maybe of interest to some re cattlemen

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Mountain Cattlemen’s “Enough’s Enough” Rally

We have been asked to support the Mountain Cattlemen in public demonstration on the 9th of July, 12noon at the steps of Parliament House Melbourne! Would you please distribute this email to your club members and seek their support for the Mountain Cattlemen.

Mountain Cattlemen have been active supporters of Four Wheel Drive interests, and your Association encourages your support!

Please see the attached Press Release.

Kind regards

Michael Coldham

President, Four Wheel Drive Victoria

PO Box 596

Balwyn North 3104

tel: 03 9857 5209

fax: 03 9857 5260



Media Release: Cattlemen

31 May 2005



The Mountain Cattlemen, with the support of a number of associated country groups, will hold a rally on Thursday June 9 at noon on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne, to put forward a united country voice against the end of alpine grazing. The horses will be departing the Olympic Park precinct at 11am, and will be met by a guard of honour at Parliament House at 11.30am.

Last week, the State Government announced its decision to remove cattlemen from the Alpine National Park, effectively erasing 170 years of history. This is despite earlier promises that cattle grazing would remain a legitimate activity in the national park.

"This is nothing short of a kick in the guts," according to Chris Stoney, a third-generation cattleman and spokesman for Country Voice, the group representing the cattlemen.

"For two years, we have cooperated with the Government only to find that it had planned to do us over all along. It is a decision driven purely by ideology and a hunger for Green preferences at the next state election, and has nothing to do with sound and sustainable land management," Mr Stoney said.

"The compensation package promised by the Government is insulting to affected families, most of whom will receive less than half the speculated $100,000 the government would have us believe.

"After the decision was announced, the Government has undertaken a costly PR and advertising campaign to justify its actions, including hollow promises that cattlemen can move to forest leases, when that is simply not the case. The so-called 10,000 cattle to be retained in state forests is a practical nonsense for most families, as the areas are directly adjacent to National Parks with only an invisible border between the two.

"This deception reflects the Government's dismissive and arrogant attitude towards country Victorians," Mr. Stoney said.

Hundreds will arrive in Melbourne on horseback to attend the rally, which will be addressed by political leaders and a host of celebrity supporters. The star of "The Man From Snowy River", Tom Burlinson, who is unable to attend the rally due to work commitments, has lent his support to the Country Voice campaign.

"The bush belongs to all Australians, and the High Country holds a special place in the hearts of people across the country and around the world," Mr Burlinson said.

Country Voice has invited Victorians to march with them in expressing their opposition to a decision that seriously undermines Victoria's proud rural heritage.

"This should be a warning for all country Victorians that this Government does not have their interests at heart. We fear this is only the thin end of the wedge," Mr Stoney said.

"One by one, it is picking us off. The only way to tell this Government to pull its head in is to vote with our feet. United, we can stop it."

Graeme Stoney

The Hon Graeme Stoney MLC

Member for Central Highlands Province

Liberal Spokesperson for Forestry

Upper House Opposition Whip

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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 18:53

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 18:53
"The thin edge of the wedgee" is spot on, next it will be Dirt Bikes then it will be us, thats how they operate Divide and Conquer!

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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 18:58

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 18:58
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Reply By: Nick R - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 19:52

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 19:52
Hi all, to follow is a release to VFF (Victorian Farmers Federation) members.
Just to show the wide base of support this rally has.

Enough is enough: VFF members urged to support mountain cattlemen at rally next Thursday

The Victorian Farmers Federation is calling on rural Victorians to rally against the State Government’s decision to ban cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

The VFF has thrown its support behind the Country Voice campaign and will be joining hundreds of mountain cattlemen at a rally in Melbourne on Thursday 9 June.

VFF President, Paul Weller, urges all VFF members to join the Federation in the protest and show the Bracks Government the proud tradition they have scorned.

“This should not be the cattlemen’s last ride. History is too important to just let go,” Mr Weller said.

“We should not let the State Government get away with thinking rural people don’t count. This decision is the last in a long line of unacceptable attacks on country Victoria.”

Mr Weller said it feels at the moment that unless Government can think of a way to regulate us a bit more, or make our lives that bit more difficult, then they are not interested.

“If we let the Mountain Cattlemen go this year, what will be next?” Mr Weller said.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 21:49

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 21:49
think you are going to miss the rally there where you are........
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:11

Wednesday, Jun 01, 2005 at 22:11
why not take 200 cows into town to bleep on the steps of parliment?

Protests will getbleeporl done sadly.. the gov doesnt give ableepwhat the people want.
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Follow Up By: floyd - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 16:47

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 16:47
Yet another extremely intelligent, informative, well researched response.

Go Twucky Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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