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Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan – public consultation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) sought comments on its Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan. The draft plan sets out the vision, objectives and recommended strategies and actions for the future management of wild horses in the park.

NPWS has a legal duty to protect the range of natural and cultural values within the park, and a responsibility to minimise the impact of introduced species, including those of wild horses. However, the issue of wild horse management within Kosciuszko National Park is often highly contentious and emotive. There is a diverse range of views in the general community and deeply polarised views between major stakeholder groups about if, and how, wild horses in the park should be managed.

The draft plan is based on a thorough review of the 2008 Kosciuszko National Park Horse Management Plan, and has been developed with input from an Independent Technical Reference Group, an extensive community and stakeholder engagement process, and a review of the heritage significance of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

While the initial stage of consultation on developing a wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park is now closed, the materials and conversation remain online for you to review.

Extensive community and stakeholder engagement, advice from the Independent Technical Reference Group, assessment of the heritage and social significance of wild horses in the park, and review of past wild horse management programs all helped shape the draft plan which was on public exhibition for 16 weeks until 19 August 2016.

All submissions received during the exhibition period will be considered and reviewed during preparation of the final plan. Changes may be made to the plan where deemed appropriate. Once approved, the final plan will be available on the Office of Environment and Heritage website, together with a summary of the submissions received. Actions in the approved final plan will be implemented as part of an integrated regional pest management strategy across Kosciuszko National Park.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) sought comments on its Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan. The draft plan sets out the vision, objectives and recommended strategies and actions for the future management of wild horses in the park.

NPWS has a legal duty to protect the range of natural and cultural values within the park, and a responsibility to minimise the impact of introduced species, including those of wild horses. However, the issue of wild horse management within Kosciuszko National Park is often highly contentious and emotive. There is a diverse range of views in the general community and deeply polarised views between major stakeholder groups about if, and how, wild horses in the park should be managed.

The draft plan is based on a thorough review of the 2008 Kosciuszko National Park Horse Management Plan, and has been developed with input from an Independent Technical Reference Group, an extensive community and stakeholder engagement process, and a review of the heritage significance of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

While the initial stage of consultation on developing a wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park is now closed, the materials and conversation remain online for you to review.

Extensive community and stakeholder engagement, advice from the Independent Technical Reference Group, assessment of the heritage and social significance of wild horses in the park, and review of past wild horse management programs all helped shape the draft plan which was on public exhibition for 16 weeks until 19 August 2016.

All submissions received during the exhibition period will be considered and reviewed during preparation of the final plan. Changes may be made to the plan where deemed appropriate. Once approved, the final plan will be available on the Office of Environment and Heritage website, together with a summary of the submissions received. Actions in the approved final plan will be implemented as part of an integrated regional pest management strategy across Kosciuszko National Park.