No free feed for drover
While we appreciate the stress and inconvenience to Mr John Wilson and Mr Geoff Allan and the 360 head of cattle, (The Standard, May 10) the blame rests with Moyne Shire and his own poor research.
Many Victorians value our threatened, rare, linear grasslands very highly and rely on local government bodies following the law. It should not need "following up" by conservation groups and other government bodies.
Moyne shire is not able to "take on" those responsible people who opposed this failing in their careless bureaucracy. The council officers should know the law and they should enforce it.
Yes, the grasslands are public land, Australia's land and most Australians do not want more of this EPBC protected grassland being trashed by poor management or favours for mates.
Native grassland management for stock AND conservation is not rocket science but it does require much better knowledge than Mr Wilson seems to have. Spring grazing is definitely not on.
Properly managed, healthy native grasslands (using fire and/or autumn crash grazing) have quite low biomass and are not a fire risk. They can stay green well into summer. Once they have been pugged up however, high fuel load grasses such as Phalaris, Yorkshire fog and Cocksfoot invade creating a fire risk that requires expensive management.
Stuart McCallum, Friends of Bannockburn Bush
Work together to solve latest horses on beach issue
It is disingenuous and deceptive of Ms Lenehan to claim (The Standard, May 16) that Rundell's Trail Rides are the victim of an action by Aboriginal Victoria's Cultural Heritage provisions.
For years, neither Rundell's nor the small local trainers were prepared to publicly object to Warrnambool Racing Club's misguided plan to put horses into the Levy's Beach area, with far-reaching consequences. Everyone remained silent.
We all feel for Rundell's who are the unwitting victims of the 'Horses on Beaches' debacle. No one wants to see their business ruined. In fairness, Rundell's have a long established relationship for their business model with Parks Victoria. Maybe a better plan for an appropriate riding trail could be imagined.
However, the finger of blame needs to turn towards Warrnambool Racing Club board and CEO Peter Downs. Their plan was the reason that Rundell's were excluded from access to 'Hoon Hill'.
The ill-considered plan by WRC, approved by the city coouncil, put cultural and environmental heritage and Rundell's Trail Rides at risk and both have questions to answer. They are the culprits in Rundell's demise.
Where to from here? Maybe the relevant governing authorities could consult transparently with community bodies to create an outcome, instead of pursuing catastrophic policy making on this entire issue, behind closed doors.
Maybe creating an appropriate riding trail is not outside our imaginations if local Aboriginal and environmental bodies were consulted.
It's called working together as a community to solve problems, something that councils are elected to facilitate.
Shane Howard, Killarney