Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Management Plan
The HVBA team continues to advocate for the Kosciuszko Brumbies while we await the release of the final plan. While our advocacy is not as visible as it was during the submission period, we would like to assure our members and supporters that we are continuing to work with other Brumby advocates to promote the importance of the continued existence of sustainable wild Brumby herds within the Kosciuszko National Park, to call for research into how Brumbies are interacting with their environment, and to ensure the use of humane management tools when management is required including working towards a 100% rehoming rate for managed Brumbies.
Submission Period Now Closed - Thank you to everyone who added their voice to the fight for our Brumbies.
The 2016 management plan is currently open for comment. Although it was found that the Kosciuszko Brumbies are culturally significant and economically beneficial to the region, this plan intends to reduce the population of wild horses from 6000 down to 3000 in the next five years and then down to 400 as quickly as possible after that. This is more than a 90% reduction in the population of Snowy Mountain Brumbies and would be devastating for the health of the horses. If this plan goes ahead it will be the end of the Brumbies made famous by Banjo Paterson and Elaine Mitchel. But there is still time to make a difference! Tell the government that you believe the Brumbies deserve to be free in the bush! Have your say by going to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/protectsnowies/ reading the draft plan and supporting documents and making a submission by the 19th August 2016. We also encourage everyone to write to their local state member of parliament, and the State Minister for Environment, Mark Speakman.
Don't have time to write a submission, we have written one for you! Just download and sign the below document that explains all the reasons not to go ahead with the draft plan. The more people that send in a submission the more likely they will listen! Every voice counts!!!
Brumby Management Plans
Hunter Valley Brumby Association