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This Country is sick, it is dying

Very disturbing article by Geoff Burrowes on a weekend spent with indiginous fire man Victor Steffenson in the Mt Nunniong region in Eastern Victoria. Click here for more

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Cattlemen to gather at Merrijig

The Mountain Cattlemen will hold their annual Get together at Merrijig on the 8/9/10 January 2016. Ned Kelly armour to be copied by Blacksmith and independent senator... Click here for more

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Poster of Merrijig Get Together

Download a copy of the 2016 MCAV Get Together at Merrijig . Download Here

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"Fire Stick Ecology" New book by Vic Jurskis

Fire Stick Ecology is fair dinkum science, written in plain English. Vic Jurskis is renown as one of Australia's eminent Eucalypt scientists, the information contained in this book will leave you... Click here for more

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New book on Cattlemen by Melanie Faith Dove

High Country Cattlemen by Melanie Faith Dove is released. In this stunning book, photographer Melanie Faith Dove takes a contemporary look at the High Country families proudly carrying on their long-held bush traditions, and training the next generation to become the custodians of the land. The book photographed over two years... Click here for more

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Weekly Times 05/05/15

Cattle Banned from National Parks

: IT’S permanent, cattle will not be allowed into Victoria’s Alpine National Park and the River Red Gum national parks ever again. Legislation passed in the Victorian Parliament’s Upper House late yesterday to amend The National Parks Act so that no cattle grazing can take place, for any reason, in a Victorian National Park. Click here for more

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Melbourne Age 05/05/15

Victorian grazing ban for national parks to take hold

A ban on cattle grazing in national parks will take effect after  the Andrews government secured enough numbers to pass the laws in the Victorian Parliament's upper house late on Tuesday. The passage of the law – which prohibits grazing for any reason in the Alpine and a number of other national parks – came after a last minute scramble...Click here for more

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MCAV Statement May 2015

STATEMENT FROM MCAV - BANNING OF CATTLE IN PARKS"

The Mountain Cattlemen are very disappointed that cattle have now been banned for any reason in Victoria’s National Parks This move by the Government was unnecessary. In December the Minister had the powerClick here for more

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MCAV Statement April 2015

PACKHAM CHALLENGES INTEGRITY OF VIC GOVT "SCIENCE"

The MCAV requested noted expert, David Packham OAM MAppSci, for an opinion on the issue of the science surrounding Grazing and Fuel reduction.Mr Packham said he is more than happy to publically stand by his opinion which is attached.Click here for more

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Melbourne Age 08/04/15

INTERVIEW WITH AN ALPINE CATTLEMAN

Charlie Lovick talks to the media about the advantages of grazing as a tool to reduce burning in the High Country.Click here to watch the video

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Melbourne Age 08/04/15

THE BEAUTY, THE STUNNING VIEWS AND THE BUSHFIRE FUEL OF THE HIGH COUNTRY READY TO ROAR

A gusty north wind blows over Mount Buller, sweeps across the Howqua Valley and rushes through the skeletal remains of a mass of burnt alpine ash and snow gum trees clinging to the north face...Click here for more

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MCAV Statement March 2015

BANNING CATTLE MAKES NO SENSE - MOUNTAIN CATTLEMEN

At a rational level, banning cattle grazing in national parks in Victoria does not make any sense. At a political level, it is obvious that the Mountain Cattlemen have been a thorn in Labor’s side since the Nunawading by- election in 1985.Click here for more

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Melbourne Age 29/12/14

LABOR GOVERNMENT MOVE AGAINST CATTLEMEN

Lisa Neville MP has introduced a bill into Parliament to ban cattle grazing. The MCAV has been expecting this. This government’s actions are regressive. When grazing is being used as a tool for restoring land health around the world, the Victorian government is removing it as a solution. Labor is locking up all public land to the detriment of the land and Victorians. Ministers press release here

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MCAV Statement January 2015

TRIAL GONE BUT HUGE ISSUES REMAIN IN THE HIGH COUNTRY

Mountain Cattlemen and their supporters met last weekend to discuss the State Government’s decision to stop the Alpine Grazing trial at Wonnangatta. Click here for more

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Melbourne Age 29/12/14

VICTORIA BANS ALPINE NATIONAL PARK GRAZING

Cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park is over, with the new Labor government fulfilling a long standing election promise to ban the practice. Read more Click here for more

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Gippsland Times 19/12/14

BULL LOCKS HORNS OVER CATTLE

The decision to cancel the Wonnangatta grazing trial was short sighted and did not allow for benefits to be fully considered, according to Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull. Read more Click here for more

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Weekly Times 11/12/2014

SENATOR URGES ANDREWS NOT TO CANCEL WONNANGATTA TRIAL

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has called on new Premier Daniel Andrews not to shut down the trial, which began last year, for political reasons and instead await the results. Click here for more

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MCAV Statement December 2014

MCAV DISSAPOINTED BY CANCELLATION OF WONNANGATTA TRIAL

The Mountain Cattlemen and supporters were very disappointed to learn on rural radio today that the Trial in Wonnangatta Valley has been cancelled. They say the way it was announced by the Minister was.... Click here for more

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Mansfield Courier 26/11/14

VNPA plan irresponsible, short sighted

The Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria has completely dismissed the latest VNPA plan, calling it irresponisble and shortsighted. Read article here

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MCAV Statement March 2014

FORTHCOMING ELECTION - POSITION OF THE MCAV

The MCAV has met with both the Government and the Opposition regarding their policies on Alpine grazing and what may occur after the election in November.. Click here for more

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MCAV Statement March 2014

PICTURES OF CATTLE ARRIVING AT WONNANGATTA

Picture slideshow of the Mountain Cattlemen delivering a mob of cattle to the Wonnangatta alpine grazing trial site. Click here for more

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The Australian 22/03/14

Cattlemen ride back to their spiritual home

BY the time the mountain cattlemen and women had trotted, walked and cantered their way on to the floor of the Wonnangatta Valley, the three-day ordeal by horseback had driven them close to exhaustion. Read more: Read the article here.

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The Age 22/03/14

Cattle want out within hours of start of Alpine park grazing trial

Cows escaped from the site of the Napthine government's grazing trial in the Alpine National Park just hours after they were first brought in this week marking the official beginning of the program. Read more: Read the article here.

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Stock and Land 21/03/14

Cattle Return to Alpine National Park

CATTLE have returned to the Alpine National Park for the first time in three years, with animals released in recent days under the Napthine government's grazing trial... Read more: Read the article here.

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Weekly Times Now 21/03/14

Cattle Grazing returns to Victorian Alpine National Park

Victoria’s Mountain Cattlemen led about 60 head of Angus and Hereford cattle into the Wonnangatta Valley from the Mansfield side of the Great Dividing Range following... Read more: Read the article here.

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The Age 08/03/14

Horseman of the Bogong Plains hark back to another age

We woke in the stilled high country dawn to the nickering of horses and their hooves stamping at the frost. Another autumn muster on the Bogong High Plains a long time ago… Read more: Read the article here.

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Stock & Land 06/03/14

Hunt approves Alpine grazing trial

FEDERAL approval for an Alpine National Park grazing trial in Victoria's Wonnangatta Valley has been praised by Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. Many Australians view… Read more: Read the article here.

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Wall Street Journal 06/03/14

In Australia, a Battle Over Cattle as Firefighters

CANBERRA, Australia—Scores of wildfires that ravaged much of Australia in the past few months have prompted the government to try an unusual experiment to help combat future blazes: cows. The trial will however be subject to strict conditions, with... Read more: Read the article here.

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ABC 06/03/14

Green Light for Alpine Grazing

Moutain Cattlemen discussed on national radio ABC PM Listen Here.

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Stock and Land 06/03/14

Mountains to be Grazed again

CATTLE will graze in the Wonnangatta Valley for the first time in 26 years after an alpine grazing trial application was approved. The trial will however be subject to strict conditions, with... Read more: Read the article here.

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The Guardian 06/03/14

Greg Hunt allows Grazing

Cattle will be allowed to graze in Victoria’s Alpine national park in a trial approved by the federal government. Read more: Read the article here.

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The Age 06/03/14

Victoria’s alpine cattle grazing trial will face an assessment

Victoria's cattle grazing trial in the Alpine National Park will face an assessment under the federal environment laws, scuppering any chance of cattle grazing the park this summer. Read more: Read the article here.

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Channel 7 Sunrise 02/03/14

Sunrise does the weather at Bluff Hut.

James Tobin from Sunrise joins Graeme Stoney at Bluff Hut and presents the national weather on sunrise. Watch the video here.

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MCAV Statement Feb 2014

MCAV Submission in support of the Alpine Grazing Trials in Wonnangatta

Read the MCAV submission here.Click here for more

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Weekly Times 26/02/2014

It's high noon on grazing

Cattlemen must remain an active part of Victoria's High Country and not be assigned to legend.... Click here to download the article (.pdf 183kb), or

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Stock and Land 19/12/2013

Producers wait with baited breath

AERIAL baiting of wild dogs in Victoria will be open for public consultation in another win for producers fighting against the feral pests. Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh announced at the annual Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) gathering at the weekend that the Federal Government had approved the latest application for aerial baiting. Click here to download the article (.pdf 183kb), or

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Stock and Land 19/12/2013

Why Cattle Should Go Back To Wonnangatta

Graeme Stoney, Executive Officer of MCAV puts the case as to why cattle must return to Wonnangatta Click here to download the article (.pdf 183kb), or

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GOOD WEEKEND 07/12/2013

CATTLE WARS

Graziers and environmentalists share a love of Victoria's high country, when it comes to how to best protect it, the love stops. Click here to download the article (.pdf 223k), or click here to go to The Age Good Weekend

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THE GUARDIAN 05/12/2013

VICTORIA TO CONSIDER REINTRODUCTION OF ALPINE CATTLE GRAZING

The Victorian government says it will consider the controversial reintroduction of cattle grazing in the state’s alpine regions if given the go-ahead by federal environment minister Greg Hunt.The state government has sought approval from Canberra for a three-year grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley, in Victoria’s alpine region. Click here to download the article (.pdf 123k), or click here to go to The Guardian

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THE WEEKLY TIMES 04/12/2013

HUNT TO RULE ON ALPINE GRAZING

A THREE-year alpine grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley will he assessed under federal laws by Envirnnment Minister Greg Hunt. The Victorian Government’s application seeking permission for a trial as early as January has been received by the Federal Government. Click here to download the article (.pdf 75k)

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STOCK AND LAND 28/11/2013

CALL TO REINTRODUCE ALPINE CATTLE GRAZING HEARD

RENEWED calls for alpine grazing trials have been answered by the Victorian Government this week. A permit has been lodged with the Federal Government for a three-year cattle grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley, with environment minister Greg Hunt to have the final say on the issue. A spokesperson for Environment Minister Ryan Smith said the referral was sent on Monday and they await the decision. Click here to download the article (.pdf 78k), or click here to go to Stock and Land

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MCAV Statement 23/11/2013

MOUNTAIN CATTLEMEN INSPECT WONNANGATTA WITH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

This week a delegation of Mountain Cattlemen gathered overnight at the high country’s iconic Wonnangatta Station to meet with and again press the case for a return to high country grazing to Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Ryan Smith MP and Member of the Legislative Council, the Hon. Philip Davis MP.Click here for more

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THE AUSTRALIAN 23/11/2013

A NEW FRONT IN THE SNOWY RIVER BATTLE

The cattlemen from Snowy River country have been given their final chance to graze their charges deep in the granite heart of Australia's alpine wilderness. The Victorian Government is backing a three-year trial of cattle grazing in the Wonnangatta Valley, once the most remote of the high country stations. Click here to download the article (.pdf 223k), or click here to go to The Australian

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