22. October 2021

Brumbies to be culled under draft plan for Kosciuszko National Park


Feral horses will be culled and two-thirds of the Kosciuszko National Park will be saved freed from the brumbies if a brand new administration plan for controlling the animals’ numbers is applied.

The draft administration plan, released for public input on Friday, will goal to minimize the variety of horses from an estimated 14,380 as of final November by nearly four-fifths to 3000 by June 30, 2027.

Brumbies near Kiandra off the Snowy Mountain highway, Kosciuszko National Park.

Brumbies close to Kiandra off the Snowy Mountain freeway, Kosciuszko National Park. Credit:Joe Armao

Environment Minister Matt Kean stated the plan aimed to steadiness the help for the brumbies’ cultural heritage values with the necessity to mission the delicate alpine ecosystems from the injury they trigger.

“For too long we have been deadlocked on this issue and unable to find a way forward. This has served no one’s interest, least of all the environment,” Mr Kean stated. “While we need to ensure our threatened and endangered native wildlife is protected, we need to also recognise the genuine affection and cultural values many people attach to these horses.”

The new plan is partially a reprise of the 2016 draft administration plan that additionally referred to as for the discount of horse numbers to fewer “than 3000 in five to 10 years”.


However, at the moment, there have been solely about 6000 brumbies within the Kosciuszko National Park, and the numbers have continued to swell on the fee of about 20 per cent a yr, even bearing in mind the widespread fires within the park in the course of the 2019-20 Black Summer.

The up to date model “is not as ambitious as the 2016 plan”, James Tresize, conservation director for the Invasive Species Council, stated noting that scheme additionally detailed a minimize to 600 horses over 20 years.

“We still think 3000 is too many,” Mr Tresize stated.

The 2016 plan was not applied due to opposition from John Barilaro, the Nationals chief and native member, who as a substitute efficiently championed the passing of the so-called “Brumby Bill” that legislated safety for the unique animals in a nationwide park.

“This draft plan takes on board both the views of the Scientific Advisory Panel and the Community Advisory Panel, with all elements of this document agreed to by the two parties,” Mr Barilaro stated on Friday.

Feral horses on Long Plain in the Kosciuszko National Park.

Feral horses on Long Plain within the Kosciuszko National Park. Credit:Nick Moir

“This is an issue that is close to the hearts of many, and it is extremely important that we not only find a way forward, but the right way forward, so please provide your feedback,” he stated, including the plan was open to public suggestions till November 2.

Under the most recent plan, about half of the nationwide park that’s at the moment freed from horses will stay so. Horses will be faraway from an extra 21 per cent of the park. The horses will proceed to graze in areas totalling a couple of third of the park, such because the Kiandra plains.

Trapping and rehousing of horses will be one management methodology, as will floor capturing. Aerial capturing, although, won’t be a part of the plan as a result of there’s a “significant risk” that its implementation “will result in a loss of the social licence to remove wild horses from the national park”, the draft plan states.


“Aerial shooting is used throughout Australia to control feral herbivores,” Mr Tresize stated.

Peter Cochran, a former Nationals MP and brumbies advocate, stated the “devil will be in the detail if drafted by the National Parks & Wildlife Service”.

“Negligence on [Mr Kean’s] behalf in not conforming with the legislation for three years [caused] ongoing unnecessary community conflict,” he stated.

“The legislation was drafted to disperse community conflict, provide a workable plan of management and protect the horses and cultural heritage.”

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