Victoria Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
Greater Protection For The Alpine National Park
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government has released a long-term plan to protect the Alpine National Park from the threat of feral horses.
Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Protection of the Alpine National Park Feral Horse Strategic Plan 2018-2021, which is backed by extensive scientific evidence and community consultation.
“Feral horses cannot be allowed to run rampant in the Alpine National Park their hard hooves damage the precious environment and destroy the habitats of threatened species.” Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.
“We have developed a strong plan to protect this treasured part of the world and we call on the New South Wales and the Federal governments to support it.”
There are an estimated 2,500 feral horses in Victoria’s eastern alps, causing significant damage to threatened plant and wildlife species within the Alpine National Park.
Victorian Alps is one of the state’s most distinctive landscapes, making its protection a priority.
As part of the State Government’s plan, the primary control technique will be to trap feral horses and rehome as many as possible. Those that cannot be rehomed will be humanely euthanised.
“Parks Victoria has an obligation to protect and conserve the delicate environment of our Alpine National Park and feral horse management is an integral part of that.” Parks Victoria Chief Conservation Scientist Dr. Mark Norman said.
“We look forward to working with our stakeholders in developing the operational plan and commencing the program later in 2018.”
Following the release of the draft plan in 2017, Parks Victoria received around 1,000 submissions from stakeholders and the community.
More than 80 % of responses expressed support for managing the number of feral horses to protect the Alpine National Park and its vulnerable ecosystems.
Man From Snowy River
“The Man from Snowy River” is a poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson. It was first published in The Bulletin, an Australian news magazine, on 26 April 1890.
The Man from Snowy River also featured in many films and television programmes.
State of New South Wales loves the Brumby Horse whereas it would appear that the State of Victoria has a plan to kill the Brumby Horses.