Fund­ing for stock routes

Southern Riverina news - - Rural Outlook -

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.

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