Friday, 15 June 2018

Josh Frydenberg urged to step in to save national park from NSW brumby plan

Conservationists say federal environment minister has obligation to protect areas of national significance

Fri 8 Jun 2018 23.00 BSTLast modified on Sat 9 Jun 2018 01.04 BST

Conservationists have called on the federal environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, to intervene to protect the Kosciuszko national park from brumbies after a New South Wales bill was passed giving heritage protection to the feral horses.

The Australian Conservation Foundation says the federal government has an obligation under national environment law to protect areas of national significance, including the national heritage-listed Australian Alps national parks and reserves.

The Berejiklian Liberal government, with support from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party and the Christian Democrats, passed the Kosciuszko wild horse heritage bill through the state’s upper house this week.

The move has attracted widespread criticism from the conservation and science community, which is now pushing for the issue to be addressed under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

ACF policy analyst James Trezise said several nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities occurred within the national park.

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