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Barmah Horse Management Strategy

The Barmah Horse Strategy proposal is currently on hold. We appreciate there are a number of views about the wild horse population in the park. Parks Victoria and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) will consult further to find the best way forward for the park and the community. 

Barmah National Park is home to internationally significant wetlands, rare and threatened species and ecological communities, as well as many significant Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

An aerial survey conducted in January 2012 identified a minimum of 140 wild horses in the park.

Heritage and social values of Barmah horses

Parks Victoria understands there are a range of views on wild horses, and undertook research to better understand the social and heritage values of wild horses in Barmah National Park.

The research, by independent consultants Context Pty Ltd, includes an online survey which has been completed, and the preparation of a brief history of the Barmah horses through interviews and archival research.

Community social and heritage values identified in the research will help inform park management strategies.


Community consultation in 2014 canvassed the range of views about the removal of Barmah horses and how it should be managed.

A Barmah Horse Advisory Committee was established to provide specialist advice on horse management and consultation with the broader community to inform development of the Barmah Horse Management Strategy.

The committee includes representatives from long-standing community and specialist groups including Barmah Forest Cattlemen’s Association, Barmah Forest Preservation League, Goulburn Valley Environment Group, Moira Shire Council, RSPCA (Victoria) and the Victorian Brumby Association.

Representatives were selected based on specific knowledge, experience and skills relating to the program including bush knowledge, horsemanship, environment and cultural heritage protection and the humane treatment of animals.

A statewide horse management reference group will also provide high level technical advice to Parks Victoria to guide the development of wild horse management strategies.

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