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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

26 May 2005

The man from Snowy River - a unique heritage under threat

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has agreed to initiate an emergency listing assessment of the Alpine National Park under the National Heritage Act.

Senator Campbell today met representatives of the Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria to discuss the Victorian Government's decision to unilaterally end 170 years of grazing in the Victorian high country.

"In light of the decision by the Bracks Labor Government to tear up the grazing licences held by these Australian families for six generations, I will be asking my department to provide an assessment on the emergency listing within 10 days," Senator Campbell said.

"I intend to hold the Victorian Government accountable for the protection of this unique part of our Australian heritage."

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Minister must make a decision on emergency listing within 10 working days.

"The Man from Snowy River is deep in the Australian psyche. This legend is part of Australia's heritage that simply cannot be lost. It should be noted that these 'men from Snowy River' work just 7900 cattle over an enormous high country area of 340,000 hectares - the equivalent of just one animal every 23 MCGs.

"We need an outcome that fully protects both the natural and cultural heritage values of the park," Senator Campbell said.

Media contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell's office)   02 6277 7640 or   0418 568 434

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