Media Releases | 31st Oct, 2014

Cut the crap – Environment Victoria calls on parties to get cows out of our rivers

31 October 2014

Environment Victoria will today inflate a giant cow on the banks of the Yarra to highlight the issue of cow trampling and polluting the state’s rivers and creeks.

Livestock grazing on river banks is the number one manageable impact on river health in Victoria.
Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham said today:
“You wouldn’t expect to see cows grazing on the bank of the Yarra in Melbourne’s CBD. It’s a highly inappropriate place for a cow to be.”
“Yet the Napthine government just extended licensees to allow cows, sheep and other livestock to trample on river banks throughout Victoria where they are causing serious damage and pollution by defecating in rivers.”
“Fencing stock out of rivers brings great benefits for wildlife and enhances  water quality.
“These rivers are actually critical to the farmers themselves.”
“Fencing the rivers would cut down water treatment costs, help reduce flood damage, create a wildlife corridor and improve habitat for fish. Fencing programs create regional jobs, improve property values and make stock management easier for farmers.”
“Much of the damage to our rivers is taking place on public land on river banks. This is a readily manageable problem with a simple solution.”
“Victorians already pay the environmental levy on their water bills to cover the costs of policies like this, but the Napthine government has squandered that money over the past four years.
“Environment Victoria is calling on all political parties to make a fully funded commitment to excluding livestock from public land and restoring our river banks.
“Our politicians need to cut the crap and get on with the job of fencing stock out of Victoria’s rivers.”

For more information contact Adrian Dodd on 0401 726 476