The Cape York cattle industry is outraged after station owners were warned their livestock could be seized, sold, or destroyed.
Queensland’s Parks and Wildlife Services Department is seeking to implement a new strategy that will see any cattle that strays into national parks killed.
Land on Cape York Peninsula spanning two million hectares is co-owned by traditional owners and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS), but QPWS is now seeking to eradicate cattle from this land in an effort to preserve protected areas.
The strategy will affect at least 40 cattle stations.Cape York
Kalinga Station owner Michael Trout says the plan takes away the rights of landowners.
QPWS in a statement: ‘The program is now in its third year and has substantially reduced the number of feral cattle on protected areas across Cape York Peninsula.
‘It will help permanently preserve these areas’ natural condition and protect their cultural resources and values.’
Permits allowing owners to muster cattle in the national park will expire this month.
The strategy will affect at least 40 cattle stations.
Cape York Kalinga Station owner Michael Trout says the plan takes away the rights of landowners.
‘Your domesticated cattle with a brand on it, if it wanders onto a national park it will be shot, and I compare that to your dog walking across the road from your house into a neighbour’s backyard and they got the right to shoot it,’ Mr Trout said.
‘Cattle can be worth anywhere between $400 and $2000 dollars, so if you lose ten head of cattle that’s a substantial amount of money,’ he said.
‘It’s just absurd.’
‘But I look at it more than just the loss to landowners, this is taking their rights away.’
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