One of the best ways to preserve the Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves (TSR) network and its values for future generations is to ensure that it is well managed. Good management should be:
- Consistent and stable (ideally, a single organisation should help to manage the whole network).
- Representative of the views and needs of the broad range of groups that use and care about the network.
Uncertainty about TSR management
TSRs in NSW are Crown Land, and have been managed by a range of organisations over the years. Until 2013, most TSRs were managed by the NSW government through the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (LHPAs). However, a review of LHPAs in 2011-2012, followed by a decision to restructure rural agencies, including LHPAs, to create a new agency called 'Local Land Services', has meant that the future of TSR management is currently uncertain.
We believe that the TSR network must not be broken up between agencies or sold off as a result of this restructuring. It is crucial that TSRs are recognised by the government as an irreplaceable public asset. NPA has made suggestions about improved management and funding models in our three submissions during the LHPA review process. (30 September 2011, 11 November 2011 and 23 May 2012).
Shared and sustainable use of TSRs
NPA held a conference in July 2011, which brought together many stakeholders to discuss a management framework for shared, sustainable use of TSRs. This conference highlighted the importance of the TSR network for many people, including conservationists, Aboriginal people, recreational users, scientists and farmers.
Read more about the TSR conference outcomes.