The Reclaim Kosci group have been running a fantastic campaign to gain protection of the Snowy Mountains through securing removal of the large numbers of wild horses in the Kosciusko national park.
This week they will present a petition to NSW parliament calling for the Repeal the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act.
Media release from Reclaim Kosci
A 12,000 signature petition demanding action on feral horse damage in Kosciuszko is being presented in a ceremony to acting NSW Labor leader Penny Sharpe on Thursday morning.
Signed petition papers will be cleansed during an Aboriginal smoking ceremony, before being handed over to Labor’s Penny Sharpe by the Save Kosci mascot, a giant corroboree frog.
The petition brings to the attention of the NSW Legislative Assembly the damage caused by feral horses to the fragile ecosystems and water catchments in Kosciuszko National Park. Signature collection began in November 2018 when Save Kosci walkers set off on a 35-day 560km walk from Sydney to Mt Kosciuszko in protest of the Kosciuszko horse protection act.
The petitioners are asking the Legislative Assembly to:
• Repeal the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018;
• As a first step towards reducing the number of feral horses, implement the Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan 2016, with appropriate resourcing, noting that the Plan includes lethal culling, by ground-based teams, following RSPCA guidelines.
• Repair the mountain catchments to restore and repair the currently eroding slopes, wetlands and mountain streams that have been impacted by wild horses.
When: Thursday 6 June.
Where: Parliament of NSW, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney – meeting outside the security gates on Macquarie Street.
Time: Meeting by 10.45 am. Ceremony will start at 11:00am.