Minister to visit high country with cattlemen

CLEAR AS MUD: Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria president, Charlie Lovick, at the Cattlemen’s Get Together at the weekend - promising to work with government and the Minister for Environment Lisa Neville on high country management.

MOUNTAIN cattlemen and their supporters met last weekend to discuss the Victorian Government’s decision to stop the alpine grazing trial at Wonnangatta.

At the Cattlemen’s Get Together at Mitta Mitta, Mountain Cattlemen’s Association (MCAV) president, Charlie Lovick, told the large crowd that they have to accept the reality of the situation.

“There has been far more destruction and deterioration in the last 25 years since the Alpine Park was declared than occurred over the entire century and a half of alpine grazing and logging,” Mr Lovick said.

“The evidence is there for all to see.

“I am announcing that we wish to work with the new government in the interests of the high country if they are willing to listen to what experienced bush people have to say.

“To that end, the Minister for Environment, Lisa Neville, has just confirmed her acceptance of an invitation to inspect the high country and to have it explained ‘through our eyes’,” Mr Lovick said.

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