Bush Users Group gets committee

The Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group, which is passionate about issues such as preservation of brumbies in the Kosciusko National Park, has a new committee after important positions were previously unfilled. Photo: Andrew Roberts.

THE future of the Snowy Mountains Bush Users Group looks bright after it secured an executive committee at an extraordinary meeting at Club Tumut.

Alan Lanyon is the new president, Henry Filtness vice president, Richard Amstrong secretary and Judy Goggin treasurer.

“Everybody’s happy,” former president and still group member Peter Cochran said.

The former treasurer of the group resigned in November. Then when the AGM was held, the group couldn’t find a secretary.

“The person we wanted declined to take then job, so we were without a treasurer and a secretary,” Mr Cochran said.

Mr Cochrane took on these responsibilities but due to family illness and other things in his life he was looking to hand them over. He has been involved with the group since 1972.

Sunday’s extraordinary meeting was organised, and it had the desired result.

Mr Cochran advocated the appointment of Alan Lanyon, a champion of the group and its causes, as president, and is delighted that he stood and was appointed to the position.

“He is shocked but quite happy, and I’m delighted for him,” Mr Cochran said.

Henry Filtness is continuing in the role he had when Mr Cochran was president.

Despite stepping down as president, Mr Cochran is far from lost to the group.

“I’ll continue my role in liaising with the government and will remain in the Premier’s Horse Riding Consultative Group and Snowy River Heritage Trail,” he said.

The Snowy Mountains Bush Users group is a voluntary organisation formed in December 2003 by citizens concerned with the management of Kosciusko National Park.

It states: “Our aim is to protect our mountain heritage, our traditions, the environment, and continued access to heritage sites by traditional means.

We are passionate that current and future generations have the right to freedom of access to all parts of KNP for recreational use.”