Last year, we took on a court case against the former Victorian state government’s ‘trial’ of cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.
Our case argued that the grazing trial is not permitted under the National Parks Act.
Following a campaign by ourselves, our clients the Victorian National Parks Association, and others, the new Victorian government has committed to not proceed with the grazing trial.
As a result, the case has now been settled. As part of the settlement, the government agreed to make an Action Statement under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act that will protect Alpine rivers from cattle grazing.
There is also legislation before the Victorian Parliament that will prevent cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and other national parks in Victoria.
We think this commitment is a tremendous outcome for Victoria’s national parks.
This case is an excellent example of the way that using the law can add strength to a campaign and achieve long-term environment protection outcomes.