LEST WE FORGET
It has been reported bushwalkers appear to have frightened a Brumby to run through a rabbit warren. Several witness statements allege the bushwalkers were acting hostilely towards the heritage horses in the Tantangara Blue Water Hole area about the time the horse appeared with a broken leg.
Park staff involved with Brumby trapping, were approached about the horse’s plight quoting;
To assist with further inquiries contact Rob Gibbs, Senior Project Officer Wild Horse Management Plan; (02) 64505507 – 0427-703-494 – email@example.com
Contact him for further information: 0412-791-404 – (02) 92612400
Brumby supporters across the world again condemn the Colong Foundation for Wilderness CEO Keith Muir for his latest incitement of violence towards our heritage horses in response to the recent undertakings of the NSW Environment Minister, Rob Stokes “there will be no aerial culling.” .
Prior Muir condoned and was a major player engineering the 2000 disgusting inhumane slaughter of our Brumbies in Guy Fawkes National Park quoted, “Shooting the horses is the only way”. ( see the video HERE )
NEVER… NEVER… accept a politician making promises leading into an election (March 2015) will be set in concrete, you will find those promises to be set in bullshit.
The NSW Government and Minister Stokes will have the support of the Brumby preservation groups when the undertaking is in legislation for should they cross the line on polling day then another line may appear through the deal proposed and the execution of our brumbies will continue. Contact the Minister – (02) 9999 3599 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, denied the move was an attempt to shore up votes for next year’s state election.
He said the community was against aerial culling and it should be ruled out.
“I believe it’s skewing the conversation in relation to what we need to do when looking at horse management and techniques and maybe new techniques in how we can manage these numbers,” Mr Barilaro said.
“So no, it’s not an election issue.”
Contact John regarding your brumbies – (02) 6299 4899, email@example.com
Email your local member requesting positive action with no aerial culling to receive positive action in the polling booth. Find a member here, http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/V3Home
Brumby supporters for the fire mitigation and biodiversity enhancement contributed by Brumbies in the public land called national park, Canberra’s new water supply since the Cotter basin was incinerated 2003 by too much fuel including the areas Ginini bogs once fire safe Brumby strong holds until the 1987 massacre of the Brumbies in the ACT.
What was Colong’s involvement in the Guy Fawkes brutality after the 2000 Olympics went International celebrating our stockmen and their loyal horses at the opening ceremony?
It is very sad when media in Australia resort to interviewing Muir who is clearly out of his depth when his fiction is challenged.
“KNP is not some rustic 19th century horse ranch in the dreamtime.”
“Iconic bush heritage of the alps will in fact be ruined if feral horses numbers continue to grow.” – based on what expertise Mr Muir certainly not yours?
“Aerial culling is essential to contain the numbers…”
“These damned nags are not in anyway rare or unique…”
“The NSW government appears on a course to wreck biodiversity in this state with plans to repeal the Native Vegetation Act allowing logging and grazing” (in land taken) in parks and reserves.”
Quotes of Muir Tumut and Adelong Times 23.12.14 –
Read Muir,s story at the Colong site – http://www.colongwilderness.org.au/media-releases/2014/12/partisan-politics-killing-kosciuszko-national-park
Mr Muir seems unable to handle factual findings that dismiss his public funded fiction engineered drivel he has been peddling for decades as a certified cretin.
Most Australian’s would like an aerial cull of Muir and his cronies with a one way air ticket back to the British Raj in India from whence he came. We do not need him nor want him in Australia and if he was kicked by a horse as a child then there is more evidence horses are a good judge of character.
If Muir is so concerned about NSW’s biodiversity can he rationalise Colong’s stance on harbouring packs of mongrel dingo and hybrids to exterminate wildlife back up for no graze policies in public land. These killers are all through Asia and India where they have all but killed off local wildlife there.
Can Muir also comment on Colong’s stance obstructing known means of beneficial fuel hazard reduction, tried and proven effective for generations of land managers using big animal mixed species grazing and selective forest thinning where saw logs and livestock drought relief grazing are cost recovery conservation.
While Muir has concerns about saving public money how can he rationalise the subsidised tourism industry dealing in imported plastic tents, maps, etc. Camping among the incinerated sticks Canberra suburbs to Melbourne suburbs (Alpine fire 2002 – 09) where about 200 people died during the events and trauma following. 400-500 were injured smoke inhalation and burns, vehicle accidents, 2450+ homes burnt down, farms domestic animals and the horrors of millions of wildlife gone with many remaining homeless years later.
Birds, insects, lizards, wildflowers, frogs, fish, mammals vaporised over an area excessive of the size of Scotland and Wales or many European nations.
Livelihoods gone for some political deal done with swinging governments buying votes with national and public assets greenmailed by persons not declaring the details of what was engineered. Have the press been frank open and unbiased. A number of ex journalists have entered politics, created national parks exclusive bushwalking destinations, built the bonfire for 50-90 years waiting for a dry summer. The nations forests water biodiversity gone in record climate changing mass extinction events.
In the meantime what can be said of the Brumby with the broken leg in Tantangara Blue waterhole? Next time a bushwalker gets lost, breaks a leg or neck, close the emergency services and hospitals down for holidays and weekends! Back off on the harassment of dogmen and leg hold traps anytime will do. Ignore the brutalisation of wildlife by dog packs dismissed as “natural” balance. Bushwalkers maiming themselves natural selection. Live by wilderness rules as they come to mind.
Colong has a long track record of publically vilifying horses, cattle, sheep, farm, fishing and forestry communities, inciting hatred among city people, political representatives and students. Manipulating the law of the land, gaining public finance to buy more bushwalking venues as the old ones become over grow then burnt.
Some naturalists are forced to run tours to other countries if they want to observe biodiversity now that Australia’s choice areas have been ruined by chronic neglect and negligence. Policy failure from Kakadu, Kimberley to Kosciuszko, once vibrant Brumby runs and biodiversity gone to the dogs since “salvation”.
Keith Muir receives his order of Australia for “services to nature conservation” in 2004 from the NSW Governor after unprecedented infernos swept through the alps 2003-9 after being chronically denied any form of natural fire, proactive fire, dingo control or grazing animals for many decades. Poo free smoke free vista.
Keith Muir and his following have their eyes shut on the loss of biodiversity from policy failure and abuse of national assets, forests, water supplies, fauna and flora, soil gurgled into water reservoirs costing billions of dollars in lost food production and opportunity. All for subsidised bushwalking venue. No smoke, no poo, no rates, no audits or accountability.
On the 10th August 2009, SOS-NEWS received a letter from a person wishing to be known as “Boo Boo” who had read one of our stories on the shooting of Brumbies at Thredbo with high powered rifles. Deciding to become a whistle blower quoted, “I am in a vulnerable position to retaliatory action from NSW National Parks” and request to be anonymous in any publications”.
Our investigators have confirmed important information contained in “Boo Boo’s” first letter and all subsequent letters along with several other whistle blowers information compiled in our extensive database.
From “Boo Boos” letters we followed up one interesting item with a freedom of information disclosure that a now retired manager of the lower snowy National Parks, held a “Commissioners Permit”(NSW Police Commissioner) for multiple 7.65mm NATO caliber Browning Automatic military assault rifles (BAR), and in the balance of probabilities the licensed transferred to another NP public servant.
The question here;
“why the hell National Parks would need fully automatic military assault rifles when farmers effectively use bolt action .223 rifles for shooting feral wild dogs, goats & pigs plus euthanaising large livestock like horses & cattle”?
If we were to suggest hypothetically;
Two old brumbies that lived on the lower slopes of Mt Janungal for many years in the 90’s and were accustom to hikers and fishermen seeking out campers who had the pleasure of their company were executed.
Two Kosciusko National Park staffers acting under management instructions to shoot these two tame brumbies near Mt Janungal that also involved an RSPCA person.
That this was not for humane purposes but for NSW National Parks opening of the rebuilt O’Keefe’s Hut to tourist.
That the presence of tame friendly wild horses and no sign of horse damaging the environment did not suit that area National Parks management personal agenda along with the Greenies agenda to have all our wild brumbies shot.
That careful timing of the shooting was just before winter limiting the chance of the shattered bodies being found before wild dogs, snow and time destroyed the evidence……... or did it?
Would you be upset?
If we were to suggest hypothetically;
That just outside the Kosciusko Marangle State Forest (with much having been handed over to National Parks) brumby wild horses were shot down in groups under a hail of heavy caliber automatic rifle fire.
Such weapons requiring police commissioner approval.
Would you be upset?
If we were to suggest hypothetically;
That horse riders appeared on a ridge in Kosciusko National Park while parks were aerial shooting training on goats and were driven off by the helicopter along with ground rangers who just happened to be there.
That reports received suggested loud automatic heavy gunfire was heard before the chase which took 4 hours costing many thousands of dollars, then the subsequent kangaroo court case and more dollars.
That wild horse numbers in that area were quietly reduced from weeks of this “Goat Shooting”.
Would you be upset?
A once silenced and controlled public now seek clarity outside the media and government box of tricks, there is more to come.
SOS-NEWS Investigation Team
The disgusting result of this “Greenie Fairytale” (below) is that National Parks sent out a helicopter with a shooter and executed those the (3) brumbies on fairytale evidence from this despicable PhD duo published them as “Cannibals”.
This action by National Parks is against a parliament ruling introduced by environment minister and attorney general Bob Debus announced Thursday November 16 2000, “Aerial culling of horses has been permanently banned in all New South Wales national parks, Environment Minister Bob Debus said today“.
This act of parliament has not been repealed – and we ask,
“why did NSW National Parks staff disobey this government order?”
The coverup will be – “it was a mercy killing”, “it was the humane thing to do”. There will be the contrived support from the RSPCA who in 2000 quoted the NP action in Guy Fawkes as disgusting and cruel laying 260 charges against the NSW government, then folded under government whitewash pressure reducing to a plea bargain of one count of cruelty then and today state aerial culling has now become humane.
How humanly did these three heritage horses die under National Parks gunfire from a gyrating helicopter?
The delivery of just one large bale of hay in the helicopter would have been humane to help sustain the brumbies until snow receded, but parks staff want the brumbies dead, option one was the only agenda on the board.
Interesting how 50,000+ bales of rice straw were flown in by helicopter in 2003-6 to the Snowy Mountains at a cost of $2.6M as part of a fire rehabilitation program, used to ‘bandage’ the ungrazed bogs after the 2003 inferno de-stocked mountains of mulch.
The ratbag green’s slipstream agenda for total Brumby annihilation has now reach an all-time low.
We find these two self indulgent research failures and fiction writers at a distinct disadvantage to factual evidence publishing “Brumby Cannibalism”a total load of taxpayer funded bullshit, reflecting an academic conveyor belt of government grant supported phD’s popping out of universities.
As the world laughs at Dr Driscoll and Dr Sam Banks along with the Australian National university,and the Fenner School, exposing the entrenched taxpayer funded level of incompetence or maybe engineered corruption of science to hold that funding by academics being weeded out by international credibility in the factual environmental real world.
Despite denial here are taxpayer dollars at work – “Cannibal Brumbies”- guess who employs them?
Dr Don Driscoll – Research Fellow in Ecology at Australian National University (left)
Dr Sam Banks – ARC Future Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University (right)
The publication can be read at The Conversation website which reads more like a B grade movie script.
The damaging situation of this fiction writing is the people of Australia, with little or no knowledge of horses, BELIEVE WHAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED.
“They say consequences of a NSW National Parks decision to stop culling by aerial shooting, choosing instead to trap horses using lures and mustering, caused horses to starve, and forced them to scavenge the digestive tracts of their fallen comrades.”
AERIAL CULLING was an international disgrace in 2000 when 600+ brumbies were slaughtered from choppers, teeth blown out, horrific body wound, mare shot while foaling and left to die an agonising death, a government coverup evolved and appeasement to the public was a NO AERIAL CULLING guaranteed by parliament of NSW. The aircraft are still buffeting helicopters and no matter how expert the shooter is, accuracy is not an equation. It is barbaric, cruel and inhumane as show in the SOS-NEWS video – http://www.youtube.com/user/sosnews
Statements published in the article by SMH September 24th 2014
Mr Peter Cochran is accusing Dr Don Driscoll and Dr Sam Banks of academic terrorism for claiming Snowy Mountains brumbies are cannibals.
Mr Cochran, who is president of Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group, said the horses were caught in a big snow dump, couldn’t get out and one died. National Parks and farmers in the mountains knew they were there.
One woman on skis with hay on her back had tried to feed them. Eventually National Parks destroyed the remaining three horses.
“It was all under control. There was not a damn thing we could do for them,” Mr Cochran said.
“The claims are the most ridiculous I’ve ever seen. Nonsense. They were caught after the first big snow, driven down wind into snow drifts and couldn’t get out.”
Mr Cochran said when horses died their mates came around to mourn them, and sniffed them.
He said the academics’ claims were broadcast widely overseas, embarrassing Australians.
“While the headline may draw attention to their extreme views on horse management in the KNP, it is also designed to incite fear and terror in visitors to the Snowy Mountains, portraying the horses as wild meat eaters and a threat to bushwalkers and other visitors,” Mr Cochran said..
“This type of academic terrorism undermines the credibility of the author and therefore the ANU presumably at taxpayers’ expense.”
Mr Cochran said universities were crying poor and it seemed incredible they should invest their staff time and resources in attempting to prove an acknowledged herbivorous animal was omnivorous.
The ANU said;–
“it held no views on the issues Dr Don Driscoll and Dr Sam Banks explored”.
“Academic freedom means that researchers have the right to challenge and discuss issues, and, as a matter of policy, ANU academic staff are encouraged to engage with the public and participate in open debate in areas in which they have academic expertise. “
“Our article summarises research on horse numbers in Kosciuszko National Park and their environmental impacts. These surveys have shown that horse numbers have increased dramatically over recent years and that the current horse management strategy has been unsuccessful in controlling their abundance.”
“WHAT RUBBISH” – Recent horse count in the Snowy Mountains,demanded by the public, paint a different picture to the false count claims previously made that engineered for the required agenda to slaughter Brumbies. View the figures and story [HERE].
Dr Don Driscoll and Dr Sam Banks reported starving Brumbies are eating their dead. “Cannibals.” These scholars have little knowledge of the English language or photos of Brumbies chasing each other down and ripping each others intestines out. The photo of the horse said to be up to its ears in the gut cavity has a remarkably clean face supporting the view these experts had best keep to their field and not dabble in media hype for aerial culling campaigns.
Blow in boffins from the Fenner School ANU intrepid adventures to the high country, led them to observations of horses starving in a collapsed ecology among the vast man made canopy burn courtesy of decades of build up of Soil CON mulch incinerated the forest, the grasses, the soil, destroyed the forest now grey sticks through which the winter winds howl. The animals have no shelter, no snow caves from which to eat supportive vegetation. These horses are big enough for the skiers and reporters to see their suffering in chronically mismanaged public lands. Less visible are the broad tooth rat, smokey mouse, pygmy possum, alpine skink or Corroboree frog species dying out from starvation and ecological dysfunction brought about by the same tyranny of depriving essential ecoservices of sufficient and timely big animal activity combined with cool fire recycling nutrients otherwise locked up in piles of flammable litter and aggressive scrub.
At best desperate horses were standing over their mother, father, leader, friend or sibling, mourning and guarding it against more scavenging dingo packs, foxes or pigs allowed to run riot in the so called conservation land subjected to “wilderness values by abandonment” devoid of any human intervention except to ooh and aah at the fascination of starvation and suffering predation by the naturalised Asian dingo weapon to dehabit the wilderness and accumulate profits from tourism and water sales for no input costs. Show the people what “exploitive” really is. Wilderness is the paid highly cop out for doing nothing as our public and national assets deteriorate being the greatest CON in CONervation there is. Massive hoax enjoyed now by dynasties of doing nothing mismanagers.
Yes, the man made wilderness denied basic natural processes such the intensity of inferno and depths of chaos could have been avoided. These horses dying because there were not enough of them to afford a bigger area of fire free ecology than a few small lawns. Each Brumby cull reduces the viable ecology that can persist. Each horse that dies is another not contributing to the continuity and security of the region. Human intervention now set up for repeated catastrophic incineration. This is the scandal occurring right under the noses of Australians gullible because many are new migrants to this country and coerced to live in town, fed politically synthesised information they pay dearly for in many different ways. These boffins can report water flows up hill, with fancy photo graphics, believed by sections of the audience cut short their time playing in the sand pit as children will be convinced by indoctrination rather than education. Hitler had the people convinced Jews should be killed, that’s why Germany lost the first world war!
These high country Brumbies are dying because the ecology around them is collapsing. Horses are fully plant eating by choice. Stockmen and horsemen not of the habit to starve animals in an experiment to see what happens, are not familiar with horses forced to scavenge gut contents. Deficiencies in calcium, sulphur have been known to produce bone chewing behaviour in cattle and perhaps horses, avoided by supplementing certain soil type or direct supplements to affected animals in drought conditions. Horses stooped over dead tribe would not be doing this if all was well. Forced into copraphage if in fact this was occurring. To then exploit this disgraceful outcome of chronically mismanaged land by baying for aerial culling to be installed to assassinate suffering horses not offered assistance is a window to the calibre of our academic advice to government that has led to these ongoing atrocities. Australia is becoming morally bankrupt, pathologically selfish, TV hardened and removed from reality. If dingo rip the guts out of hungry horses, wallaby, wombat that’s trivialised as “natural !” How far have we fallen? If horses return to dingo butchered horses to nuzzle and mourn, space invasion and disrespect from a pair of intrepid sight seeing arrogant travellers interrupting this process for their own deceptive and vial agendas.
If the Fenner School dissolves back into cement dust and clay bricks, too that is natural and should occur as soon as possible, severed as a matter of urgency from the public purse. Killed off as irrelevant for future insights into the workings of the ecology. Boffins on bikes picking through Brumby stacks looking for meat scraps, evidence of cannibalism. To then video their clap trap adventures for public display is ‘gadget kids zenith’ battery hen operated as to how far out of touch and how irrelevant the Fenner School has become. The aerial cull should target these boffins put on an aircraft off to some troubled spot in the world where they could do with some organ transplants. No reliance on brain being in the package either. These are vacant shells masqueraded as humans.
The Fenner School is now basically an elaborate institution to house the otherwise unemployable and conceal unemployment figures from the closure and obstruction of human enterprise in this country including the community commitment to looking after their public lands as viable safe supportive habitat to multicultural animal and plant communities. From the white clover that feeds the native wildflowers to the healthy Brumby mobs that chase dingo off pygmy possum habitat, grazed green snow gum stands rendered fire safe even in drought summer dry storms. Things the Fenner bed Fellows are too indoctrinated to see.
Albany Western Australia Anzac centenary commemoration troop march November 1 on York Street will be without the Albany 10th Light Horse group to represent some 130,000 brumbies that left Albany in 1914 with the Australian Light Horse.
Read this full story [HERE]
Pictures from Google images
From meetings in Tumut between NSW National Parks, represented by ranger Rob Gibbs confronting a very concerned public over parks culling of our heritage horses on the Snowy, were informed by Gibbs, “if it was up to me I would get rid of ALL the Brumbies” obviously the right person to carry the loaded dice to a public meeting he was conducting as a “Public Servant”. He appears quite capable of clicking his heels together before the goose step walk akin to most enforcers.
Should there be any doubt of this blatant bias reflecting the personal vendetta Gibbs carries to oversee extermination of our Brumbies from his position managing the horse management plan, we have included a taxpayer funded video of Gibbs quoting from what could be described as a “Green’s book of Factual Engineering” (the bureaucrats bible), this time making claims the broad tooth rat or bush rat is being destroyed by the Brumby when in fact the rat clings to the few remaining activities of the Brumby as the last big grazer. When the Brumby go the last of the rats once common, are likely to go as is biodiversity of both plants animals frogs, possum, insects wildflowers…… starved for commercial water sales.
After viewing this video, read Noeline Franklin’s findings reflecting not only a scientific view but undertaking generational and regional research.
More video link of the same – https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/protectsnowies/
BUSHMEN, BRUMBIES & BROAD TOOTH RATS
Noeline Franklin B Sc (Hons), PTC, M Med Sc. Farmer/Scientist
After the big migratory animal mobs have all but been removed from our Snowy Mountains with exception for a few little herds of Brumby, biodiversity has all but been lost.
Starved, butchered or burnt is the usual fate in a thing called national park, wilderness, city water catchment in Australia interpreted as being an exclusive bushwalking soot, smoke, pooh free, big animal free venue for the university greenhouse raised elite.
These people are demanding the wilderness experience bashing their way between the vacant bird perches once live and ancient trees. These trees were also once also home to possum, gliders, lizards, insects and native rodents that in the past were in such abundance they were a nuisance for bushmen forced to share their horse riding and pack equipment with the night visits chewing greased and salty leather by what is now called the ‘broad tooth rat’ (once these were called bush rats). The new management has to announce their winning the political war by name changes ‘cultural refit to citify the language’ for simpletons. ‘Pigroots’ to ‘pig ripping’ politically corrected for the children apparently, when pig ripping used to mean pig tusk inflicting injury to people dogs etc. not pigs digging up orchid corms for a meal washed down with Corroboree frog and broad tooth rat pups.
In the old days when not intercepted by squadrons of dingo and pig, fox hunting accomplices abandoned to fight it out to the last rat standing, these rats grew quite large on the bounty of drovers and bushmen’s food, their soap, horse feed, canvas and hemp containers were fair go for night raids by the locals. For light sleepers the rats in the rafters of every hut was a joy of the mountains. A camp fire was a rats delight in the approaching winter when they were fat enough after the summer grazing, to carry away a full cake of soap if not the metal soap saver headed for the hills or banging up the verandah post. The soap disappearances in the night, rats making a nest in the fishing tackle box are not required since the dingo packs have hoovered up the rats, the possum, glider, echidna, platypus, wallaby, roos, wallaroos, wombat, any emu.
The horror bushfires have roared through the mountains of mulch soil con engineered evenly from Canberra to Melbourne connecting up the university greenhouses that brought the spoils of a European and townie education to the high country to incinerate it as never before possible. Any broad tooth rat caught off a Brumby run at the time would have met their maker. Fire fighters tell stories of entire mountainsides engulfed in flames. Birds, lizards, possum, rodents paid dearly for the dingo delivered no graze policies and industrial strength fire suppression that built the bonfire fuel for decades for a spiritual mass cremation in the wilderness. Some salvation a Claytons salvation even. A few wet gullies made safe in 1939 blew into the stratosphere 2003-9 by soil con rocket fuel. Fantastic scientific experiment grand finale similar to the multimillion dollar fire works blowing up the harbour bridge for the Olympics as the end of the Guy Fawkes Brumbies was plotted by the clandestine city based political activists. Miffed at the stockhorse opening scene of the Olympics being so popular. The industrialists wanted it to be the last charge into Beersheba.
The Snowy drovers and stockmen sheep and cattle dogs on the chain for the night tied to bushes and tussocks around the hut and camp to sleep off the days events, restore their sore feet and hoarse voices, would be fascinated by the night invasion of bush rats for the first week or fortnight if they were new to the job but after that they and the battalions bush rats got along well. Every hut had wire hanging off the beams and verandahs off which to hang your saddle bridle pack saddle, your pack bags full of tucker the soap was rescued every night by the last one taking a sponge. The possum and the rats used to fight over the gift of universal Sunlight soap. May Gibbs or Memfox could have written a delightful book about the consequences of eating stolen soap for the bushrats and possum field officers.
To go to the high country today the “silence and solitude” desired by the Sydney Bushwalking Club and the national parks, the milo dumplings for their stolen wilderness has been granted pretty much in full. The soap is safe from the bushrats and the possum, there are no skinks by the creeks to enjoy the bread crumbs from your sandwich out of the saddlebag, few minnow in the creeks to give bread crumbs too either, hardly a frog in 100s of kilometres. They have died out waiting in vain for a cow pat to hide under and eat through ‘til the winter hibernation. The creeks are turned into drains today running lank oily black water draining between the rank tussock, tree scrub and a bit further down in the wilderness the blackberry bush begins and is a delight for fishermen. Water never sees the sun until it pops out at Yanga station for the 26 x 70 kilometre black water fish kill. The blackbury bush ripping the rear vision mirrors off your vehicle, doing the paintwork more of a mischief than ten years work in the supermarket car park swopping paint with the trolleys.
You can drive for many miles (bush rats work in miles they were gone about the time decimal measurements came in) of a night through the mountains and never see a rodent cross the track. In the old days you needed to make an appointment to travel at night to deal with the competition from the wildlife. Wallaby, roo, owls, frogs, rodents, wombats, ‘scientific transects and infrared spy cameras’ not required or the package deal with the greenhouse boffins on a paid bush adventure to generate propaganda data sets correlating Brumby buns with broad tooth rat business cards. There were plenty to see and quantify close enough as “lots.” ‘Rare’ was how described your not so cooked steak. ‘Threatened’ was how you saw a thunderstorm coming and no raincoat tied on the saddle.
IF- you can find a place to walk through public land bush these days you may need a torch as there are few lights to shine back at you unless it’s the ski resorts or the city using all that hydroelectricity before the ‘use by date expires’ when the water engineers dams finally go dry in the canopy burn. The bush is silent and dead today by comparison to the old days of the grazing era experts never lose an opportunity to sling off about. Biodiversity has different ideas as it clings to the Brumby runs made fire safe and where the old stallions chase the dingo out of the area to protect his foals and mares trying to get a sleep. The bush rats the odd remaining roo or wallaby follow the Brumbies for safety. The unburnt bogs are where the Brumby have been in big enough numbers to make a difference to the vegetation retaining the big animal lawns of the grazing era. Generally the snow plains and flats are closing in with a tangle of scrub. With this closure the last remaining feeding areas for many native animals is gone. Small animals are stuck because they cannot vacate to new open feeding grounds were there are still wildflowers, insects, water and other necessities of life.
The ecology is collapsing or in many cases collapsed. Soil CON has taken a few decades to kill off species that have survived prospered and adapted to change for millions of years. In the last 20 million years of adapting to dry and increased fire proneness there were big animal mobs of marsupial roaming around doing the vegetation management spacing the trees, the shrubs, trampling the bark, twigs, leaves ready for a cool burn to detoxify the litter for the soil, the water take the heat out of the drought summer fire lit by dry storm lightening. Small patches were burnt in any one time avoiding a mass extinction event otherwise delivered by townies and globe trotting experts that chose to ignore local knowledge and repeated warnings the wisdom of experience generated by bushmen for up to 60,000 years, best guess, of how far back bushmen have watched events in Australia. Told their children, told their friends who listened and watched, showed some respect for beautiful Snowy. What Snowy needed not what the blow-ins wanted of Snowy.
Bushmen worked out that bushrats, cool fires, big animals all fitted in doing things for each other. Bushmen knew their obligations how best to fit in with the ebb and flow of life in the mountains the coast, the inland. Bush rats had it worked out as well. Bushmen turned on the TV every day, every night for months years generations and watched the ‘local soapy.’ There wasn’t a silent camp fire for too many antisocial gatherings where nothing was said exchanging observations and thoughts to drown out the sound of the camping stock, the owls, the clink of hobble chains on the weary horses, the rattle of the creek across the rapids. Squeeking gum trees and the rattle of the leaves and candle bark blowing down for kindling to kick the bushrats fire together so they could sleep off the night raids to the fallen grain where the horses were fed. Bushmen’s activities enlivened the alps bringing in grain, salt, big animal activity to tramp and manure, clear spaces for wildflower and annual grass seed to prosper. Feed bounty for the bushrats to supplement their soap diet, the stolen grain, saddle flap leather, the bridle chewed and grazed with broad tooth marks and the business card left as a sign of sense of humour for the new stockmen to the game or the enthusiastic called to share a rum by the fire before the day was done.
Salvation of the Snowy by the city boffins and water salesmen has been bitter sweet for the bush. The thing that has morphed into the broad tooth rat from bush rat is clinging to the few Brumby runs, fire and relatively dingo safe as the old stallions maintain energy to chase the dogs away from their flats, grazed green lawns. The wildflower and viable grass seed also clings to these few remaining “viable habitats” to use the foreign language the school children have been indoctrinated with. In the old days it was good bush, the rubbish cleaned up and tidy and was not a novelty because everyone was obliged to return favours for services rendered.
Australian mateship included the bush on the list and high up in priority. Bush rats voted with their feet. They sort out the huts where people lit campfires to keep them warm. They bought them seed from the low country, bread and flour were laid on, they grazed the area and cool burnt other areas to revitalise the plants to produce seed for rats as the Aboriginal and giant marsupial had done before them dating back the 4+ million years rodents have been in Australia all 69 species of them that have arisen in that time. Experts have with their bad advice to government, all but killed them off within a few years. The Brumby and sheep cattle did not do that. Starvation, dingo, fox, cat, pig, have hunted them down, big uncontrollable large area hot fires have incinerated the rats, mice, possum, the food, their tree hollows, log and tussock nests cooked over vast areas as never before possible. The Brumby runs were the few remaining fire safe havens.
Big animals create habitat. The ignorant and closed minds were too blinded to see this reality and put in their propaganda sheets “the rats are squashed by big introduced animals” (bushwalkers exempt) “out competing native species for food.” Wrong much to the loss of native species denied cool fire and big animal activity in a lethal combination to bring about mass extinction via stagnation and starvation before the inferno or the dingo has the last say or before the ABC journo shoots from the hip primed by the university greenhouse indoctrination process. The objectivity of their $1.3 billion annual grant from the Australian tax payer doled out by a government that wants to hear the good news for cheap water sales at the environments expense and not have criticism of government policies in managing public assets, rorted to produce the water monopoly for the people. Privatised for the executive to leave the public service to free enterprise executive, liberated to commercial in confidence packages bonuses for indecision deep voices in pinstriped suits, tailored in Hong Kong last stop over. The loud tie cuff links and kojack hair job.
It is a serious tragic miscarriage of justice and townie ignorance to send Brumby to slaughter or aerial shoot them because the now “rare and threatened species” cling to their Brumby runs. The bush rat (broad tooth) soap eating rat, is being consigned to oblivion by fanatical zealots driven by visions of ethnic genocide and water profits, career promotions or what ever bribe is being made important to them. The corroboree, alpine, poddlebonk, baw baw……. frogs, the pygmy possum, leadbeater possum, sugar gliders, dunnarts, atechnicus, bandicoot, bettong, quolls are all facing extinction as are the insects, fungi, birds, lizards, alpine native grasses wildflowers, many flowering shrubs, gum trees of various genetic selections and adaptations.
Bushmen are disgusted at the hollow promise of looking after Snowy for future generations.
Already tourists are coming to the region viewing the devastation, mass extinction events and moving to a new venue that does not have vast man made deciduous forests. People calling themselves “naturalists” are getting on aeroplanes with their paying guests and going to other countries to see their ecologies. Once Australia had ever green forests, shelter for big animals, small animals to feed through the snow season in sheltered areas of the timber. Fire affected deciduous forests created by experts and globe trotting boffins are lethal for any remarkable survivors big or small as they try to recolonise. Climate change has been man made. “Potential threats and damage of any grazing era” boffin beat up has been delivered beyond any expectations by experts denying grazing, cool fire, dingo removal or the pigs, foxes, cats that scavenge the rabbits and resort rubbish tips. Drovers black, white and brindle came to the NSW mountains from the 1820s to 1970s. 150 years of restoring big animal activity saw the high country revitalise combined with Aboriginal cool fire designed to mimic and complement big mob activity. The water sweet and clean, wildflowers everywhere every colour, the forests alive and fire safe. Trees many 100s of years old. Stately elders sheltering the rats, possum, wombats the horses, in their experienced arms resisting the winds, the snow, the cold. These have been heat sterilised even handedly by the millions of hectares. Snow gum, mountain plum pine, alpine ash,
Bushmen stand in wonder it could all be destroyed in just a few decades from doing nothing and not letting anyone else do anything to stop it from happening. The experts know best eh! Let the Brumby die, kill the rest no longer welcome to provide ecoservices to the remaining remnant populations of rats, mice, frogs, possum, bird, wildflower. The endangered species industry is too lucrative. Sales of ancient photographs and drawings value added. Chance specimens sent off to zoos and museums stuffed exhibits. Stuffed kids toys for sale. Merchandised memories.
Bushmen and bushrats thank the Brumbies for those extra few years and may they all rest in peace.
This hostile greedy dishonest world is no place to be at present until we fix it.
The Australian Brumby perish in the collapsed high country ecology, there are too few of them to bring back a fire safe forest before it is too late. The mountains are dying as the bushmen despair under gross ignorance that is killing it and our loyal horses, their friends, the bushrats, the mountain possum, made threatened and rare now gain notoriety on the SPECIES OBITUARY LIST.
Noeline Franklin B Sc (Hons), PTC, M Med Sc.
Farmer/Scientist – August 31st 2014 Publication
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May 2011 this video was posted showing the channel 9 “Sunday” program reflecting on the Guy Fawkes brumby slaughter being pushed by governments and greens to shoot or butcher our heritage horse without serious re-homing being conducted.
Now in 2014 we see this lust for blood being pushed through a backdoor and the extinction of our brumby being carried out by public servants against the will of a very large section of caring Australians.
So why did the community members at the June 25 meeting feel the client (National Parks) presented a listless token presence while two facilitator, obviously without knowledge or research of the brumby, fielded question way above their capabilities ?
So who are these people, take a look – http://www.straight-talk.com.au/ – far from independent assessors being government contractors which beggars the question, ” what were their taxpayer funded fees”?
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is currently reviewing its Wild Horse Management
Plan for the Kosciuszko National Park. Straight Talk has been engaged by NPWS to work with it on
this project and undertake a range of stakeholder and community engagement activities to feed into
To that end, NPWS and Straight Talk invited stakeholders with an interest in the review of the Wild
Horse Management Plan to attend a two hour meeting on Wednesday 25 June 2014 in Tumut.
The purpose of the meeting was to hear and capture initial stakeholder views about the
management of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park and understand the best way to engage
with them and their constituents over the coming months.
This record details the key discussion points made at the meeting by stakeholders and the agreed
During the meeting the following next steps were agreed: