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Sunday, October 20, 2019

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New President for Cattlemen’s Assoc.

The Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria welcomed a new president, with Merrijig farmer Bruce McCormack stepping into the chair. Mr McCormack’s family has an association with the High Country that stretches back longer than the MCAV itself, with five generations of McCormack’s before him having run cattle into the hills around Mansfield. “I’m am very

Protest at Rubicon Forest

Kinglake Friends of the Forest have this morning (Wed.) issued a statement about a new protest against timber logging in the Rubicon Forest. “A blockade has been set up by Forest Conservation Victoria – supported by the Rubicon Forest Protection Group – to highlight extreme logging in one of Victoria’s most ecologically diverse mountain forest

Jan Beer speaks at Tocumwal rally

Upper Goulburn farmers were prominent amongst the 3000 at the Tocumwal rally held to show displeasure at the Murray Darling Basin Authority and Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud. Yea farmer Jan Beer addressed the rally: “The Basin Plan has failed dismally on every front, economically, socially and environmentally. “[It] will continue to fail because

Fears for Green Wedge

Eltham MLA Vicki Ward this week told State Parliament about fears in Nillumbik Shire about the future of the Green Wedge. “My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning, and the action I seek is for the minister to visit and meet with members of my local community who have concerns about Nillumbik’s potential

Deer control needed: McLeish

Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish has this week told State Parliament about the deer problems in the electorate. “My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Agriculture, and the action I seek is for the minister to release the deer management strategy,” Ms McLeish told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday (Aug. 27). “The release of this

‘Biggest-ever’ protest rally

Upper Goulburn farmer and environmentalist Jan Beer says Communities from across northern Victoria and southern New South Wales will converge on Tocumwal for what is expected to be the region’s biggest ever protest rally. Mrs Beer contributes a letter in this week’s issue of The Local Paper: Community and farming groups have combined to organise

Cattlemen ridicule deer cull

The Parks Victoria strategy of bringing in helicopters to reduce deer numbers in the Alpine National Park has been ridiculed by the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria. The statement comes following the release of deer harvest numbers from the Game Management Authority, which found record numbers of both deer taken and hunter activity recorded across

Unintended consequences of Murray Darling Basin Plan

In 2011 the Murray Darling Basin Authority stated that there had been considerable investment in water storage and delivery infrastructure for more than 100 years in the Murray Darling Basin, thus creating “one of Australia’s most efficient and productive food growing regions” They go on to say this “development is increasingly recognised as having had

Murrindindi Bird Count returns

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again from October 22-28. A Council news release says: For the last four years, Murrindindi Shire residents have been participating in Bird Life Australia’s ‘Backyard Bird Count’ which uses ‘citizen science’ to track bird numbers and species around Australia. Murrindindi Shire Council Acting Mayor Sandice McAulay said the

Logging protest at Rubicon

Eighty people have walked into one of Victoria’s largest logged areas on the mountain slopes in the Rubicon State Forest, to highlight logging in the area. The group entered the area carrying a 25-metre long banner saying ‘Save The Rubicon – Stop The Logging’. The group unfurled a second 13-metre long banner saying ‘Forests For

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