Farmers and fishers feud over riverside camping in Victoria
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A simple policy change to allow camping on public land - Crown river frontages - has become a divisive issue among farmers and recreational fishers. Fishers say it's public land and everyone should be allowed to enjoy it. But the sites in question are licensed to nearby farmers for livestock grazing. Farmers are worried about the impact of the camping policy on their businesses and homes. Who will clean up the mess? Who is blamed if someone gets hurt? What impact will it have on biosecurity? The policy change was a 2018 election promise which raised questions about the political power of recreational fishers.

This podcast is produced by Laura Corrigan and tom Melville. Reporting by Annabelle Cleeland.

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