Mountain cattlemen fighting for return

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LISTEN: The Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria is calling on the Bushfire Royal Commission to return cattle to the High Country, adopt Indigenous burning techniques and to change the way livestock owners can access their properties post-bushfire. Pictured is president of the MCAV, Bruce McCormack, with grandson Darby McCormack.

RETURNING cattle to the Alpine areas of Victoria and an increase in ‘cool burns’ are being recommended by the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) as a means to reduce bushfire fuel in the High Country.

Making their submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangement (the Bushfire Royal Commission), the MCAV has come up with six recommendations they want implemented into future fire management strategies.

They not only include returning cattle to graze increased areas of the High Country (the group’s champion cause), but also a change in the way residents are able to access their properties post-bushfire and the implementation of backburning programs based on traditional Aboriginal techniques.

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