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Victorian Alps Wild Horse Management Plan

Update July 2016

The draft Victorian Alps Wild Horse Management Plan will be released for public comment following the release of the Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan.

Under the National Parks Act 1975 (Vic.), Parks Victoria is required to develop a plan of management for each national and state park every 15 years. The Act also requires park managers to exterminate or control exotic fauna and flora in parks.

The Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan will provide strategic guidance for the management of more than 900,000 hectares of national, wilderness and other parks and historic areas in Victoria’s east.

Public consultation on the draft Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan has been completed with over 500 submissions received addressing a wide range of matters including hunting, commercial and environmental management as well as the control of introduced species such as horses and deer. The final management plan is currently being prepared by Parks Victoria for approval by the Victorian Government.

The Greater Alpine National Parks Management Plan recognises that many people have a strong attachment to horses being in the Australian Alps and wish for horses to remain as part of the alpine experience. However wild horses are widespread throughout the Australian Alps and they are causing significant damage to this region including fragile alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems.

The Australian Alps is a place of outstanding natural and cultural significance and the national parks within them are included on the Australian National Heritage List.  Containing the highest points in the Great Dividing Range and spanning more than 600 km from Victoria to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), they cover an area of more than 1.6 million hectares. 

Since 1986, State and Federal Governments jointly manage these parks to protect the area’s special character under the Australian Alps National Parks Cooperative Management Program. The Program is delivered by the Australian Alps Liaison Committee (AALC).

The AALC have undertaken a variety of wild horse research and monitoring projects and in May 2016 released a Fact Sheet and two reports: