Safety of public gets top priority

EDITORIAL: Every day, tough decisions are made about what should and shouldn't appear in your local newspaper.

Debate can go on for hours before a story finally makes it to a page, is typeset and sent away for print.

Long hours away from loved ones waiting at home and sleepless nights once you finally get there are often the result.

More often than not it's the coverage of court cases and car crashes which weigh heaviest but in recent times, a more unusual burden of responsibility has crept in.

The presence of a crocodile in the Mary River and a string of reported sightings in the region has been the source of constant debate in the Chronicle newsroom.

Are we damaging tourism by talking about it?

What if we don't talk about it and someone is hurt or killed?

For years, a rather unfortunate past mistake made us incredibly wary of even mentioning the word but the painfully elusive crocodile finally made a confirmed appearance in the Mary and changed everything.

Last week, after two days of debate and gathering advice from the Department of Environment, it was decided that public interest and safety outweighed the negatives.

We stand by that decision.

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