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When outgoing NSW deputy premier, Nationals leader and member for Monaro John Barilaro announced his resignation from parliament this week he issued a statement that ran through what he called his proudest moments.

“The iconic Snowy Mountains brumby was saved when I legislated the Kosciuszko Wild Horses Heritage Bill 2018, and we will continue to find a balance between protecting the brumbies and protecting the most sensitive wilderness areas of the park through the Kosciuszko Plan of Management,” the statement read.

Barilaro’s brumby legacy is assured, few doubt that. The word saved, though, is an interesting one. The “brumby bill”, as he dubbed it, scrapped Kosciuszko National Park’s previous draft 2016 management plan and called for a new plan to protect the heritage value of brumbies. That draft plan was released last week…

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