Grazing ban could affect movies in the high country

WHILE the Victorian National Parks Association praised legislation ending cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park, the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) were still declaring it makes no sense.

Legislation was introduced into the Victorian Parliament last Wednesday which, if passed, will explicitly ban cattle grazing for any purpose in the Alpine National Park.

Merrijig cattleman and president of the MCAV Charlie Lovick said at a rational level, banning cattle grazing in national parks in Victoria does not make any sense.

“A side issue, but one that will be important to future generations, is that this legislation will prevent film and documentary makers from creating authentic reconstructions of high country and historic pioneering events involving cattle,” Mr Lovick said.

“The two “The Man from Snowy River” films would not have been able to be made if this legislation existed then.

“If this legislation is passed in Victoria, a travesty will be finally complete.

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