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Travelling Stock Reserves

Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are parcels of Crown land reserved under legislation for use by travelling stock. Local Land Services is responsible for the care, control and maintenance of almost 500,000ha of TSRs in NSW.

Measuring conservation value of TSRs

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has compiled a ‘best available’ spatial dataset on the conservation value of TSRs.
Historical data on conservation values (high, medium, low and unknown) for TSRs that are managed by Local Land Services has been compiled as part of an Environmental Trust project.

The data has been collated from reports and previous assessments conducted by a variety of organisations, including Local Land Services and OEH.

The data is available publicly on the OEH website data portal under a creative commons licence.

Here you will also find a report on the data sources used to compile the "best available" spatial data set.

Open the dataset.

TSR rapid assessment method

As part of the NSW Environmental Trust Linear Reserves Project, a rapid conservation assessment method has been developed to help assess the conservation value of TSRs.

The rapid assessment method is a relatively simple method of assessment that uses a three-part scoring system using conservation status (Part A) and landscape context (Part B) measures from existing spatial and data layers, and vegetation condition (Part C) that is assessed and scored in the field.

The method training package and guidelines are to assist with statewide consistency where possible and enable key reserve management staff to undertake RAM assessments.


TSR feedback

Contact us on TSR-specific issues.

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