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BRUMBY MANAGEMENT TO COMMENCE IN
KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK
Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announced the next step to address the number of brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park, with the appointment of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel (CAP) and the Scientific Advisory Panel.
“I’ve long been advocating to find a balance between recognising the heritage and cultural significance of the brumbies, while enabling active management to reduce their impact on the National Park’s alpine environment.
“The appointment of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel means we can get on with the job,” Mr Barilaro said.
Tim Johnson has been appointed Chair of the CAP, with NSW Chief Scientist, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, to take on the role of Deputy Chair.
The panel is as follows –
Tim Johnson (Chair)
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte (Deputy Chair)
“I’m thrilled to announce that Mr Johnson has been appointed Chair. He will directly update the NSW Government and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on the work of the panel and progress within the KNP.
“Mr Johnson is the man for the job – a nominated representative of the Snowy Horse Riders Association and he was integral in forming the National Heritage Listing over the Australian Alps.
“Wild brumbies have been roaming the Australian Alps for almost 200 years, and are part of the cultural fabric and folklore of the high country.
“I’m confident this committee will reflect the views of the community and balance this with the ecological importance of the Kosciusko National Park,” Mr Barilaro said.
The Committees’ work will be informed by a survey of the horse population Kosciuszko National Park, which is currently being finalised.