Croc deal good for business

Brett Kirtley, Kai Finch and Jack Schmidt, are three of the Katherine locals who made the crocodile traps.
Brett Kirtley, Kai Finch and Jack Schmidt, are three of the Katherine locals who made the crocodile traps.

Traps made by a local Katherine business are regularly snaring four metre crocs.

Crowhurst Goodline snapped up the lucrative deal from the Department of Infrastructure last year. 

So far 14 traps have been made for the local Parks and Wildlife Department’s crocodile management. 

The small local business has been on the up and up recently competing on the national stage with multi-million dollar infrastructure projects.

Crowhurst Goodline formerly known as Crowhurst Engineering, on Emungalan Road, won a Defence contract in 2016.

And the company recently received the top honour in the Territory for Defence support.

Crocodile captures are on the rise in the NT, after full protection was given to saltwater crocodiles in 1971

A crocodile over four metres long has already been caught at Flora Nature Park in one of the traps made by Crowhurst Goodline. 

Owners Janette and Geoff Crowhurst said the deal has been hugely beneficial for the business and the town.

“The local work keeps the business turning and keeps people employed,” Mr Crowhurst said. 

“The traps made here in Katherine have caught crocs in our local river, you can’t get any more grassroots than that. 

“The NT put money into a stimulus packaged aligned to the construction industry and that has had a positive impact on us and the local community. 

Crowhurst Goodline worked closely with the Department of Infrastructure to get the project over the line. 

Mr Crowhurst said it is good to shine a light on the positive government initiatives that support local businesses and also the environment. 

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