Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Partisan Politics Killing Kosciuszko National Park

Today’s announcement by Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, that aerial culling will not be used in Kosciuszko National Park* is a disaster. Aerial culling is essential to contain the numbers of feral horses in the park. 

“Mr Barilaro has offered no solution for controlling feral horses and drastically reducing their numbers”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“Kosciuszko National Park is not some rustic 19th century horse ranch in the dreamtime.  The iconic bush heritage of the Alps will in fact be ruined if feral horse numbers continue to grow”, Mr Muir said.

“Effective and humane control of feral horses will happen.  It will, however, have to wait until a tragedy occurs in the Kosciuszko National Park.  It is only a matter of time before a young family is killed in a very ugly way when their car slams into a feral horse on the Alpine Way.  I hope that the media then cover that event in all its horror because that will be the only way to push home the realities and costs of the current ineffective horse policies”, he said.

“It is sad that the local Member has neutered the Wild Horse Management Plan for Kosciuszko National Park.  Only ineffective methods can now be proposed when it goes on exhibition in mid-2015.  More money will be wasted and time will be lost running around with horses without containing feral horse population growth.”

“There are more feral horses in Australia than in any other nation on the planet.  These damned nags are not in any way rare or unique, but rather degrade the unique natural heritage of Kosciuszko National Park.

“The NSW Government appears set on a course to wreck biodiversity in this state.  There are also plans to repeal the Native Vegetation Act, and allow logging and grazing in our parks and reserves.  The National Party appears to be firmly in control of Government policy for national parks and sensitive landscapes.”

“Environment Minister Robert Stokes needs to start batting these political forces in the NSW Government down with a sledge hammer,” Mr Muir said.