Under review: Have your say about TSR network
In order to ensure it remains connected, viable and well maintained Minister for Lands and Forestry, Paul Toole has announced a state-wide review of the Travelling Stock Reserve (TSR) network across NSW.
The network is vital to the Australian grazing industry as it provides supplementary grazing areas in times of drought, bushfire and flood or acts as a passage for stock to travel.
Throughout NSW, there are over 8,300 TSRs (covering a whopping 2 million hectares) on Crown Land reserved for moving stock, public recreation, apiary sites and conservation.
In 2012, the Crown Lands Management Review found many of these were no longer used for their original intentions and would be better utilised if repurposed to reflect their true use.
Mr Toole said the current review will call upon communities to help establish the needs of livestock producers and the TSR network for now and in the future.
“This review will ensure the TSR network remains connected, viable and well maintained,” he said.
“The review is not about a sell-off of TSRs, it’s about getting solid evidence about what TSRs are used and valued for today.”
The review will be undertaken to examine which TSRs are used for the purpose they were original set aside for or for alternate reasons – whether that be because it is a recreational area for the local community, a place of cultural significance or heritage or for environmental protection.
Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the information provided through these submissions will influence future discussions about how the land can be best managed in the future.
“We want a comprehensive map of the TSR network in NSW — where they are, what they are now used for, who uses them and how often,” Mr Blair said.
In order to accurately map the network, the department is seeking submissions from the public regarding the TSR network and its present uses.
Submissions can be made online at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say/ or by posting a hard copy response to Local Land Services, State Operations, PO Box 2105, Dubbo, NSW, 2830.