Renewed push for High Country cattle grazing

THE Mountain Cattleman Association of Victoria will renew a push for cattle grazing in the High Country, hoping the new Federal government will overturn the current ban.

MCAV president Charlie Lovick said there was a desire to see cattle grazing return to the High Country.

“We are very much pushing to get trials reopened and will be discussing with the state government along those lines,” he said.

“We hope the Coalition federally can lift the ban and hopefully this gives the Victorian government their way forward.”

Mr Lovick said the MCAV was still adamant that there needed to be cattle grazing in the High Country for balance in land management.

“It’s not just about the grazing,” he said.

“… you can’t ignore 180 years of experience and knowledge.”

A spokesperson for Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the federal government would look at the issue should the state government put it forward.

“Darren is still fully supportive (of cattle grazing) and we would be happy to take it to the party room if and when it happens,” he said.

“But until such time, it is wait and see.”

Cattle grazing was reintroduced by the state Coalition government as it followed through on its election promise, only to have the federal government overturn it.

A legal bid in the Federal Court to overturn the ban failed.