Community divided on Snowy Mountains brumby cull reversal

Updated May 22, 2018 20:59:50

The New South Wales Government’s decision to reverse a planned cull of brumbies in the Snowy Mountains has split communities across Victoria and NSW.

Conservation groups believe sensitive alpine environments and native species will continue to be destroyed by the wild horses.

The NSW Government originally wanted to reduce the number of horses in the Kosciuszko National Park by 90 per cent over 20 years.

Instead, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro this week announced the brumby management plan would prohibit lethal culling because the cultural significance of brumbies needed to be recognised.

Friends of Currango, a group that manages a 19th century homestead in Kosciuszko National Park, are concerned about the backflip.

Group president Ian Dunn said the growing population of wild horses had destroyed Currango Creek and surrounding waterways.

“Up until 10 or 15 years ago we might never see a brumby and if we did see a few, they would bolt,” he said.

“But in contrast in 2016, when I came over the hill into Currango, there lounging and grazing around Currango Creek were between 100–150 brumbies and they didn’t care about my presence.”