About Reclaim Kosci
How We Got Started
In June 2018 the NSW Government turned Australia into a global laughing stock when it passed legislation protecting destructive feral horses, locking in ongoing degradation of sensitive alpine habitats and threatening native plants and animals.
Overturning the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act – which should be called the Kosciuszko Destruction Act – is essential for protecting our fragile alpine region.
Reclaim Kosci is aimed at protecting the exceptional natural heritage values of Kosciuszko National Park from the damaging impacts of feral horses.
Specifically Reclaim Kosci seeks
- To raise awareness about the impacts of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park
- The repeal of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018
- A substantial reduction in the feral horse population in Kosciuszko National Park through humane and effective means.
Richard and Alison Swain are the team behind Reclaim Kosci. They are both incredibly passionate about Kosciuszko National Park and have a deep connection with the alpine landscape.
They are supported by national and state environmental organisations led by the Invasive Species Council and including the National Parks Association of the ACT, National Parks Association of NSW, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Richard has worked for 25 years as an indigenous guide within Kosciuszko National Park.
Having spent his life in the Snowy Mountains he has seen first-hand the huge impact feral animals are having on the park and the threatened species that rely on Kosciuszko for survival. He is passionate about educating the public on the true history of landscape changes and degradation over the past 230 years.
Alison is deeply passionate about species diversity and the conservation of Australia’s native plants and animals.
She has a strong background in education, and holds a Bachelor of Science (GeoScience) as well as a Bachelor of Education.
Her deep commitment to caring for Australia’s native animals is reflected in her volunteer work with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation groups. She also owns and runs an ecotourism business within the Snowy Mountains.