Cattlemans Ralley needs our support.

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 17:49
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All 4wd & National Park Lovers,

As many 4by owners as possible should attend the Cattlemans ralley on the steps of parliment this Thursday at 12 noon, because you can bet your bottom dollar that the greens have us in there sights to be the next group to be banned from the parks, If they win this one it will be much easier for them to have us banned.


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Reply By: lindsay - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 20:28

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 20:28
I will be there representing the National Party and Rural Victoria. The Nats have a policy of Multi Use for our parks and will fight for access for all.
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:20

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:20

Good stuff Mate.

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Reply By: mcgra (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 21:23

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 21:23
thursday midday is a bit hard for most.

just got this today in an email



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."

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 22:38

Sunday, Jun 05, 2005 at 22:38
Browny, am afraid I already have a committment that day and away from normal place of abode too. Some are indifferent to the cattlemen but I posted last week that not only was there and election committment to leave the leases in place but the research covered different areas of State Forest.

The State Government actually cooked the advertisement photographs using tax payers money to cook them. $250K to do it too. Could have fixed a few roads with that rather than the photos.
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:22

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:22

Make no mistake there's a bigger picture than just the Cattlemen

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 20:56

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 20:56
I am in no doubt Browny that the oppressors are after a lot more than just the cattelmen. They are playing the small numbers first in their game of dominos. Just wait until they start oppressing bigger numbers than a few cattle families. I guess it will be before the next election realising they mighn't have a future. They will be stepping up their reach for green credentials.
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Reply By: Bev - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:47

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:47
Can you put a govt minister em or postal adress on here so that us interstaters who may want to protest eg local clubs ect but can't do in person can register our concerns and nonsupport for the govt's actions
Afterall we tourists spend dollars in Vic visiting these places . It's easy to go somewhere else .

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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:19

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:19
Hi Bev,

I've been told is a site where you can register your disapointment.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 21:11

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 21:11
Bev, I happen to know the push is coming from the ALP here at the addresses below. Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council The Liberal and National parties are not in coalition but both are defending the rights of cattlemen in this case. Further later no doubt when they get this through.

Unfortunately I will be elsewhere.
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