“Yes! America is successfully managing wild horses…but not in Queensland, Australian horses are even managed in the Northern Territory National Park at Kakadu and at Coburg Peninsula where over 1500 wild Banteng Cattle are managed in an Australian National Park.
However not in the State of Queensland, the only State in Australia where it’s Upper House in Parliament was disbanded.
An article published in the (Fraser Coast Chronicle 12/03/18) where a spokesman for the Department of Environment (DEH) placing ‘Media Spin’ erroneously claimed “Feral horses were introduced to Australia in 1788”. The truth is the horse has become an Australian Native horse (Australian Stock Horse), bred up by crossing various breeds to suit the Australian harsh conditions and amongst them the early imports was the Arab horse. The Heavy draft horses did all the heavy lifting down on the farm, eliminating much of the pick and shovel yakka. They moved Australia forward on wagons – They pulled gun carriages in War (Lest WE Forget) Australia moved on the back of horses.
There was no such thing as a ‘feral horse’ or horses gone wild for around 100 years later, when mechanisation and the tractor began to overtake the horse. Somewhere along the time line the Oldest draft horse in Britain the Suffolk Punch entered Australia. The history of the Suffolk Punch and their exact origin is not clear.
What we do know is the DEH are Incorrect when they claim Queensland did not approve of the horses on Fraser Island. It was the Queensland Botanist Sir Walter Hill who recommended Fraser Island as suitable for grazing and the Queensland Government approved the horse breeding venture.
In 1879 two Agricultural Leases were granted to Harry Aldridge and the horse breeding venture began. Now like a questionable ‘turn-coat’ the DEH are suggesting the opposite to botanist Sir Walter Hill by banning grazing on Fraser Island. Grazing was also approved by the ‘Conservator of Forests’ around 1904 to keep the under story growth down in the forest.
The DEH are now claiming that it’s against the cardinal principle for the management of National Parks (without citing a leading authority like the head botanist of the Botanical Gardens Sir Walter Hill in 1879).
The question is did the community agree to this change? ANSWER: NO!
AFTER AROUND 4/6000 YEARS OF ABORIGINAL OCCUPATION, NOW WE LEARN 20X CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SUFFOLK PUNCH AND ARAB HORSES WAS A EUROPEAN QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT APPROVED ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURE THAT TOOK OUT TWO 25 SQUARE MILE APPROVED AGRICULTURAL GRAZING LEASES. THEY WERE RECOMMENDED BY SIR WALTER HILL HEAD BOTANIST OF THE BOTANICAL GARDENS, ENDORSED BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IN 1879.
Brumby Horse Run Wild – by ContentMint. Watch the full youtube video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgv00lndzQ0
Video Author/Creator: Sean Zapula
READ ALL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE RARE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED WILD HORSES!
1879 – 1904 Public Lands Department.
1904 – 1971 Forestry managed the horses.
1971 – current QPWS acted against the horses.
KNOW THE TRUE STORY!
EQUINE EPITAPH – UNDER THE RAINBOW – Fraser Island’s Last Brumby.
WE LOVE HORSES!
Inability to manage horses
Killed rare, critically endangered SUFFOLK PUNCH HORSES.
Fun Facts About Suffolk Punch You Might Not Know.
Youtube Video by Top Animals TV Published Dec 21, 2017
WHAT THE MANAGER CLAIMS
QPWS Opposed the Horses
In 1992 under Queensland’s Goss Labor government devised a means to eliminate the rare, critically endangered wild horses.
Bureaucrats recommended making peace with Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO) Details of the agreement has never been made public. FIDO were then swayed to support the manager – in exchange for WHAT?
ATTEMPTS TO CONTROL MEDIA (As an example of control see Fraser Coast Chronicle pp2. 12/03/18)
“The …debate rages, tempers flare, various well-meaning suggestions are scorned and Fraser Island becomes an island of fear.
But the greatest fear is reprisal, badgering and insults from the [Department of Environment](DEH) representatives. They have pressured some people living on the island to deter them from speaking to the media. They have tried to prevent [the Fraser Coast] Chronicle from publishing…accounts, at the same time revealing DEH will not volunteer information...”
‘The Chronicle’ undated newspaper cutting. (It seems this paper is under control of the managers Media Spin.)