Funding for stock routes
Travelling stock reserves and routes (TSRS) within the Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA) are set to receive a boost following the authority’s successful funding application for a grant under the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund.
Riverina LHPA general manager Geoff Corboy said the funding is worth $2.97 million over six years and will allow active management of TSRS for biodiversity conservation.
‘‘It was one of 317 successful projects which will revegetate, rehabilitate and restore over 18 million hectares of the Australian landscape over the next six years,’’ he said.
‘‘The funding will be used for projects which aim to ensure that important habitat links along the TSRS within the Riverina LHPA are protected and restored.
‘‘Importantly, it will not adversely affect the current management of the reserves for travelling stock.
‘‘In fact, it will enhance management practices for the TSRS which have resulted in their current condition and will assist to improve them even further.’’
TSRS were established in the 1800s to allow stock to be moved from grazing areas to markets often along river valleys and through prime agricultural land.
‘‘In the NSW Riverina TSRS make up a significant part of the natural habitat, many of which are in excellent condition,’’ Mr Corboy said.
‘‘The Riverina LHPA district contains 635 TSRS totalling more than 118,000ha, forming a network of interconnecting islands within the otherwise cleared cereal cropping lands of the east and central open plains grazing districts of the Riverina to the Mallee woodlands of Hillston and Balranald in the west.
‘‘In managing this land the Riverina LHPA strikes a balance between the needs of travelling or grazing stock and the conser- vation of the natural environment.’’
‘‘The cost of managing this land is primarily paid for by local landholder ratepayers, as the authority receives no direct funding for environmental management.
‘‘This project aims to allow active management of TSRS for biodiversity conservation purposes to ensure these important habitat links are protected and restored.’’
The Biodiversity Fund is a key component of the Australian Government’s strategy to enhance biodiverse carbon stores and secure a clean energy future for Australia.
For more information about Biodiversity Fund, and for a list of successful projects, go to http:/ /www.environment.gov.au/cleanenergyfuture/ biodiversity-fund/ index.html.
For more information on TSRS within the Riverina LHPA, contact your local office.