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Conservationists celebrate as ban on alpine cattle grazing successful

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Media release

Legislation passed today banning alpine cattle grazing backs up more than 100 years of science and confirms Victoria's parks as places created for the protection of nature, not cow paddocks.

"The new law closes a loophole that allowed cattle grazing to be undertaken in the Alpine National Park under the guise of flawed scientific trials," Victorian National Parks Association executive director Matt Ruchel said today.

"National parks are the cornerstone of our efforts to protect and conserve nature, they are parks not paddocks.

"NSW, the ACT and Tasmania have all disallowed cattle grazing in alpine parks. Victoria has now caught up."

The law also bans cattle grazing in River Red Gum national parks.

More than 100 years of scientific studies and inquiries have ruled against domestic stock grazing in Australia's alpine regions. Cattle threaten the survival of rare species, spread weeds, cause erosion and damage our important water catchments.

The Victorian National Parks Association congratulates and thanks the Andrews Government and environment minister Lisa Neville, the Victorian Greens, the Democratic Labour Party and the Australian Sex Party for supporting the Bill in the Victorian upper house.

"This is a victory for nature and good science and hopefully we can now focus our effort on better managing our fabulous alpine and red gum habitats," Mr Ruchel said.

The National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015 was passed by the Victorian Parliament's Legislative Council on Tuesday 5 May.

The decision has been warmly welcomed by conservationists.