The Victorian bush is once again under threat of being locked away by politicians.
70,000Ha is under immediate threat, with over 1 MILLION Hectares of public land proposed to be further locked away, into under-managed National Parks.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) is at the heart of this fight and have submitted a biased report on LOCKING AWAY this land.
Don't they protect the ecology and bring tourists to an area??
The information is out there and cannot be dismissed.
With National Parks comes the following;
Closed tracks and camping areas, ineffective feral pest and noxious weed control, increase in fuel loads which has lead to some of the worst bushfires Victoria has seen, in turn putting animals and humans lives at risk.
The economic benefits of changing an area from state forest to national park is negative.
How could anyone think banning or restricting camping, prospecting, riding (horses/trail bikes) dogs (pets and sled racing), 4wd, firewood collection, fishing, logging and mining, help the struggling rural communities??
Towns, communities and families will suffer. This is fact
Click the report below "Living in the Shadow of a National Park" for what happens when a state forest is replaced with a locked up NP.
The ratio of National Park rangers is ridiculous, they are expected to maintain, monitor and manage over 30,000Ha each and every year the VIC PARKS budget is reduced.
So how will they manage even MORE locked track, weeds and feral pests?
We want a fair and independent management plan with ongoing consultation from all bush users.
Not unreasonable, but logical.
Locking up our bush is not the solution.
27th August we took to the streets of Melbourne to protest the mismanagement of our forests and the accountability of VEAC.
#WeWantOurBushBack Rally was a great success and had much support from politicians and members of the public.
Over 1000 protestors, horses, 4wd, motorbikes and trucks.
Official government ePetition - over 6,000
Barmah petition - over 28,000
Roothy petition - over 48,000
Bushfires were forefront the conversation.
Locked National Parks are not an Environmental solution BUT a problem.
Fire reduction burns are almost non-existent, locked and inaccessible tracks common, excessive undergrowth and undermanaged fire loads, all under the unorganised 'protection' of the VNPA.
SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE HERE
Printed copy available HERE
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Contact POLITICIANS AND POLITICAL GROUPS!
Here are the politicians who have direct links to overturning the VEAC recommendations.
Please email them and make your voice heard.
RE: VEAC - BUSH USER GROUPS UNITED
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