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Travelling Stock Reserves

TSRs were traditionally used for travelling stock and grazing. In recent times this has changed. The TSRs are more widely valued for biodiversity conservation, Indigenous culture and recreation, as well as for travelling stock and grazing.

There is currently no consistent approach to how TSRs are managed across NSW. Local Land Services is currently reviewing the submissions made during the public exhibition of the statewide TSR plan of management. This plan will ensure that TSRs are consistently classified and managed, regardless of where they are in the state.

Cattle sign, next 5 kms

The plan also introduced a quality assurance and control process that recognises the State significance of the TSR network and its links to local needs.

The plan will be adopted by Local Land Services early in 2019 and then implemented statewide.

The statewide classification has shown that most TSRs in eastern NSW are important for travelling stock. Very few TSRs are recognised as being used either exclusively for travelling stock or not at all. Across the state, 75 per cent of TSRs are classified Category 2, meaning they are used for both travelling stock and other purposes. A further 24 per cent fall into Category 3, meaning they are rarely used for travelling stock or to support emergencies, but are important for other uses, such as conservation, cultural heritage or recreation.

Find a TSR near you

We have developed a mapping tool to show you how all the TSRs across NSW are classified. To find a TSR near you, simply click on the map.

Click here to use the TSR map

TSRs on the Northern Tablelands

The management of Travelling Stock Reserves, which are Crown Lands, has changed hands over the years. Northern Tablelands Local Land Services boundaries align with Local Shire Council boundaries of Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell, Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra and Walcha and the TSRs that are within these shires are all now under the management of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.

The Northern Tablelands Local Land Services manages over 350 TSRs covering an area of 46,735 hectares.

The role of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is to manage TSRs for multiple users in the common interest of the whole community. We promote a balance of TSR use for production, social, cultural and environmental outcomes and continuously work to maintain and improve the resource.

Funding to cover the costs of managing the TSR network comes primarily from the revenue raised through fees charged for grazing permits.

For an update on TSRs on the Northern Tablelands contact Ross Fuller on 02 6722 3091 or