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Forum planned on Kosciuszko brumbies

August 8, 2010

A forum on the wild horses of Australia's Kosciuszko National Park has been organised by the Victoria Brumby Association.

Brumbies from the Kosciuszko National Park.

The forum, which will provide information on the horses and advice on rehoming options, will be held in Gundagai on August 28.

Association president Colleen O'Brien said the forum would be an opportunity for anyone who wanted to have a hand in the future of the brumbies, but didn't know where to start.

The forum will traverse issues around the management of the brumbies, aspects of which have provoked controversy, and their history.

The forum will include speakers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, The Australian Brumby Alliance, the Snowy Mountain Bush Users Group, as well as one of Australia's foremost experts in fertility control.

"This forum aims to bring together brumby supporters that may have the interest in joining, helping or starting groups with the aim of receiving, gentling and re-homing Kosciuszko Brumbies," O'Brien said.

"The brumbies of Kosciuszko are an iconic part of our Australian story," she said.

"Their ancestors explored our country, cleared and ploughed our fields. They delivered our milk and our mail, carried our children to school and our young men to war.

"The descendants of these great horses are now roaming Kosciuszko."

The forum aimed to hear views of key brumby management players and identify common ground through open discussion.



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