Highlighting the problems faced in Mt Kosciuszko National Park as the brumbies run wild Steve and Barbara Millard, with four other members of the Northern Rivers Bushwalkers’ Club, will walk from the Cobberas Wilderness in Eastern Victoria to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.
They are protesting against the NSW Government’s recent legislation to protect feral horses in National Parks in preference to many endangered native species whose habitat is being destroyed by the growing numbers of feral horses.
‘Feral horses are a problem in our region as well as Kosciuszko,’ Steve commented.
‘They are in numbers along the Yuragir coast between Yamba and Coff’s Harbour, as well as in the Guy Fawkes River valley that runs between Armidale and Grafton.’
The group of six have been doing preliminary walks in the Byron hinterland in preparation and will be meeting up with other Save Kosci walkers on the summit on Saturday December 8. They will meet at from Charlotte Pass before making their final ascent.
‘Club members are happy to see horses being looked after in the 90 per cent of Australia that is not in National Parks, but feel the horses should not be allowed to force native plants and animals, such as the Corroboree Frog, into extinction by destruction of fragile habitats,’ said Steve.