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Be Crocwise safety campaign launched

Estuarine crocodile
Estuarine crocodile Credit - Corrin Everitt/DBCA

Residents and visitors to the Kimberley are being encouraged to Be Crocwise this summer, following a spike in saltwater crocodile numbers and sightings across the region.

Be Crocwise – a new safety campaign educating people to be safe in and around Kimberley waters – has been adopted from the Northern Territory, creating consistent messaging across the top end of Australia.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service Kimberley regional manager Daryl Moncrieff said it was important for people to be aware of the risks associated with proximity to crocodiles.

“It appears not only the number but also the size of the individual animals is increasing so it is a timely reminder about the presence of crocodiles in the Kimberley and to Be Crocwise,” Mr Moncrieff said.

“It is important to remind people of the dangers when people are out camping, fishing, boating and swimming in the Kimberley, which is a known crocodile habitat.

“One common misconception is that estuarine crocodiles only live in saltwater, when in fact they can be found in freshwater habitats far from the coast, such as rivers and billabongs.”

DBCA is working with local governments and traditional owners to implement and promote the campaign including the installation of safety signage, hosting stalls at community events, school activities and utilising social media and advertising to increase people’s knowledge and awareness about what to do around crocodiles risk areas.

For further information on the campaign or to notify the department of a crocodile sighting, please contact Parks and Wildlife Service Broome office on 9195 5500 or Kununurra office on 9168 4200.

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