Mountain cattlemen expect cows will return to
Victoria’s Alpine National Park this month after federal Environment Minister
Greg Hunt approved a controversial grazing trial – despite the Australian
Academy of Science damning it as scientifically flawed. Sixty
cattle can be released into a 262-hectare site in the Wonnangatta Valley in the
first year of the program, which the Napthine government says is necessary to
test whether grazing reduces the risk of bushfires by removing fuel loads.
Critics say past research has shown cattle grazing
does not stop bushfires and damages sensitive alpine ecology, and the trial
lacks scientific rigour.
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