On July 28th, 2011, nearly 100 delegates from a wide range of stakeholder groups came together in Orange to discuss the Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves (TSR) network. The aim of the conference, which was hosted by the National Parks Association of NSW, was to begin developing a framework of management principles for the shared and sustainable use of the TSR network.
Key consensus points
There was a broad consensus throughout the day that communication and connection amongst groups and people with an interest in TSRs needs to be maintained and increased, to allow effective promotion and protection of the many values of TSRs.
During the final discussion session, there was general agreement to five key requirements for effective management of the TSR network. They were:
- An authority with oversight of TSRs that has stable and adequate resourcing for the task. This could build on existing institutional arrangements such as the LHPA, which is currently under review.
- Accessible data, providing more information than is currently available and in a more coordinated and streamlined format.
- Representative management that brings together the various values and interests and facilitates networking and information sharing.
- Educational programs to raise awareness of the wide importance of TSRs and help recognise and protect Aboriginal cultural heritage.
- An assessment of the economic significance of TSRs using a framework such as Total Economic Value, to recognise the full range of values including non use values.
Conference notes and resources
- View a short video of highlights from the conference.
- Videos of keynote speeches available also on NPA's Youtube channel: Graeme Wiffen, "Heritage"; Pia Lentini, "Habitat"; Tristan Knowles, "Livelihood".
- Download proceedings and priorities from the discussion group sessions.
- Download a list of the organisations represented at the conference.