A group of High Country cattlemen are calling for cattle grazing to be re-introduced as a fire management tool.
The Mountain Cattlemen's Association of Victoria hopes the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, also known as the Bushfires Royal Commission, will "re-examine the benefits of grazing in Alpine areas".
MCAV president Bruce McCormack said his organisation was not given enough credit for their knowledge and too easily dismissed as "old farmers out of touch".
"We keep saying to the government, over and over, that we are here and we want to help make the High Country a better place, a safer place," he said.
"We have knowledge that stretches back to when Victoria was first settled.
"Mountain cattlemen were here from the beginning, and we like to think we have something to offer for the future."
Mr McCormack said their knowledge learnt from on-the-ground experience is what makes them a valuable resource.
"Grazing anywhere, whether it is on your farm at home or in the High Country, reduces fire fuel loads," he said.
"It's as simple as that.
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"In the state forest and Alpine National Parks, where fire fuel loads are out of control, this can only be a good thing." Mr McCormack said there are people and examples from around the world that support their claim.
He pointed to NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro's comments at the Royal Commission which called for cattle grazing to be used as a fire prevention method.
"Over in Canada, the province of British Columbia has partnered with its local cattlemen's association to help develop a program that will use cattle as part of a targeted grazing program," Mr McCormack said.
"Some $500,000 has been given to the program by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - an approximate equivalent of Australia's DELWP."
Minister of Agriculture in British Columbia Lana Popham said in a statement the program would be a "win-win for the province".
"As it both minimises fire risk and supports BC's cattle and meat industries," she said.
"Reducing the risk of wildfires and adapting to a changing climate requires more action than the status quo of the last 20 years," she said.
Mr McCormack also put weight behind NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall's comments last year who urged the government to "trust farmers".
"I fully support more back-burning operation in national parks," he said.
"Trust farmers who are neighbours of parks to help as well.
"Limited grazing of stock in some areas of national parks would help too."
The MCAV said it was time the Victorian government "re-examine the facts" and consider the return of grazing as a bushfire mitigation tool.
"It is only in the last few decades that we have seen consistent, devastating bushfires in our High Country and Alpine regions," he said.
"Before that, in our areas at least, mountain cattlemen kept the fire fuel loads to a minimum by grazing and cool burns.
"This is a method they learnt first-hand from the local Indigenous.
"All we can hope is this bushfire inquiry might give us some recommendations based on common sense, rather academic diatribe learnt from behind a desk and not in the bush."
The Royal Commission heard from community witnesses throughout this week who were directly impacted by the summer bushfires as well as evidence from designated Cross Border Commissioners.