March 18, 2015
Contact: Morgana Russell

Red Gum Cattle Grazing Ban Welcome

Media Release

Friends of the Earth Melbourne, Wednesday, 18 March, 2015.


Friends of the Earth Melbourne has congratulated the Andrews Labor Government for putting forward legislation to ban grazing in the Alpine and River Red Gum national parks.

Labor have today introduced the National Parks Amendment (Preventing Cattle Gazing) Bill 2015 which will amend the National Parks Act 1975 to prohibit cattle grazing for any purpose in these national parks. The legislation now has to go to a Lower House vote in April and the Upper House in May.

“We applaud the Andrews Government on keeping their election promise and legislating a ban on cattle grazing. Cattle do not belong in our precious and fragile River Red Gum and Alpine forests,” Barmah-Millewa Coordinator Morgana Russell said.

 River Red Gum national parks that come under the legislation are; Barmah, Gunbower, Hattah-Kulkyne, Lower Golburn, Murray-Sunset and Warby-Ovens.

 Friends of the Earth Melbourne’s Barmah-Millewa Campaign, advocates for the removal of cattle grazing from all River Red Gum forests on public land.

“Now grazing has been removed in these parks, it is time for the Andrews Government to look to increasing resources to the River Red Gum parks to ensure their health into the future,” Ms Russell said.

Contact: Morgana Russell 04080 95470