Battle finally lost for cattle grazing

State passes complete ban in national parks

SO CLOSE: President of the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria, Charlie Lovick, can’t believe abolishing a legislation bill was lost by one vote.

MOUNTAIN cattlemen have lost their battle to maintain 100 year old grazing rights in the High Country national parks.

The National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015 was passed by the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council on Tuesday last week.

Victorian National Parks Association executive director Matt Ruchel said the ban backs up more than 100 years of science and confirms Victoria’s parks as places created for the protection of nature, not cow paddocks.

“The new law closes a loophole that allowed cattle grazing to be undertaken in the Alpine National Park under the guise of flawed scientific trials,” Mr Ruchel said following the announcement.

“National parks are the cornerstone of our efforts to protect and conserve nature, they are parks not paddocks.”

The law also bans cattle grazing in River Red Gum national parks.

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