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Dear Editor,

A plan to lock up more of our state forests threatens the future of timber harvesting, hunting, prospecting, horse riding, camping and 4WDing in Victoria’s central west.
The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) Central West investigation recommended locking up vast areas of Mount Cole, Wombat and Wellsford state forests and in the Pyrenees region.
Bush Users Groups United (BUGU)’s David Bentley is right when he says this will mean “a total loss of access to our traditional recreational and commercial activities”.
The Government’s response is due this month.
Daniel Andrews must not cave to green ideology by locking up more of our state forests and throwing away the key.
Public land should be exactly that – for the public – but under Andrews, all Victorians who enjoy recreational activities are being pushed out.
Daniel Andrews must park his plan to lock up more of Victoria’s public land.

Peter Walsh
Leader of The Nationals
Shadow Minister for Agriculture