Cat­tle­men headed for Ox­ley in 2019

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

THE Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria’s an­nual ‘get to­gether’ looks al­most cer­tain to be held at Ox­ley in 2019, an event that will at­tract up to 4000 peo­ple and in­ject a lu­cra­tive eco­nomic boost to the city.

Wan­garatta coun­cil this week added an ex­tra $6000 to its 2018/19 bud­get to se­cure the MCAV event - last held in the area at Rose River in 2006.

MCAV pres­i­dent and Mans­field lo­cal, Graeme Stoney, said East Gipp­s­land had showed in­ter­est in host­ing the get to­gether but the fi­nan­cial sup­port of Wan­garatta has tipped the pen­du­lum in the ru­ral city’s favour.

“We wanted to come to the North East be­cause we’ve got a lot of sup­port­ers in the re­gion on an is­sue cat­tle­men stand for, which is sen­si­ble use and good man­age­ment of pub­lic land,” Mr Stoney said.

“We’re ac­tively look­ing at hold­ing the get to­gether at Ox­ley and the coun­cil de­ci­sion has been the deal maker as these things cost a lot to put on and we need lo­cal gov­ern­ment sup­port.

“We’ll bring 3000-4000 peo­ple to the district for about a week and it will gen­er­ate a huge amount of money for the district.”

The get to­gether will be held at the Ox­ley Recre­ation Re­serve.

Camp­ing re­stric­tions mean the ma­jor­ity of vis­i­tors will be made to camp off-site.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive obli­ga­tions with the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) - and plan­ning per­mits with the Wan­garatta coun­cil - are the only de­tails stand­ing in the way.

“It’s more than a 90 per cent chance, and as long as we can get some of the red tape done, we’re into it,” Mr Stoney said.

COM­ING TO OX­LEY: The Moun­tain Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Vic­to­ria (MCAV) are propos­ing to hold their an­nual Get To­gether at Ox­ley in 2019. Pic­tured (from left) are Graeme Stoney and John Lovick.

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