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Comments sought on how to manage travelling stock reserves

Local Land Services Western Region is reminding the community to share their views on what's important about travelling stock reserves (TSRs).

Comments are welcome as part of the first statewide planning process for the 500,000 hectares of TSRs under the care, control and management of Local Land Services.

TSRs under the care of NSW Department of Primary Industries – Lands (Crown Lands) or under other tenure (mostly being Western Lands leases) are not included in framework.

Chair of the Western Local Board, Tom Hynes said the draft NSW Travelling Stock Reserves Planning Framework will help identify the values communities throughout the state hold important for TSRs, including biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage values.

"Historically, the majority of these TSRs were used solely to move livestock from farms to markets or railheads," Mr Hynes said.

"However, in other parts of the state they have additional uses such as grazing, recreation and biodiversity conservation.

"Where the reserves are fit for purpose, the first priority today is to maintain access for travelling stock, but we have a wide range of interests to consider.

"Our challenge is to understand what's important to the community so we can find the right balance of economic, cultural, recreational and environmental uses over time.

"This consultation process is an important opportunity to return decision making to the local community and to help strengthen our local environments."

The Draft NSW Travelling Stock Reserves State Planning Framework can be downloaded from the Local Land Services Western Region website.

Comments by email are welcome until 3 November to

Media contact: Michelle McGranahan 0428 784 282