NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ADVISORY PANELS ON WILD HORSE MANAGEMENT IN KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ADVISORY PANELS ON WILD HORSE MANAGEMENT IN KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK


Friday, 30 November 2018

The NSW Government is seeking nominations to the Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel and the Scientific Advisory Panel to provide advice on the management of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said setting up both advisory panels is an important milestone.

“It’s how we will develop a balanced approach to the active management of wild horses in a way that protects the unique natural environment of the alpine area, while recognising the heritage and community values of wild horses in Kosciuszko,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is an excellent chance for community members from a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise to get involved in planning for the future management of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park.

“Under the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act, the Community Advisory Panel’s role will be to provide important advice to the Government and the Office of Environment and Heritage about the management of sustainable wild horse populations within parts of the Park and advice on the preparation of a draft Wild Horse Heritage Management Plan.”

“The Government is also committed to establishing a Scientific Advisory Panel to provide rigorous scientific and technical advice on the management of wild horses in the park as an extra safeguard for the environment.

“The Scientific Advisory Panel will provide independent evidence-based advice on a range of issues including population assessment, environmental impacts to park values, and methods for managing sustainable populations in parts of the park and appropriate control techniques.

“The size of the Panel will be determined on the range of expertise received in nominations however, if additional scientific expertise is required, further appointments may be made in the future.

“I would really encourage people to take up on these exciting opportunities and nominate before Friday 21 December so that they can bring their perspectives, knowledge and expertise on this important issue to the table.”

For further information on both Advisory Panels, the criteria for selection and the nomination process visit https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NPWS/AdvisoryCommittees.htm
Applications close on Friday 21 December.