Livestock

Stop stock wandering

By Country News

Parks Victoria is urging livestock managers to be responsible and prevent their animals from wandering into parks and reserves.

Parks Victoria is committed to identifying and managing threats to the protection of a diverse network of parks that are home to more than 4300 native plant species and 948 native animal species.

Grazing cattle in parks damages habitat that native animals rely on and is banned unless the owner has a grazing licence.

The call follows a recent case near Orbost, in Gippsland, where a landowner repeatedly allowed cattle to roam in a coastal park.

It is an offence under the Crown Land Reserves Regulations to bring or allow an animal into the reserve and fail to control it from causing damage.

After many attempts to resolve the issue with the owner of the cattle, Parks Victoria and East Gippsland Shire impounded the cattle under the Impounding of Livestock Act.

The three Hereford cattle were later sold to cover the costs of their impoundment.

Landowners near parks and reserves are encouraged to check and maintain fences, and keep gates shut to prevent livestock roaming.

■If anyone has information regarding environmental offences in a park such as behaviour that may cause damage to vegetation or ecosystems, they should phone Parks Victoria on 131 963 or email info@parks.vic.gov.au