Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Introducing ... Save Kosci Inc

Concerned about feral horses in national parks?
Now here’s something you can do

www.savekosci.org - get involved 

In June, the NSW Parliament passed the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018, which sets a disturbing precedent by giving an introduced species greater protection than native animals in Kosciuszko National Park. A number of members of bushwalking clubs have responded to this by setting up a new organization, Save Kosci Inc, to run a protest walk from Sydney to the summit of Kosciuszko.

The walk will take about 35 days, including rest days, from early November to mid-December 2018. The main group of walkers will follow a mixture of major and secondary roads, via Camden, Mittagong, Goulburn, Canberra, Jindabyne and Charlotte Pass. The exact route is being surveyed now, looking at the walkability of the road verges, and the availability of budget accommodation or camping, en route.

In addition to getting the Horse Heritage Act repealed, the aims of the walk are to:

  • Support a range of methods to control feral horses in NSW national parks, including ground-based lethal culling, under ranger supervision and according to RSPCA guidelines;
  • Implement the NPWS Draft Wild Horse Management Plan of 2016;
  • Protect the habitat of the broad-toothed mouse, corroboree frog and other native species affected by horses and other feral animals.

Save Kosci Inc needs the following kinds of helpers:

  • End-to-end walkers;
  • Section walkers – from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks;
  • Support-vehicle drivers and other non-walking helpers – from a day or two upwards; people with campervans, here is your chance to do a road trip for a Good Cause!
  • Desk-based helpers, to do one-off tasks such as drafting a petition or researching an historical aspect of the horse debate;
  • People with a science background, to summarise in plain English some of the evidence of horse damage;
  • People to sew banners;
  • Photographers to record the walk, especially the first and last days which are going to be something special, or to visit KNP to get close-ups of feral horses eating, drinking, trampling etc in KNP.

A new web site for the walk www.savekosci.org, with a supporter registration coming soon.

If you're interested, we’d be grateful if they could use that form to register; the form should be available online by late August.

Registration costs $12.

Inquiries welcome - to convenor@savekosci.org

Linda Groom
Convenor
Save Kosci Inc
0473 919 441

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