Sup­port our rights to ac­cess pub­lic land

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

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