Protecting Wilderness and National Parks


Interim measures for feral horse control a step in right direction

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness welcomes this morning’s announcement by NSW Environment Minister, Matt Kean, detailing the removal of all feral horses from the three “most critically sensitive” areas of Kosciuszko National Park[1].

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness shocked at aerial horse survey results, calls for action to immediately reduce population

The release today of the 2019 Australian Alps Feral Horse Aerial Survey reveals that Kosciuszko National Park feral horse population has exploded. The survey reports a population increase of ~275.5% since the last count in 2014, numbers having grown from 9190 to 25,318, and with it a huge increase of horse-inflicted damage occurring throughout Kosciuszko National Park.

Snowy 2.0 - a Climate Action blunder

“Snowy 2.0 proposal must be rejected because it will return to Australia a pittance on the huge political, emotional and economic investment we’re putting into it,” said Keith Muir, Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“The consolidated tax profit to Snowy Hydro last financial year was just $210.2 million for hydro power generation of 4,349GWh[1].  So even if Snowy 2.0 generates 350GWh of stand-by power, which it can’t, it will make a miniscule return on investment,” he said.  

Solar the way to go for World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island

Green energy requires careful planning to protect natural heritage

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness has welcomed yesterday’s solar-battery power announcement for Lord Howe Island by Environment and Energy Minister, Matt Kean.  The Minister’s decision demonstrates in a practical way how green energy projects can take the needs of the natural environment fully into account.

Snowy 2 is expensive damaging, inefficient and undermines national park protection

"No politician denies Snowy 2 is expensive. It’s justified as a nation building project, but it will damage the national heritage listed Kosciuszko National Park,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“The assertion in the NSW determination notice that the works can be undertaken without any significant impacts on the biodiversity, recreational and conservation values of the Kosciuszko National Park[1] is 100% incorrect,” he said.

Snowy 2 Bill means green cred will be dispatched next Tuesday

On Tuesday next week the NSW Parliament will debate legislation[1] to enable a 75 year lease to be issued for the Snowy 2 pump storage power development inside Kosciuszko National Park.  The proposal is still at the exploration stage, and may not be viable, but if it proceeds it will seriously damage our largest National Park.

Mismanagement causing Feral Horse suffering and death in Kosciuszko

Disturbing footage of dead and dying feral horses* by the Snowy River and elsewhere in the Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) reveals serious flaws in the NSW Government’s Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act, 2018.

Snowy-Hydro claims 114 ha disturbance of National Heritage listed National Park is NOT a significant impact

“Snowy Hydro’s is seeking to short cut assessment for its initial 4.4 kilometre access tunnel proposal[1] of its massive Snowy 2.0 project.  The so-called exploration proposal will bulldoze 114 hectares of Kosciuszko National Park but Snowy Hydro claims this disturbance of a National Heritage listed national park is not a significant impact.

National Party Wrecks National Parks Management as Barilaro declares Kosciuszko for horses for all time

NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro yesterday announced the NSW Government’s next piece of national park legislation shall be about “heritage horses”. A probably livid Environment Minister Upton did not release a statement, as Deputy Premier Barilaro announced his Party’s colonial notions for the high country shall trump any scientific principles of park management.