of Briony Goodsell, 11, who was taken by a 3m crocodile near her home in the rural area last year finished yesterday.

Parks and Wildlife executive director Graham Phelps was the last to give evidence, and told the inquest his department had been given extra croc traps and a boat, but funding for extra staff had not been approved.

The new five-year crocodile management plan was signed off by Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett in September last year, and came into effect then.

It included a $140,000 public awareness campaign and 20 new crocodile traps, received in January.

Counsel assisting the coroner Helen Roberts asked Coroner Greg Cavanagh in her closing statement to consider recommending more staff for the three-person crocodile management team.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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