More than 150 years ago the NSW Government created Travelling Stock Routes, reserving them as Crown Land to ensure that graziers across the state could get their stock to market. Today they no longer play this role, but are still used by graziers for feed during times of drought and for moving stock from one paddock or property to the next.
Now called Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs), these often forgotten gems have been a truly wonderful way of preserving bush in the heavily cleared wheat and sheep belt of western NSW.
There are over 6,500 TSRs covering more than 2,000,000 hectares of the state. There are also very important connections to the extensive TSRs in Queensland.
About 8 in 10 TSRs in NSW contain vegetation communities of high or very high conservation status. The TSR network also provides a unique opportunity for large-scale, connectivity-based conservation.
TSRs also provide connections for many Aboriginal Australians to traditional travel lines as well as many heritage sites.
For more detailed information on TSRs it is worth looking at a wonderful publication from the National Parks Association.
The NSW Government is looking for your views on the future management of TSRs in NSW.
This is your opportunity to advocate for the continued protection of these reserves. They need to be protected, managed by a single authority and provided with the resources required to ensure they remain one of our key conservation assets in NSW.
Please read through the consultation paper and have your say about the future of the TSR network in NSW.
To assist in responding to the discussion points raised in the consultation paper, the government has created an online mapping tool to allow you to investigate TSRs in your local area. The mapping tool is available through the following link: TSR Web Spatial Tool.
Complete an online submission, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or post a hard copy response to Local Land Services, State Operations, PO Box 2105, Dubbo, NSW, 2830. Submissions close 5pm Thursday, 22 June 2017.