Indigenous custodians divided over the fate of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park

Opinions are divided amongst Ngarigo custodians, whose traditional lands occupy Kosciuszko National Park, about a proposal to manage wild horses in the NSW high country. University of Sydney Professor and Ngarigo woman Jakelin Troy wants zero horses in the park, but as a horse lover herself she can appreciate why the issue has caused so much debate. The most recent survey found there were more than 14,000 brumbies in the park, But some don’t agree, believing the numbers to be much lower after the Black Summer bushfires. “They’re only plucking numbers out of mid-air,” says Andrew Wilesmith, who is a member of the… Continue reading

Draft Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Management Plan released for community consultation

On Friday October 1st the NSW Government released the draft Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Heritage Management Plan (draft plan) with a community consultation period until the 2nd of November. The draft plan was prepared to meet the requirements of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018. The Australian Brumby Alliance (ABA) has the following response to the draft plan. Overall, the ABA acknowledges this draft plan is a change in direction from previous plans and we are grateful for the more balanced approached. Whilst there is still much work to be done to protect our Heritage Brumby for future… Continue reading

Locals claim Snowy Mountains construction causing terrible destruction

Having clocked hundreds of kilometres trekking the Snowy Mountains, Michelle Brown is bewildered brumby critics can justify their arguments as Snowy 2.0 decimates the very land they’re trying to save. “I’m seeing pristine tracts of land turned inside out as the construction continues” she said. “Yet we have the Federal Environment Minister and conservation groups weighing in on the brumbies and their impact on the park.” The contradiction leaves Michelle seething. Continue reading