Inspectors move in after croc sighting at Mt Morgan Dam

DEPARTMENT of Environment officers will today inspect the Mt Morgan Dam after a reported croc sighting earlier this week.

A picture of the croc, said to be about 1.5m long, was doing the rounds on Facebook yesterday.

The presence of crocodiles in the dam has long been a matter for speculation.

The photo was taken on Tuesday by a teenager who lives in the town.

The teenager yesterday said he'd been going up to the dam regularly in recent days and spotted the croc sunning itself.

"It was only a small croc, about 1.5m," he said. "It wasn't doing much, just doing its thing."

He said he enjoyed swimming in the area.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment confirmed a report was received on Tuesday and an inspection would be undertaken today.

"Anyone in the vicinity of the dam should exercise caution and be mindful of appropriate "Crocwise" behaviour," the spokesperson said.

The report follows a series of crocs spotted across the region in recent times.

Last week a sign was erected near the green of the first hole at the Capricornia Country Club's golf course after a croc was spotted in the vicinity.

And last month a croc sighting forced the closure of the region's patrolled beaches for a few hours.

Be croc wise:

  • Obeying any croc warning signs
  • Don't swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Stand back from the water's edge where crocs have been seen
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp, and
  • Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372 and the department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.
  • Further information on crocodiles and being Crocwise is available on EHP's website at http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au.