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Julian Assange in the Saipan court;  Fatima Payman calls for the recognition of Palestine;  The energy debate continues

Julian Assange in the Saipan court; Fatima Payman calls for the recognition of Palestine; The energy debate continues

Julian Assange in the Saipan court;  Fatima Payman calls for the recognition of Palestine;  The energy debate continues

The New South Wales government will restart its program to rehome brumbies from Kosciuszko National Park in four weeks.

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water has made public the report on the rehousing programme.

The external investigation examined allegations by 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley that the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service had failed to comply with its own rules when it rehomed more than 250 horses to a person with alleged links with an illegal butcher shop.

Wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

Wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

The report maintained the principle that NPWS was no longer responsible for the captured horses after transferring ownership to the rehomer. However, the report recommended some improvements in program management, such as formalizing and updating application forms and reporting the fate of horses several months later.

Charging

NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Penny Sharpe said she accepted the recommendations and would ask the department to take them up immediately.

“I want the public to be able to trust this program and for good rehoming organizations to continue to participate,” Sharpe said.

“I have asked that rehousing be restarted as soon as possible. “They inform me that this will be in approximately four weeks.”

As of October 2023, the NPWS estimated that there were between 12,797 and 21,760 brumbies, also known as wild horses, in Kosciuszko National Park. The government is legally obliged to reduce the number of inhabitants in the national park to less than 3,000 to protect the fragile alpine environment, while maintaining a population of heritage value.

The NPWS relocated 995 horses from Kosciuszko National Park between November 2021 and May 2024. It has killed more than 5,000 by aerial shooting in recent months.