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Victoria acts to protect wonderful Alpine National Park

March 23, 2015 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The Victorian Government has delivered on an election pledge to ban cattle forever from Victoria’s Alpine National Park. Scientific study has shown that cattle grazing is damaging the environment in one of the state’s most scenically splendid regions.

Legislation introduced into the Victorian Parliament last week bans grazing in the Alpine National Park, as well as in the River Red Gum national parks.

The introduction of the National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015 will amend the National Parks Act 1975 to prohibit cattle grazing for any purpose in these national parks.

“Our national parks are for people to enjoy, not cows to destroy,” Victoria’s Minister for Environment, Lisa Neville, said.

“The science is clear, cattle doesn’t reduce bushfire risk in alpine areas, and they damage the alpine environment. The Andrews Labor Government has acted so that alpine grazing will never happen again – we have closed the loophole that allowed the Coalition’s so called ‘scientific trial’.

unnamed (11)“By introducing this legislation today, we have ensured that Victoria’s Alpine National Park and the River Red Gum national parks are free of cattle for future generations.”

Alpine National Park is the largest national park in Victoria (over 646,000 hectares) and connects with national parks in New South Wales and the ACT to protect most of the Australian Alps.

This magnificent national park contains 10 of the 11 highest mountains in Victoria and boasts stunningly beautiful alpine topography with dramatic mountain landscapes, wild rivers, impressive escarpments, snow gum forests and open grasslands known as high plains.

There are many diverse vegetation types, the most significant being alpine and subalpine communities. Snow gums and alpine ash trees heavily forest the mountains. Wildflowers, heathlands, alpine herbfields and snowplains, mossbeds and snowpatch communities grow in the higher exposed areas too harsh for trees to survive.

The new legislation comes 10 years after the Bracks Labor Government passed laws to end cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

Cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park was introduced in 2014 by the previous Coalition Government as part of a three-year trial investigating the role of grazing in mitigating fire risk.

Extensive scientific research has shown that grazing in Victoria’s alpine areas is detrimental to the environment and doesn’t have any value in reducing bushfire risk or fuel loads in alpine areas.

Victoria’s new Labor Government, which took office late last year, says it will ensure a range of bushfire mitigation measures continue, including planned burns and other fuel management methods.

River Red Gum national parks include Barmah, Gunbower, Hattah-Kulkyne, Lower Goulburn, Murray-Sunset and Warby-Ovens.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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