Crown Lands is responsible for the management and allocation of Crown land across NSW. Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are parcels of Crown land reserved under legislation for use by travelling stock.
TSRs have been an integral part of rural life in Australia for nearly 200 years and the grazing industry is still dependent on these reserves, mostly as supplementary grazing areas in times of drought, bushfire and flood. TSRs are also used for public recreation, apiary sites and for conservation.
All TSRs are Crown land with the vast majority being managed under trust by the Livestock Health and Pest Authorities (formerly Rural Lands Protection Boards). The Rural Lands Protection Act 1998 provides for the establishment of Livestock Health and Pest Authorities who are responsible for the management and use of travelling stock reserves.
There are over 6,500 TSRs throughout NSW, covering an area of approximately 740,000 hectares.
Changes to the management of TSRs
From 1 January 2009 changes under the Rural Lands Protection Act 1998 allow for TSRs to be handed back to Crown Lands where they place an unreasonable financial burden on the local Livestock Health and Pest Authorities.
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