This open letter recently submitted on behalf of GEG to Victorian ministers addresses the lack of action on feral horses in the Victorian Alps.
“Eastern Alpine National Park is dying, and Victoria is doing nothing about it.
Feral horses are not only destroying the Alps fragile ecology, plant and animal communities, but the ability to provide a reliable source of water via the slow release of clear, pure water.
[The Australian Alps produce 29% of the Murray Darling’s water, worth about $9.6 billion p.a. As well, since the Snowy River’s diversion as part of the Snowy Scheme, the south eastern slopes of the Eastern Alps are the principle source of its water.]
In a time of climate change, can we afford to ignore this degradation of our major water resource?”