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Consultation period on travelling stock reserves extended

Local Land Services has extended the consultation process on the draft State NSW Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR) Planning Framework until 4 December 2015.

The one-month extension has been designed to allow time for the wide range of interest groups and TRS users to have a chance to comment on the framework.

Acting Chair of the Board of Chairs, Alex Anthony said initial feedback suggested there was a strong level of interested in the future management of TSRs.

"This statewide planning framework has been designed to help Local Land Services manage nearly 500,000ha of TSRs throughout the state under its care, control and management," Mrs Anthony said.

"Through this consultation process, we aim to identify the values that local people hold important for TSRs, including biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage values.

"Historically, the majority of these TSRs were used solely to move livestock from farms to markets or railheads.

"Today, TSRs offer a range of values to the community and environment and many in our local area have more than one use, from stock walking and grazing, to camping, mountain bike riding and biodiversity conservation.

"Where the reserves are fit for purpose, the first priority today is to maintain access for travelling stock, but we have a wide range of interests to consider.

"Our challenge is to understand what's important to the community so we can find the right balance of economic, cultural, recreational and environmental uses over time."

The statewide framework will allow Local Land Services to develop a regional management plan for its TSRs, taking into consideration what matters to the community.

This consultation process is an important opportunity to return decision making to the local community and to help strengthen our local environments.

The Draft NSW Travelling Stock Reserves State Planning Framework can be downloaded from the Local Land Services website. Comments by email are welcome until 5pm on Friday 4 December to tsr.feedback@lls.nsw.gov.au.

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Media contact:          Donna Ambler, 0400 258 690