The Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) represents a hardy group of people whose families and predecessors have grazed their cattle and maintained the Victorian High Country dating back to 1834.
Cattlemen are celebrated as icons of the Australian bush. From Australian settlement to the present, caring for their cattle and custodianship of the land has been a cross generational family undertaking, so their training in the mountains is a lifetime experience.
The Government Minister for Environment Ryan Smith has committed to the three year grazing trial in Wonnangatta to assess if grazing reduces fuel loads. The first year has been completed and arrangements are being made for next grazing season at the trial site in the Wonnangatta valley.
The Opposition shadow Minister for Environment Lisa Neville told the President of the MCAV Charlie Lovick recently that the policy position of Labor is that it will not endorse the use of grazing for any management reason in the Alpine National Park. She did acknowledge that the Cattlemen had a wealth of knowledge to offer.
So the political lines are clear and if Labor is elected , Alpine grazing will not continue in the Park even on the very limited scale.
To ensure our culture and traditions carry on into the future, we have no option but to recommend to supporters that they vote for the Liberal National Coalition on November 29 2014.
Join us in our efforts to ensure our culture and traditions carry on into the future by becoming a member of the MCAV.