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BRUMBY ARTIST STATEMENT
I approach the foal cautiously. With his mob nearby he lies in the shade, the sun beating down: he closes his eyes and I notice his broken leg. I drive to the nearest phone reception and call the local park ranger, knowing that National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) will not attend, given he is an introduced species. I return in the afternoon and he has died, but wasn't shot. I’m saddened, as this could be the fate of many wild horses if the NSW draft Wild Horse Management Plan is executed poorly.
For 150 years the Australian Brumby has called Mount Kosciuszko home. First introduced by the European settler, the brumby has been made famous by writers such as Elyne Mitchell and Banjo Paterson, warranting an important place in our national cultural heritage.
The 2016 draft Wild Horse Management Plan estimates the brumby population at 6000 and proposes to reduce this number to 600. An action the NSW government in conjunction with NPWS say is necessary to ensure the preservation of fragile waterways and native species.
There is little debate that action is needed, however, the draft plan excludes comparative data of the claimed horse damage to other environmental impacts such as other wild species, natural elements, and humans. With wildfire an ever present threat, the severe cull could be described as eradication rather than management. In 2003, the Mount Kosciuszko bushfires killed an estimated 2500 horses, raising concern about the sustainability of such a small herd.
The National Cultural Heritage Values Assessment concludes the Kosciuszko brumbies have heritage value. These horses are a living testament to our stockman history, have helped us fight our wars and are deeply embedded in our national psyche. They deserve humane management.