Protecting Wilderness and National Parks


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.

Kosciuszko, our largest national park, is already developed enough

NSW Government plan[1] to spend $27 million to build 46km of new cycling and walking paths through the fragile alpine ecosystems in the iconic Kosciuszko National Park should not proceed.  No detailed an environmental impact assessment and public review is planned for these projects.

Snowy 2.0 - overpriced and damaging to Kosciuszko NP

“The feasibility study for the Snowy 2 pumped-hydro scheme reveals cost an estimated cost of $3.8 to $4.5 billion*, and that’s without the cost of the required major electricity transmission network upgrade.  The real cost is likely to be double this feasibility estimate, to which you then must add the signifcant harm that will be done to Kosciuszko National Park.  This very expensive,  national park damaging proposal should not proceed,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

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