Support our rights to access public land
WE have a state election rapidly approaching us this week.
You, like many of us need to decide who to vote for.
Do you vote for a candidate who is pro fishing?
A candidate who will support your recreational activities?
Or are you going to vote for a candidate whose party you have always followed?
A concerned group called Bush Users Groups United has been hard at it trying to find out which parties after the state election will continue to support everyone’s basic right of access to public lands and waterways. Why is this necessary? A group of green activists are working behind the scenes to force through changes to public land status. These include the Victorian National Parks Association (VNPA), the Wilderness Society and the Friends of the Earth Australia who support and/or endorse land status change which would see large segments of Victorian Public Lands become less accessible for the everyday person who enjoys recreation in these areas. Fishing is one recreational pursuit that VNPA has in their sights.
On their website they state that hunting and fishing are "existing threats" to the coastal, riverine and other environments.
That is their code to reduce and limit our access to our recreational pursuits. What can you do about it? Visit www.bugu.org.au for more information and then vote for an individual or party that supports your continued full access to your recreational pursuits on our public land.
Ask your local candidates their positions on full public access and vote accordingly.
Mark Shannon, Muckleford