SUPPORTERS of the brumby from across the region turned out in force for a public meeting convened by Snowy Mountains Brumby Sustainability and Management Group at the Lake Jindabyne Hotel on Saturday.
Sixty-seven people attended the meeting, which gave brumby supporters from the Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Delegate and Adaminaby areas the opportunity to hear the Group's President, Alan Lanyon give an address on the Group's activities since their formation in 2013.
Mr Lanyon stressed the importance of the Group's current petition calling on the Government to legislate to ban aerial culling, in particular the fact that 1800 more signatures are required to enable the petition to be tabled on the floor of Parliament, aerial culling the first of two resolutions that were presented to the attendees.
The second resolution calls for an immediate suspension, by the Premier or the Minister for the Environment, of all current NPWS brumby trapping, bait luring strategies and brumby handling activities until the current consultative process has resulted in a new Horse Management Plan that incorporates the contents clause 10, page 3 of the Coalition Government's 2006 Memorandum of Understanding.
The senior staff present from NPWS indicated that they would not support either of these resolutions.
"SMBSMG have a deep concern that Green political influence will be brought to bear on the Coalition Government as next year's State election nears and that this influence will see only token support for the Group's agenda of preventing the snowy brumby from extinction from the Government and Members of Parliament," Mr Lanyon said.
Following SMBSMG's presentation a question and answer session involved some robust questioning of NPWS staff present on all aspects of the brumby issue by brumby supporters.
"NPWS staff are to be commended for their attendance at the meeting and responding to the questions in an open and frank manner," Mr Lanyon said.
SMBSMG were supported at the meeting by committee members from both the Kosciuszko Brumby and Horse-camp Conservation Group and the Barmah Brumby Heritage Brumby Awareness Group.
Brumby supporters were treated to an excellent production of a short video clip on the Australian brumby,ably put together by two of the Group's Cooma supporters as well as a display of high quality photographs by Gitta Steffe.
SMBSMG will be conducting a similar public interest meeting in Tumut on Wednesday the July 23 in the CWA rooms,Wynyard Street, Tumut at 7pm.