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Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR)

Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs) are parcels of Crown land reserved under legislation for use by travelling stock. Local Land Services manages over 500,000 hectares of TSRs in NSW.

TSRs provide pasture reserves for travelling or grazing stock. These reserves can be beneficial in times of drought, bushfire or flood. They are also used for public recreation, apiary sites and for conservation.

Local Land Services manages the land to strike a balance between the needs of travelling or grazing stock and the conservation of native species.

Our management includes:

  • Authorising and monitoring stock, recreation and apiary site use
  • Controlling noxious weeds
  • Controlling pest animals and insects
  • Maintenance of fencing, watering points and holding yards
  • Consideration of land management and animal health legislation

Murray Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR)

Murray Local Land Services is responsible for managing over 55,000ha in Travelling Stock Reserves.  TSRs in the central and western part of the Murray region are used frequently by travelling stock, whilst reserves in the east are used less by travelling stock and more commonly grazed under short term grazing permits to local landholders.

Murray LLS aims to manage TSRs for multiple users in the common interest of the whole community. We promote a balance of TSR use for production, social, cultural and environmental outcomes and continuously work to maintain and improve the resource.

Funding to cover the costs of managing TSRs comes jointly from fees charged for grazing permits and reserve use, along with funding from the Australian and NSW governments for conservation and biodiversity management. View the Murray Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) Fees and Prices.

Major Projects

Enriching biodiversity by managing travelling stock reserves & routes

This project aims to enhance and actively manage up to  118,000 ha of TSRs within both the Murray and Riverina regions for biodiversity conservation to ensure these important habitat links are protected and restored.  Funded of $2.96M over 6 years, originally to the Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority, by the Australian Government  (Round 1 Biodiversity Fund).

Restoring biodiversity assets for connectivity - TSR in the Slopes to Summit (S2S) area

This project will commence 1 August 2015 to 1 July 2017, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust "Restoration and rehabilitation grants".  It involves active management of 900 ha of priority TSR and increasing community awareness of the value of  TSRs and native vegetation connectivity in the Slopes to Summit area.

TSR Management Plan

Murray LLS is currently developing a regional TSR Management Plan based on a state-wide planning framework that will assist the future management and resourcing of Travelling Stock Reserves within the Murray Region. Community consultation is planned in this process.

Customer notice

Murray Local Land Services is seeking to raise awareness with stock owners and people in charge of travelling stock regarding a range of recent concerns. This includes:

  1. Public safety
  2. Stock numbers exceeding permit numbers
  3. National Livestock Identification System
  4. Calving cows/ lambing ewes.

Over the last two months, Murray Local Land Services had taken a range of formal actions regarding these issues. This includes a total of about $5,000 in penalty infringement notices and proposed retrospective penalty fees.

Public Safety
Significant risks to public safety will not be tolerated. Stock not being yarded at night, allowing stock to move onto a public road at night, regardless of how “quiet” the road is, is not acceptable. Those who continue to create significant public risks will face court prosecution and/or a temporary suspension from being issued stock permits.

During daylight hours, please also remember your legislative obligations to ensure that stock travelling on or near public roads are kept within temporary stock zone signs at all times. Stock must also be kept under control at all times while on a public road or travelling stock reserve. Murray Local Land Services recently issued a penalty infringement notice for failing to keep stock within temporary stock zone signs.

Stock Numbers
Recent mob counts have identified some discrepancies between actual mob numbers compared with the number of stock authorised in the corresponding stock permit. Further information about penalty rates that may apply when stock numbers exceed permit numbers is detailed in the Murray TSR Fees and Prices Schedule, which is available on our website [refer to Penalty Rates – Travelling Stock and note 10 (c) ].

National Livestock Identification System
All stock owners are reminded of their legislative obligations regarding property to property transfers in the National Livestock Identification System. Please ensure that an electronic copy of all of your stock tag numbers is provided to your Permit Officer prior to the stock arriving on a travelling stock reserve.

Please also ensure that your Permit Officer is promptly provided updated information regarding stock tag numbers for any stock that is added to or removed from a travelling stock reserve.

Calving Cows/Lambing Ewes
Please note that calving cows or lambing ewes are no longer permitted in travelling stock mobs within the Murray Local Land Services region when planning your activities.

More information

David Clarke
t: 03 5881 9927
e: David.Clarke@lls.nsw.gov.au