Greens MP Adam Bandt has welcomed the decision of the Federal Environment Minister to order the removal of cattle from the Alpine National Park.
Minister Burke announced today that he was requiring the Victorian government to remove the cattle by April 8 until a national assessment was conducted.
Mr Bandt said he was confident that a full national assessment of the cattle trials would lead to their long-time removal, but if this was not the case he would proceed with his private members bill to permanently ban cattle from the park.
"This is a good decision from the Minister," Adam Bandt said today.
"It is a vindication of the Greens view that the Victorian government's vandalism of the park should not be allowed to continue."
"We should note that this will only cut short the grazing season by 22 days, a lot of damage has already been done."
"I am also concerned that a final decision still needs to be made on the matter and will keep open the option of pushing a head with my bill to ban the cattle if it becomes necessary down the track."
"Meanwhile today we can celebrate that the beautiful Alpine National Park is to be protected."
"I want to pay tribute to the work of many Victorians but in particular the Victorian National Parks Association which has spear headed this campaign.
Mr Bandt's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (Abolition of Alpine Grazing) Bill 2011 is due to be debated in Federal Parliament on Monday.