On Thursday August 22 the NSW Parliament will debate the impacts of feral horses on Kosciuszko National Park.

More than 12,000 people signed the petition calling for this debate and it’s now going to happen!

The Parliament will debate repealing the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act and repairing the damage caused by hard-hooved animals. Reclaim Kosci is asking people to join them on the day to show support for this parliamentary debate.

The following information comes from Reclaim Kosci.

For background on the issue of wild horse impacts on the Snowy Mountains, please check these stories.

Some of the events have limited seats so please make sure to RSVP for each event you would like to attend.

The day’s activities include:

1.20pm – Presentations and talks

Join us in the Macquarie Room at the NSW Parliament House and hear scientists, politicians, Aboriginal elders and environmentalists discuss the Save Kosci petition and the feral horse issue.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please RSVP, there is limited space.

3.15pm – Demonstration

We will be assembling at the Archibald Fountain, a short walk from Parliament House, where we will rally for the protection of Kosciuszko National Park’s native plants and animals from feral horse destruction.

You will be grouped by occupation or interests e.g. scientists, motorists, horse riders, families, cross-country skiers, members of a club or association. Where possible, we hope each group’s members will wear something representing their interest e.g. lab coats or ski gear. We welcome suggestions from groups that would like to participate. Please bring an outfit that best suits your interest or occupation outfit, or we can lend you a Save Kosci vest on arrival. No RSVP required – just show up!

4.00pm – Petition debate

The debate will start at 4.30pm. We have booked out 100 of the allocated 120 seats for Reclaim Kosci supporters so we recommend RSVPing.

*Please note we have been told specifically that we will not be able to view the debate if we are dressed in ‘protest’ outfits or seen protesting outside of parliament, so if you have a Save Kosci vest or outfit on please make sure to get changed before entering the Parliament.

You can rsvp here.