Cattlemen headed for Oxley in 2019
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.