Stop the 'Brumby Bill'

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I am writing to ask that you reject the ‘Brumbies Bill’ and advocate for the removal of wild horses from Kosciuszko National Park. Our natural and historical heritage will come under immense pressure if the Bill succeeds as it will allow an introduced species to continue to cause catastrophic damage. Wild horses are not part of the Australian landscape and have no place in a sensitive endemic Alpine environments. In addition to this, I can give the following arguments as to why the Bill should be rejected:

●     Wild horses are having a severe impact on the the natural environment in Kosciuszko National Park. This has been demonstrated in multiple scientific studies.  Examples of these well-documented impacts include; stream bank erosion, spreading of weeds, grazing and trampling wetlands and bogs, destroying the habitat of native species such as corroboree frogs, and outcompeting wallabies, kangaroos and wombats. I am particularly concerned about this as many of these species are endangered and are not found in other locations.

●     Although in the preliminary stage, the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee is proposing to list horses as a key threatening process in Schedule 4 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. This is a recognition by the NSW Government that wild horses cause damage to ecosystems.

●     The role wild horses play in Australian culture has been overstated. This argument ignores many other parts of our multifaceted culture(s) and continues the subjugation of our Indigenous history.

●     This legislation is incompatible with the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. More specifically 2A (1);

(a)  the conservation of nature, including, but not limited to, the conservation of:

(i)  habitat, ecosystems and ecosystem processes, and

(ii)  biological diversity at the community, species and genetic levels, and

(iii)  landforms of significance, including geological features and processes, and

(iv)  landscapes and natural features of significance including wilderness and wild rivers.

I ask that you reject the ‘Brumbies Bill’ for the reasons I have just given. Instead, I ask for you to support the 2016 Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan. The NSW Government paid recognised experts to give the best available information and make recommendations based on best practice. Policy for the future of our alpine environment should be founded in both of these factors and the plan acknowledges this.

Thank you for your time reading my letter and considering my position. 

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