How is it good?

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - Robyn Rat­tray-Wood, Mer­ton

AS a cat­tle farmer and oft-time bush walker in the Alpine Na­tional Park, I would like the Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria to ex­plain how al­low­ing cat­tle to tram­ple on frag­ile Alpine ecosys­tems and pol­lute their wa­ter­ways with fae­ces is good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

In the in­ter­ests of ra­tio­nal de­bate, I would also like it to out­line what it sees as the de­sign-flaws in pre­vi­ous, ex­ten­sive re­search which con­cluded that cat­tle graz­ing has detri­men­tal ef­fects on bio­di­ver­sity and has no im­pact on fire sup­pres­sion.

Our na­tional parks have been set aside in or­der to con­serve and pre­serve our indige­nous veg­e­ta­tion and fauna for their in­trin­sic value and the ben­e­fit of all.

To­day’s so­ci­ety has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure a sys­tem of healthy, well­man­aged na­tional parks is left as legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

What is needed is a pre­pared­ness by gov­ern­ments to al­lo­cate suf­fi­cient re­sources to­wards achiev­ing this.

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