The poet Banjo Paterson who wrote Mulga Bill's Bicycle was in part responsible for the culture of the free spirited mountain brumbies and how people still embrace the culture and want to protect the wild horses. They have been in Victoria's and New South Wales' high country since the 19th century.
The brumbies in New South Wales have protection which is totally political. Save our heritage of the horses, they say. It is part of our culture, they say. The Man from Snowy River, another Paterson poem, and all that.
Meanwhile in Victoria they are are not protected and the high plains span both states. Until white man arrived, Australia did not have any animals with hard hooves. The high plain horses, the brumbies, are doing terrible damage to our ecology, right where our rivers start on the high plains in the peat and moss bogs, springs and then creeks.
Cull is one of those softening words for killing. As Parks Victoria planned to cull the pest species brumbies by humane methods on our side of the border at least, someone has delayed the cull in the courts. He won't win. Later edit: He didn't win. The law is clear. Victoria can cull. New South Wales can't.
The brumbies don't respect borders, so it will have to be done again after the prolific breeding New South Wales horses come across the border again. Hmmm, I have a vague recent memory of a wall being built to keep out the unwelcome somewhere.
Job creation for Australians and foreign workers post COVID? Get rid of all wild hooved animals like wild horses, deer, camels, pigs and buffalo. Then we can start on the smaller invasive species.
PS Since I wrote that a while ago, it seems a wild deer cull will happen in my state too. They have become an increasing problem pest.