Despite Wildlife Queensland’s ongoing campaign of over five years to have the deathtraps banned, opera house traps continue to kill platypus and other native animals in Queensland.
Yet another two platypus were found killed in an opera house trap recently in the Numinbah section of Springbrook National Park. These deaths follow at least 12 others in Lagoon Creek in recent times.
Deaths are not restricted to south-east Queensland; drownings have been reported from near Warwick and the Atherton Tableland in north Queensland
The traps are banned in Tasmania, all public waters in Victoria and east of the Newell Highway in New South Wales. It is a disgrace that successive governments in Queensland have not followed suit.
Fisheries Minister John McVeigh has indicated he will make a decision on this issue shortly, certainly within the next few months. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather later.
In the meantime, Wildlife Queensland will continue the battle and act as the voice of these enigmatic creatures.