Kosciuszko: It’s a park, not a paddock

Sunset from Mt Kosciuszko. Photo: Mike Edmondson

Sunset from Mt Kosciuszko. Photo: Mike Edmondson

It’s time to overturn the Berejiklian Government’s decision entrenching destructive feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park, can you join us?

In June this year the NSW Government turned Australia into a global laughing stock when it passed legislation protecting destructive feral horses in, locking in ongoing degradation of sensitive alpine plains and wetlands.

Overturning the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act – which should be called the Kosciuszko Destruction Act – is essential for protecting our fragile alpine region.

Our new campaign, called Reclaim Kosci, is aimed at achieving just that.

If you live in NSW can you contact your local MP and ask them to ‘Reclaim Kosci’ by overturning the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018?

Please also ask them to put in place effective and humane feral horse control methods.

We’ve made it really easy for you to look up your local MP online and send them an email today.

And if you have friends or family that live in NSW please let them know this campaign needs their support.

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Horses belong in paddocks, not parks

Leaving feral horses to run wild in Kosciuszko National Park with no effective population control is environmental vandalism.

Unless the horse act is overturned, Kosciuszko will become increasingly battered, and will start to look more like a horse paddock than a national park. That’s bad for Kosciuszko, bad for tourism and bad for local businesses that rely on the park.

Uncontrolled feral horses will push threatened species like the critically endangered corroboree frog, the endangered alpine she-oak skink and the vulnerable broad-toothed rat closer to extinction.

The Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018 overrides the NSW National Parks Act and does not allow any effective population control of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

The NSW Government is prioritising a feral animal over the globally significant values of Kosciuszko National Park and its many threatened and unique species and ecosystems.

We are urging all parties to support the repeal bill – it is vital if we are to give Kosciuszko’s fragile ecosystems and waterways a chance to recover from the impacts of feral horses.

The Labor Opposition has committed to repealing the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act if elected in 2019. The party has launched a six-point plan to protect the park.

Feral horses are highly destructive animals that destroy alpine habitats, stomp fragile waterways and threaten native wildlife. They belong in a paddock, not our park.

Reclaim Kosci

The Invasive Species Council is fighting back against the failure to protect Kosciuszko National Park from feral horses and is the lead organisation behind Reclaim Kosci, which is:

  • Raising awareness about the impacts of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Championing the campaign to repeal the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018.
  • Seeking a substantial reduction in the feral horse population in Kosciuszko National Park through humane and effective means.

Visit ReclaimKosci.org.au >>

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