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.
Travelling Stock Reserve Review 2017
The Travelling Stock Reserves Review has helped ensure we have a good understanding about the current uses of travelling stock reserves. That includes activities such as droving, grazing in times of drought, recreation and conservation. It also identification of routes that hold significance for many Aboriginal communities.
Consultation was conducted over a 10-week period and included three workshops with for stakeholder organisations held in Dubbo, Corowa and Tamworth. A Travelling Stock Reserves public review consultation paper and general submissions forms were sent to Western Land leaseholders.
Nearly 900 submissions were received, which provided confirmation that the travelling stock reserves continue to be important in a variety of ways.
An interim report on the Travelling Stock Reserves Review is now available.
The final report along with copies of all submissions will be released in early 2018.
Travelling Stock Reserves State Planning Framework
After consultation during late 2015, the NSW Travelling Stock Reserves State Planning Framework 2016–21 has now been published. Local Land Services has released both the framework document and its response to the submissions that were received during public consultation. Both documents can be downloaded:
TSRs provide pasture reserves for travelling or grazing stock. These reserves can be beneficial in times of drought, bushfire or flood. They are also used for public recreation, apiary sites and for conservation.
Local Land Services manages the land to strike a balance between the needs of travelling or grazing stock and the conservation of native species.
The role of Local Land Services in managing TSRs includes:
- authorising and monitoring stock, recreation and apiary site use
- controlling noxious weeds
- controlling pest animals and insects
- providing and maintaining fencing, watering points and holding yards
- considering land management and animal health legislation.
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.
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.
- Introduction and Part A: Conservation status scoring and guide PDF, 311.08 KB
- Part B: Landscape context PDF, 62.55 KB
- Part C: Vegetation condition PDF, 430.23 KB
- Appendix 1: User guides PDF, 1341.27 KB
- Appendix 2: Establishing RAM photo monitoring points PDF, 299.96 KB
- Appendix 3: Conservation value assessment matrix PDF, 196.67 KB
- Appendix 4: RAM assessment sheets PDF, 257.87 KB
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.