Com­ments in­vited on new plan for stock re­serve man­age­ment

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

A sin­gle statewide plan to al­low con­sis­tent man­age­ment of more than half a mil­lion hectares of travelling stock re­serves (TSRs) across NSW has been an­nounced.

The Draft TSR Plan of Man­age­ment is on pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion on the Lo­cal Land Ser­vices web­site un­til Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21.

LLS chair Richard Bull said a key com­po­nent of this plan of man­age­ment is the con­sis­tent clas­si­fi­ca­tion of TSRs, re­gard­less of which part of the state they are in.

‘‘We have worked closely with Crown Lands staff and held ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with com­mu­ni­ties and stake­hold­ers to de­velop a draft plan that is based on solid ev­i­dence about what TSRS are used and val­ued for to­day,’’ Mr Bull said.

‘‘This ap­proach will al­low us to work with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to de­ter­mine how they should be used in the fu­ture and to look for other sources of fund­ing to man­age the re­serves in the fu­ture.’’

It fol­lows a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the state’s TSR net­work, which found TSRs have a range of eco­nomic, cul­tural, recre­ational and en­vi­ron­men­tal uses and val­ues.

The draft TSR Plan of Man­age­ment was a key out­come of the re­view and would guide man­age­ment of the 534,000 hectares of TSRs man­aged by Lo­cal Land Ser­vices in the Cen­tral and Eastern Di­vi­sion.

In the past year, the NSW Gov­ern­ment has in­vested an ad­di­tional $2 mil­lion to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture on these TSRs, in­clud­ing bet­ter wa­ter­ing points.

LLS is re­spon­si­ble for about 534,000 hectares of TSRs, which rep­re­sents al­most 30 per cent of the TSR net­work across the state.

While the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing a vi­able, well main­tained and con­nected TSR net­work for the fu­ture, un­til now it has re­lied on rev­enue from those peo­ple who lease TSRs or use them for graz­ing stock.

‘‘There have been sev­eral re­views as­so­ci­ated with TSRs in re­cent years and we highly value the in­put we have re­ceived to this process from stake­hold­ers across lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Mr Bull said.

‘‘Now that we have an un­der- stand­ing of TSR us­age across NSW, we will be bet­ter placed to make sure that in­dige­nous, con­ser­va­tion, live­stock, pro­duc­tion, re­cre­ation and com­mu­nity val­ues are man­aged across the net­work.’’

He said te draft plan of man­age­ment demon­strates a re­newed com­mit­ment to work­ing with the com­mu­nity and a fo­cus on a qual­ity as­sur­ance and con­trol process that recog­nises the statewide sig­nif­i­cance of the TSR net­work.

Each re­gional LLS board will adopt a lo­cal an­nual op­er­a­tional plan to drive ac­tiv­i­ties and spend­ing on TSRs in their re­gion.

These op­er­a­tional plans will see the state plan im­ple­mented at the lo­cal level.

The plan can be down­loaded from Com­ments are wel­come un­til De­cem­ber 21.

Richard Bull.

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