IT appears the Mountain Cattlemen may have lost the battle, but they are still determined to win the war.
The State Government’s recently passed legislation that has banned cattle grazing in Victoria’s National Parks has done little to quell the cattlemen’s determination to return them to the high plains – an area they have called home for more than 200 years.
Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie was in Mansfield last week and declared she will not stop until the new laws are overturned.
“It beggars belief that Labor would seek to end a practice which is so ingrained into our cultural heritage,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Labor’s decision to ban cattle from our national parks is the equivalent of banning the Scots from wearing kilts or banning our Indigenous communities from holding smoking ceremonies.”
Senator McKenzie joined Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) president Charlie Lovick at Sheepyard Flat last week to express her disgust at the new legislation, and pledge her support behind the ongoing fight to have it overturned.