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.

Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves (TSRs) in NSW need to be protected against a range of threats. NPA campaigns for increased resources to be allocated for managing these threats. Our members are also on the lookout for proposals or activities that might threaten local TSRs, and write submissions and letters opposing them.

Exploitation of TSRs and misuse or poor management of these delicate areas results in damage to their cultural and environmental values, or prevents people from using them for a range of shared purposes. Key threats include:

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).
  • Well-resourced.
  • 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.