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New era for travelling stock reserves: draft framework launched

NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, has launched the first statewide planning process for the almost 500,000 hectare NSW travelling stock reserve (TSR) network managed by Local land Services.

Mr Blair said Local Land Services has developed a draft NSW Travelling Stock Reserves Planning Framework, and strongly encouraged members of the public to have their say before a period of public consultation closes on 3 November.

 "The use of our travelling stock reserves has changed over time – once used solely to move livestock from farms to markets or railheads, now they have multiple uses, from grazing in times of drought, to recreation and conservation," Mr Blair said.

"This planning process is about Local Land Services talking with the individuals and communities that use our TSR network, to gain a better understanding of the values that people hold for these important public assets.

"While access for travelling stock will continue to remain the primary purpose for our reserve network, it is important that Local Land Services balances this with economic, cultural, recreational and environmental uses."

The statewide framework allows for the development of regional management plans to facilitate more consistent and transparent management, resourcing and reporting. 

This will allow each of the 11 Local Land Services regions to assess the value and priorities of local reserves and put in place tailored management plans at a regional level.

To download the Draft NSW Travelling Stock Reserves State Planning Framework, visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

Comments by email are welcome until 3 November, via tsr.feedback@lls.nsw.gov.au.

MEDIA: Elle Bailey | Minister Blair | 0437 994 140