Feral horse levels in the Alpine National Park are at critical levels. Their hard hooves cause serious damage to the sensitive alpine environment. Without intervention, their impacts will cause severe long-term harm to the park’s special endangered native alpine wildlife and plant species.
The period for public comment closed on 16 February 2018. Submissions to the plan and results of the Engage Victoria survey will be reviewed by an independent assessor. After the assessment, Park Victoria will finalise the plan ready for review and approval by the Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change.
Draft Strategic Action Plan
During 2016 and 2017, Parks Victoria has been working to develop the Protection of the Alpine National Park - Feral Horse Strategic Action Plan 2018-2020. The plan outlines where and how feral horses will be managed and proposes a three-year program to reduce the impacts on natural and cultural values in the Alpine National Park. The plan will also help support Parks Victoria meet the obligations of the National Parks Act 1975 and Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Read the plan below:
Parks Victoria’s existing feral horse removal program will be expanded in the Eastern Alps region by raising capture rates from approximately 100-160 horses per year to approximately 300-400 horses per year, over three years.
As part of drafting the plan, extensive consultation has taken place with animal welfare, community, environmental and cultural groups through a series of roundtables. A Technical Reference Group including specialists in veterinary science, horse behaviour and welfare and cultural issues has also provided specialist input.
From 22 December 2017 to 16 February 2018, the community was invited to review the draft action plan and provide feedback on:
- Proposed control methods (Section 8.1.1)
- Management of captured horses (Section 8.1.3)
- Communication methods and frequency during the 3-year implementation period (Section 8.2.3)
- Research priorities (Section 9)
Feedback was sought in the form of a survey but if you would also like to provide a written submission in the form of a Word or PDF document, use the file upload tab below.
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